News Clips for Dec. 4, 2019

Snow science of our Greatest Snow on Earth

We’ve got great powder and excellent snow here in Utah. But why? Salt Lake Magazine’s Greatest Show on Earth issue is out and Associate Editor, stopped by to talk about the science behind the snow. Both Jen and Tim Garrett, Professor, Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah talked about what makes our snow so great. Be sure to watch the complete video and pick up the November/December issue of Salt Lake Magazine for a closer look.

How One Conference Plans to Improve STEM Participation

The 2019-2020 academic year is in full swing, but a significant industry event will take place before schools pause for winter break. The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Conference of Science Education is scheduled for December 12-14 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Wash. Delivering the keynote address is Nalini M. Nadkarni, a professor in the Department of Biology and STEMAP Director at the University of Utah. The speech will take place on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 9:15 a.m. PT.

Robert Gehrke: These Utahns are working to make sure the terror of the AIDS epidemic remains in the past

Mark Lawrence moved from Utah to San Francisco in 1982 and was living with a friend. Not long after Lawrence arrived, his friend was diagnosed with AIDS. Six months later, he died.

Thanksgiving Break differs between nearby universities

Thanksgiving week sees some of the busiest airports and roads of the year, creating a stressful time for those traveling for the holiday, especially college students. For Utah State University and surrounding universities, the length of Thanksgiving Break can cause issues for students traveling for the holiday.

Utah Rep. McAdams, Undecided on Impeachment Vote, Again Becomes Target of Anti-Democrat Ad Campaign

A pro-Trump nonprofit is pouring $150,000 into digital and TV advertisements in Utah targeting Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams, and his involvement in the impeachment inquiry. It’s part of the second round of a $2 million nationwide ad campaign by America First Policies, part of a pro-Trump SuperPAC, targeting Democrats in swing districts.

High-interest loan companies are using Utah’s small claims courts to arrest borrowers and take their bail money

Cecila Avila was finishing a work shift at a Walmart. David Gordon was at church. Darrell Reese was watching his granddaughter at home. Jessica Albritton had pulled into the parking lot at her job, where she packed and shipped bike parts.

Why scientists are studying hibernation to tackle obesity

Many mammals gain weight and become insulin resistant during fall. However, these changes are easily reversible, and the mammals will not develop any further unhealthful symptoms. Researchers believe that the explanation for this lies in mechanisms associated with hibernation.