News Clips for Feb. 21-25, 2019

Challenging segregation, clashing with the LDS Church, fighting racism today: The first 100 years of the NAACP in Utah

Thelma Steward and Wallace Thurman were walking down Salt Lake City’s Main Street on a Tuesday afternoon when a group of white soldiers bumped into the young black couple.

Dental program at the University of Utah aims to give kids a reason to smile

The University of Utah and partners provided no-cost dental care for 400 children on Saturday as part of the national program started by the American Dental Association. Everyone who participates in the program volunteers their time to help provide care to kids who otherwise would not have access. Also on ABC4.

Commentary: The vital role of oral health

Most of the colleges and schools within University of Utah Health are in easy proximity. Separated by a pathway. The School of Dentistry, though, is a quick car trip or shuttle bus ride, jog, or vigorous walk from the heart of the health campus to our building in Research Park. Some may say the distance reflects common longtime notion that oral health care is removed from or separate from general medical care.

Small earthquakes don’t mean the big one is about to hit Utah, U. seismologist says. But they won’t delay it either.

Utah’s mini-wave of minor earthquakes doesn’t portend that the big one is coming our way anytime soon — but it doesn’t lessen the chances either, according to James C. Pechmann at the University of Utah Seismograph Stations. Also on ABC4, St George News, Gephardt Daily, Salt Lake Tribune, KJZZ, KSL, KUTV.

U. researchers track cholera epidemics using drops of blood

University of Utah researchers, along with a multi-institutional team, have developed an unprecedented method for identifying people infected with cholera. Significant advancements have been made to increase the availability of safe drinking water and adequate sanitation across the globe, according to a University of Utah press release. Nonetheless, cholera kills more than 100,000 people each year. The World Health Organization Global Task Force for Cholera Control has made it its goal to eliminate the disease as a health threat once and for all by 2030.

Commentary: The vital role of oral health

Most of the colleges and schools within University of Utah Health are in easy proximity. Separated by a pathway. The School of Dentistry, though, is a quick car trip or shuttle bus ride, jog, or vigorous walk from the heart of the health campus to our building in Research Park. Some may say the distance reflects common longtime notion that oral health care is removed from or separate from general medical care.

Commentary: Mars probe Opportunity had so much to teach us

The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity mission officially ended last week, as we accepted the reality that Oppy had gone silent forever. Engineered to last only three months, Oppy persevered for nearly 15 years and traveled over 28 miles, working longer and traveling farther on an extraterrestial surface than any other lander.

A cancer drug might be useful in treating traumatic brain injuries, U. researchers say

Researchers at the University of Utah and University of Washington have published a study indicating that a drug traditionally used to treat cancer may be useful in mitigating the effects of traumatic brain injuries.

Utilising electric car batteries for safer and cheaper medicine manufacture

Scientists at Scripps Research, inspired by the refined electrochemistry of battery technology, have developed a battery-like system allowing them to make potential advancements to manufacture medicines.

Guest opinion: Utah's water supply needs proper research

Water. It’s a hot topic in our dry, desert state. It’s been politicized, debated and disputed for countless years. The one thing it hasn’t been: researched. At least not properly. Living beneath the weight of the constant threat of drought, Utah’s residents are no strangers to the fear of a waterless future. A new bill, HB143, seeks to respond to such fears by providing amendments to Utah’s 20-year-old Water Conservation Plan.

Carbon dioxide in our atmosphere may soar to levels not seen in 56 million years

Emissions of carbon dioxide–the greenhouse gas most responsible for global warming–could soar to levels not seen in 56 million years by the middle of next century, scientists warned in a study Wednesday. Also in Los Alamos Daily Post.