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On Topic with IU

From the COVID-19 pandemic, to social issues, economic concerns, education challenges, and some of the pressing global issues of the day, IU experts are helping us make sense of the rapidly moving world. “On Topic with IU” is a podcast that shares the expertise, insight and advice of the scholars and professionals from across the Indiana University system.

National Clean Energy Week, with Dr. Jerome Dumortier

Dr. Jerome Dumortier, an economist and associate professor in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI joins us to talk about National Clean Energy Week, the growing clean energy sector, his research in bioenergy, land use, carbon emissions policies and much, much more.

Find more on National Energy Week.

And you might be interested in Dumortier’s recent paper, Impact of climate change on global agricultural markets under different shared socioeconomic pathways, which we touched on briefly in the conversation.

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Celebrating Women’s Equality Day with Maurer School of Law’s Deborah Widiss

Women’s Equality Day, marks the anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which guarantees all American women the right to vote is marked this month. As we celebrate the 101 anniversary of its certification, we talked with Deborah Widiss, a professor and associate dean for research in the Maurer School of Law, about the issues we face today.

Professor Widiss has written several essays and op-eds regarding parental paid leave for single parents, which we touched on in this podcast. You can find two of them here:

Parental leave laws don’t do enough for single moms – but there’s a way to fix that

Parental leave laws are failing single parents

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Analyzing classroom risks of community spread of Covid-19 with Dr. Micah Pollak

Dr. Micah Pollak, an economist at IU Northwest and director of the Center for Economic Education & Research is the coauthor of a study titled “The effect of in-person primary and secondary school instruction on county-level SARS-CoV-2 spread in Indiana.”

He and his colleagues — including two physicians, Dr. Gabriel Bosslet and Dr. Babar Khan, biostatistician Dr. Jeong Hoon Jang, medical student Rebekah Roll and IU Northwest education dean, Dr. Mark Sperling — examined the 2020-2021 school year using data from across Indiana to ascertain the risk in-person teaching has had on local communities. We talked with Pollak about this study, how they conducted their research and what it might mean for next school year.

More of Pollak’s analysis can be found on his Twitter account.

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Their study: The effect of in-person primary and secondary school instruction on county-level SARS-CoV-2 spread in Indiana


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“On-Topic with IU: COVID-19” is produced by The Media School, and is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and wherever else you find podcasts.

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Kenny Smith

Kenny Smith

Emily Miles

Emily Miles