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March 23, 2021
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The Bloomington Herald-Times

IU Ventures weathers pandemic, marches to evergreen future

The IU Philanthropic Venture Fund was established in 2018 with $15 million in commitments. However, $4 million in commitments were walked back at the beginning of 2020 because of uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the unexpected challenges, IU Ventures is still moving this fund toward a goal of self-sustainment to support Indiana University founders and entrepreneurs. "Three years in, I think we're on the right track," said Teri Willey, managing director of IU Ventures. IU Ventures manages multiple funds created to support both IU entrepreneurs and the state's economy. About 70% of the companies IU Ventures has invested in have increased in value. There has been one exit, a software company called Doxly that was acquired by another software company called Litera. "We got twice as much money back as we put in, and that gave us money to invest in two more," Willey said.

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NPR

Homeschooling doubled during the pandemic, U.S. Census survey finds

Christopher Lubienski, a professor of education policy at Indiana University, noted a couple of potential complications with this data. First: What counts as homeschooling? "If you're supplementing what their kids are getting through their normal school or to an online school, for example, are you still doing homeschooling?" Lubienski says. "It's a question of definition." With parents and caretakers currently taking on many pedagogical roles usually performed by teachers in normal times, "homeschooling" certainly took place in many households where students were enrolled in schools. Second: It's long been hard to get reliable numbers of how many U.S. students are homeschooling, Lubienski says, because some of the families who do it are not inclined to answer questionnaires. "A lot of families do home schooling specifically because they're avoiding any kind of entanglements with the government," he explains. "Part of that is they don't want to respond to the government coming in and asking how they're educating their children. They see it as their right to fly under the radar."

PolitiFact

Hate crimes against Asian Americans: What the numbers show, and don't

The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University released findings in early March that showed hate crimes against Asian Americans spiked 149% between 2019 and 2020, even though hate crimes overall declined. A separate group, Stop AAPI Hate, catalogued nearly 3,800 hateful incidents -- which is not limited to crimes -- during the first year of the pandemic. ... These numbers are the best available data as of now to show the trend of an increase in anti-Asian hate during the pandemic. But even these numbers are likely a small fraction of actual incidents, including crimes. "There are barriers to reporting," said Jeannine Bell, an Indiana University law professor and expert on hate crimes. "Individual victims have to feel as if they are comfortable enough to report, and most likely they don’t."

Indiana Public Media

'Forever foreign': AAPI Hoosiers push for justice amid virus-related racism, violence

In January 2020, COVID-19 wasn't an issue on most Americans' minds. But Indiana University history professor Ellen Wu said she had a feeling that something that could endanger the Asian American community -- beyond just a virus -- was coming. "I remember talking to my friends last Lunar New Year, and, and telling them I just had a really bad feeling based on what I know about U.S. history, that bad things were going to happen to Asian folks, Asian Americans," she said. A report from the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University-San Bernardino shows that hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in 16 large American cities surged nearly 150% in 2020 alone.

News and Tribune

Another bill banning microchipping employees enters the legislative session

Lauren Christopher, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, has worked with developing chips for television and radio. In her professional experience, microchipping has been done for decades: in clothes tags to avoid store theft or in cards for doors to get access. With technology today, human microchipping is doable, she said -- the only thing stopping it is a social construct. "That's not a technology question, it's more of a social question, whether people want to be (microchipped) or not. I don't know that I would do it just as a person. Why would I need to? It can be done, technically, but should it be done? It's more of a social/government question," Christopher said. Another concern, she said, is the fact that microchips are signals that potentially can be hacked. "Any kind of radio frequency that goes over the air … can be intercepted, and even if they're encrypted, they can be decrypted," Christopher said.

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