News clips for Aug. 24

Lensless cameras could turn windows into sensors, even pointed the ‘wrong’ way

Researchers believe lensless cameras may pave the way for tiny future cameras, but the latest academic experiment with an lens-free camera uses something that already exists as a “lens” instead: a window. Researchers at the University of Utah recently shared a lensless camera that works by using a window — and is actually pointed the “wrong” way.

How University of Utah Health cut sepsis costs by 10%

As one of the leading causes of deaths in hospitals, sepsis — a complication often hard to identify — presents a unique challenge to hospital leaders. Since the risk of death from sepsis increases by about 8 percent with each hour before intervention, it is crucial for hospitals to improve sepsis awareness among staff members and speed sepsis responses. After finding inefficiencies and a high potential for error in their sepsis treatment process, University of Utah Health, a four-hospital system based in Salt Lake City, partnered with clinical communication solutions provider Spok to help improve sepsis response.

Wages for women in Utah decline, while they are going up nationally as growth is heavy in male dominated sectors

“We get all the Ds and the Fs — and then we get the voices here in the state that say, ‘Oh that’s about national sources, that’s about national women, it’s not really about Utah women,” said Pam Perlich, director of demographic research for the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah. The findings in the new report, titled “The Well-being of Women in Utah in 2018,” sheds light on conditions that are unique to the state, Perlich said — some of which are very poor and some of which are more promising for women.

Department of Energy Chooses U for Geothermal Energy Program

In the next five years, the University of Utah will receive a grant, up to $140 million, in support of geothermal research and development from the United States Energy Department. The Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) will make its home just north of Milford, Utah.

Utah professor files Supreme Court brief, supporting victims' rights in death penalty case

A Utah law professor filed a brief to the Supreme Court in support of victims' rights in a death penalty case Thursday. Dr. Paul Cassell from the University of Utah's S.J. Quinney College of Law, and Allyson Ho from Gibson, Dunn & Cruntcher LLP - a law firm in Washington, D.C. - filed a new amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, outlining the harmful effects for victims' families that occur during delays in death penalty cases.

Why Did A Woman Claim To Be A BuzzFeed Reporter At A Campaign Stop? Love-McAdams Race May Hold Clues

The use of trackers generally falls under what's known as opposition research, or "oppo" for short, said Matthew Burbank, a political science professor at the University of Utah. In some cases, that can mean poring over a candidate's previous statements.

Nasal spray flu vaccine gets green light from CDC this year

The news Thursday from the CDC may bode well for parents whose kids may be fearful of shots, but others should be proactive and get vaccinated as well, the University of Utah’s Dr. Pavia said. “Last year we had a very bad flu season,” he said. “The vast majority of deaths were in people who did not get the vaccine.” The vaccine formula for H3N2, responsible for much of the “damage” last season, has also been tweaked, he said.

How to Stick with Your Running Plan (For Real This Time)

“People often have new goals and expectations at the beginning of a new season,” says Nicole Detling, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Utah, and author of Don't Leave Your Mind Behind: The Mental Side of Performance. “It’s a fresh start.”