New clips for July 21 – 23, 2020

Could Biden Be the Climate-Change President?

Mr. Biden’s new attention to the racial and economic disparities worsened by global warming is pleasantly surprising, Elizabeth Kronk Warner, the dean of the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah and a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, told The Times. “Usually environmental justice is an afterthought or it’s not clearly quantified,” she said. “As a citizen of a tribe, I very much appreciate that he explicitly references tribal communities.”

University of Utah talks about preparations for big VP debate, expects 100-million views

The University of Utah, the Utah Debate Commission and the national Commission on Presidential Debates briefed Utah reporters on plans for the October 7 Vice Presidential debate to be held at Kingsbury Hall on the campus of the U.

University of Utah says it won’t release Lauren McCluskey’s counseling records to her parents

The University of Utah says it shouldn’t have to release the counseling records of student-athlete Lauren McCluskey — who spoke to a school psychologist in the days and hours before she was killed — arguing in a new lawsuit that those should be considered confidential even in death.

Magnitude 3.7 earthquake strikes remote corner of Utah

A total of 6 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater have happened in the same area since since 1962, the largest of which was a magnitude 4.2 temblor in 1981, according to Jamie Farrell, an assistant research professor at the University of Utah Seismograph Stations.

Record-Breaking 3D Map Of The Universe Reveals Some Big Surprises

These galaxies are spread out over more than 19 billion light-years in all directions, corresponding to more than 11 billion years of cosmic history in our expanding Universe. But what is it made out of? How quickly is it expanding today? What else have we learned, and what comes next for astrophysics? Here’s the remarkable story.

Saratoga Springs City Council approves changes to University of Utah Medical Center plan

The Saratoga Springs City Council voted Tuesday to approve changes to a development plan to build a University of Utah Medical Center, including increasing the overall acreage of the two-phase project.

Utah's universities prepare for fall semester during a pandemic

Next month, students will be returning to the University of Utah for the fall semester. COVID-19 testing and protocols for spectator sports are still being sorted out, but communications director Chris Nelson says: “I think what we know this year is this semester is not going to look like any other semester we’ve ever done.”

Politicians and Business Interests Pushed Health Officials Aside to Control Reopening. Then Cases Exploded.

Dr. Michael Good, CEO of University of Utah Health and the only physician on the commission, said the “goal has always been to slow the spread of the virus.” The commission is trying to balance decisions on reopening in a way that keeps infections low while not inadvertently causing other social and economic problems, he said.

Community: Education in brief

Local students named to University of Utah’s spring 2020 dean’s list. The University of Utah congratulates more than 7,500 students who were named to the spring 2020 dean’s list.

A 'last resort' for failing coronavirus patients, limited ECMO machines available in Utah

“ECMO is a very invasive, aggressive form of medical support,” Dr. Joseph Tonna, associate director of the ECMO services at the University of Utah said. ECMO stands for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. It’s technology that’s been around for 50 years. “It involves taking the blood out of the body, through large tubes. It involves passing it through a pump and then through a device that adds oxygen and removes CO2 and then it returns it to the body,” Tonna explained.

What’s causing the delay in COVID-19 test results?

University of Utah Health and Intermountain Healthcare are trying to recruit and hire more staff to meet seemly never-ending demand for tests. “There are only so many trained, clinical laboratory scientists out there,” said Dr. Brian Jackson, ARUP Laboratories medical director and associate professor at University of Utah School of Medicine.

A checkmark-shaped recovery? A look at how Utah might rebound from economic slowdown

But as talk of another stimulus package swirls in Washington, Natalie Gochnour, director of University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Institute, theorizes that if Utah is able to wade past its COVID-19 uptick without complete shutdowns, then the worst might be over — at least from an economic standpoint.

Gamma-ray telescopes measure diameters of distant stars

"A proper understanding of stellar physics is important for a massive range of astronomical fields, from exoplanet studies to cosmology, and yet they are often seen as point sources of light due to their great distances from Earth," said Nolan Matthews from the University of Utah. "Interferometry has been widely successful in achieving the angular resolution needed to spatially resolve stars and we've demonstrated the capability to perform optical intensity interferometry measurements with an array of many telescopes that in turn will help to improve our understanding of stellar systems."

Safety performance of EHRs vary widely

David C. Classen, MD, MS, research professor in the department of internal medicine at the University of Utah, and colleagues noted that Electronic Health Records have been used to safeguard against medical errors, but recent evidence suggests that medication safety and overall safety problems are “still unacceptably high.”

Area students earn academic honors

The University of Utah in Salt Lake City held a virtual commencement ceremony to congratulate its graduates, including Dan McNamara of Pullman, Scott Peck of Spokane Valley and Samantha Thorne, Megan Perkins and Kiersten Utsey, all of Spokane.

Utah hospitals not equipped for surge in COVID-19 cases, analysis says

On July 10, executives from University of Utah Health and Intermountain Healthcare called on Gov. Gary Herbert to implement a statewide mask mandate, citing a decline in availability of intensive care unit (ICU) beds.

Local student now Utah graduate

Sequim resident Mackenzie Marmol graduated from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City at an April 30 ceremony. Marmol was awarded a Bachelor of Science in health promotion and education.

I’ve Always Preferred Female Doctors And It Turns Out Science Is On My Side

Dr. Kirby Parker Jones, vice-chair of education for the Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology at the University of Utah, told The Scope: “Women tend to use more patient-centered communication and provide more psychosocial counseling to their patients than males. It’s hard to know exactly what is the difference in practice that accounts for this small difference in patient outcomes.”

Two small earthquakes rattle southern Utah

The first quake struck at 2:44 a.m. It measured at magnitude 3.74, according to the University of Utah Seismograph Stations, and was centered about 6 miles north of Pine Valley in Washington County, which is about 27 miles north of St. George. A second quake, measured at 2.7, hit the same area at 6:29 a.m.

Earthquake rattles southern Utah near Pine Valley

At least seven aftershocks have been reported in the area between Enterprise and New Harmony, including a 2.7 magnitude quake at 6:29 a.m., according to the University of Utah Seismograph Stations.

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