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Friday, September 22, 2017

George Takei at IU Cinema

George Takei

American actor, director and activist George Takei laughs during a question and answer session after a screening of “To Be Takei” at the IU Cinema on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. The documentary is a wide-ranging portrait of the jovial actor and activist who is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the television series “Star Trek”. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

George Takei

American actor, director and activist George Takei receives a standing ovation from the audience after a screening of “To Be Takei” at the IU Cinema on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Solar eclipse viewing at Indiana University

The 2017 solar eclipse‘s path of totality missed Bloomington, Indiana to the South by about two and a half hours, but that did not stop several hundred students, faculty, staff and members of the public from gathering to view the 95 percent eclipse on the Indiana University-Bloomington campus. I’m kicking myself for missing the opportunity to photograph the eclipse itself, but I have plenty of time to plan for the next eclipse on April 8, 2024 when Bloomington will be in the path of totality.

Indiana University Bloomington Eclipse Viewing Party

Members of the public use eclipse viewers to look at the sun during a viewing party for the solar eclipse at the Conrad Prebys Amphitheater at Indiana University Bloomington on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Indiana University Bloomington Eclipse Viewing Party

A student enjoys the solar eclipse from an empty meadow along the Jordan River near Woodburn Hall at Indiana University Bloomington on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Focus Dance Company visits Indiana University

Zeng Shao Tung

Zeng Shao Tung, a dancer from the Focus Dance Company, rehearses with fellow company dancers and IU students at Indiana University Bloomington on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. More than two dozen dance majors from Taipei National University of the Arts are spending a week of cultural exchange at IU Bloomington. The group’s visit culminates in a joint performance with the IU Contemporary Dance Program on Feb. 24 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Sydney Sizemore

IU senior Sydney Sizemore, right, shares a laugh with a partner from the Focus Dance Company during a class at Indiana University Bloomington on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Syrian refugees in Indiana adjust to Trump’s America

I recently photographed the first family of Syrian refugees to resettle in Indianapolis for a story in The Washington Post. The story focused on refugees in Indiana and how they are coping since President Donald Trump’s election. Trump’s Vice President, Mike Pence, tried unsuccessfully to ban Syrian refugees when he was Indiana’s governor.

Indiana Refugees

Waed Al-Hamoud, 35, kisses Selena, her 1-month-old daughter, at the Exodus Refugee Immigration offices in Indianapolis, Indiana on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. In 2014, Al-Hamoud and her family fled Damascus and resettled in Indianapolis. They were the first family to relocate in Indianapolis from war-torn Syria. (James Brosher for The Washington Post)

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Indiana University Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally

Indiana University Bloomington Homecoming Parade

Indiana University Cheerleaders perform at the pep rally following the IU Bloomington Homecoming Parade on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Indiana University Bloomington Homecoming Parade

Indiana University Marching Hundred Drum Major August Merback applauds a passing high school band as he waits to lead the band in the IU Bloomington Homecoming Parade along Woodlawn Avenue on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Syrian refugees in Indiana

Back in August, I photographed Syrian refugees who have resettled in Indiana for a story in The Washington Post. Their resettlement comes in spite of efforts by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence who directed state agencies to halt Syrian resettlement. This week a federal appeals court affirmed a preliminary injunction blocking Pence’s order, dismissing it as “nightmare speculation.”

Malak Assaf

Malak Assaf, 25, poses for a photo in her apartment in Indianapolis, Ind. on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. Assaf is a refugee from the war in Syria. (James Brosher for The Washington Post)

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Patient surveys and the opioid epidemic

I spent a few hours back in June shadowing Dr. S. Michael Keller, the emergency room director at Marion General Hospital in Marion, Ind. The photos were for a story in The New York Times about patient satisfaction surveys and their effect on the opioid epidemic. Under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals’ Medicare reimbursements were tied to patient satisfaction surveys. The idea of this was to encourage quality care, but many health care professionals argue the surveys incentivized doctors to prescribe powerful and potentially addictive painkillers such as opioids to patients in order to score well on the surveys. Marion General bucked the trend by cutting opioid prescriptions, leading to a drastic drop in the patient satisfaction surveys.

S. Michael Keller

Dr. S. Michael Keller, director of Marion General Hospital’s emergency department and ambulance services, examines William Joseph, a patient from Van Buren, Ind., in the Emergency Room on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Marion, Ind. Marion General Hospital urged its doctors to limit opioid prescriptions resulting in lowered patient satisfaction scores, particularly in pain management. As part of the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) incentivizes quality care by rewarding hospitals that score well on patient satisfaction surveys. (James Brosher for The New York Times)

S. Michael Keller

Dr. S. Michael Keller, director of Marion General Hospital’s emergency department and ambulance services, speaks with Deseric Inman, a patient from Marion, Ind. experiencing eye discomfort, in the Emergency Room on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Marion, Ind. (James Brosher for The New York Times)

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Indiana Daily Student bids farewell to Ernie Pyle Hall

On a drizzly day last month, the Indiana Daily Student bid farewell to its beloved newsroom in Ernie Pyle Hall. As a former IDSer, I felt obligated to capture the move. I spent a majority of my college years in that building – specifically in that newsroom – as a student in Indiana University’s School of Journalism Media School. I wouldn’t be where I’m at today had it not been for the experiences I had within those walls. It’s crazy to consider I grew up in a one stoplight town of 2,300 people in rural Indiana and in the past couple months I’ve made pictures for The New York Times and The Washington Post. Before I moved back to Bloomington in 2014, Ernie Pyle Hall was always one of my first stops on visits to Bloomington. It was home. I knew I could walk in there and see old friends and familiar spaces. IU is a large university, but Ernie Pyle Hall made it feel like a small, intimate school. Change is hard sometimes, but I’m optimistic the move to Franklin Hall will work out eventually. I hope the intimate and inclusive feeling of Ernie Pyle Hall endures at Franklin Hall. Maybe someday a former student will wax nostalgic about that building too.

Indiana Daily Student Move

Mayflower moves wheel Ernie Pyle’s desk onto a truck as the Indiana Daily Student moves from Ernie Pyle Hall to new offices in Franklin Hall on Monday, July 18, 2016. Pyle, the famed World War II correspondent, served as editor of the Indiana Daily Student in the summer of 1922. Although he did not graduate from IU, he received the first doctor of humane letters degree IU ever bestowed in 1944. Pyle was killed by a Japanese sniper in the Pacific Theater on April 19, 1945. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Indiana Daily Student Move

Indiana Daily Student Director Ron Johnson, right, laughs with Director of Creative of Marketing and Operations Greg Menkedick as they look through a desk drawer on Monday, July 18, 2016, at the IDS offices in Ernie Pyle Hall. The IDS is relocating to Franklin Hall. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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