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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Trustees at Indiana University have allowed school leaders to borrow up to $1 billion to counter a potential budget shortfall due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The trustees approved the request Friday. University spokesman Chuck Carney says the university is in good financial shape, but the request offers peace of mind for the university to continue operations during difficult times.

The university’s largest source of revenue is tuition. The school remains in operation during the pandemic, but has stopped in-person classes for the spring and summer.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 30 additional deaths Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 203. The state announced nearly 6,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 30,000 Hoosiers tested.

State Health Commissioner Kris Box also ordered new reporting requirements for COVID-19 to improve data collection. 

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Two Indiana University student dorms are being offered to healthcare workers to rest and isolate during the coronavirus pandemic.

IU spokesperson Chuck Carney said in an email that 60 rooms will soon be available at Briscoe Quadrangle in Bloomington and up to 300 rooms available at University Tower Residence Hall in Indianapolis.

He says IU Health is coordinating the availability, but rooms at IUPUI’s University Tower are also being offered to Eskenazi Health, the VA hospital, and the Marion County Health Department.

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.

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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.

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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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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University officials say enrollment in online courses has soared during the past decade across the school's campuses even as overall student enrollment has dropped.

School research shows total enrollment of degree-seeking students at IU campuses fell by nearly 5% from the fall of 2011 to the fall of 2019. But The Herald-Times reports that the number of students taking at least one online course has more than doubled during the same time.

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A global group of scientists, researchers, leaders, and activists say they’ve come up with the most viable solutions for combating climate change. An Indiana branch of the group Project Drawdown wants to figure out how the state can help. 

Daniel Poynter who founded Indiana Drawdown says farmers have a role to play in the state. Conservation practices like no-till and growing cover crops help to trap carbon in the soil.

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The first accurate picture of the part of the eye where glaucoma starts has been captured. Researchers out of Indiana University recently accomplished this task.

Even with a microscope, it’s difficult to clearly see the structure of the eye related to glaucoma because of its location, moving fluid and a reflection. 

To correct this, the team of IU researchers adapted mirrors that astronomers use to view stars to see through the eye.

Dr. Thomas Gast is a senior scientist at the IU School of Optometry.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana University alumnus who founded a technology company has donated $60 million to IU for the creation of an artificial intelligence center.

ServiceNow founder Fred Luddy made the donation, which is the second-largest private gift IU has ever received. ServiceNow is a cloud computing company based in Santa Clara, California.

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Scientists from around the country were in Indianapolis this week to learn more about technological innovations in the state.  The first Indiana National Lab Day hosted federal science and technology leaders and Indiana researchers to highlight quantum science and engineering work being done in the state. 

Much of that work comes out of the University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, Indiana Innovation Institute and Indiana University. 

IU Interim Vice Provost of Research Jeff Zaleski says the state is well positioned to become a leader in certain research areas.

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The search for pharmaceutical treatments for Alzheimer’s and dementia has so far been unsuccessful, but a new drug discovery center aims to change that.

The National Institutes of Health is gifting $36 million to fund the new center, one of two to be established nationwide.  The Indiana University School of Medicine will partner with Purdue University to develop research tools and technologies to identify new treatment options.

Alan Palkowitz will lead the center.  He was previously the vice president of discovery chemistry research at Eli Lilly.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man convicted in the 2000 killing of an Indiana University student has been ordered released from prison by a federal judge.

U.S. District Court Judge James Sweeney in Indianapolis ruled Monday that John Myers II's legal representation during trial was so ineffective his Sixth Amendment rights were violated. He ordered Myers' release within 120 days, unless prosecutors opt to retry him.

The now 43-year-old Myers was convicted in 2006 in the killing of 19-year-old Jill Behrman and sentenced to 65 years.

IU Honoring Former President Myles Brand

Sep 30, 2019
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University is honoring former school President Myles Brand by putting his name on a Bloomington campus building.

Current IU President Michael McRobbie says the naming of Myles Brand Hall recognizes Brand's role in creating what is now the School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering.

Brand was IU's president for eight years before becoming the NCAA's president in 2003.

He held that position until his death in 2009.

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Young people in Indiana and across the globe will rally for action against climate change on Friday. But how effective are things like marches and protests?

Research from Indiana University shows they may change people’s attitudes about the climate movement. 

IU environmental communications scientist Nathan Geiger was part of a team that surveyed people who watched the March for Science and the People’s Climate March.

He says before the marches, bystanders were skeptical that people could come together to work on big problems like climate change.

Debate Watch Party Tonight In South Bend

Sep 12, 2019
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The Director of IU South Bend's America Democracy Project says the organization is hosting a debate watch party tonight as ten Democratic candidates for president debate each other for three hours in Houston on live TV.

Here are the debate watch party details: 

AMERICAN DEMOCRACY PROJECT TO HOST DEBATE WATCH PARTY

Public Invited to Watch 3rd Democratic Presidential Primary Debate

When: Thursday, September 12, 2019

Indiana University Sees Slight Drop In System Enrollment

Sep 10, 2019
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University says its overall enrollment has dropped slightly at its seven campuses around the state.

The university's figures show it started the fall semester with 90,754 degree-seeking students, a decline of about 0.8% from a year ago.

IU's main campus in Bloomington saw its enrollment drop about 0.4% to 42,760 degree-seeking students. But the Bloomington campus has about 8,300 first-year undergraduate students this fall, which is an increase of about 2% from last fall semester.

IU Kicks Off Bicentennial Celebrations

Jul 1, 2019
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Indiana University is kicking off its bicentennial celebrations July 1.

The university doesn’t officially turn 200 until next year, but has celebrations planned throughout the 2020 fiscal year.

"IU officially turns 200 on January 20, 2020," says Bicentennial Project manager Jeremy Hackerd. "That is the anniversary of when Governor Jonathan Jennings signed the bill that created the State Seminary of Indiana, which is the predecessor of Indiana University."

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