News Clips for Jan. 22, 2020

Regents, University of Utah to host campus safety forum at the U.

Forum to feature experts and practitioners from Utah’s eight public universities and colleges and cover public safety, Title IX, mental health and healthy relationships.

Seeking the Military Suicide Solution Podcast, Episode 2: Dr. Craig J. Bryan

A new weekly podcast from Military Times examines the alarming rate of military and veterans suicide, offering new insights based on research and effective clinical and peer support practices in suicide prevention. Hosted by Duane France, a retired Army combat veteran, author and mental health counselor, and Shauna Springer, a psychologist, author and nationally recognized expert on initiatives to benefit the military community, the podcast aims to move beyond awareness to identify actionable strategies that can impact the rising suicide rate among service members, veterans, and their families.

Utah enacts ban on ‘conversion therapy’ for minors

Utah has officially enacted its ban on so-called conversion therapy for minors, becoming the 19th and most conservative state so far to prohibit the discredited practice. “Ultimately, this bill means to me that youth will be accepted and protected within our communities,” Nathan Dalley, a University of Utah student and survivor of conversion therapy, said at a Wednesday news conference.

The 10 US states that exercise the least, according to the CDC

A new CDC analysis shows that 15% of adults in every American state are physically inactive. The CDC defined being physically inactive as 'engaging in no leisure-time physical activity during the past month,' and found that the Southern states were the least active. Hispanic people worked out the least, with a 31.7% rate of self-reported inactivity. Experts told Insider this is because many of these people just don't have the time or motivation to work out.

If it offends thee

There was a time when the sight of a woman's bare ankle or someone shouting "By God!" could send some to the fainting couch. But social mores and cuss words, just like language itself, evolve, and what once was offensive isn't so much so anymore. Well, to most people.

California needs clean energy after sundown. Geothermal could be the answer

After years of playing third fiddle to solar and wind power, geothermal energy is poised to start growing again in California. Three local energy providers have signed contracts this month for electricity from new geothermal power plants, one in Imperial County near the Salton Sea and the other in Mono County along the Eastern Sierra. The new plants will be the first geothermal facilities built in California in nearly a decade — potentially marking a long-awaited turning point for a technology that could play a critical role in the state’s transition to cleaner energy sources.

Three local finalists named in American Dream Ideas Challenge

On Friday the University of Utah announced three finalists for the 2020 American Dream Ideas Challenge. Sponsored by the philanthropic organization Schmidt Futures, the American Dream Ideas Challenge provides funding to proposals aimed at economically improving Utah’s middle class. The University of Utah received 42 submissions this year.

Public Comments Show Overwhelming Support For DREAMers' Admission To Utah State Bar

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson and Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall are among the more than 30 people who have submitted public comments in favor of allowing certain young immigrants to practice law in Utah. Right now, recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program do not qualify to take the state bar exam or be admitted into the bar. The Obama-era policy shields some immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as minors from deportation, but doesn’t convey legal status.

How Utah may have found a model for bipartisan action on climate change

When Utah lawmakers start their legislative session next week, they’ll have a roadmap waiting for them that could become one of the nation’s most aggressive climate action plans in a Republican-led state — and potentially a path forward for other conservative states looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

18 Organizations Protecting Biodiversity in Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico

The “Four Corners” states of the American Southwest — Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico — are places rich in natural and cultural biodiversity. From deserts to mountains to lakes and rivers, the region is home to more than 400 species of birds and the greatest diversity of mammal species in the United States.

University of Utah assistant professor, architect appointed to fill Salt Lake City Council vacancy

University of Utah assistant professor Darin Masao Mano is the newest member of the