News Clips for Dec. 20, 2019

University of Utah names its chief safety officer—a position created in response to Lauren McCluskey’s murder

The University of Utah has named a longtime law enforcement leader from New York to be its first-ever chief safety officer — a Cabinet-level position that will oversee all aspects of security, including emergency preparedness, cyberattacks, laboratory hazards and, perhaps most importantly, campus policing. Also on KSL, Gephardt Daily, KUER, KJZZ, KUTV.

Plant-eating insect expert to lead Natural History Museum of Utah

A biodiversity scientist whose research focuses on evolutionary investigations of plant-eating insects has been selected to lead the Natural History Museum of Utah.

The unexpected effects of an inversion, and how to prepare for them

The inversion struck the Wasatch Front early this year, and its pollution affects residents in unexpected and dangerous ways. While the effects of pollution are generally pervasive, an inversion marks the worst of them as it traps unclean air inside the valley.

The most stressful time of the year? Managing mental health during the holidays

This time of year can intensify struggles for people with depression, anxiety, PTSD, or other mental illnesses. The "holiday blues" can mean a lot of different things, for people with a mental health diagnosis and for those without.

Utah scientists receive NIH grant to study how air pollutants aggravate asthma in children

A multidisciplinary team of University of Utah Health scientists has received a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institutes of variations in pollutant-sensing genes in the lungs could influence air pollution's effects on children who have asthma. Health to investigate how variations in pollutant-sensing genes in the lungs could influence air pollution's effects on children who have asthma.