News Clips for August 22-24, 2020

U of U professor predicts fire and smoke behavior as Western states face increasing threat

Derek Mallia, a research assistant professor of atmospheric science at the University of Utah, wants to help fire crews predict the behavior of the wildfires so prevalent in the American West. Mallia has created a computer model he says is almost ready to deploy on the ground.

University of Utah pays more than $450,000 in ransomware attack on its computers

The University of Utah paid extortionists almost half a million dollars after a ransomware attack on some of its computer servers, and is now telling students, staff and faculty to change their university passwords.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts reopens to the public on Aug. 26; three exhibitions worthy of must-see status

After being closed for five and a half months, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) at The University of Utah will reopen to the public on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Get organized and improve your workplace productivity

Many working professionals aspire to be as productive as possible. In working environments where employees are forced to wear many hats, efficiency can help workers meet their deadlines and get tasks accomplished.

University of Utah Researchers Developed a Peptide That Can Prevent HIV Infections With Less Side Effects

Researchers at the University of Utah have developed a drug to prevent and treat people with the AIDS virus. In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they explain their discovery. “This is an exciting new treatment option for AIDS, both preventive and curative, with a unique mechanism of action compared to other drugs,” says Michael S. Kay, lead author of the study.

Students, staff prepare for unusual fall semester at Utah universities

Many universities around the state are set to re-open Monday with a mix of online and some in-person classes.

U Of U Tests Thousands Of Students For COVID, Sets Up Isolation Dorms

The first day of classes at the University of Utah start Monday, and the university is taking a lot of precautions, hoping they won’t have to send everyone home. Before moving in in shifts this week, every student living on campus had to get a mandatory COVID-19 test.

Can’t afford an attorney? Test-run revamp of lawyer rules paves way for tech to help

Utah is the first state to allow those without law licenses to offer legal services, own law firms and invest in them. But first they need approval from the Utah Supreme Court.

Time machine: As COVID-19 decimates economies, some businesses see growth happening in a flash

The COVID-19 health crisis has cratered economies across the globe, taking down entire business sectors and decimating thousands of individual companies.

Teleworking and air quality: Five questions for Thom Carter of UCAIR

The Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) recently published the results of a survey on teleworking. The survey, which EDCUtah and other partner organizations helped to distribute, had 7,500 respondents. About 72 percent of respondents were employees, and 28 percent were executives.

At least 3 students at the University of Utah dorms test positive for COVID-19, as well as 1 at Westminster College

The University of Utah has confirmed that “a handful” of the students who moved into the dorms this week have tested positive for the coronavirus.