News Clips for Dec. 31, 2019-Jan. 2, 2020

Can veterans lead the way on preventing suicide?

Highly regarded in society, veterans hold the potential to help bridge America’s divide over firearms by recasting the debate as a public health issue.

Making science accessible

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we asked young scientists this question: What one thing would you change about the training or careers in your field to improve accessibility for people with visible and/or invisible disabilities?

Guns, domestic violence, self-defense tell story of Utah’s 2019 homicides

In 2019, 80 people became victims of homicide in Utah. The number is similar to 2018’s total of 78 homicides and there were also 80 homicides in the state during 2017, according to statistics kept by the Deseret News. There were 90 in 2016, the state’s all-time high.

Can Utah’s ski industry survive climate change?

This week, we bring you a forum on the effects of climate change in Utah—and in particular—its effects on Utah’s ski industry.

Here's how to enjoy Utah's outdoors during winter without breaking the bank

Utah is world-renowned for its winter sports, boasting the “best snow on earth” for skiers and snowboarders. But let’s face it: Playing in the outdoors can be expensive! Not every Utahn can shell out for a season pass or their own equipment for these very fun, but very costly sports.

I Spy, Via Spy Satellite: Melting Himalayan Glaciers

Scientists are using old spy satellite images to measure the effects of climate change. They're finding that glaciers in the Himalayas are melting twice as fast as they were a few decades earlier.

Instead of Tuition, Students Give Schools Cut of Future Salaries

Alex Ross, who graduated in October from an intensive design boot camp at General Assembly coding school in New York City, is still looking for a job. But while the former media producer is eager to launch her new career, she’s not particularly worried about paying the $14,700 tuition.

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski leaves office with mixed reviews

Her biggest critics have accused her of being confrontational and “aloof.” Her supporters say she’s a strong leader who stands firm and doesn’t shy away from making tough decisions.

NIH grant could lead to better understanding of 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 Health to investigate how variations in pollutant-sensing genes in the lungs could influence air pollution’s effects on children who have asthma. The researchers say the newly funded effort could potentially lead to the development of personalized medical interventions capable of treating or even preventing the disease.

In Pictures: Forest ecologist helps refashion Barbie dolls as scientists

Ecologist Nalini Nadkarni's childhood climbing trees shaped her career and now she's hoping she can get help kids interested in science in a new way: Barbies. Nadkarni has long created her own "treetop Barbies" and has now helped Mattel and National Geographic create a line of dolls with careers in science and conservation.

The 11 Most Interesting Findings About Love And Sex In The Last Decade

From “sex recessions” to a dip in the divorce rate, there was no shortage of interesting findings and trends about relationships in the 2010s. As the decade comes to a close, we look back on 11 of the most interesting things we learned about love and relationships from the world of social science.

The College Fix investigates: bias response teams

At the beginning of 2019, The College Fix undertook a project to investigate campus “bias response teams,” which allow both students and professors to anonymously report one another to campus administrators to police a university’s “climate.” The Fix’s ongoing project has determined what exactly has been reported and whether such “bias” systems are an infringement on the free speech rights of campus residents.