News Clips for Jan. 31, 2019

Utah Coal Country Strike Team plan advances to final round of national American Dream competition

The Utah Coal Country Strike Team’s proposal to boost financial prosperity in Carbon and Emery counties has advanced to the final round of the Alliance for the American Dream competition where it will compete for $1 million in funding.

University Of Utah's Women's Basketball Coach Lynne Roberts On What It Takes To Turn A Team Around

The University of Utah Women’s basketball team broke into The Associated Press top 25 list last week for the first time in a decade and then moved up seven spots to No. 14 in this week’s poll after upsetting No. 6 Stanford. KUER’s Diane Maggipinto spoke with Head Coach Lynne Roberts about the team’s success, recruiting and what it’s like to play in the Pac-12 Conference.

State of Afterschool Programs report shows Utah's efforts are making a difference

After-school programs lead to better academic success, learning skills, health and social relationships, according to the State of Afterschool Report released at the Capitol on Wednesday.

Noted Utah economist Natalie Gochnour to keynote Bank of Utah’s annual economic forecast events in February

Natalie Gochnour, Ph. D., Associate Dean of David Eccles School of Business and director of University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, will speak to business leaders at Bank of Utah’s Economic Forecast events scheduled in February in Logan, Ogden, Salt Lake City and Provo.


A report covering Bonner County residents’ viewpoints on a host of topics ranging from growth management and water quality to the opioid epidemic and affordable housing is available for viewing online and local libraries. The 58-page Listening to Bonner County report was prepared by students from the University of Utah’s Department of City & Metropolitan Planning in Salt Lake and funded through a grant obtained by Project 7B, a nonpartisan group which seeks to increase public engagement with local land use planning.

Genetic Tests for Autism Can Sometimes Change Lives

Almost as soon as James was born in April 2003, it was clear that he was not well. When he failed a newborn screening test and was struggling to breathe, he was sent straight from the delivery room to the neonatal intensive care unit. Doctors there suspected he had a genetic condition, but genetic testing, such as it was 15 years ago, yielded no answers. So nine days later, James’ mother, Angela, took him home.

Doctors group says studies show air pollution even more damaging than we thought

A survey of scientific evidence of air pollution's harmful effects from nearly 100 studies, including a local probe, demonstrates that even limited exposure can produce some nasty consequences. The study of studies involves findings from nearly 100 distinct bodies of research and was performed by the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, a local clean air advocacy organization made up of physicians.

ER or Instacare? Where to go for urgent health care needs

A 2016 study by the Health Care Cost Institute revealed that the average cost of an emergency room visit in the U.S. is $1,322. A basic checkup at an Intermountain InstaCare, by contrast, is only $175. Intermountain’s Connect Care and the University of Utah's Virtual Visits both provide an even steeper discount by allowing people to speak with a clinician via a computer or mobile device for no more than $49.

Age is only a number: All generations of nurses have plenty to contribute

With multiple generations in the nursing workforce, unique opportunities exist for growth, learning and development.

Teva's generic EpiPen launch stalls months after approval

Many of the largest U.S. pharmacies and drug distributors do not have Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd’s generic version of the life-saving EpiPen allergy treatment five months after it was approved for sale in the United States, pharmacy chains and a group that tracks drug shortages told Reuters.

ARPA-E projects to develop sensors for bioenergy, agriculture

The University of Utah will develop low-pressure sensors to enable the early detection of invasive weeds and/or insects in biomass crop production, increasing the overall energy efficiency of crop production. According to ARPA-E, farmers currently lose approximately 40 percent of biomass crops due to weeds and insects that ideally need to be removed within a week of detection. Early detection could minimize loss, even with smaller applications and pesticides and herbicides, significantly increasing the economic viability of biomass generation.

University of Utah prescribes Hitachi storage for data woes

University of Utah Health extends its Hitachi Vantara storage implementation, adding the Hitachi Content Platform object storage to modernize its data center.

Engineering for the future needs human focus

Whether a young college student or someone seeking a mid-career change, earning a degree in engineering and computer science still offers the best bang for your buck. On average, overwhelmingly, engineering offers the best opportunities for employment with higher wages and higher lifetime earnings. However, fields such as philosophy, history, sociology and many others offer valuable insights for budding engineers, and this has been recognized both locally and nationally.

Top 100 Higher Education Institutes Worldwide, 2019

Beating its neighbour MIT, Harvard University was once again emerged as the best institution of higher learning in the world, that’s according to the latest Webometrics ranking. Coming second was Stanford University, followed by MIT, Oxford, UC Berkeley and the University of Michigan three, four, five and six respectively. The University of Washington, Cornell University, Columbia University New York, and the University of Pennsylvania are seven, eight, nine, and ten worldwide.

Utah GOP rep. pulverizes prof who called 15-week abortion limit 'barbaric'

A University of Utah professor wrote an op-ed calling a 15-week limit on abortions as “barbaric” and “unconstitutional."