News Clips for April 6-8, 2019

Hate incidents are notoriously underreported; now, there's an app for that

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is responsible for tracking hate crimes across the country, but the data are notoriously unreliable. Despite the FBI recording an all-time high in hate-motivated incidents in 2017 (the most recent year's statistics available) the number is likely much higher. Low reporting from victims to police and inconsistent reporting from police to federal authorities have created a massive gap in how we understand hate in America.

University of Utah law school hosts live terrorist attack simulation

Law students at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law enrolled in a course designed by Professor Amos Guiora participated in a counter-terrorism simulation designed to teach them how to respond when terrorists strike.

Death of admiral shines light on U.S. Navy suicides

The U.S. Navy is rethinking how it addresses suicides after two years of rising rates in the service. While there’s wide recognition among the senior leadership of the problem, quick fixes don’t exist and resources are stretched thin.

Salt Lake tech companies second only to Silicon Valley as real estate driver

Evidence of the growing economic impacts of technology and innovation industries on Utah continues to mount with a new report highlighting the sector has become the No. 1 driver of commercial real estate leasing in the Salt Lake area.

BREAKING THE SILENCE: Rural areas have higher suicide rates

A focus on suicide prevention is showing results as Oregon combats one of nation's highest rates of suicide. This report lists resources to help.

New Utah law will equip each child in juvenile system with an attorney

Tanner Atwood-Bowen was in high school when he and two friends found a four-wheeler and went for a joyride through a Sandy neighborhood.

Community Briefs: $4.4M grant for grid project, wage information sought from construction employees

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $4.4 million grant to the University of Utah, Rocky Mountain Power and others in an effort to improve the cyber-physical resilience of the power grid.

Essential Science: Introducing the ‘wonder material’—borophene

Taking the consumer electronics route, researchers at the University of Utah are running tests to explore how borophene could open the door for much speedier computers and smartphones that also consume a lot less power. This taps into a benefit of 2D materials. Borophene, being made of one layer the thickness of just one or two atoms, can only move electrons in one layer, meaning that it is much faster.

Discussions to start this week to tackle Utah tax reform

During much of the 2019 Utah Legislature, tax reform was all anybody could talk about as they waited for details of the Republican leadership's plan to impose sales taxes on a wide array of services.

Michigan tops STAT Madness voting with a potential treatment for tinnitus

It all came down to two tantalizing discoveries. One, from the University of Michigan, promises a potential treatment for the phantom noises that plague people with tinnitus, grounded in basic science tested in guinea pigs. Another, from the University of Utah, plumbs the genomes of wildly different animals for genes with human counterparts that might offer opportunities for cancer resistance, better metabolism, or longevity.

Cancer drug shortages result in almost no treatment changes, USC study finds

Although the proportion of patients receiving treatment declined for six drugs, researchers found that the use of 32 other cancer drugs was unaffected or even increased during shortages.

How The 1979 Final Four Helped Propel College Basketball, NBA To New Business Heights

The 1979 Final Four was held at the University of Utah’s on-campus arena in Salt Lake City, which held 15,410 fans, most of whom lived in the area or rooted for the participating programs.