News Clips for July 4-8, 2019

The Best Employers For Women 2019

In 2018, 75,978,000 women were part of the U.S. labor force, representing 46.9% of its total strength. Even though progress has been made in combating gender discrimination in the workplace, the gender pay gap remains much more pronounced than commonly assumed. In November 2018, the Washington-based Institute for Women's Policy Research said that women earn just 49 cents to the typical man's dollar - far less than the 80 cents usually reported. Some organizations are bucking the trend of gender discrimination, however, and that prompted Forbes and Statista to team up in order to identify America's Best Employers for Women in 2019.

That sparkler can hit 1,100 degrees—here’s the case these Utahns make for skipping the amateur fireworks

John Adams, America’s second president, first suggested Independence Day be celebrated with “illuminations from one end of this continent to the other” — but the folks who put out fires and treat burn victims in Salt Lake City would rather the average Utahn leave fireworks alone.


Steamboat geyser in Yellowstone National Park is the tallest active geyser in the world, capable of shooting jets of boiling hot water more than 300 feet into the air.

Why the Christchurch earthquake is often used as a case study for what could happen in Salt Lake City

On Feb. 22, 2011, at 12:52 p.m., Ann Brower was on a bus on Colombo Street in the downtown area of Christchurch, New Zealand, when the big one hit. A magnitude 6.3 earthquake shook Christchurch, bringing down brick buildings and taking the lives of 185 people. "I had been avoiding going to the center," Brower said, "I knew that I wanted to avoid brick buildings in an earthquake zone."

Neelam Chand named Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Zions Bank

Before joining Zions Bank, she was director of marketing and communications for the University of Utah’s Office for Equity and Diversity. From 2009 to 2013, Chand was executive director of Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit fair-trade retailer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and marketing from the University of Utah.

New director of equity, justice and inclusion begins work in Weber School District

Lillian Tsosie-Jensen describes her new role as director of equity, justice and inclusion in Weber School District as her “dream job.”

This year's red hot IPO market has seen more women CEOs than usual take companies public

The boom in initial public offerings this year has also been a boon for women chief executive officers. In the first half of the year, 13 women CEOs have taken companies public. They include Julie Wainwright of the RealReal, Jennifer Tejada of PagerDuty, and Jenny Zhiya Qian of Luckin Coffee.

Salt Lake County Library Celebrates Summer Reading With A Big Challenge

While kids may often be found in front of little black screens, the county library system hopes to change that this summer. Salt Lake County Library’s Summer Reading Challenge is an annual event intended to keep everyone—pre-readers, kids, teens and adults—reading and learning throughout the summer.

Subtle chemical shift reverses prediabetes in Merck-partnered mouse trial

University of Utah Health professor Scott Summers, Ph.D., refers to fatty lipids called ceramides as “the next cholesterol,” because a mounting collection of research suggests they play an important role in metabolic health. In fact, Summers led a study, newly published in Science, that shows how targeting ceramides could reverse insulin resistance and fatty liver—major risk factors for diabetes and heart disease.

Lost wallet? Study suggests cash content might predict if it will be returned

How altruistic is your next door neighbor? A new study that looks to understand civic honesty by staging lost wallets around the world suggests we may be underestimating our fellow humans.

Scientists study SE Utah juniper die-offs

The Colorado Plateau’s juniper trees are some of the hardiest species in the desert’s plant world. They have been known to endure tough conditions such as drought, and proportion their sizes to their sustaining elements, especially water.