IU experts can discuss March Madness in Indiana

The 2021 NCAA men's basketball tournament will be contested entirely in Central Indiana. Indiana University experts are available to discuss various aspects of the event, including COVID-19 safety, effects on tourism and downtown Indianapolis, and sports in general during the pandemic.

Sports marketing and tourism

Kim Donahue | Image marketing, sports marketing | Expert bio

Kim Donahue has taught undergraduate marketing classes for over 20 years. She is a frequent source for media outlets in Indiana, commenting on sports marketing and promoting the image of the city of Indianapolis.

Contact info: 317-274-4760, kdonahue@indiana.edu

Media contact: John Schwarb, 317-274-2195, schwarbj@iu.edu


David Pierce | Sports innovation, sports marketing | Expert bio

David Pierce is the director of the Sports Innovation Institute at IUPUI. He is the author of the groundbreaking textbook "Selling in the Sport Industry," the first book to teach students how to sell in the sport industry.

Contact info: 317-278-1645, dpierce3@iupui.edu

Media contact: John Schwarb, 317-274-2195, schwarbj@iu.edu


Geoffre Sherman | Sports marketing, sports statistics | Expert bio

Geoffre Sherman is a sports management lecturer in the School of Health and Human Sciences at IUPUI and assistant director of the IUPUI Sports Innovation Institute. He also works as part of the live game statistics crews for the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever and Indianapolis Indians.

Contact info: 317-274-9520, gnsherma@iupui.edu

Media contact: John Schwarb, 317-274-2195, schwarbj@iu.edu


On the court

Jaunelle White | Facilities, game-day operations | Expert bio

Jaunelle White is senior associate director of athletics for internal operations. She currently sits on the NCAA D1 Council and Student-Athlete Experience and D1 Degree Completion Award committees.

Contact info: 317-274-4549, jahwhite@iu.edu

Media contact: John Schwarb, 317-274-2195, schwarbj@iu.edu


John Rasmussen | Game-day operations, tournament planning | Expert bio

John Rasmussen is in his 14th year with the IUPUI Department of Athletics. He has served on multiple NCAA and Horizon League championship planning committees and has worked championships for men's and women's basketball.

Contact info: 317-274-5453, jrrasmus@iupui.edu

Media contact: John Schwarb, 317-274-2195, schwarbj@iu.edu


Health and safety

Shandy Dearth | Coronavirus response | Expert bio

Shandy Dearth is the director of undergraduate epidemiology education at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. An expert in infectious disease surveillance, emergency preparedness planning and public health informatics, she can discuss these topics in relation to COVID-19.

Contact info: 317-274-2185, sdearth@iu.edu

Media contact: Andrea Zeek, 317-278-1703, anzeek@iu.edu


Thomas Duszynski | Coronavirus response | Expert bio

Thomas Duszynski is the director of epidemiology education in the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. He is an expert in infectious disease epidemiology, field epidemiology and public health surveillance, and he can discuss these topics in relation to the novel coronavirus.

Contact info: 317-274-4319, tduszyns@iu.edu

Media contact: Andrea Zeek, 317-278-1703, anzeek@iu.edu