News Clips for Jan. 19-22, 2019

Enjoy the blood moon lunar eclipse? This University of Utah astronomy professor has the details on other 2019 phenomena

From an astronomical point of view, 2019 started off with a bang Sunday night as millions of people in the Western Hemisphere were able to observe a blood moon lunar eclipse. In other respects it will be a typical year in the night sky. But that doesn't mean there won't be lots of splendid sights. Also on KUTV.

Science: U develops first darkish sky research minor within the US

The W. M. Keck Foundation has awarded $250,000 to the University of Utah to establish a new undergraduate minor in dark sky studies, the first of its kind in the United States. Dark sky studies is an emerging field that explores the impacts of artificial light at night and the loss of our night skies through a broad range of disciplines. Housed in the College of Architecture + Planning, the minor is open to all students across the university who will explore issues through the lens of science, including in public health, urban planning, engineering, and the humanities, from religion to history and philosophy.

U of U art organizations offering free tickets to federal employees affected by shutdown

As the federal government shutdown continues, the University of Utah's art organizations are offering furloughed federal employees free access to the arts on campus during the shutdown. The U of U announced Friday that its art entities are offering free access to federal employees affected by the government shutdown during its duration.

Suicide risk in autistic people estimated for the first time

Researchers at the University of Utah Health have conducted the first population-based study of suicidal tendencies in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in the United States. The 20-year retrospective study found that for individuals with autism, particularly females, the risk of suicide has increased through time compared to their non-autistic peers. The results are available online in the journal Autism Research.

U of U Health, Intermountain Healthcare donate $500,000 to help newborn babies

University of Utah Health and Intermountain Healthcare announced a $500,000 donation over the coming year to help newborns receive safe and healthy donor milk. Also published on ABC4.

Commentary: Shutdown does great harm to STEM education in Utah

The National Science Foundation is one of the federal agencies that has been closed by the federal shutdown. Many people do not know what the NSF is. The NSF is a major federal agency that supports research in all areas of science and engineering except the medical sciences.

Report: U.S. cancer deaths down 27% since 1991. Here's what Utahns can take away from the analysis

Cancer deaths in the United States fell by 27 percent between 1991 and 2016, according to a new analysis from the American Cancer Society. In 1990, cancer deaths crested at 215 per 100,000 Americans. By 2016, it had fallen to 156 per 100,000 Americans.

Amateur rock climbers often lack skills to save themselves

Most hobbyist rock climbers lack the basic rescue skills needed to save themselves in dangerous situations, a study suggests. This is true regardless of climbers' confidence, experience, training or climbing frequency, researchers wrote in the journal Wilderness and Environmental Medicine.

Rising costs, aging population threaten Utah's 'healthy state' status

Utah is a low-cost, healthy state. A large population of youth and a long list of healthy behaviors helps to keep it that way. But those factors are changing, taking Utah's reputation along with it. An aging population, increasing health care needs and changing demographics are making Utah's health care costs grow at one of the fastest rates in the country — maybe enough to derail the health of the populace, or at least lose pace with it, a new report from the University of Utah's Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute states.

Lyft encouraging Utahns to sign up as drivers for Sundance Film Festival

Looking for some extra cash this January? Lyft is looking for extra drivers during the Sundance Film Festival this season. Lyft - the ride-share company - is encouraging Utahns living in the Salt Lake and Park City areas to sign up as drivers for the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. For the second consecutive year, Lyft will serve as the official ride-share sponsor of the Sundance Film Festival.

Meet the 2019 Salt Lake Magazine Sundance Team

Salt Lake magazine is ready to provide you with all the Sundance 2019 coverage fit to print… er… publish digitally across our social media channels for maximum engagement. (If you dig it, share it!). Meet the 2019 Sundance Team. Make sure you check back here often, and in the meantime, here’s some faces you can put to the names you’ll see on Sundance bylines all festival long.

Pesticide, Metal Exposure Tied to Increased Risk of Heart Disease

Workers who are exposed to pesticides or metals on the job may be significantly more likely to develop cardiovascular diseases, a U.S. study suggests.