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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 Board 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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New associate vice provost for the social sciences appointed

Interim Vice Provost for Research Jeff Zaleski has announced the appointment of Brea Perry as associate vice provost for the social sciences in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at IU Bloomington. Her appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Perry is a professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences and affiliated faculty with the IU Network Science Institute.

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Open Medicare data helps IU researchers uncover potential hidden costs of health care

An interdisciplinary team of Indiana University scientists studying Medicare data has found an association between health care industry payments to medical providers for non-research expenses and what these providers charge for medical services -- shedding new light on potential hidden costs to the public.

The team includes Franco Pestilli, an associate professor in the IU Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and an advisory council member at the IU Network Science Institute.

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Starting a conversation: Activities addressing mental illness reduce stigma among college students

College students who participate in fun, peer-directed activities that openly and honestly address mental illness are significantly less likely to stigmatize people with these conditions, according to a new study led by researchers at Indiana University.

The study was led by Bernice Pescosolido, IU Distinguished Professor of Sociology and director of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research. Pescosolido was a founding member of the IU Network Science Institute and is currently an advisory council member there. 

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Women and elderly at higher risk of dangerous drug interactions

A new study led by researchers at Indiana University has found that women and older adults who use multiple prescription drugs are significantly more likely to be prescribed pills whose combination produces dangerous side effects.

Luis Rocha, a professor in the IU School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering and an advisory council member at the IU Network Science Institute, is the senior author on the study.

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