Study: Black students more likely to be identified as gifted if teachers are black

A study co-authored by School of Public and Environmental Affairs associate professors Jill Nicholson-Crotty and Sean Nicholson-Crotty found that African-American children are three times as likely to be placed in gifted-education programs if they have a black teacher than a white teacher.

Sean Nicholson-Crotty

Sean Nicholson-Crotty

The researchers also found that black students were 54 percent less likely than white students to be be identified as eligible for gifted-education services after adjusting for the students’ previous scores on standardized tests, demographic factors, and school and teacher characteristics.

IU Communications worked with the researchers to produce a news release describing the study and distributed the release on May 10, leading to stories in national, regional and local news media.

Coverage included:

The USA Today story appeared in the newspaper’s nation-world section, which is included in numerous Gannett Co. publications across the U.S. along with non-Gannett newspapers such as the Bloomington Herald-Times.

IU President McRobbie to strengthen university’s historic ties to Italy, Poland

italy-poland-1200x630On May 23, Indiana University announced that President Michael A. McRobbie will lead an IU delegation to Italy and Poland that will celebrate anniversaries of relationships with key university partners that date back as much as half a century, and will work to enhance existing relationships and develop new ones in these countries.

Among the key milestones being celebrated are the 50th anniversary of IU’s study abroad program at the University of Bologna in Italy — Europe’s oldest university — and the 40th anniversary of its partnership with the University of Warsaw in Poland, where McRobbie will renew IU’s primary academic agreement with this institution.

Coverage of the trip included:

IU Art Museum receives $15 million gift from Sidney and Lois Eskenazi

museumsignbignewsOn May 11, Indiana University announced its art museum had received a landmark gift of $15 million from Indianapolis-based philanthropists Sidney and Lois Eskenazi, the largest cash gift in the museum’s history.

The museum has been renamed the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art.

The Eskenazis also are donating nearly 100 works of art, including 34 notable prints and drawings by Joan Miró, which complement 35 earlier Miró works in the museum collection.

The Eskenazi gift, which the university will match with another $20 million through the “For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign,” will go toward renovation and gallery enhancements at the museum’s I.M. Pei-designed building (1982).

The improvements, expected to be complete by 2020, will be designed by Susan T. Rodriguez of Ennead Architects of New York City and Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf of Indianapolis.

IU Communications worked with the museum and Resnicow and Associates to share the news in a press release and live-stream broadcast. Coverage appeared in these media outlets:

In addition, The Associated Press story appeared in many news outlets around the country, including the Albany Times Union (N.Y.), Chicago Daily Herald, The Fresno Bee (Calif.), Houston Chronicle, Lexington Herald-Leader (Ky.), The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.), San Antonio Express-News, San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Times.

Indiana University researchers find Earth may be home to 1 trillion species

Jay Lennon, an associate professor, and Kenneth Locey, a postdoctoral researcher, in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Biology contacted IU Communications April 1 about an upcoming paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that estimated the Earth could contain upwards of 1 trillion species, mostly microbes.


Jay Lennon

The number was found by applying mathematical laws to the most comprehensive list of known species ever compiled – a massive undertaking that required collecting information from more than 35,000 separate data sources on various forms of life, including animals, plants, fungus and microorganisms.

IU’s news release on the study was distributed May 2 to coincide with publication in PNAS. A version of the release also appeared on the National Science Foundation’s website and homepage banner following coordination with the NSF Geological Sciences Program, whose director provided a quote to the release. The release was posted under embargo to EurekAlert on April 27.

Media coverage of the research appeared in the following major media outlets:

The research was also reported in numerous news outlets focused on science and technology, including Cosmos Magazine, Discovery News, Futurism, GizMagInverseNature World News, Science Alert, Science Explorer Science World ReportThe Scientist, Sputnik News, Tech Insider and ZME Science. International coverage included The Daily Mail, International Business Times and India Today. The study was also reported by Maine News OnlineThe Oregonian, Fox59 and CBS4 Indianapolis.

On social media, the research appeared on the IFLScience Facebook page, which has over 24.5 million subscribers; Mashable’s twitter account, which has 7 million followers; and New York Times reporter Carl Zimmer’s twitter account, which has over 250,000 followers. Other Twitter users to share the news included official accounts from the Science Channel,  United Nations Environment ProgrammeNational Science FoundationNSF Biological Sciences Program, NSF Geological Sciences Program and the Rainforest Alliance.

Short videos with information about the study were also produced by the YouTube channels GeoBeats, AOL’s Buzz60 and Futurism.


IU study finds infant attention span suffers when parents’ eyes wander during playtime

IU Communications was contacted in late March about on a study in the IU Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences investigating the relationship between attention in infants and parents.

Chen Yu

Chen Yu

The research, by IU psychologists Chen Yu and Linda Smith, found that infants’ attention remained on an object nearly four times longer after their parents stopped looking at the same object compared to parents whose attention did not linger as long on the same object. Attention has been linked to other developmental milestones in children, such as language acquisition and cognitive development. A news release on the research was posted to EurekAlert on April 22 and distributed from IU on April 28, the date of the paper’s publication in the journal Current Biology.

Television coverage included a segment on Good Morning America and an on-site report from FOX59 in Indianapolis. Some of the first print coverage included articles in the Smithsonian Magazine and CBS News.

The research also reported in the following news outlets:

The study was also reported in Süddeutsche Zeitung, a German national newspaper. On the blogosphere, the story appeared in POPSUGAR and Fit Pregnancy. The GMA video also appeared on Yahoo News.

8 Vital Training Steps for ‘Treps, Pre-Launch

Donald Kuratko

Donald Kuratko

A reporter writing an article for Entrepreneur magazine in January contacted a member of the IU News and Media Team for an expert at the Kelley School of Business on the pre-launch steps aspiring entrepreneurs should consider. Arrangements were made to interview Donald F. Kuratko, executive and academic director of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

The article quoting Kuratko, “8 Vital Training Steps for ‘Treps, Pre-Launch,” appeared in the April issue of Entrepreneur.


Should security forces have stopped the terrorist attacks in Belgium?

Sumit Ganuly

Sumit Ganuly

In the wake of the Brussels bombings there was been much criticism of Belgian intelligence and, more generally, of the lack of intelligence sharing in Europe. The Conversation, an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community, was looking for a security expert to write a piece that would compare and contrast the state of intelligence gathering in Europe with that in the United States. Arrangements were made for Sumit Ganguly, director of the Center on American and Global Security in Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies, to write the article. His article, “Should security forces have stopped the terrorist attacks in Belgium?,” was published on March 29.

Ganguly’s article subsequently was picked up and published on April 5 with the headline, “Criticism of Brussels a tad unfair,” by The Statesman, one of two English language newspapers in Calcutta, India.