News Clips for Feb. 14, 2019

U. professor successfully grows plants on space station

University of Utah chemistry professor Ming Hammond is a leading researcher on an experiment that launched plants into space in December in an attempt to assess how plants may fit into survival in the cosmos. Wednesday, they were analyzing the results from their completed experiment.

The University of Utah picks a civil rights activist who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. as its graduation speaker

A civil rights activist who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in Alabama and has led the push for equal rights in Utah will address graduates at this year’s commencement ceremony for the University of Utah.

Utah groups back bills to fight domestic violence and suicide

Advocates seeking to combat domestic violence and suicide gathered with lawmakers at the state Capitol Tuesday, calling attention to proposals they say would keep victims safe and make sure weapons are out of reach when despair and anger run high.

Intermountain Healthcare, U of U Health to allow physicians to recommend medical cannabis

After months of negotiations, Utah's largest health care networks will allow their physicians to recommend medical cannabis to qualifying patients.

Killer Snails Give Scientists Clues to Develop Better, Faster-Acting Insulin

The connection between snails and diabetes may not be obvious, but the venom produced by predatory marine snails is giving University of Utah researchers new insights into the structure and function of insulin that could lead to the development of faster-acting treatments for diabetes in humans.

University Of Utah Outlines Changes After Campus Shooting

On what would have been slain University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey's 22nd birthday, college officials provided a progress report Tuesday about changes being made to correct deficiencies exposed in the lead-up to last year's fatal shooting of McCluskey on campus by her ex-boyfriend.

Ivory Homes announces Utah workforce housing priority initiative

A new program to help more Utahns achieve homeownership was announced at the Utah State Capitol this week.

Wavelength control in quantum dot lasers could assist sensing and communication

University of Utah project couples pairs of microdisk lasers for consistent single-wavelength output.

U of U reviews campus safety recommendations after Lauren McCluskey's murder

The University of Utah Board of Trustees gave an update about implementing 30 recommendations from an independent review that was conducted after a student was murdered on campus.

Roberts Declares Himself First Amendment's 'Most Aggressive Defender' at SCOTUS

During a public appearance last week, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. used himself as an example to prove the point that members of the court should not be pigeonholed as liberal or conservative.