News Clips for Aug. 14, 2018

The ‘Zombie Gene’ That May Protect Elephants From Cancer

With such enormous bodies, elephants should be particularly prone to tumors. But an ancient gene in their DNA, somehow resurrected, seems to shield the animals.

U of U community center installs first nursing room to support breastfeeding mothers

The University of Utah has added a new room to support breastfeeding mothers on campus. The Mamava suite is a self-contained mobile pod with comfortable benches, a fold-down table, an electrical outlet for plugging in a breast pump, and a door that can be locked for privacy, according to a news release.

University of Utah shouldering growing costs of SafeUT app as use proliferates

The University of Utah is shouldering the growing costs of the proliferating use of SafeUT app, which provides real-time crisis intervention to youths, according to a legislative report.

The Best Ways to Communicate Climate Change

What is the best way to talk about climate change? Is it humor, fear, facts, or emotions? Meaghan McKasy is a doctoral candidate at the University of Utah and winner of The International Association for Media and Communication Research’s 2018 Climate Communication Award. She studied climate change communication and looked into whether fear appeals and doom and gloom work with audiences.

Learning, To Care Deeply For Mother Nature

It’s 6:30 am, and in the old town of Lakeview, Montana, a bird-watching walk is in order. Long shadows still blanket the dusty former logging road, but the morning sun lights up the porch of a rough-beamed building where a dozen undergraduates have assembled.