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The experiences of rural HIV care providers

The challenges that patients and care providers face are different in rural areas. Christopher Owens, a recent graduate of Indiana University’s School of Public Health, talks about some of his research into the experiences of professionals working in HIV care. This is fascinating work and, if you’ve never considered rural health care providers before, this will give you some insight into their unique perspective. Give this a listen.

Read The Lived Experiences of Rural HIV Social Workers.

Owens co-authors on this qualitative research are Eva Voorheis, Harold D. Green, Debby Herbenick and Brian Dodge from the School of Public Health at Indiana University, Jessica N. Lester, from the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, School of Education at IU, and Randolph D. Hubach from Purdue University.

America’s energy insecurity problem

Millions of Americans are at risk of having their utilities disconnected, says Dr. Sanya Carley, a professor and scholar in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Her latest research, Energy insecurity and the urgent need for utility disconnection protections, finds that 24 percent of low-income survey respondents are energy insecure. She talked about the problem right here.

Carley said possible solutions include a continuation of moratoria against utility disconnections, more help in weatherizing homes in need, providing subsidized access to clean energy technology, debt relief and more.

You can see more from Carley and the O’Neill School’s work in energy equity at the Energy Justice Lab.

Using machine learning to study mental illness and suicide risk

Dr. Betty Walton and Dr. Saahoon Hong are researchers and professors at Indiana University’s School of Social Work who are using machine learning — data analysis that automates analytical model building — to study almost 30,000 cases of adults using about 100 variables in a decade-long longitudinal study.

Listen here!

This innovative research is built off anonymized data from the Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment and is aimed at helping those coping with mental health issues, identify intersections mental health illness and suicidal ideation and develop a suicidal prevention/recovery model within the mental health system. You can see more about their research here.

Do you need help today? Help is available. Please call: 800-273-8255, 24 hours, text “CSIS” to 839863, or click through to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Indiana also has several agencies standing by to help, among them: A Better Way Services in Muncie, Mental Health America Wabash Valley Region in Lafayette and Crisis Center in Gary.

Examining, studying, assisting with rural homelessness in Indiana

Professor Laura Littlepage, in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs tells us about her newly released research that examines rural homelessness in southwest Indiana. She talks about the unique issues that are brought about by people experiencing homelessness in rural areas, like a lack of services, the difficulties involved with helping those in need in a geographically broad area, simply coming to understand the extent of the population impacted, and much more.

Listen here!

The paper, Homelessness in Greene County Indiana, is a part of the running Greene County effort by IU’s Center for Rural Engagement.

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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

The economy going into the summer, with Kelley economist Dr. Kyle Anderson

Prices are going up on a lot of products, but that’s proof of a growing economy, says Kelley School of Business economist Kyle Anderson.

We talk about the housing market, difficulties in getting things like microchips, fluctuating prices in lumber, the evolving labor force and much, much more. Overall, Dr. Anderson is optimistic about where the Indiana and national economies are heading.

Some of the stories we touched in during this episode:

How long will rising inflation last? We polled 30 market strategists, and here’s what they said

Millions of Americans could face eviction as housing protection expires in June

Indiana agencies prepare for spike in evictions as national moratorium ends June 30

Some people with FHA loans being shut out of housing market

Indiana tax collections dramatically exceed expectations In May

Consumer prices jump 5% in May, fastest pace since the summer of 2008

Discussing substance use disorder, accidental deaths and the pandemic

Accidental drug deaths had been on the rise, and then the pandemic hit. IUPUI clinical psychologist Dr. Melissa Cyders joins us to discuss the challenges of the year and some of the early findings related to substance use disorder during the pandemic.

There is help available to you, and others. Here’s more from the Substance Abuse and Metal Health Services Administration.

And here is a Google Doc that can help you find and join online support meetings.

Cyders referenced this work in our talk. We also discussed data from the Indiana State Department of Health’s Drug Overdose Dashboard. And we touched on this New York Times story, and this piece from NewsNation.

