To email or not to email? For those in love, it’s better than leaving a voice message, says IU prof

480099_w90On Sept. 1, the IU News and Media Team issued a news release about new research by Alan Dennis, the John T. Chambers Chair of Internet Systems in IU’s Kelley School of Business. His research, done with his former Ph.D. student, found that — among other things — in this digital age, an email can be more effective in expressing romantic feelings than leaving a voicemail message. News media around the world were interested in Dennis’ study. He was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post and the Bloomington Herald-Times. Many news outlets based their coverage on the release. Coverage included:

IU paleobotanist identifies what could be the mythical ‘first flower’

The IU Newsroom put out a press release Aug. 17 about an IU paleobotanist’s identification of the “mythical first flower” – a flowering plant species potentially older than any previously identified – after being contacted about the upcoming article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by the lead U.S. researcher on the study, Department of Geology Professor Emeritus David Dilcher.

IU’s news release was posted under embargo a week prior to the journal’s publication date on EurekaAlert!, a news source for trusted science reporters operated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Articles from major news outlets such as the Washington Post, Guardian and Discovery were among the first to appear online within minutes of lifting the embargo.


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Additional coverage from major U.S. media outlets included:

A number of English-language news outlets in the United Kingdom, Australia, India and elsewhere also reported on the study. Coverage included BBC News, Business Standard, The Daily Mail, The Independent, The Jakarta Post, The MirrorThe Rappler, The Register, The Scotsman, Tech Times, The Telegraph, Yahoo News UK and Youth Independent. Foreign-language coverage included Le Figaro (French), Kompass (Indonesian), ANSA (Italian) and Diario de Noticia (Portugese); ABC ScienceBBC Mundo, Canarias 7 and El Confidential (Spanish); and BBC Turkey (Turkish).

News sources specializing in science to report on the research included ABC Science Australia, Encyclopaedia BritannicaFuturityLive Science, Mental FlossScience Magazine, Science Recorder, Science World ReportSoftpedia and YouTube channel GeoBeats.

In addition, Prof. Dilcher wrote a piece for The Conversation, a news website featuring academics discussing topics in the news in their own words. This essay was later picked up by the Christian Science Monitor as a companion to their own article on the discovery.

Prof. Dilcher was also interviewed for NPR’s Here and Now (6-minute audio interview) and WTIU in Bloomington.

Indiana Commission for Higher Education approves engineering degrees at IU Bloomington

Indiana University Bloomington

An IU release about the IU trustees approving Indiana University’s first-ever degrees in intelligent systems engineering beginning with the 2016-17 academic year was picked up by the Chicago Tribune, Indiana Public Media, The Bloomington Herald-Times and The Exponent. The bachelor’s program will offer degree tracks in computer engineering and cyber-physical systems, bioengineering, and molecular and nanoscale engineering, while the doctoral program will allow students to focus on these areas as well as environmental and neuro engineering. This will open the door for increased collaboration with Purdue and other universities in the state that already offer engineering, which will benefit students and industry in Indiana.

If you purchase an embarrassing product online, do you still blush? New study says yes

Kelly Herd

Kelly Herd

The IU News and Media Team reached out to Kelley School of Business professor Kelly Herd after learning about her new research study, “Wetting the Bed at Twenty-One: Embarrassment as a Private Emotion,” which focuses on how people react when making purchases of sensitive items online. A news release was issued on Aug. 6 and posted at EurekaAlert!, the news site of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Since then, stories about Herd’s paper have appeared in Glamour, Bustle, Medical Daily and media outlets around the world, including:

Other news outlets with large followings, including Men’s Health, Uber Facts, Factly and Senior Health Daily (and a New York Times writer), issued tweets that directed people back to the news release.



IU Media School students find that barriers remain to accessing public information

Reporter-NotebookDuring the spring semester, a team of student journalists in the IU Media School worked with assistant professor Gerry Lanosga on a reporting project about access of public information via electronic devices. By early June, their stories had been readied for publication.

The IU News and Media Team worked with Lanosga to arrange for publication of the stories online and issued a news release on July 13 about the project. It followed up by providing contact information for students and Lanosga. The following day, a story was on the top of the front page in the Herald-Times and shared across Indiana by the Associated Press. One of the students’ stories also ran in the Herald-Times. The following day, the Herald-Times ran an editorial about the importance of the project. Other coverage included:

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, Shark Week tells us otherwise, says IU Media School professor

Jessica Gall Myrick

Jessica Gall Myrick

Last fall, when a paper by IU Media School professor Jessica Gall Myrick about how the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” programs influence our fear of sharks came out in the journal Science Communication, the decision was made to hold off on publicity until it was closer to the next airing of the popular programs.

On June 30, George Vlahakis of the IU News and Media Team wrote an article for the IU Inc. blog about Myrick’s research to coincide with the beginning of “Shark Week” beginning July 5. It also was posted at Newswise, a news service for universities and pitched to selected reporters. The news service at her co-author’s institution also pitched the story to media in North Carolina, many of whom were covering a recent number of shark attacks in the Carolinas.

Myrick and her co-author, IU alumna Savannah Evans, were invited to co-write an article for, which later was picked up by Time magazine.

Other coverage included: