News Clips for August 26, 2020

U Chief Safety Officer Says He Sees The Current Moment As An Opportunity For Transformation

A conversation with University of Utah Chief Safety Officer Marlon Lynch.

New injectable drug both prevents and treats HIV infections

The formulation is longer-acting than current drugs and is less vulnerable to mutation-related drug resistance.

Senate Report Slams Land-Conservation Tax-Break Deals

Bipartisan inquiry into syndicated property-conservation easements leads to call for legislation, tougher enforcement.

U. gotta see this: Crews demolishing portion of Rice-Eccles Stadium to make way for expansion

Crews begin demolishing the Spence Clark Football Center in the south end zone at Rice-Eccles Stadium on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City on Monday. The structure will be razed over a five-week period to make way for the Ken Garff Performance Zone, which is set to open for the 2021 football season.

Dorm RAs threaten to strike over University of Utah’s handling of COVID-19 in campus housing

Resident advisers at the University of Utah want more sanitation supplies and to be told when someone in their dorm has the coronavirus. And if their demands cannot be met, they are threatening to strike.

Doctors encourage Utahns to get flu shot early this year

As Utahns begin the school year and head into fall, there is another virus to be concerned about, but this one is not new. Every year medical experts encourage people to get their flu shot, but this year it’s even more important.

Climate change probably contributed to the woolly rhino’s rapid demise

The fuzzy blonde Pleistocene animals couldn't stand the heat.

Yellowstone supervolcano hit by 19 earthquakes in national park: Will volcano erupt?

Over the past seven days, Yellowstone National Park has seen 19 earthquakes rock the area. In the three weeks prior to the last week, there were only slightly more than double the last seven days. All of the earthquakes were relatively small, with the largest being a 2.6 magnitude quake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

A bioethicist mulls seniors’ place in line when seeking COVID-19 treatment

In April, as the coronavirus was rampaging through the Northeast, Larry Churchill considered what he would do if the pandemic caused medical shortages. Should he, a 75-year-old, direct care to younger people before him if he got sick?

University of Utah releases COVID-19 case counts from move-in weeks – August 3-23

The University of Utah has released its COVID-19 case counts from residence hall move-in week. The University of Utah’s Housing & Residential Education is reporting 16 positive cases of COVID-19 after receiving the test results of 3,248 students who moved into residence halls between Aug. 3-Aug. 23, a positivity rate of .5%.

Gehpardt: Is Tuition Insurance Worth The Cost During The Pandemic?

College is a huge financial commitment that costs students and parents thousands of dollars in tuition alone. With the pandemic ongoing, many parents are buying tuition insurance that pays out if their student needs to suddenly withdraw. Is the insurance worth it, though?

Making enzymes fit for industrial applications

Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have developed new techniques for efficiently coupling bacterial enzymes to electrodes. Together with a team from the University of Utah, they realized a system for ammonia synthesis based on a nitrogenase enzyme.

University of Utah Hospital begins COVID-19 treatment study

COVID-19 patients at the University of Utah Hospital now have the opportunity to participate in a study testing Leukine as a treatment for the virus. Dr. Robert Pine is the Chief of Pulmonary Medicine at the U and principal investigator of the study.