News Clips for Jan. 23, 2019

University of Utah Introduces Income-Share Experiment

The University of Utah today announced the creation of an experimental program to offer some students the option of an income-share agreement. So-called ISAs, which tap portions of postgraduate income to reduce college tuition fees, have generated support from policy makers and others as a promising way to help pay for college. Critics, however, call the agreements new forms of potentially problematic private loans.

Mother’s Milk Bank receives funding from Intermountain Healthcare, University of Utah Health

University of Utah Health and Intermountain Healthcare are teaming up to give $500,000 over the coming year to Mountain West Mothers’ Milk Bank in founding sponsor donations to provide core funding to help the organization fulfill its mission of promoting infant health and nutrition by screening, processing and dispensing donor human milk. Each health care system is donating $250,000.

Suicide risk in people with autism

Researchers have conducted the first population-based study of suicidality in individuals with 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.

How to protect your children from online sextortion

Sextortion, or sexual extortion, is one of the fastest-growing problems affecting young people in Utah and beyond. Earlier this year, a tragic case unfolded in the headlines. Before sex offender Melvin Rowland killed his ex-girlfriend University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey, he threatened to post compromising pictures of her online unless she sent him money, police said.

Brad Rock: Utah Utes publicist Bruce Woodbury had all the bases covered

In an era long gone, before texting, FaceTime and even before emailing, Bruce Woodbury was the public’s lifeline to University of Utah sports. He got the information to the newspapers, which then delivered it to the people. He did so by driving his weekly press release downtown to the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune offices. Woody put the “Ute” in “distribute.”

Utah Attorney General says human trafficking remains problem

Although it is often thought of as a foreign issue, there is still a large problem with human trafficking in Utah, the state's top law enforcer says. "Human trafficking, modern-day slavery, has never been in greater number than it is today," Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said during a panel discussion Tuesday. Yet "more than ever, we have new and emerging assets in the fight, new technologies, new techniques, new partnerships that give me a lot of hope."

Salt Lake City organizations offering free admission to furloughed federal workers

Salt Lake City organizations are offering free admission to furloughed federal workers as the partial government shutdown reaches the one-month mark.

Jay Evensen: Should the people be allowed to overturn city planning decisions?

The problem is complicated. On the one hand, it’s getting expensive to live here, as if you needed to be reminded. The Zillow Home Value Index says the median home price in the Salt Lake metro area rose by 11.1 percent over the past year to $352,300. Even though experts predict the market will soften a bit this year, the median price is expected to grow by another 4.2 percent. You may expect the trend to continue.

Study: Puerto Rico received slower, less 'generous' disaster aid than Texas, Florida

Puerto Rico received slower and less "generous" federal assistance after Hurricane María than Texas and Florida did after hurricanes Harvey and Irma, according to a study published Tuesday. The researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of Utah analyzed federal spending and resource allocation estimates as well as direct and indirect storm-mortality counts to compare the responses to the three devastating 2017 hurricanes based on severity.

Mountain West Home-Buying Frenzy Has Slowed Down, Experts Say

Home sales in the American West tumbled to a three-year low in December, as higher interest rates and rising home prices gave buyers pause, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors. “Home prices have risen too fast, too soon,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist with the National Association of Realtors.

Is There a Social Penalty for Wearing Makeup?

Appearance is important. Good-looking people experience more favorable outcomes in job interviews, when being tried for a crime, when running for political office, and (of course) when seeking a romantic partner.

This Green Earth

Over the past 150-years, the Great Salt Lake has shrunk by nearly one-third. This has exposed much more lake bed. When big storms push through from the west the dust that gets picked up often ends up depositing on the snow pack along the Wasatch Range. As a result, a University of Utah study published last month concludes that dust from the lake can accelerate snow melt by as much as 25-percent. Dr. Mckenzie Skiles is a co-author of the report and joins Chris and Nell to discuss the study.


After three years of decline, fresh drug shortages are edging up again, with 186 newly added products last year, according to the University of Utah Drug Information Service, which provides shortage details to the FDA.

Push for Open Access Publishing Might Leave Elsevier in the Dust

According to the University of California Office of Scholarly Communication, the UC and Elsevier are continuing discussions in a good-faith effort to conclude negotiations by Jan. 31. As a show of cooperation, UC and Elsevier have agreed that access to journals will be extended to the UC during this time, allowing one more month to conclude discussions.