Cyders also discussed the IU Grand Challenge Long Term Recovery study.

Teachers and students and going back to class

Some students have gone back to school this year. Others are meeting in a hybrid style, but still more are running entirely virtual classes this spring. All schools in Indiana, however, are expected to be open for in-person classes come this fall. We talked with Indiana University Northwest’s Dr. Vernon Smith, a professor of education, and a longtime educator himself, about the difficulties of this school year and what this year’s challenges might mean for next year.

Meanwhile, Indiana’s budget increases education funding by just over four percent and is seen as a boost to cover the state’s lagging teacher pay in comparison to nearby states. The state is also directing $150 million toward grants for schools to help students make up learning loss caused by COVID-19 closures and other elements of the budget are expected to significantly increase private school vouchers.

The impact of a year of Covid on children and teens

We spoke with Dr. Jerry Wilde, a professor of educational psychology and dean of the School of Education at Indiana University – East, about the challenges of the last year for parents and children of all ages. While we’re still in the early days of understanding individual impacts, he says, there are some lessons to be learned and measures we can all take going forward.

For more reading, here’s the Washington Post opinion piece we mentioned in the conversation.

And there’s some new Dutch research that suggests some people are, in fact, thriving.

College recruitment and admissions amid Covid concerns

Admissions offices everywhere worked hard to help prospective students amid Covid restrictions. Indiana University Admissions’ executive director, Sacha Thieme, knows that work firsthand. She talks here about how IU pivoted, how new ways they’re reaching students are creating success stories for her office, and what’s to come for new students.

Also, IU is now doing in-person outdoor tours again on a limited basis. That, and more, are all a part of this interview, which will be a great chat for new students and parents.

Click here, for more information about Admissions at Indiana University.

New CDC guidance and vaccines with IUPUI’s Shandy Dearth

Covid cases and hospitalizations are down and vaccination numbers are starting to climb. IUPUI’s Shandy Dearth, from the Fairbanks School of Public Health, talks about the optimism of the season, new advice from the CDC and about all of the vaccine options now on the market.

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Discussing student loans with IU’s Financial Wellness and Education office

Nationally, student loan debt reached $1.6 trillion dollars last year. That works out to somewhere between $200 and $300 dollars for alumni paying off their personal student loans, but the economic downturn has a lot of people in a pinch. The U.S. Department of Education says about 20 percent of borrowers are in default, and a recent Pew study found most were concerned about how they’d make their next payment.

To counter the national problem, the Biden administration extended the student loan grace period until September 2021. We talked with Phil Schuman, who is the executive director of Financial Wellness and Education at Indiana University — Bloomington, to see what this means for alumni, students and potential borrowers.

For more, visit And check out their podcast, MoneySmarts, too

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Discussing remote teaching with the director of CITL

Indiana University classes in the fall 2020 term started in-person and online and, after the Thanksgiving break, will end online-only. This was by design. In the spring, the model reverses itself. The first three weeks will be online only, before returning to a mixed in-person and online schedule. Again, this is by design, but it does create some unique challenges, and opportunities, for student and faculty.

Dr. Greg Siering the director for the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning at Indiana University – Bloomington joins us to talk about emerging best practices in teaching remote and hybrid classes, building community with students in a virtual setting and the services that CITL provides to faculty.

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Slow improvement, slower workforce gains are part of the Kelley economic forecast

Our economic recovery will likely be gradual, and spikes in coronavirus cases could directly impact those improvements going forward. That’s part of the new economic forecast from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business scholars. Their new report suggests we still may experience some difficulties in the workforce, despite continued, if slower, improvements into 2021.

Dr. Kyle Anderson, of the Kelley School of Business, said he feels optimistic about Indiana’s position compared to many other states in that recovery. Listen to our conversation to find out why.

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Being safe about the holidays

Planning the traditional holiday trip to see family? Give this a listen. We talked with Shandy Dearth of the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI about what might be safe, and what might dangerous, for our loved ones.

