News Clips for July 18, 2018

Legislative auditors ask colleges: 'Dude, where's your keys?

Legislative auditors literally burned the midnight oil making covert site visits to all state colleges and universities in recent months to assess campus inventory and security controls. Staff from Utah's Office of the Legislative Auditor General discovered dozens of exterior and interior doors accessible between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m.

Variations of a single gene drive diverse pigeon feather patterns

Biologists have discovered that different versions of a single gene, called NDP (Norrie Disease Protein), have unexpected links between color patterns in pigeons, and vision defects in humans. These gene variations were likely bred into pigeons by humans from a different pigeon species and are now evolutionarily advantageous in wild populations of feral pigeons living in urban environments.

The 25 highest-paid public college presidents

It pays to be on top. The presidents of America's major public colleges made about $560,000 on average during the 2016-17 school year, according to results of a survey released this week by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Ashland, Akron among the best colleges for esports, survey says

In compiling the list, ValueGamers, a video game research and review site, looked at the 60 or so schools with varsity esports programs. They then, using data from, ranked them based on factors such as academics, campus, professors, location, value and average salary of graduates.

Utes to celebrate 125 years of football with patch, festivities

Although the University of Utah's football program doesn't look a day older than 123, the Utes will actually be celebrating their 125th season this fall.

Dr. Agarwal on Frontline Treatment in Kidney Cancer

Neeraj Agarwal, MD, associate professor, Division of Oncology, Department of Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine, Huntsman Cancer Institute, discusses his preferred frontline treatment for patients with kidney cancer.

Doctors fear urgent care centers are wildly overusing antibiotics—for profit

Popular urgent care centers may be the biggest—and most overlooked—culprits in the dangerous overuse of antibiotics in clinics, according to a new analysis in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Health care workers, PPE and infection control: Study finds failures to follow protocol

Health care workers may be contaminating themselves and their work environments by neglecting to use personal protective equipment and follow preventive protocol, according to a study from researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Utah.

What role do clinicians play in the cost of health care?

Health care clinicians may not consider themselves a major factor in the cost of health care, they do feel they have a role in addressing the issue.

The ancient armor of fish—scales—provide clues to hair, feather development

How do scale patterns on fish provide understanding of the development of feathers, fur—and even cancer? Biologists are investigating.

A growing transit solution

According to the BRT Centre of Excellence, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a major source of transportation for millions every day. More cities are considering BRT as a cost-effective mode of transportation. There are 10 BRT projects opening in 2018 in North America, according to The Transport Politic.

Antibiotics are overprescribed in urgent care centers, study finds

For run-of-the-mill illnesses, such as sore throat, allergies, or the flu, urgent care centers can offer a cheaper alternative to an emergency room visit. But the centers overprescribe antibiotics, including for conditions where they are not needed, at an alarming rate, a new study has found.