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IU experts available to comment on K-12 back-to-school issues

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Many K-12 schools across the country will be back in session in the coming weeks. Indiana University experts can discuss school safety, the push to arm teachers, student mental health, staff shortages, the impact of inflation on school supplies and more. 

For more information, contact Marah Yankey at mqharbis@iu.edu or 812-856-1442.

Pierre Atlas
IUPUI

Pierre Atlas

O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Pierre Atlas teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the Public Affairs and Criminal Justice programs in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. A comparative political scientist by training, Atlas devoted much of his academic career to studying and writing about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, and other conflicts and conflict resolution. More recently, his comparative research and publications have examined how the legacy of the North American frontier helps explain contemporary political differences between the United States and Canada on issues such as Indigenous policy, the role of government, and gun laws and gun culture.

Expertise

U.S. foreign policy, Middle East politics, Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict, civil wars and ethnic conflicts, terrorism, U.S. and Canada, gun culture and politics of gun control.

R. Andrew Butters
IU Bloomington

R. Andrew Butters

Kelley School of Business

R. Andrew Butters is an assistant professor in the Department of Business Economics and Public Policy at the IU Kelley School of Business. Before joining Kelley, he was an associate economist in the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Expertise

Industrial organization, applied econometrics, productivity, market integration.

Aaron Carroll
IUPUI

Aaron Carroll

IU School of Medicine

Dr. Aaron E. Carroll is a Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and chief health officer at Indiana University. He is also an associate dean for research mentoring and the director of the Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Comparative Effectiveness Research at the IU School of Medicine. His research focuses on the study of information technology to improve pediatric care, decision analysis, and areas of health policy including cost-effectiveness of care and health care financing reform.

Expertise

Health policy, health research outcomes, medical research, pediatric health, children’s health, health care research, health information technology, science communication, debunking medical myths, research mentoring, faculty development.

Beth Trammell
IU East

Beth Trammell

Department of Psychology

Beth Trammell is an experienced clinician who has worked with kids and families for over 15 years in a variety of settings. She engages parents and teachers in the community through online and community-based offerings, including having hard conversations with kids, making words matter about race and online book studies about the power of allowing kids to fail.

Expertise

Parenting, teacher training, communication, behavior management, mindfulness, stress management, diversity, how to have hard conversations with kids, how to communicate about grief and loss with kids.

Thomas Stucky
IUPUI

Thomas Stucky

O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Tom Stucky is a professor of criminal justice at IUPUI and an expert in communities and crime, violent crime reduction, policing and public policy. He has researched factors associated with incarceration for a cohort of low-level offenders entering the Indiana Department of Correction and was the principal investigator for the Indianapolis Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative research partnership, a $2.5 million grant to reduce gang crime in Indianapolis.

Expertise

Criminology, communities and crime, corrections, mass incarceration, policing, public policy, violent crime reduction.

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