News Clips for January 8, 2021


At the core of each story in SLUG’s My Body and Me issue lies the powerful force of bodily autonomy. Here, Ariel Malan, the Program Coordinator of the Master of Healthcare Administration and the Transgender Health Program at the University of Utah, talks the physical, social and emotional changes surrounding this identity-affirming body transformation.

Utah’s first COVID vaccine recipient gets booster shot saying, ‘So far, so good’

It was another historic day for University of Utah Health. Thursday, Utah’s first vaccine recipient and hospital Medical Intensive Care Unit Registered Nurse Christy Mulder got her booster. “I feel good. So far, so good,” she says. It’s been 23 days since Mulder got the first Pfizer vaccine in the State of Utah, allowing her to finally get that coveted second shot.

Where does COVID-19 rank among Utah’s causes of death in 2020?

It’s safe to say that COVID-19 has made a lasting impact on Utah with 292,720 positive cases, 11,463 hospitalizations, and 1,330 deaths in the state as of Thursday morning, according to

Alternate Realities: A Tale of Two Echo Chambers

These days, the most common question I’m asked besides “why do people believe in conspiracy theories?” is “how can two people come to hold such opposite accounts of reality?” Whether we’re talking about Russiagate, COVID-19, protests and riots, or the 2020 Presidential Election, how can one person see something as “white” while the other sees it as “black?”

CEO of med-tech company Byte says $1.04B acquisition will bring new jobs to Utah

California-based medical tech company Byte, which recently expanded its Lehi office, was acquired this week by dental equipment supplier Dentsply Sirona in an all-cash $1.04 billion deal — something Byte CEO Neeraj Gunsagar said will bring more jobs to Utah.