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IU experts available to comment on racism, social justice, policing, role of media in light of George Floyd protests

Indiana University
29-May-2020 2:35 PM EDT, by Indiana University

Protests are erupting across the country after George Floyd died while in police custody. Video of Floyd, a black man, telling a white police officer he couldn't breathe while the officer kneeled on Floyd's neck has sparked outrage and led to the firing of the four Minneapolis police officers involved. Early Friday afternoon, one of those officers was taken into custody, and journalists are scrambling to cover the breaking news.

This latest incident is once again raising questions about racism, social justice, policing and the role of social media and journalism when these issues arise. Indiana University experts are available to comment on these topics.

Dé Bryant founded participatory action research Social Action Project. She teaches classes on social justice, human behavior and social institutions at the Civil Rights Heritage Center and is a member of the CRHC Advisory Board to extend its influence in the community and as a force for social justice.

Danielle Kilgo's research focuses on race, gender and disability issues in visual and digital communication. Currently, she concentrates on the international media coverage of social movements, particularly recent protests against violence and racism in the United States. Kilgo has studied viral campaigns and online conversations, the influence of framing on audience interpretation, and news redistribution practices of social media users.

Carl Weinberg teaches and writes about social movements, culture wars, science and American politics. He is a senior lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences and adjunct associate professor of history at IU Bloomington. He also teaches in the Political and Civic Engagement program, or PACE; and the Liberal Arts and Management Program, known as LAMP.

Darryl Heller was named the director for student and community engagement at Indiana University South Bend in 2015. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the fields of human services, community development and nonprofit management.

Natalie Hipple, associate professor of criminal justice at Indiana University Bloomington, is an expert on gun violence, problem-solving policing, incident reviews, restorative justice and evaluation of criminal justice programs.

Jakobi Williams is an associate professor of African American and African Diaspora studies and history at IU Bloomington. He has held positions at the University of Kentucky, UCLA and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research interests are centered on questions of resistance and social justice.

Jennifer Midberry is an assistant professor in The Media School’s Journalism unit. Her research focuses on ethical issues related to photographing vulnerable people, empathic and other affective responses to photojournalism of social issues, and visual stereotypes, with an emphasis on depictions of Islam and the Middle East in U.S. media. 

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The fact that SARS-CoV-2 virus can or cannot spread through airborne transmission does not render masks "worthless"
Newswise

A video featuring Owen Shroyer originally published by Banned.video went viral on Facebook in late October. The video claims that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, was never airborne, and wearing face masks is unnecessary. This claim is false and inaccurate. The CDC never said the virus could not be airborne. Although the CDC "updated" their guidance on its website to include aerosols among the most common forms of SARS-CoV-2 transmission, experts agree that the virus can spread through water droplets, which masks can act as a physical barrier to stpp the water droplets. There is increasing evidence that suggest airborne transmission may also play a role in the spread of COVID-19.

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FSU experts available to comment on United States leaving the Paris Agreement
Florida State University

By: Bill Wellock | Published: October 27, 2020 | 4:03 pm | SHARE: Carbon emissions and climate change are key issues in this presidential election.Regardless of who voters choose as the country’s next president, the United States is scheduled to leave the Paris Agreement — an international accord with the goal of limiting global climate change — on Nov.

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Newswise Live Event for Nov 2nd, 2PM EDT: the 2020 Presidential Elections
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Experts from institutions including George Washington University and Cornell University will participate in an expert panel covering a wide variety of topics on the U.S. Elections, with questions prepared by Newswise editors and submissions from media attendees.

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Biden did not "admit" to perpetrating electoral fraud, despite Trump and McEnany's claim
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U.S. President Donald Trump claimed Democratic nominee Joe Biden had “admitted” to perpetrating electoral fraud. On Oct. 24, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted out a short video clip of Biden, along with the text "Joe Biden brags about having the “most extensive VOTER FRAUD organization” in history!!" This claim is false and the video is taken out of context.

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Study: Voter participation predicts compliance with social distancing
Washington University in St. Louis

People who vote are more likely to practice social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic than people with a lower sense of civic duty—regardless of political affiliation, according to a new study from Washington University in St. Louis.

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AGS Refutes President Trump’s Claim That Physicians Are Over-Counting Covid-19 Deaths for Financial Gain, in Solidarity with the CMSS
American Geriatrics Society

With its more than 6,000 members continuing to care for older Americans affected by COVID-19 at the front-line of the nation’s pandemic response, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today stood in solidarity with the Council of Medical Special Societies (CMSS) in condemning President Trump’s claim that hospitals and physicians are inflating the number of COVID-19 deaths for their own financial gain.


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