News Clips for August 29-September 1, 2020

Want To Help Your Kids Cope During COVID-19? Try Deep Breaths And Listening

Some Utah schools have just wrapped up their first week back in class, and keeping kids safe from COVID-19 outbreaks has been top of mind for most. But what about their mental health? Child psychologist and University of Utah’s Dee Endowed Professor of School Psychology Aaron Fischer explains how to talk to kids about the uncertainty of life and school during a pandemic.

University of Utah police receive implicit bias training

Law enforcement at the University of Utah recently spent four days participating in implicit bias training. The courses are intended to help public safety officials understand implicit bias and how to control responses in fast-moving and potentially dangerous situations.

Luke Skywalker's Prosthetic Arm Inspired This Electronic Skin

Remember the robotic prosthetic arm the Rebel fleet replaced Luke Skywalker's hand with after Darth Vader severed it in an epic lightsaber duel in The Empire Strikes Back? Of course you do—and so do scientists.

Inside Utah’s troubled teen industry: How it started, why kids are sent here and what happens to them

A difficult kid in Alaska’s foster care system may soon find himself on a plane to Utah. Parents in New Jersey with a rebellious teen may send her here. A youth offender in Idaho may get sentenced to the Beehive State.

Researchers study how weather news impacts public transit ridership

If the words in a weather forecast, such as "cool," "sunny" or "windy," can influence the way you dress for the day—can they also influence whether or not you take public transit?

Is it time to kiss the office goodbye? The upsides of remote work are winning the hearts of employees—and their bosses

While tens of millions of U.S. workers have been forced to figure out how to navigate their jobs from home thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, this grand experiment instigated by a relentless virus may be leading to a profoundly altered business reality. What if they never return to the office?

Right-wing news sites, PR firms, and an online 'cultivated troll army' are all reportedly helping Uber and Lyft's push for Prop 22, which would classify drivers as contractors

University of Utah assistant professor Marshal Steinbaum co-wrote a letter to Congress that states how Uber and Lyft drivers should be classified as employees. Steinbaum told CNET that he's been fielding social media jabs as well from anti-AB5 activists, a community that he referred to as "a cultivated troll army."

Undisciplined: August Science News Roundup

This week on Undisciplined, we’re talking about the long-lost woolly rhinoceros, Vikings, smallpox, and innovations in playground equipment. With a list of subjects that diverse, you might have guessed that the monthly science news round-up is back – and it is.

Summit County Health Orders Extended Through The End Of The Year

The Summit County Council on August 26th voted to extend the county’s Emergency Declarations and Health Orders through the end of the year. County Health Director Rich Bullough presented those items. During the discussion, he also responded to some Covid complaints that have been passed on to the Council.

Ewert: Righting our botched COVID-19 response is just the beginning of geospatial technology’s power

Whether it’s an address search on your smartphone, the base map on a website, a satellite image or the maps you see on TV, geospatial technology is all around us. It predicts the weather, handles traffic, routes 911 calls, delivers Amazon packages, connects you to Uber, manages natural disasters, guides aircraft, predicts voter behavior, identifies target markets, values real estate and on and on.

U of U doctors say increased risk of contracting COVID 19 due to wildfires

University of Utah doctors are now saying smoke and haze caused by wildfires in California and Utah are creating an increased risk for contracting COVID-19.

As U.S. sees fewer international students, Utah welcomes more of them

While the nation hosted fewer international students last year at a time of increasing anti-immigrant rhetoric, Utah bucked that trend to attract more of them.

Utah athletic department helping its athletes make a difference by voting

Regardless of what side of the political spectrum anybody may find themselves on, everyone can agree that everyone deserves to have a voice and make a difference. And the best way to do that is to vote.

Utah athletic facilities ranked No. 5 in the nation by the Princeton Review

Over the past decade, Utah's football program has been one of the top teams in the nation. From winning Pac-12 division titles to sending players to the NFL and the continuity of the coaching staff, it's understandable why the Utes have found so much success.

U of U Health earns ‘LGBTQ Health Care Equality Top Performer’ Designation

University of Utah Health announced its “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Top Performer” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Monday.

How online education has come to the rescue

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch dropped in on the final day of orientation at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in August via Zoom to personally welcome students to the legal profession.

Will there be a post-convention bounce for GOP congressional candidate Burgess Owens?

Challenger to 4th District Rep. Ben McAdams spoke at last week’s Republican National Convention.