Long-term study on ticks reveals shifting migration patterns, disease risks

An IU news release about long-term changes in risks for tick-borne diseases such as Lyme Disease attracted coverage from state, local and national media outlets, including a story on MSN Health & Fitness. The release was prompted by a new study from the lab of IU professor Keith Clay, who has received over $2.7 million since 2002 to investigate the microbes found in the bodies of ticks and their hosts. The news also got a boost through its strategic release near the start of Lyme Disease Awareness Month, as well as inclusion in the May 11 issue of Newswise’s MedWire and front page coverage on NSF’s daily news digest, Science360.

An infographic created to accompany the story was also shared widely, especially on social media, and will appear in the August/September issue of Mother Earth News, a national environmental magazine with a circulation of about a half million.

Entering Leg 2 of syringe exchange triathlon

Beth Meyerson

Beth Meyerson

IU Communications helped place an op-ed column by IU School of Public Health-Bloomington professor Beth Meyerson on the recent HIV outbreak in rural Southern Indiana. The column has so far been published in the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette and the Bloomington Herald-Times. Meyerson’s comments on the spread of HIV and Indiana’s adoption of an emergency needle exchange program have also appeared in the New York Times, National Public Radio and other media outlets.

Blame cognitive biases when efforts to conserve water aren’t effective

Shahzeen Attari

Shahzeen Attari

Research by IU Bloomington School of Public and Environmental faculty member Shahzeen Attari got national attention when NPR social science specialist Shankar Vedantam discussed it with host David Greene on NPR ‘Morning Edition.’ The segment, which resulted from a pitch by Finn Partners, also included an interview with Attari about her research describing how people want to conserve water, but don’t know. An IU news release at the time the research was published laid the groundwork for the recent publicity. Against the backdrop of the California drought, Attari’s research has also been featured in the Los Angeles Times.

A “genius” idea to help students manage their money

Phil Schuman, right, IU director of student financial literacy, chats with assistant director Morgan McMillan.

Phil Schuman, right, IU director of student financial literacy, chats with assistant director Morgan McMillan.

Indiana University’s efforts to help reduce student debt, better known as IU MoneySmarts, continue to receive major attention. IU’s debt letter email, which helps students understand how much loan debt they’ve accrued and their estimated monthly payments, has been named by Yahoo! Finance as one of “5 genius ways colleges are tackling the student debt crisis.” The article also highlights other programs IU offers to help students minimize the amount of debt they take on, including its Summer Tuition Discount, flat-fee credit hour increase, personal finance education courses and personal finance reviews.

The Yahoo! Finance story arrived on the heels of several other high-profile MoneySmarts mentions, including a April 24 Q&A in the Chronicle of Higher Education with Phil Schuman, IU director of financial literacy, and an April 27 post at the National Review website, “A Common Sense Idea from Indiana University.”

Additionally, MoneySmarts was recently named a “Model of Excellence” by University Business magazine. IU was one of 11 colleges and universities honored by the publication for having implemented innovative and effective programs at a time when institutions and their leaders are increasingly being held accountable for student success.

IU’s financial literacy efforts are likely to generate more interest in the coming weeks and months. In June, the university’s Office of Financial Literacy will host the National Summit on Collegiate Financial Wellness at IU Bloomington.

Read more about past coverage, including a July 2014 Bloomberg Businessweek report, “How students at a U.S. university borrowed $31 million less.”

IU, IU Health Bloomington Hospital announce new health complex

Plans for the future IU Health Bloomington Hospital

Plans for the future IU Health Bloomington Hospital

On April 15, Indiana University, IU Health and IU Health Bloomington Hospital announced that they have reached an agreement to create a regional academic health campus in Bloomington, which will include a new home for IU Health Bloomington Hospital. The centerpiece of the project is the decision to locate IU Health Bloomington Hospital on the current site of the IU golf driving range on 75 acres just off the State Road 45/46 bypass adjacent to the IU Technology Park. The announcement received the following coverage from Indiana media:

IU Goes to Asia 2015

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IU Jacobs School of Music Chamber Orchestra

As part of its continued engagement with countries central to its mission of expanding overseas opportunities for its students and faculty, diversifying its campus culture and establishing new connections with its international alumni, IU was involved in several major events and activities – in China and South Korea – that reflect the university’s ever-growing global impact.

Those happenings include the first-ever Asian tour of the Chamber Orchestra from the world-renowned IU Jacobs School of Music, which traveled to Seoul for a series of high-profile concerts.

While in Seoul, IU President Michael A. McRobbie sat down for interviews with Arirang television and the Korea Times, which highlighted IU’s efforts in the country in the article, “Indiana University boosts ties with Korean schools.” Korea Times also reported on IU’s partnership with Seoul National University in the article, “Jacobs School of Music signs accord with SNU.”

The Korea Herald also reported on the music school’s tour in the article, “Jacobs School orchestra makes Asian debut in Seoul.

Robot model for infant learning shows bodily posture may affect memory and learning

Linda Smith

Linda Smith

This news release discusses study findings from an Indiana University cognitive scientist and collaborators who found that posture is critical in the early stages of acquiring new knowledge. Linda Smith, an Indiana University Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ professor, said, “This study shows that the body plays a role in early object name learning, and how toddlers use the body’s position in space to connect ideas.” To reach these conclusions, the study’s authors conducted a series of experiments, first with robots programmed to map the name of an object to the object through shared association with a posture, then with children age 12 to 18 months.

Resulting coverage included: Tech TimesScience 360 NewsThe Free Press JournalThe Times of India,  Nature World NewsMed India and Khaleej Times