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Quick Hits

We’ve been collecting important Covid-19 information from IU’s many experts across many important areas of interest. You can follow along with those Quick Hits with this SoundCloud playlist:

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Voting deadlines and methods, with Dr. Matthew Baggetta

Listen to this, and then make sure you’re registered to vote. Dr. Matthew Baggetta, from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, talks about the voting calendar ahead of us, the mail-in ballot process, poll watchers and much, much more.

Important dates for Hoosiers


ABSENTEE IN-PERSON VOTING (or early voting): Tuesday, October 6th through Monday, November 2nd.

ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, November 3rd.

MAIL IN ABSENTEE BALLOTS: Must, as of this writing, be postmarked no later than Tuesday, November 3rd and received no later November 13th. A federal appeals court has now reinstated Indiana’s Election Day deadline to receive the mail-in ballots. Your absentee ballots must once again be received by noon on NOVEMBER 3rd to be counted. (Edited — Oct. 13th, 2020.)

Voting in another state? Find the requisite deadlines here.

Discussing the presidential debates

Before Election Day the American public will have four opportunities to hear the top of the Republican and Democrat tickets meet in debates. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are scheduled for three debates. Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris will meet in one vice presidential event.

We talked with Dr. Gerald Wright, a professor and former chair in the Indiana University department of political science about the upcoming debates, how they might be different, and what homestretch campaigning during coronavirus-public health conditions might look like.

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Talking about the return of sports

After an abrupt end to organized sports in the early spring we endured several months without some of our favorite pastimes. Amidst everything else, it was one more sad loss of normalcy. But then, suddenly in September, we found a different kind of historic moment, a very exciting bit of history in a sports context.

We talked with Dr. Lauren Smith, a professor of sports media in The Media School about sports, fandom and the sporting world bringing more attention to social justice issues.

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Talking the health of not-for-profits

Not-for-profits have been hit by a triple whammy, says Dr. Kirsten Grønbjerg, of the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Grønbjerg is the director of the Indiana Nonprofits Project, which has just released an important study on the health of that part of the economy.

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Talking student affairs at IU-Bloomington

Students are back. And things look familiar, but they are a bit different. Dr. Kathy Adams Riester, the associate vice Provost for Student Affairs and executive associate dean of dtudents for the Division of Student Affairs, told us about campus services and scheduled events.

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Talking with business strategy with Dr. Todd Saxton

Dr. Todd Saxton is an expert on business strategy and entrepreneurialism. We talked with the Kelley School of Business professor about what small businesses are doing to stay afloat and innovate in this struggling economy.

He’s got advice for those who own or manage small businesses, but also employees who are looking to add value at work.

Back to school, with Indiana University’s Dr. Aaron Carroll

Dr. Aaron Carroll is a professor of pediatrics, and a dean in the Indiana University Medical School. He’s also the vice chair for health policy and outcomes research and director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research. Carroll has been leading Indiana University’s arrival and surveillance testing and health communications efforts for the fall 2020 semester.

In this must-listen episode, he talks here about sending children back to school, and all of the work the Indiana University campuses are doing to help keep their communities safe.

Talking about Indiana’s economy

Kyle Anderson, an economist at the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI, joins us to discuss the state’s economic condition as we make our way through August. He talks about the prospects for recovery, sectors hardest hit, evictions, offers a bit of personal economic advice and more.

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Anderson is the chairperson of Kelley’s Evening MBA Program and an assistant professor of business economics.

Talking museums with Dr. David Brenneman

Dr. David Brenneman joins the program to talk about the upcoming re-opening of Indiana University’s famed Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, how the museum industry is fairing in the economic crunch and what you might expect to see the next time you visit your favorite galleries.

And if you’re eager to see beautiful works before you can go in person, Brenneman talks a bit about their Collections Online.

