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On Topic with IU

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We talk to experts from across Indiana University about a wide range of topics that impact us all. By Hoosiers, for everyone.
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On Topic with IU -- Impact 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. Here's the Washington Post opinion piece we mentioned. And, something interesting that came up just after, a new Dutch study that suggests some people are thriving.
April 2, 2021
On Topic with IU -- College recruitment and admissions amid Covid concerns
University and college admissions officials across the country have been scrambling this past year in telling their story and helping prospective students during these most unusual days. We talked with Sacha Thieme, the executive director of Admissions at Indiana University - Bloomington to find out what the process has been like over the last year, and what new, incoming students can look forward to next year.
March 29, 2021
On Topic with IU -- New CDC guidance and vaccines with IUPUI epidemiology lecturer 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.
March 11, 2021
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
January 25, 2021
Predicting the future of the economy, with Dr. Kyle Anderson
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.
January 25, 2021
Discussing remote teaching with the director of CITL
Dr. Greg Siering is the director for the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning at Indiana University - Bloomington and he 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.
January 25, 2021
On Topic with IU -- Family travel during the Covid holidays
Planning the traditional holiday trip to see family? Give this a listen. We talked with Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI's Shandy Dearth about what might be safe, and what might dangerous, for our loved ones.
November 9, 2020
On Topic with IU -- 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 at Indiana University -- Bloomington, talks about the voting calendar ahead of us, the mail-in ballot process, poll watchers and much, much more. DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE,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 at Indiana University -- Bloomington, talks about the voting calendar ahead of us, the mail-in ballot process, poll watchers and much, much more. DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE, Monday, October 5th. MAIL IN ABSENTEE BALLOTS: 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. ABSENTEE IN-PERSON VOTING (or early voting): Tuesday, October 6th through Monday, November 2nd. ELECTION DAY, Tuesday, November 3rd.
September 30, 2020
Discussing the presidential debates with Dr. Gerald Wright
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 in the Indiana University political science department, about the upcoming debates, how they might be different, and what homestretch campaigning during coronavirus-public health conditions might look like.
September 23, 2020
Talking the health of not-for-profits with Kirsten Grønbjerg
Nonprofits, a critical part of the economy, have taken a hit in this downturn. Dr. Kirsten Grønbjerg, a professor in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and director of the Indiana Nonprofits Project, keeps us up-to-date.
September 10, 2020
Talking student affairs at IU Bloomington
Students are back. And things look familiar, but they are a bit different. We talked with Dr. Kathy Adams Riester, the Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Executive Associate Dean of Students for the Division of Student Affairs, about what student services and campus life will look and feel like this fall.
September 2, 2020
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 afloat and innovation in this struggling economy.
August 26, 2020
Back to school, with Indiana University's Dr. Aaron Carroll
This is a must listen episode. 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. He's talking to us about sending children back to school, and all of the work the Indiana University campuses are doing to help keep their communities safe.
August 26, 2020
Talking about 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 state's economic condition as we make our way through August. He talks about the prospects for recovery, sectors hardest hit, evictions, personal advice and more.
August 26, 2020
On Topic with IU - Talking museums with Eskenazi Museum of Art's 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.
July 30, 2020
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.
July 28, 2020
Discussing not-for-profits with Jamie Levine Daniel
Often times, when the economy struggles not-for-profits hit rough patches of their own. We talked with Dr. Jamie Levine Daniel, a professor in the O’Neill School of Public And Environmental Affairs at IUPUI to see how not-for-profits are doing right now. She tells how some agencies are trying innovative approaches, the resources available to them and more.
July 17, 2020
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. “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. It is important, Motz notes, that faculty remain aware of the potential burdens students may face while designing their fall courses.
July 17, 2020
Discussing 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. More from ICHER here.
July 9, 2020
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.
July 7, 2020
On Topic with IU -- 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.
June 30, 2020
Sending children back to school in the fall
Indiana's state Department of Education has begun announcing plans for what the start of 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.
June 17, 2020
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.
June 11, 2020
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.
June 11, 2020
On Topic with IU - 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.
June 8, 2020
On Topic with IU -- New college grads entering the job market
The class of 2020 is entering a job market they likely didn't expect. In this episode, Emily Miles talks with Walter Center for Career Achievement director Joe Lovejoy about how recent graduates can pivot and find meaningful work.
June 1, 2020
On Topic with IU -- Dating in the time of Coronavirus, with social psychologist Amanda Gesselman
How has your dating life or relationship changed in the past few months? In this episode, 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. Gesselman also provides some tips for keeping your relationship strong under pandemic conditions.
