News Clips for July 28-30, 2018

University of Utah ranks second-friendliest college for LGBTQ students

The University of Utah was ranked as one of the top LGBTQ-friendly schools in the country. According to a survey conducted by Affordable Colleges Online, the university was ranked second behind the University of California-Riverside for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Research explores whether too many patents stifle progress in biomedicine

New research published by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Jorge Contreras in Science this week explores the current state of sharing resources in the biomedical research field and whether the fragmentation of property ownership can stifle research progress, instead of advancing it.

Beating the Summer Heat—Thanks to Human Exceptionalism

It’s hot out. While this is fueling fears about how “Climate change is supercharging a hot and dangerous summer,” with “Heatwaves from the Arctic to Japan,” be glad that you’re a human being, and not some other kind of mammal.

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A new investigation titled "Deadly Deliveries" has found the United States is the most dangerous place to give birth in the developed world. Led by USA Today, the investigation shed light on preventable maternal deaths and injuries that occurred due to poor practices in hospitals.

How Do You Get People to Tell the Truth?

How do you get people to tell the truth? According to new research from Wharton, how one frames a question can have a lot to do with it. In the paper, “Eliciting the Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth: The Effect of Question Phrasing on Deception,” Maurice Schweitzer, Wharton professor of operations, information and decisions, discovered that subtle tweaks in the way a question is asked can lead to profoundly different answers. His co-authors are Eric VanEpps, a marketing professor at the University of Utah; Jeremy Yip, a management professor at Georgetown University and visiting scholar at Wharton; and Julia Minson, a professor of public policy at Harvard.