Running political campaigns and election expectations with Matthew Baggetta

The coronavirus is changing a summer, and the upcoming fall season, of political campaigns. Traditional big rallies aren’t taking place. Many large events that often feature campaign events on the side, or get out the vote drives, are postponed or canceled. Door-to-door electioneering may be impacted as well. Dr. Matthew Baggetta of the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs joins us to talk about local election strategies, messaging and what’s to come as we look ahead in the campaign calendar.

He also describes the current mail-in ballot process for Hoosiers. There are several key steps Indiana residents will have to pay careful attention to, if they’re hoping to vote-by-mail. He walks us through the timeline.

Discussing not-for-profits with Jamie Levine Daniel

Thinking about adding volunteerism back into your schedule? Wondering how your favorite not-for-profits are holding up in a struggling economy?

We talked with Jamie Levine Daniel of IUPUI about how that sector is faring, how you can chip in and more.

The O’Neill School of Public And Environmental Affairs professor talks about some agencies are trying innovative approaches, the resources available to them and more.

Discussing remote learning and instruction with Ben Motz

When campuses went virtual in the spring it was a scramble for students and faculty. Ben Motz, director of the eLearning Research and Practice Lab at Indiana University’s Pervasive Technology Institute began studying that transition. He discusses some of the findings of that work here for those preparing for another unique semester this fall.

It is important, Motz notes, that faculty remain aware of the potential burdens students may face while designing their fall courses.

“Mega-Study of COVID-19 Impact in Higher Education” involves multiple campuses and faculty and students. In our conversation he is sharing some of the early findings, including the four key recommendations for instructors based on the mixed-methods research.

The prospect of homeschooling, with Robert Kunzman

Robert Kunzman is a professor of curriculum studies and philosophy of education at Indiana University. He is also the managing director for the International Center for Home Education Research. We talked about what it takes to homeschool, the rules and regulations that may be in place, how parents can decide if it is right for them and their children, homeschooling co-ops and more.

Kuntzman also suggested considering the Coalition for Responsible Home Education‘s eight-week online Introduction to Home Education course for those considering homeschooling for the first time.

Covid-19 updates with IUPUI epidemiologist Shandy Dearth

Epidemiologists track diseases, and so we are checking back in with IUPUI’s Shandy Dearth, who talks about what scientists have learned recently, how reopenings are going, the data she looks at, and a lot more.

And, hey parents, we also talk kids and masks.

Parallels between the 1918 influenza pandemic and the coronavirus pandemic

Dr. Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, is a professor of radiology, pediatrics, medical education, philosophy, liberal arts, philanthropy, and medical humanities and health studies at Indiana University. He joined us to examine some of the similarities and differences between a pandemic a century ago, compared to what we’re living through today.

Click the player to hear our conversation. You can read his essay on the 1918 influenza outbreak here.

And don’t forget to wear your mask and wash your hands.

Sending children back to school in the fall

Indiana’s state Department of Education has begun announcing plans for what the 2020-2021 school year will look like. And the state’s many school corporations are making their individualized plans to teach and keep children safe. We talked with Jill Shedd, Indiana University’s assistant dean for teach education, about what the classroom experience may be like for young learners this fall.

Shedd says the best way to stay up-to-date is by checking in with your respective school corporation. Here’s how you can find yours.

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Discussing protests in a pandemic

Dr. Danielle Kilgo studies the intersections of race, gender and ability issues in visual, digital and social media communication and has written extensively about protest movements, both historic and contemporary. She says Covid-19 helps make the protests we’re seeing nationally and around the world a big reason why the movement in this moment is a different one.

We referenced this Axios-Ipsos poll and this advice from Georgetown in our conversation.

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Discussing Indiana’s economy with economist Kyle Anderson

Kyle Anderson, an economist at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business at IUPUI, joins us to discuss the end of May’s jobless claims, the recession, general recovery prospects and more.

Click the player to hear the full episode. You can also listen to our conversation with Joe Fitter, who teaches finance in the Kelley School of Business, who offered us great tips for managing a personal budget in the pandemic.