June 1, 2020
On Topic with IU -- Domestic violence in the pandemic, with psychologist and professor Zoë Peterson
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. If you need help, you can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or visit 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
May 27, 2020
On Topic with IU - Talking the Emergency Meal Project, food banks and distribution with Carl Ipsen
We talked with Carl Ipsen, who is the director of the IU Food Institute. He helped spearhead the Emergency Meal Project on the IU campus, which is feeding dozens of people each day. We talked about the research the Food Institute does, sustainable foods and much more.
May 18, 2020
On Topic with IU -- 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. She gives us tips on where you can find some great productions online, and how we can all support the arts going forward.
May 13, 2020
On Topic with IU -- 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 about how to get started at home or in a community plot.
May 13, 2020
On Topic with IU -- Reopening updates with IUPUI epidemiologist Tom Duszynski
Tom Duszynski is an epidemiologist, and the epidemiology education director of the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI in Indianapolis. He tells us about what scientists have learned about Covid-19 in the last few weeks, talks about how we're doing bending the curve of confirmed cases, how states will re-open and much more. #INThisTogether
May 8, 2020
Talking 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.
May 5, 2020
On Topic with IU: Computer and network security with Andrew Korty, Indiana University's CISO
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. He talks about managing your data, backing it all up and the security of video chats. What to do, what to look for and where to turn are just some of the topics we discuss here.
April 30, 2020
On Topic with IU - Talking COVID-19 research taking place at Indiana University
We talked with Indiana University's vice president for research, Fred Cate, about a few of the ongoing and groundbreaking types of research going on around the COVID-19 pandemic. Cate says it would be hard to find a part of life in Indiana that research at IU hasn't been touching. Listen to hear details of some of the interesting work going on around the IU system.
April 29, 2020
On Topic with IU: Navigating Gender Care
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 with host Emily Miles about how to navigate gender care amid a pandemic.
April 29, 2020
On Topic with IU - Discussing the many elements of the food supply chain
Sustainable Food Systems Science's Jodee Ellett works with the Indiana Food Council Network and local food councils throughout the state. She explains what's going on in the food supply chain, how farmers may fare this year, and the growing trend toward community gardening and more.
April 28, 2020
On Topic with IU: Human Resource Management professor Elizabeth Malatestinic
We talked with Elizabeth Malatestinic, who teaches human resource management in the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI. She discusses best practices for managing employees in a stay-at-home and essential business environment. Listen to hear her advice for both employers and employees.
April 28, 2020
On Topic with IU, with IUPUI epidemiologist Shandy Dearth
Shandy Dearth is the director of undergraduate epidemiology education at the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. She explains pandemic surveillance, key indicators health experts will be looking for before relaxing stay-at-home orders, how to keep yourself safe at work and much more.
April 28, 2020
On Topic with IU: Psychologist Beth Trammell talks about helping kids cope in a pandemic
"Have grace for yourself the same way you're having grace for your kids." Parenting during a pandemic probably wasn't something you planned for, but licensed psychologist Dr. Beth Trammell has tips to help. The IU East associate professor of psychology talks with host Emily Miles about helping kids cope with COVID-19.
April 28, 2020
On Topic with IU: Tom Duszynski, epidemiologist at IUPUI, talks Covid-19
We talked with Tom Duzynski who is the Epidemiology Education Director at the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI in Indianapolis, Indiana. He discussed hints that our stay at home practices and quarantine practices are working, how long it might be until we can start returning to more normal activities, what experts are continually learning about covid-19 and more.
April 14, 2020
Finding gratitude -- On Topic with Counseling and Counseling Psychology professor Joel Wong
We talked with Dr. Joel Wong about taking pleasure in the simple things in these troubling times. He talks about working with your children and creating an appropriate atmosphere within their new daily routines, the benefits of a simple walk, keeping in touch with people and something called gratitude journaling.
April 9, 2020
Household finances in troubling economic times -- with IU finance professor Joe Fitter
Joe Fitter teaches finance in the prestigious Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, where he is also director of the Strategic Finance Academy. He talked with On Topic about what we should be doing to make sure our household finances are in good order with the rapidly shifting economy. Don't cash in your 401Ks, DO make sure you've got several months of emergency money available to you, evaluate your discretionary spending and more. It's all On Topic with IU and Joe Fitter.
April 8, 2020
Anxiety and depression in Covid-19 social isolation
Brandon Muncy of Indiana University's Counseling and Psychological Services joins us to talk about being informed, focusing on one's immediate plans in uncertain times, tips on what to do and avoid and more.
April 8, 2020