News Clips for Aug. 6 & 7, 2019

Following Campus Deaths, New Syllabus Requirements at Utah

All course syllabi at the University of Utah will be required to include a safety message on how to report suspicious activity and contact campus police following two murders on campus. Also in Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune.

How the largest earthquake in the region affected Yellowstone National Park

We often hear about the potential for large volcanic eruptions of the Yellowstone volcano in the news and on television shows. However, we rarely focus on the threat of large earthquakes in the region, even though the hazard and risk from these types of events is much larger than a volcanic eruption because they happen so much more frequently.

Patients Taking Cannabinol for Sleep Could Fail Drug Tests for Marijuana

A new study shows that a person taking the medicinal cannabis derivative cannabidiol (CBD) won’t fail a drug test for marijuana—but a person taking the emerging sleep aid cannabinol (CBN) will. These findings were presented this week at the 71st AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, and could prevent people from being unfairly penalized for using CBN. Also in Candid Chronicle and Health News Digest.

Innovative watercraft, ski systems give those with spinal cord injuries freedom

Like any sailor, Derek Sundquist soaked in the sights, smells and sensations of sailing on a breezy, sunny summer morning. But unlike most sailors, the 52-year-old’s exuberance had as much to do with the fact that he was in control as it did the joy of the sport.

Hiking and Mining Battle for Supremacy at Shrunken National Monument

Rabbitbrush bloomed in abundance, casting a soft yellow sheen that extended out from both sides of the desert roadway. To the north, the carpet of wildflowers was broken only by distant hills along the horizon that wall in the Paria River Valley. The super bloom gave testament to the glut of precipitation that fell in Utah’s high desert this past winter.

‘Bias Teams’ Welcome the Class of 1984

Hundreds of American colleges have “bias-response teams” or similar mechanism for students or faculty to report bias incidents. These systems enforce political correctness and turn campuses into miniature surveillance states.

By 3-1 margin, Salt Lake City residents favor converting to a free bus system

Park City offers a free-fare transit system. So does Cache County. Now, a new poll shows that Salt Lake City residents want free-fare buses, too — by nearly a 3-1 margin.

Newly incorporated town of Brighton to hold first municipal election

A recent University of Utah study predicted 3 million people will visit Big Cottonwood Canyon by 2040. When comparing that number with a resident population of 260, many candidates feel footing the bill for emergency services is out of their means.

This ‘Star Wars’-inspired prosthetic arm gives amputees the ability to feel again—Future Blink

Researchers at the University of Utah connected a prosthetic arm to neuromyoelectric implants so it moves with your thoughts. It’s called “LUKE Arm,” after Luke Skywalker's robotic hand from “The Empire Strikes Back.”

Utah spends more on football recruiting than any public school in the Pac-12. What does $1 million get the Utes?

Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham continually speaks about the importance of recruiting, and the Utes' commitment is more than just talk.

'Tryna get drafted': Lil Nas X sports University of Utah football jersey

Lil Nas X is now a Utah man and fan! The "Old Town Road" rapper stopped by the University of Utah football facilities this week, according to an Instagram post by the team's account.

Utah men's basketball sanctioned for recruiting violations

The University of Utah men’s basketball program has been sanctioned for the NCAA for Level II mitigated recruiting violations. The penalties do not include any postseason ban, the loss of scholarships or firings.

Will Jon Huntsman, Jr., run for Utah governor once again?

Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., is reportedly considering another run for governor. “He has been thinking about this,” said Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. “He’s been talking about what his next step might be.”