We also recently talked about how new grads are finding jobs in the current market. You can hear that conversation here.

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Returning to school, with sociologist Jessica Calarco

When stay-at-home orders were issued parents became teachers. And now that summer is here, parents are wondering what happens with their children’s fall enrollment. We talked with Indiana University sociologist Jessica Calarco, who researches the impact of social inequalities on families, children, and schools, about what we might see when school is back in session.

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New college grads entering the job market

With resumes polished and LinkedIn pages updated, the class of 2020 is entering a job market they didn’t expect. We talked with Walter Center for Career Achievement director Joe Lovejoy about how recent graduates can pivot and find meaningful work.

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Dating in the time of coronavirus

How has your dating life or relationship changed in the past few months? Social psychologist Amanda Gesselman explores how your experiences might align with participants in ongoing research from the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.

Click the player to hear the full interview, where Gesselman also provides some tips for keeping your relationship strong under pandemic conditions.

Domestic violence in the pandemic

Zoë Peterson is a professor in the Counseling Psychology Program and the director of the Sexual Assault Research Initiative at the Kinsey Institute. Emily Miles talks with Peterson about the reports of increasing domestic violence, and much more. She talks about the subtle early signs, steps a victim can take and much more.

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If you need help, you can visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline or call them at 1-800-799-7233.

In Indiana:

24-hour Statewide Hotline at 1-800-332-7385
Indiana Family Helpline 1-855-HELP-1ST
Family Support Center/Children’s Bureau 317-634-5050
Teen Link Hotline 317-255-TEEN

Talking the Emergency Meal Project and food banks with Carl Ipsen

Carl Ipsen, the director of the IU Food Institute, helped spearhead the Emergency Meal Project on the IU campus, which is feeding dozens of people each day. People using the service can place orders, and there was even a delivery element during the earlier stay-at-home orders.

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We talked about the research the Food Institute does, sustainable foods and much more.

Discussing the performing arts with Linda Pisano

Linda Pisano is the Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance department’s chairperson, and a professor of costume design. She talked with us about how the shutdown is impacting the performing arts, classroom instruction and the people that create all of those wonderful shows.

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She gives us tips on where you can find some great productions online while the theaters are dark, and how we can all support the arts going forward.

Growing things at home, with Kaylie Scherer

With more time at home and uncertainty in grocery stores, many of us are planning and planting gardens. In this episode, Hilltop Garden manager Kaylie Scherer talks with host Emily Miles about how to get started at home or in a community plot.

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Scherer talks about community plots, container gardening and, for beginners, she shares some of the best delicious and beautiful things to grow.

Reopening updates with IUPUI epidemiologist Tom Duszynski

What have scientists learned about Covid-19 in the last few weeks? How are we doing at bending the curve of confirmed cases? What are the possibilities of states having to return to quarantine orders, and what should people consider for themselves as we look to re-open?

Tom Duszynski is an epidemiologist, and the epidemiology education director of the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI in Indianapolis, we asked him those questions and more.

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Also, keep washing your hands, and maintain your social distance. Duszynski says those remain some of our best defenses against spreading Covid-19. We’re all #INThisTogether.

Physical and mental health, with the Kinsey Institute’s Gregory Lewis

Is your heart beating faster these days? Is your digestion out of sorts? These changes could be a sign of fight-or-flight response. In this episode, Gregory Lewis of the Kinsey Institute and Intelligent Systems Engineering department talks with host Emily Miles about how we can use physical practices to help manage our mental health.

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Lewis talks about managing the fight-or-flight response, being proactive and creating the right kind of routines.

Computer and network security while working from home

IU’s chief information security officer Andrew Korty talks with us about how you can keep yourself, and your work-from-home data, safe at a time when phishing and ransomware attacks are on the rise as we work through the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Korty explains how the different kinds exploits can happen in a wide-ranging conversation about managing your data, the security of video chats and more.

