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IU Researcher Begins Work On Coronavirus Vaccine

Apr 6, 2020
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Indiana University Associate Professor of Biology John Patton is modifying an existing vaccine that he hopes will become a vaccine for COVID-19.

Patton, and students in his lab are building on work they have done exploring the rotavirus. Rotavirus causes nausea and diarrhea in children, and its vaccine may work on coronavirus patients.

“Using genetic engineering technology to modify that vaccine,” Patton says.

Patton says he’s making viruses in his lab that will eventually become “vaccine candidates" for the coronavirus.

IU Postpones Times For Students To Move Things From Dorms

Mar 25, 2020
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb's order to people to stay at home has led Indiana University's main campus to postpone times when students can move their belongings from residence halls.

With IU now holding classes online instead of in person, students who had not yet moved out of on-campus housing were asked to schedule times to retrieve belongings, beginning Wednesday.

However, Holcomb this week asked Indiana residents to remain home through April 6.

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Indiana University President Michael McRobbie announced Sunday night that the university will conduct the remainder of spring semester classes entirely online and cancel all IU-sponsored events for the rest of the academic semester, amid growing fears of spreading the new coronavirus throughout the country.

https://msu.edu/coronavirus/latest-updates/

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE:

Michigan State University say that as of noon today the campus in East Lansing is suspending face-to-face instruction in classroom settings and moving to virtual instruction.  This will last until April 20. 

In a statement, MSU says, "On March 11, MSU learned of a probable case linked to our campus, which the Ingham County Health Department is currently investigating and monitoring."

Learn more about MSU's announcement here.

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Today IU President Michael McRobbie issued a university-wide letter in response to the evolving situation with the coronavirus. In the letter McRobbie states that there will be a sspension of classroom teaching following spring break (March 16-22) with students returning to campus April 6.

IU Honors Former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch

Mar 7, 2020
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IU President Michael McRobbie presented Yovanovitch with the inaugural Richard G. Lugar award at the conclusion of the fifth annual America's Role in the World conference.

Yovanovitch praised the late senator for his work in helping reduce the world’s nuclear stockpile.  She recalled how Lugar, and former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn, convinced Congress to pass a bill that would allocate taxpayer funds to the destruction of nuclear stockpiles around the world.

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Climate change is expected to threaten Indiana’s water supply. Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute has developed an interactive map to help cities plan for less clean water in the future. 

The mapping tool lets people see how much water cities in the Wabash River basin are projected to lose or gain in the next 30 or 60 years.

Return Of The Hoosier: Knight Back At Indiana After 20 Years

Feb 8, 2020
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Bob Knight is back at Indiana for the first time in nearly two decades. The 79-year-old combustible coach won three national championships in 29 seasons with the Hoosiers. But he had stayed away after he was fired in 2000.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A judge has granted class-action status to a lawsuit alleging an Indiana university breached its contract by providing substandard living assignments to thousands of students staying in residential halls where mold was found.

Circuit Court Judge Holly Harvey's ruling comes as Indiana University's residence centers Foster and McNutt are being renovated, where mold was a problem during the 2018-19 school year.

Those projects made more than 2,000 beds unavailable at the residence halls forcing students to live off campus.

Courtesy of StatsAmerica Opportunity Zone Map

Indiana University Kelly School of Business has developed a tool for the federal government to help developers invest in opportunity zones that are supposed to boost low-income areas. While some say the zones don’t help those in need, one federal official says the tool will help areas in critical need.

The U.S. Economic Development Administration announced today Tuesday a new web-based map that shows the median income, population and much more in each area across the country.

Indiana University Set To Commemorate 200th Anniversary

Jan 12, 2020
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Indiana University officials plan to toast the school's bicentennial later this month with the dedication of a new supercomputer, the inaugural chiming of a rare collection of bells and a speech by Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis.

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Enrollment in teacher preparation programs has dropped significantly over the past decade. According to a new national report, Indiana has fewer than half of the candidates as it did in 2008.

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A new fund will direct money to Indiana programs that address social issues related to health. Indiana University Health is providing $100 million to create the Community Impact Investment Fund.

The fund will award yearly grants to programs and projects that target chronic health issues facing Hoosiers. 

IU Health President and CEO Dennis Murphy says an estimated 70 percent of health is determined by environment and behavior, not medical care.

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Researchers from Indiana have found a possible way to better deliver cancer drugs to tumors in the brain. The challenge in delivery lies in what’s called the blood-brain barrier.

The blood-brain barrier protects the brain from dangerous foreign substances but also blocks drugs including chemotherapy from reaching tumors that have spread to the brain.

Purdue University scientists have provided the first comprehensive look at the blood-brain and blood-tumor barriers.

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Every city in Indiana can now see how climate change will affect them in the future — and what they can do to prepare. Indiana University researchers unveiled a tool Tuesday called the Hoosier Resilience Index

The tool allows cities to see things like how many days of extreme heat or heavy rain they can expect by 2050. It also shows what parts of the city are vulnerable to climate change — like areas in the floodplain.

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