News Clips for February 20-22, 2021

Interim president named to lead University of Utah after Ruth Watkins’ departure

Michael Good, the current CEO of University of Utah Health, will temporarily take the top spot.

Facebook political ad ban blocks pro-vaccine messages

That’s led some public health experts to question if Facebook can be a viable forum for information on the pandemic.

Robert Gehrke: Utah’s predatory rental practices need a fresh look

This reporting effort uncovered abuses that must change.

Study suggests mindfulness meditation helps cultivate self-transcendence through the process of decentering

Novice meditators who develop the ability to non-reactively observe their thoughts, feelings and physical sensations are more likely to experience self-transcendence, according to new research published in Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice.

New poll shows fewer Utahns saying ‘no’ to getting vaccinated

Just 12% of Utahns insist they’re never getting vaccinated against COVID-19 but an overwhelming majority believe the state’s vaccine distribution system is fair, according to results released Sunday from a new Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll.

Proposed ban on gender reassignment treatment for minors stalls at Utah Capitol

A proposed prohibition on doctors from performing gender reassignment treatments on minors stalled in a House committee on Friday after an emotional debate between doctors and LGBTQ advocates.

‘Yes’ in my backyard? Study shows new Salt Lake County apartments actually boost neighbors’ home values.

University of Utah research reaffirms that higher density not only increases housing affordability but also brings more amenities and more “buzz” to communities.

Utah House committee advances bill to block cities and counties from creating firearm regulations

The bill would also prevent a political subdivision of the state from enforcing federal firearms regulations enacted after Jan. 1 if the state has not also adopted that law.

Group Hopes To Introduce Young Students To Engineering

This year marks the 70th to observe National Engineers Week in February. It’s not just a nod to those who work in the fields of energy and aeronautics or computers – it’s also a time to present these career paths to students, too.

IN FOCUS Discussion: Funding for Downwinders

According to the University of Utah Health, a “downwinder” is a person who was exposed or presumed to be exposed to radiation from the explosion of nuclear devices at the federal Nevada Test Site. These nuclear tests took place in the 1950s and 1960s.

Meetings set to receive input in search for new University of Utah president

The University of Utah Presidential Search Committee is hosting three public meetings to obtain input from the general public on the search for the next president of the university. The first meeting is set for Wednesday.

Hackers invade a digital transformative justice conference with racist messages

A digital transformative and abolition criminology conference co-hosted by Salt Lake Community College and the University of Utah was hacked Friday by a group of individuals who displayed anti-Black and sexually explicit language as well as inappropriate pictures of children.

College students could become exempt from vaccine requirements, including for COVID-19

College students might be allowed to apply for exemptions from vaccinations — include the COVID-19 vaccine — that universities may require in the future to attend courses.

Study: COVID-19 symptoms may be mistaken for vaccine side effects

A new study suggests that people might mistake coronavirus symptoms for side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine. The study — published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal Emerging Infectious Diseases — found 22 health care workers in Israel were confirmed to have COVID-19 from one to 10 days after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

COVID-19 immunity now 20-25% in Salt Lake County residents, data shows

New data shows that the immunity to COVID-19 is rising in Salt Lake County, and health experts are optimistic that the community is working toward herd immunity.

Scientists Unlocking Mystery Behind COVID Effects On Brain

Many people experience brain fog, confusion and memory problems with COVID-19. Now, scientists are unlocking the mystery behind how the virus affects the brain. A Utah man wonders if he’ll ever be the same. Will Mosley of Saratoga Springs always had a knack for directions. “You tell me the address, I’ll find it,” Mosley says.

House OKs $13.5M settlement with parents of Lauren McCluskey over her 2018 murder

Settlement awaits final approval from Senate before money goes to Lauren McCluskey Foundation, parents.