News Clips for January 13, 2021

Utah Hospitals Vow To Fight 'Systemic Racism' In Healthcare, Starting With Their Own Staff

Leaders of Utah’s largest hospital systems released a joint statement Tuesday speaking out against systemic racism and vowing to do more to fight it. Two things led Utah’s hospital systems to examine their role in systemic racism, according to Mikelle Moore, senior vice president of Intermountain Healthcare: The summer of Black Lives Matter protests and the unequal impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on people of color.

Return of the dustbowl: why the Great Plains are in trouble

The Great Plains of the USA are once again getting dustier, highlighting the complicated nature of environmental policies.

U of U professor creates COVID-19 test that can return results in a minute

A University of Utah professor has developed a portable, rapid COVID-19 test that returns results even faster than the others on the market. It gives a result in about a minute. A sensor checks for the spike proteins in the COVID-19 virus. You can breathe on the sensor or deposit a drop of saliva.

With Social Media Companies Cracking Down, Conservative Utah Groups Search For Other Ways To Communicate

Social media companies are reckoning with how people used their platforms during the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Some major companies, like Facebook and Amazon, have shut down users — including the president — and an app called Parler.

University of Utah President Watkins tenure plagued with ups and downs, including handling of McCluskey case

University of Utah’s 16th president and 1st woman president, Ruth Watkins, is leaving her position at the university after a short career filled with ups, downs , and the murder of Utah track star Lauren McCluskey.

Utah AD Mark Harlan says athletics budget deficit shaved to about $35 million, thanks to Pac-12 football being played

The University of Utah athletic department is going to finish this fiscal year with an eight-figure budget deficit, but at least the final damage is not going to be as bad as once feared. As part of a wide-ranging interview Tuesday afternoon with The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah athletic director Mark Harlan estimated that his fiscal budget shortfall will ultimately be around $35 million. That figure is less than his worst-case estimation from August of between $50-60 million.

Utah Ranks #4 Per Capita for Human Trafficking Reports – New Aspen House Organization is Ready to Help

January is Human Trafficking and Slavery Prevention Month, an ideal time to note that Utah ranks #4 per capita in reported human trafficking cases, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. A new organization in Salt Lake City is stepping forward to fill the gap in home-like living accommodations, empowerment, social enterprise and training for Utah’s female victims who need support.