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 Feb. 1, 2017 
 
Inside Indiana Business
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Inside Indiana Business
IU, Pete the Planner partner on financial literacy
The Indiana University Office of Financial Literacy is partnering with financial planner Peter Dunn, also known as Pete the Planner, to develop a comprehensive financial wellness platform for students. MoneySmarts U will provide financial information for students before, during and after college. The platform is based off IU's MoneySmarts program, which the university says has reduced student loan debt at IU by almost $100 million. The MoneySmarts U platform will include 21 instructional modules, produced over the next three years, beginning this summer. Each module will last 45 to 60 minutes and include videos and interactive exercises, among other features. "Even the savviest college students can use some guidance when it comes to finances. This program will help students learn about and face financial challenges head-on. This is the information people always say they wished they had learned in college," said Dunn. ... Phil Schuman, director for financial literacy at IU, calls the effort "groundbreaking" due to the fact that the financial information is being provided directly from the university. He says it takes a holistic approach to financial know-how for students.
The Indianapolis Star
Indiana schools react to immigration ban
International students and faculty at universities across Indiana expressed consternation Monday about how the Trump administration’s new immigration policy restricting entry to citizens of certain countries might impact their travel abroad. ... But it was not only people who hailed from the Muslim countries listed in Trump’s order -- Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen -- who have concerns. “There is a fear among all international scholars that we have here,” said Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Chancellor Nasser Paydar in an interview Monday. Paydar, who has lived in the United States for more than four decades, was himself born in Iran. Indiana University has advised the students on its eight campuses who hail from those countries not to travel out of the country lest they be unable to return. ... Non-citizens from other countries also have been asking whether they should change their travel plans, lest they get caught abroad should the Trump administration add additional countries to the list. “There’s a general anxiety among faculty,” said David Zaret, vice president for international affairs at Indiana University. “We have had several faculty who were about to go to an academic conference and decided that they could not leave the country.”
 
 
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The Indianapolis Star
State appeals ruling on parental rights for same-sex couples
In Arkansas, the state Supreme Court recently ruled against same-sex couples, deciding that birth certificates must list biological parents. The issue hinges on whether courts will interpret the U.S. Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling very narrowly to apply only to the right to marry, or more broadly, said Steve Sanders, associate professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. The opinion's emphasis on "equal dignity" leans toward a broader reading, he said. "The Supreme Court is signalling not just a right to marry, but a broader right for same-sex couples to be treated in parity with opposite-sex couples," Sanders said. The reasons for standing by existing state laws seem "inconsequential," he said, compared to the burden the laws place on same-sex couples.
Fox 59
Local professor weighs in on Supreme Court nominee
Indiana University McKinney School of Law Professor David Orentlicher said Gorsuch's nomination was expected and seemed like a safe pick. "In a lot of ways he fits the mold," Orentlicher said. "It seems he would fit where Justice Scalia was, maybe even a little right to Justice Scalia." Orentlicher said he has noticed that the general public seems more interested in the future of the Supreme Court than in previous years. "Historically it hasn’t been a big factor, the public worries about the economy and other issues more than the Supreme Court. This one may be different because of the fact that the seat has been empty for so long," Orentlicher said. ... Orentlicher said that Gorsuch was likely the winner in part because he is articulate and charming, allowing him to stand up under a potentially grueling nomination process. "Gorsuch is viewed, I think, as somebody who might be able to bring others along to his view and be writing more majority opinions and fewer dissenting opinions," Orentlicher said.
Indiana Public Media
Indiana House advances syringe exchange bill
The Indiana House voted 76-26 Tuesday to approve a bill that would give counties and municipalities the authority to establish a syringe exchange program without state approval. HB 1438 advanced out of a House committee nearly unanimously. Existing law requires the state to declare a public health emergency before needle exchange programs can operate. State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams says the declarations are no longer necessary. “That alleviates some of the long wait,” says Carrie Lawrence, Director of Project Cultivate at the Rural Center for Aids/STD Prevention at Indiana University. “And when I say long wait, sometimes it’s been three months, six months, depending on if things need to be changed for the state to approve it or services need to be redesigned.”
Popular Science
How to activate your brain's ability to learn
Subjects who overlearned performed much better on the first trained task than those who didn’t overlearn. It turns out that spending as little as 20 extra minutes practicing a task you've already perfected leads to lasting improvements. The benefit is that the second learning doesn’t interfere with the first learning. But this benefit comes with a cost. “The other part of the story, is that you learn that second task less well,” said Robert Goldstone. Goldstone is a distinguished professor for psychological and brain sciences at Indiana University and was not a part of this study. ... And Goldstone cautions not to put all one's eggs in the basket. Some studies suggest that the benefits gained by overlearning can erode over as little as four weeks. It might be that we have to pair overlearning with other learning techniques. For example, researchers know that spacing out learning, and mixing up topics also helps. "I’m on board with the idea that overlearning can add fluency to your processing. It can make you respond faster, can make you respond in cases where you have dual task interference -- that is when you’re doing something else, you’re tired, you’re cognitively limited," said Goldstone.
Sandusky Register
Travel ban throws research, academic exchange into turmoil
At Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, officials were planning to welcome the first class of Iranian graduate students into a new engineering program in partnership with the University of Tehran. Now it’s on hold because the students can’t secure visas. “These are the best and the brightest. They have made tremendous sacrifices to be able to come to the United States,” said Gil Latz, the university’s associate vice chancellor for international affairs. “In the stroke of a pen, their future hopes and dreams are being questioned or brought to a halt.”
 
 
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