News Clips for February 27-March 1, 2021

U Health doctor: If you’re offered the J&J vaccine, get it

The Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine is the latest immune booster slated to be approved for emergency authorization by the Food and Drug Administration. Utah is expected to receive 33,000 doses of the vaccine as early as next week.

New York Covid variant reports divide officials and health experts

Officials warn against ‘pathogen porn’ amid limited data, but researchers say they are simply stating the facts.

NASA SnowEx Campaign Digs Deep in 2021

Whether the first snowflakes of winter fill you with glee or make you groan, winter snowfall is a crucial water source for drinking, agriculture and hydropower for more than 1 billion people worldwide.

Local law professor and author advocating for complicity laws

What is your responsibility if you witness or know about a crime and do nothing about it? Should there be criminal consequences?

What COVID-19 has revealed about the nursing profession

During the past three months, we talked with 35 Utah nurses from the four major health care systems in Utah and across 15 hospitals, about working in a pandemic.

Can pollution regulations help an industry’s bottom line?

A new study shows that certain industries in the right circumstances can benefit from air pollution regulations to boost their profits, running counter to the notion that all regulations are burdensome and costly to industry.

Coronavirus News Roundup: February 20–February 26

This engaging animation by University of Utah cell biologist and animator Janet Iwasa, tweeted in 2/17/21, shows how SARS-CoV-2 gets into cells.

State’s nearly $22B budget plan spends big on education, transportation

Disagreements remain over how much money to borrow.

Utah Lawmakers Consider Allowing Parties To Eliminate Signature Gathering Path To The Ballot

Currently, Utah political candidates can earn a spot on a primary ballot by gathering a certain amount of signatures or by being nominated by delegates at their party’s convention.

IN FOCUS Discussion: Black History Month – Unique Stories

Dr. Ronald Coleman, Professor Emeritus at the University of Utah talked about the three African American men who came to Utah with Brigham Young and the pioneers, how Utah was a slave territory before the Civil War, the Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Douglas, and the essay he published in the “Peoples of Utah.”

Utah has few protections for renters, report finds, but lawmaker’s proposal could help

Beehive State lacks renter protections that neighboring states have adopted.

PM News Brief: University Of Utah Circuit Breaker, Skiing Partnership & COVID-19 Case Streak

The University of Utah is stopping all in-person classes for the next two weeks. It’s part of a pre-planned “circuit breaker” to slow the spread of COVID-19 on campus. The school had a similar two week pause in the fall. Starting Monday, all classes and student services will move online.

Everything you need to know about Neuralink, Elon Musk's company that wants to put microchips in people's brains

Tesla billionaire Elon Musk is known for high-profile companies like Tesla and SpaceX, but the billionaire also has a handful of unusual ventures. One them, he says, he started to one day achieve "symbiosis" between the human brain and artificial intelligence.