News Clips for Dec. 21, 2018

Researchers find dust is threatening Utah's 'Greatest Snow on Earth'

Researchers at the University of Utah say Utah's "Greatest Snow on Earth" is in danger. Ski bums and snow-seekers flock to Utah's Wasatch Mountains, but a new University of Utah study found dust may be to blame for some of Utah's snowmelt.

Reverse-Transfer Policies May Particularly Help Underrepresented Groups

While facing logistical challenges, reverse credit transfer is becoming a more common practice nationwide as a way of getting an associate’s degree or certificate for students who had gone on to take courses in a baccalaureate program that could be applied to retroactively award them a community college credential.

What happened with refugees and immigration in 2018

Immigration has become a major issue nationwide. It’s constantly in the news. The Deseret News has continued reporting on immigration and refugees who settled in Utah and elsewhere.

Video: Ultrasonic propulsion of kidney stones

The development of an ultrasonic stone propulsion system marks a significant advance in the treatment of kidney stones. This video explains how the system, which is still in development, is used to facilitate stone passage.

Orrin Hatch's Legacy: The Environment Becomes A Rallying Point Against 'Federal Overreach'

Few, if any, would call Orrin Hatch an environmentalist. Even so, Utah’s senior senator, who retires next month after 42 years in the Senate, was a driving force on two seemingly opposite environmental issues — reparations for people exposed to radiation from atomic testing and other federal nuclear programs and downsizing a pair of national monuments in southern Utah.

University of Utah study suggests dust threatens ‘Greatest Snow on Earth’

Research conducted by the University of Utah indicates dust may be threatening the “Greatest Snow on Earth.” In a study published in Environmental Research Letters Friday, researchers write that the presence of dust accelerates the rate at which snow melts. Geography professor McKenzie Skiles is the lead author of the study, which focused on a plot of land in Alpine, Utah.