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Many Americans believe false election narratives, IU survey shows

"Kamala Harris is not a natural-born American citizen." False. "Joe Biden's family has illegal business ties with China." False. Believe it or not, large segments of the population are aware of these kinds of unsupported narratives related to the fall 2020 election and believe that at least some of these narratives are true, according to the first in a new series of reports by Indiana University's Observatory on Social Media, also known as OSoMe.

OSoMe is partner project of the Indiana University Network Science Institute.

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IU researchers trace the outlines of two cultures within science, one promoting greater equity and inclusivity

In the world of scientific research today, there’s a revolution going on – over the last decade or so, scientists across many disciplines have been seeking to improve the workings of science and its methods.

To do this, scientists are largely following one of two paths: the movement for reproducibility and the movement for open science. Both movements aim to create centralized archives for data, computer code and other resources, but from there, the paths diverge. The movement for reproducibility calls on scientists to reproduce the results of past experiments to verify earlier results, while open science calls on scientists to share resources so that future research can build on what has been done, ask new questions and advance science.

Now, an international research team led by IU’s Mary Murphy, Amanda Mejia, Jorge Mejia, Yan Xiaoran, Patty Mabry, Susanne Ressl, Amanda Diekman, and Franco Pestilli, finds the two movements do more than diverge.

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IU study finds meaningful contact with those with addiction can reduce stigma

Many Americans say they know someone who has battled drug addiction. And meaningful social contact with people who have experienced addiction can effectively reduce prejudice and discrimination, according to preliminary findings from Indiana University researchers.

The study, conducted by Brea Perry, professor of sociology at IU and an advisory council member at the IU Network Science Institute, used data from the Person to Person (P2P) Health Interview Study, a state representative, face-to-face survey, to assesses negative stereotypes, attitudes and behaviors that affect people with opioid use disorder, their families and friends, and healthcare providers. As of August 2020, around 1,800 respondents had completed the survey.

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IU media and technology center adds fellows to expand study of how misinformation spreads

Indiana University’s Observatory on Social Media, funded in part last year with a $3 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, has named two new Knight Fellows.

Matthew DeVerna and Harry Yaojun Yan will help advance the center’s ongoing investigations into how information and misinformation spread online. The Observatory on Social Media, or OSoMe (pronounced “awesome”), is a collaboration between the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering; The Media School; and the IU Network Science Institute.

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Neuroscientist Franco Pestilli awarded $200,000 Microsoft Investigator Fellowship

Franco Pestilli, an Indiana University professor of psychological and brain sciences, was awarded a 2019 Microsoft Investigator Fellowship. The award, given to 15 out of almost 300 applicants, provides $200,000 over two years for projects that use Microsoft's Azure platform to advance science through the use of cloud-computing technology.

Pestilli is an advisory council member at the IU Network Science Institute.

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Focus on mental health as cause of mass violence may be increasing stigma

In response to recent mass shootings and consistent public outcry, President Donald Trump's administration is considering a controversial proposal to monitor people with mental illness in hopes of preventing mass shootings. But focusing on mental illness as the root cause for mass violence may do little to solve the problem.

Instead, it will increase the American public's stigmatization of people with these conditions, according to a new paper by IU Distinguished Professor of Sociology and IUNI Advisory Council Member Bernice Pescosolido.

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Fortunato, IUNI awarded NSF grant to establish international exchange program

Santo Fortunato, a professor at the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering and the director of the Indiana University Network Science Institute, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet) program, which aims to accelerate the process of scientific discovery and prepare the next generation of U.S. researchers for multi-team international collaborations.

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