Covid-19 research taking place at Indiana University

Students aren’t on campus, and much of the state is staying at home, but research continues at Indiana University. There’s a great deal of Covid-19 research underway, and some other long-running programs have seen some shifts in their research efforts as well. We talked with Fred Cate, the vice president for research, about some of those interesting studies and laboratory efforts.

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From drug abuse intervention, to policy studies, economic and disease modeling, to Covid testing and more, IU research, Cate says, is touching people throughout the Hoosier state and far beyond.

Concerns, issues, resources in the gender diversity conversation

Experts on the IU Health Center Gender Affirming Care Team want to hear from you. But before you reach out, you can listen to them describe tips and resources for gender diverse people and allies. In this episode, Drs. Kel Thomas and Laura Knudson talk about how to navigate gender care amid a pandemic.

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Read more about the new Gender Affirming Care Team program at IU.. Some of the available resources that are discussed in this episode:

Talking food supply with Jodee Ellett of the Indiana Food Council Network

When the shelves are thin it’s been because of disruptions in the supply chain when it comes to our trips to the grocery store. The early reasons have to do with changing shopping habits. Jodee Ellett of Sustainable Food Systems Science talks about the implications for farmers and the historical parallels.

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We also talked about the growing popularity of community gardening, the successes of farmers markets going online, the SNAP program and more.

Human resources expert talks employee management during a pandemic

Employers should act conservatively and with empathy toward their employees’ circumstances. Employees should be able to talk with management about their concerns and struggles, says Kelley School of Business human resource management professor Elizabeth Malatestinic.

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Malatestinic is also brings us up-to-date with changing employment laws in our pandemic setting.

IUPUI epidemiologist: We need more testing, but the data is improving

We learn about pandemic surveillance, the key indicators that health experts are looking for before they advise governments to relax stay-at-home orders and more tips on how to keep yourself safe at work and home from Shandy Dearth is the director of undergraduate epidemiology education at the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI.

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Dearth says that even as we’re starting to see case numbers plateauing in some places “we need to stay on this (social distancing) path a while longer.”

Psychologist Beth Trammell talks about helping kids cope in a pandemic

Parenting during a pandemic probably wasn’t something you planned for, but Dr. Beth Trammell, a licensed psychologist who teaches at IU East, has advice for helping the children and teens in our lives.

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It is also important to “have grace for yourself in the same way that you’re having grace for your kids,” she says.

Examining covid-19 with ‘disease detective’ Tom Duszynski

The data suggests the stay at home orders may be working, Tom Duszynski tells us. If we open things back up too quickly, the epidemiologist warns, we’ll be right back in the same sort of wide outbreak scenario.

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Duszynski is the Epidemiology Education Director in the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI.

Finding gratitude in these stressful, challenging days

We talked with Dr. Joel Wong about taking pleasure in the simple things in these troubling times. He told us about working with your children and creating the appropriate sort of atmosphere within their new daily routines, the benefits of a simple walk, keeping in touch with people you care about and something called gratitude journaling.

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Wong is the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department Chair in the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington.

Managing household finances in hard economic times

We’re going through a historic period of job loss. Joe Fitter says in today’s financial uncertainty the first thing to do is to make sure your emergency funds, three-to-six months of savings, are available to you. The second thing to do, he says, is to not panic.

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Joe Fitter teaches finance in the Kelley School of Business, where he is also the director of the Strategic Finance Academy.

Discussing anxiety and depression with Brandon Muncy of Counseling and Psychological Services

Brandon Muncy talks with us about coping with anxiety and depression in the social isolation context we’re encountering during the Covid-19 pandemic. One piece of advice Muncy offers is to have activities planned for yourself to prevent anxiety from growing in a vacuum.

“Taking care of yourself,” Muncy says, “is super productive.”

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Brandon Muncy is a counselor at Counseling and Psychological Services, serving the mental health needs of students at Indiana University’s Health Center.