Indiana University: IU team identifies new method of measuring social optimism from Twitter

Indiana University: IU team identifies new method of measuring social optimism from Twitter. “There’s no question that 2020 was a whirlwind of a year. Humanity faced a pandemic and social unrest of historic precedence. How did these events influence our optimism toward the future? To address this question, a team of IU researchers, including faculty from the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering and IU’s Cognitive Science Program turned to Twitter.”

NBC News: Supreme Court rejects challenge to Indiana University’s vaccination requirement

NBC News: Supreme Court rejects challenge to Indiana University’s vaccination requirement. “The Supreme Court refused Thursday to block Indiana University’s requirement that students be vaccinated against Covid-19 to attend classes in the fall semester. It was the first legal test of a Covid vaccination mandate to come before the justices. A challenge to the policy was directed to Amy Coney Barrett, the justice in charge of that region of the country, who denied it. There were no noted dissents from other justices.”

Indiana University: ERI launches platform to boost accessibility of environmental change data

Indiana University: ERI launches platform to boost accessibility of environmental change data. “This fall, Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI), part of IU’s Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative, launched the ERI Data Platform, an open-data tool that allows users to explore environmental change data in new ways. The platform gives users the ability to overlay national, global, and Indiana-specific datasets, add new data, and navigate to geographic areas of interest.”

Indiana University: Newly launched Collections Online increases access to Eskenazi Museum of Art’s works

Indiana University: Newly launched Collections Online increases access to Eskenazi Museum of Art’s works. “The museum recently launched the first phase of its Collections Online, a database that will eventually contain pictures and descriptions of the more than 45,000 items in its collections. Each phase of the project will include adding 500 pieces of art from each curatorial area of the museum to the website.”

Indiana University: IU launches CitizIN app, a new interactive tool for teaching about Indiana studies

Indiana University: IU launches CitizIN app, a new interactive tool for teaching about Indiana studies. “The Center on Representative Government at Indiana University and the IU Office of the Bicentennial have publicly launched the new CitizIN app, a free interactive game that explores 200 years of Indiana history. CitizIN supports the teaching of Indiana studies and the incorporation of Indiana topics into a standard U.S. history course.”

Indiana University: First-of-its-kind online tool helps Indiana communities address climate change vulnerabilities

Indiana University: First-of-its-kind online tool helps Indiana communities address climate change vulnerabilities. “Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute, part of the Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative, has launched the Hoosier Resilience Index, a first-of-its-kind online tool to help local governments and Indiana residents understand how their communities are vulnerable to climate change and what they can do to respond.”

Indiana University: Tracking coordinated disinformation campaigns online made easier with new BotSlayer tool

Indiana University: Tracking coordinated disinformation campaigns online made easier with new BotSlayer tool. “The software, which is free and open to the public, scans social media in real time to detect evidence of automated Twitter accounts — or ‘bots’ — pushing messages in a coordinated manner, an increasingly common practice to manipulate public opinion by creating the false impression that many people are talking about a particular subject.”

Mental Floss: Inside the World’s Only Public Collection of Mechanical Puzzles

New-to-me: a database of mechanical puzzles. “The collection is named after Jerry Slocum, a Chicago-area native who started donating his personal collection of puzzles to the library in 2006. The library now has over 34,000 mechanical puzzles, which, unlike jigsaw and crossword puzzles, tend to feature interconnected pieces that must be physically manipulated in order to solve the problem…. An online database of the collection lets users search by the puzzle’s date of creation, designer, maker, or classification.”

EurekAlert: Internet therapy apps reduce depression symptoms, IU study finds

EurekAlert: Internet therapy apps reduce depression symptoms, IU study finds . “In the past several years, many internet-based apps and websites have made claims to treat depression. The subjects of the [Indiana University] study were specifically those applications that provide treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy, a form of psychotherapy that focuses on changing thought patterns and behavior to alleviate symptoms of depression and other mental disorders.”

TechCrunch: Want to reduce fraud? Make a better password, dummy!

TechCrunch: Want to reduce fraud? Make a better password, dummy! . “Researchers at Indiana University have confirmed that stringent password policies – aside from being really annoying – actually work. The research, led by Ph.D. student Jacob Abbott, IU CIO Daniel Calarco, and professor L. Jean Camp. They published their findings in a paper entitled ‘Factors Influencing Password Reuse: A Case Study.’”

Indiana University: Having an online social forum for class networking gives physics students a boost, study says

Indiana University: Having an online social forum for class networking gives physics students a boost, study says. “Grasping the impulse-momentum theorem during a 100-level physics lecture is one thing, but what if it doesn’t make as much sense once you start your homework assignment? Andy Gavrin, IUPUI physics department chair and associate professor, first added an online social forum to his courses to help students stay engaged in the coursework and assist one another outside of class. A new study of these forums indicates the online tool is valuable to helping students succeed in physics courses.”