News clips for Aug. 25-27, 2018

Simple Physics Equations To Estimate Cloud Cover, Critical To Climate Change Predictions

Clouds are an important part of predicting day-to-day weather but, even with cloud cover being a critical piece in climate prediction models, it’s often missing. But a few specific physics equations could make predicting future cloud cover easier. Tim Garrett, a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah, and his collaborators discovered that a few simple, but specific physics equations can calculate cloud cover in climate prediction models almost as well as these complex computer simulation models.

CDC approves nasal-spray vaccine for flu season

After advising the public to avoid the nasal-spray version of the flu vaccine for the past two years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now giving it the green light. A favorite of the needle-averse, the spray did not appear to work as well against H1N1, a strain of the flu, in the past few seasons, the CDC said. But it's expected to work better this year, said the CDC and Dr. Andrew Pavia, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Utah Hospital.

With many stillbirth deaths unexplained, Utah health officials surveying moms to find answers

Dr. Robert Silver, chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah, said in a statement that researchers in the state "are very fortunate that the (department) received funding to perform the ... study." "Stillbirth is heartbreaking for families and is far too common. It affects more than 26,000 births in the United States each year and is now more frequent than babies dying after birth," Silver said.

University of Utah reassigns grad assistant after creating anti-gun “Second Amendment zone” in class room

A graduate assistant was reassigned from teaching a class at the University of Utah after she said that bringing a concealed carry gun to class “is absurd, antisocial, and frightening behavior,” and that any of her students — even if permitted — who do so would be forced to stand in a “3×3 taped square.”

Marijuana and Pregnancy: 5 Key Takeaways from the New Official Guidelines

Ultimately, based on the available evidence, the AAP decided to recommend against the use of marijuana during pregnancy, said Dr. Seth Ammerman, a pediatrics professor at Stanford University and a co-author of the AAP report. Dr. Torri Metz, a high-risk obstetrician at University of Utah Health, who wasn't involved with the report, said this stance from pediatricians falls in line with what experts in other medical specialties, such as obstetrics and gynecology, have concluded.

Person 2 Person: Ruth Watkins

Since taking the helm, Ruth Watkins has been on a listening tour around the state and around campus. "I know that I get great ideas from many people, and I have the opportunity to talk with so many people and learn about their lives and their needs," Watkins said. "And it's a big part of a president's job to set the conditions in place where people can excel."

Web Exclusive: Ruth Watkins' busy schedule

Dr. Ruth Watkins' schedule keeps her on her toes as president of the University of Utah. "The days are filled from before light to well after dark," she said.

Web Exclusive: Ruth Watkins' thoughts on the rivalry with BYU

President Ruth Watkins is, of course, aware of the University of Utah's rivalry with Brigham Young University. "I think rivalries are generally healthy," she said. "Competition often spurs us to do our best, to work hard, and perform well."

Sandy student named state's top 'bag lady'

If you’re searching for the best bagger in the Beehive State, you'll find her at Macey’s in Sandy. Her name is Julina Call, 20, and she recently beat out five other finalists to win the title of Utah’s Best Bagger at the 2018 statewide competition held at Davis Conference Center in Layton. Call — a third-year nursing student at the University of Utah — said she enjoyed the friendly competition and the $500 check that came with the championship trophy she won.

As Nitric Oxide Comes Off Patent, Lower-Cost Options for Life Saving Drug Becoming Possible

Dr. Ronald Day, a pediatric cardiologist at the University of Utah, has been using nitric oxide to treat children with pulmonary hypertension. Now, with a court ruling invalidating much of a drug patent for nitric oxide, lower-cost options might become available.

Dual enrollment is increasing college-going behavior, but only for some students

"We know that a significant portion of colleges' overall full-time enrollment is from high school students," said Jason Taylor, assistant professor of education leadership and policy at the University of Utah. "From that perspective, I do think we see the numbers increasing. My assumption is that many colleges see dual enrollment as a viable strategy for getting more students to college."