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March 25, 2021
IU in the News is a daily review of the important news stories relating to Indiana University. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive gathering of news, and no editorial revisions are made to the content, which is presented as it was initially published or broadcast.

Big News

Lauren Robel to step down as IU Bloomington provost, return to faculty

This story has been covered by: Indiana Public Media, The Bloomington Herald-Times, Indiana Daily Student, Inside Indiana Business.

$1.7M in grants supports IU Kelley School of Business, Jacobs School of Music

This story has been covered by: Inside Indiana Business.

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The Indianapolis Star

March Madness uses enough energy to power 2,000 homes for a month. This year, it's carbon neutral.

In its three-week duration, March Madness is bringing in tens of thousands of visitors to downtown Indianapolis and drawing at least $100 million into the city's economy. It's also using significant amounts of energy -- enough to power a neighborhood the size of Glendale for a month. Normally, an event this size would result in net emissions of more than 5,000 tons of greenhouse gases. But not this year. This year, March Madness is carbon neutral. -- It's also an opportunity for education, said Jessica Davis, who co-chaired March Madness' sustainability initiative. "What's cool about something like March Madness, is you think about the cultural rabidness around sporting events in general," said Davis, also director of sustainability at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. "This takes sustainability to the masses, instead of waiting for them to come to us."

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The Bloomington Herald-Times

Survey finds IU caregivers overworked during pandemic

Indiana University employees with caregiver responsibilities have been bending themselves over backwards to get their paid work done during the COVID-19 pandemic. But with only so much time in the day, it's taking a serious toll on their health and careers. Those were some of the key findings from the IU Work and Care Survey. Jessica Calarco, associate professor of sociology, presented results from the survey to the Bloomington Faculty Council and raised the alarm about possible implications for the university. "The impact of this will be felt for quite some time," she said.

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Los Angeles Times

A new generation hopes to turn activism to fight Asian hate into a sustained movement

Ellen Wu, the director of the Asian American studies program at Indiana University Bloomington, called the current movement against anti-Asian violence unprecedented. "It's actually really unexpected to start to see expressions of solidarity from individuals, organizations or groups that are not centered on Asian Americans," she said. "I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined a critical mass of national attention on Asian American history." The support coming from non-Asian groups, Wu said, reminds her of the George Floyd movement last summer, which mobilized people from all races who had not previously been actively involved in racial justice issues. Wu said that it's important to recognize that the grass-roots campaign against anti-Asian violence follows other moments in history when Asian American activism made national headlines.


Top 1% of earners don't pay taxes on one-fifth of income, study finds

Americans whose incomes put them in the top 1% don't pay taxes on a fifth of what they earn, according to new research from the Internal Revenue Service and several university economists. Those findings indicate that the tax gap between what the IRS is owed and what it actually receives is bigger than anyone thought. ... Leandra Lederman, a professor of tax law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, who also was not involved with the study, said this really comes down to giving the IRS the resources it needs. "You know, if you enforce the tax system we have, that reduces the need to enact new taxes or raise tax rates," she said. Lederman said that better enforcement would also help level the playing field with ordinary filers, who get W-2s and 1099s and couldn't avoid paying taxes if they wanted to. "It's important for taxpayers to have a sense that the government's enforcing the tax laws," she said, "that I'm not going to be a chump by fully complying and paying all of my taxes."


AUDIO: Hate crime laws, explained

Since the 1980s, 47 states -- including Georgia -- and the federal government have passed hate crime laws. Hate crimes can be defined as violence "motivated by bias on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity," says Jeannine Bell, a law professor at Indiana University who has studied hate crimes for more than 20 years.But there's a caveat: The actual categories vary by statute, she says, meaning the language can differ state to state or by local jurisdictions. ... Bell says understanding the history and seeing how authorities have responded so far shows the gaps within the implementation of these hate crime laws and lack of police training on identifying such acts. "The history ... suggests that race was part of it. Gender was part of it," she says.


VIDEO: Aaron Carroll, MD, MS, has tips on how to have a safer spring break

In today's COVID-19 Update, Aaron Carroll, MD, MS, a professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, discusses how college students and families can enjoy a safer spring break, especially outdoors and at the beach. Dr. Carroll also talks about school openings and other lingering COVID-19 questions.

The Associated Press

Indiana to lift mask mandate amid concern: 'We're not ready'

(S)ome health experts worry it is premature to lift the statewide restrictions, pointing to the steep increase in hospitalizations and deaths the state saw beginning in September after the governor lifted most business restrictions before reinstating crowd limits after winning reelection in November. "We put a lot of restrictions in place last year, there was some initial hesitation by some parts of the population to comply with some of those orders," said Brian Dixon, an epidemiologist at Indiana University’s Fairbanks School of Public Health. "And then what we saw in the fall is that rates went up, they skyrocketed because people were not following precautions."

Chicago Tribune

Op-ed: The NCAA's other March madness: Supreme Court to hear athlete compensation case

Written by Nathaniel Grow, an associate professor of business law and ethics and the Yormark Family Director of the Sports Industry Workshop, and Todd Haugh, an associate professor of business law and ethics and Weimer Faculty Fellow, at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. The future of college sports will be hanging in the balance on March 31 when the Supreme Court hears NCAA v. Alston. The Alston case is the latest in a series of antitrust lawsuits challenging NCAA rules that prevent colleges and universities from providing financial compensation to student-athletes beyond their scholarship, room and board. Depending on how the Supreme Court rules, Alston could either reinforce the status quo in intercollegiate athletics or bring about radical change to a multibillion-dollar industry.

Bank Info Security

Exchange hacks: How will the Biden administration respond?

Scott Shackelford, chair of Indiana University's cybersecurity program, says that during past cybersecurity events, the U.S. government has previously addressed these issues by attempting to make attacks more expensive and time-consuming for nation-state hackers. This includes investing in layered defenses and deterrence-by-denial strategies as well as going after those responsible. Now, Shackelford believes that the Biden administration should take the opportunity given by both SolarWinds and the attacks linked to the Exchange vulnerabilities to develop new ways of thinking about responses. "Clearly, given the SolarWinds espionage campaign and the Chinese-linked hacking group behind the Exchange attack, there is a sense of going back to the drawing board," he says. "Clearly, the Biden administration needs to do more of both techniques to better deter the likes of China, which is a complex relationship given the partnership that the U.S. needs from China on other fronts, including climate change."


Changes brought forth by pandemic could be permanent

A year of the Covid-19 pandemic has brought forth changes in our everyday life. And now the question on many minds is what will become permanent? Suneal Bedi, an assistant professor with the Indiana University Kelley School of Business says without customary actions like shaking hands, people have had to find other ways to connect. "So like, how do we make an impression now? Right? How do you really make that connection human connection with a business partner with, with with a colleague, and I think it’s hard," said Bedi.

Refinery 29

Whatever happened to eating a bowl of cereal?

But it was Cheerios, originally called Cheeri-Oats, that was born at the exactly right time: 1941, right before America entered World War Two. As the war ended, men returned to America from overseas, while women, after spending several years in the workplace, were sent back to the kitchen. Cereal provided a way for tired, frustrated housewives to quickly and wholesomely feed their rapidly growing families before the kids headed to school and their husbands to work, and so cereal, which had been merely one of many breakfast options in the decades prior, soon became dominant. "Families with children were becoming more time pressured. Therefore, there was a consumer need for a more convenient breakfast option that can be more quickly prepared than the traditional heartier eggs, bacon, et cetera breakfast," says Jon Quinn, the Director for the Center of Brand Leadership at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. "The rise of mass media advertising, like radio and television, drove demand" as well, he says.

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