News Clips for Dec. 21-27, 2019

Whittingham named Dodd Trophy winner for outstanding coaching

University of Utah head football coach has been named the winner of the 2019 Dodd Trophy for his successful season and his impact on academics and the community.

Utah professor inspires line of National Geographic Barbie dolls

While other little girls played with dolls, Nalini Nadkarni hung out in trees. “It was kind of my place. I felt safe there—I felt it was just a place where I belonged,” she recalled.

Helicopters might be weakening Utah’s arches and towers, U. study finds

Are helicopter flights damaging Utah’s arches and other red rock features? Perhaps not immediately, but a new University of Utah study presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco earlier this month found that helicopters are creating vibrations in Utah’s natural features that are upwards of 100 times stronger than they normally would experience.

Marlon Lynch Named Chief Safety Officer at University of Utah

Marlon C. Lynch has been named the University of Utah's first chief safety officer. Lynch, currently senior vice president for campus services and safety at New York University, will assume his role on Feb. 1, 2020.

Respiratory viruses may linger on health care workers, PPE: study

Health care workers commonly carry respiratory viruses on their hands, clothing and personal protective equipment after administering care to patients, accentuating the need to practice “complete hand hygiene and use other PPE to prevent dissemination,” results of a recent study suggest.

No home for the holidays: Why colleges should stop forcing students to leave campus during breaks

Most people on college campuses look forward to holiday breaks as a time to return home, reconnect with family and friends, and do things that are too time-consuming to fit in during ordinary working hours. But that’s not the case for thousands of people who have no home to go — and colleges and universities that close their campuses put these students out, quite literally, on the street, leaving them in untenable positions.

Discovery of Stone Barrier Built 7,000 Years Ago Tells a Bleak Story of Rising Seas

Seven thousand years ago, long before modern industry began to heat the planet, rising seas threatened a community on the coast of Israel.

'Continue to pursue your dreams'

Todd Kent, former chief administrative officer and dean of faculty at the University of Utah Asia Campus (UAC) in Songdo, is wrapping up his years-long career as an educator and embarking on a journey to politics in the U.S.

Experts "not optimistic" about Trump plan to import drugs from Canada

The Trump administration this week announced a proposal to import prescription medication from Canada in an effort to address high drug prices — a perennial problem for American consumers. Yet while they applaud the policy's goal, experts say the plan to allow foreign drug imports is unlikely to significantly lower costs in the U.S.

EAE Play 2019, Taking Indie Dev’s to the Next Level

The University of Utah’s game design program under the name Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE for short) has constantly been rated by the Princeton Review as one of the top undergrad and grad schools to study game design. With these high rankings come high expectations, and let me tell you; students in EAE are gaining the knowledge needed to deliver interactive experiences on a level expected by the games industry.

The Year’s Top 10 Higher Education Stories

As 2019 winds to a close, it’s time to reflect on the year’s biggest news in higher education. Here’s the top-10 list, dominated by several events involving college admissions.

New study launches on right dose to stop the bleed in children

The University of Utah Health and Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital are partnering in the nation’s first-ever pediatric clinical trial of a medication to determine it’s effectiveness in stopping the bleeding in children who suffer traumatic injuries.

Inside the conservative organization undermining abortion access one state at a time

This year, a record number of six-week abortion bans, dubbed “heartbeat bills," were introduced at the state level. The goal of these restrictive measures was ostensibly to “protect the lives of the unborn” — as well as to issue a sneaky challenge to existing law set by the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which says abortion is legal in all 50 states.

The End of Recycling? Life After National Sword

This week on the program, a panel of local experts discussing how China’s National Sword policy has changed the recycling business model, what the future of recycling looks like and how we can all recycle better.

3 ways to give your employees what they want for the holidays

For most workers, December is the most hectic month — professionally and personally. And when the holidays collide with Q4 deadlines, emotions tend to be mixed. About 51% of people say they're more cheerful at work this time of year. But 35% feel work-related pressure, according to a survey conducted by Accountemps, a finance-staffing firm.

Utah in 2019: Trump slapped down, Nelson revved up, campus protests break out, stronger beer brought in

It was a tale of two presidents for Utahns this year: One is challenging orthodoxy, stoking national divisions, piling up staggering deficits and, despite becoming the third such leader to be impeached, shows no signs of backing down.

Beer, basketball and birthday candles: These are some of the stories of 2019 that will make you say ‘Oh, Utah’

When Bravo TV’s Andy Cohen announced the next installation of “The Real Housewives” franchise would be in Salt Lake City, he used phrases like “curveball” and “completely unique” to describe the Beehive State.

University of Utah benefits from the stewardship of Ruth Watkins

Over the past months, a number of significant accomplishments at the University of Utah have received scant public attention. Perhaps, this is to be expected in these discordant times where good news often loses out to the sensational or negative. But, as former chairs of the University’s Board of Trustees, we are grateful for the current stewardship of President Ruth Watkins and the notable progress that has been made in many key areas under her leadership.

An abortion-reversal option Utah doctors are required to mention may be hazardous, new research findings say

A 2017 Utah law requires health care providers to tell women seeking abortions that it may be possible to reverse those induced by medication — but new research questions whether that treatment may actually be dangerous, according to a California doctor.

Into retirement: A conversation with Rev. France Davis after 45 years of church and community service

After 45 years, Rev. France A. Davis is preparing his last sermon as the pastor at Calvary Baptist. The topic? “I don’t know yet,” the 73-year-old said with a smile. “But I’m working on it.”

2019 photos of the year

Tears of joy and jubilation, sorrow and strength were common themes among the Deseret News’ top photographs of 2019. Each year we select favorite images from both the photographers and editors in our annual retrospective on the past year in photographs. And what a year it was for our photographers, who had the privilege of documenting life, both in and out of Utah.

Declines in America’s fertility rate may be stabilizing. Is there any hope for a reversal?

American women are having fewer babies, a drop in fertility that has reached even into high fertility states like Utah, long noted for larger families. The Beehive State, like the rest of the nation, has seen a decrease in fertility for 10 years. But a close look at the numbers suggests that total fertility in the United States could be stabilizing, though at a historically low level.