News Clips for March 6-9, 2021

Demand surges for COVID-19 vaccination appointments, as some 700,000 Utahns become eligible

Monday was the ‘official’ sign-up date for Utahns age 50 and older and with certain health conditions, though some agencies started early.

Utah Senate Trims Student Input from Campus Safety Bill

Last week, the Utah Senate passed a bill aiming to improve campus safety at colleges around the state. However, a provision for a student-led commission that would have helped provide input and recommendations to lawmakers was removed from the bill before its approval.

Sarcos Robotics is making Iron Man suits for the government

Imagine a futuristic robotic suit—something out of an Iron Man movie—that uses technology and years of research to combine the intelligence, instinct, and judgment of humans with the strength, endurance, and precision of machines.

University of Utah physics department promotes diversity pledge for tenure

One would assume that universities and colleges in politically-red states would be immune from the onslaught of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives spreading across the country in higher education and now, corporations.

Student applications are up again at the University of Utah

The number of student applications to the University of Utah are still going up, according to Steve Robinson, associate vice-president for enrollment.

Tips on how to handle a coyote encounter in Utah

Two wild coyotes were spotted on campus at the University of Utah, and officials are warning others to stay cautious and informing them how to stay prepared in case of a possible encounter.

Why April 10? Utah mask mandate to end next month, with governor's approval

Gov. Spencer Cox is expected to sign a bill that would lift the statewide mask mandate on April 10. It also sets certain benchmarks for ending other public health orders — or they will be lifted July 1, whichever comes first.

A year later, Utah health experts say we're not quite out of the COVID-19 woods yet

Exactly one year ago, then-Governor Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, Utah has had over 374,000 cases and close to 2,000 deaths from COVID-19.

Top Utah doctor urges Cox not to sign bill ending mask mandate

One of Utah’s top children’s doctors is calling on the governor to veto a bill sitting on his desk. Lawmakers passed House Bill 294 late Friday setting an end date to the statewide mask mandate.

5 ways parents can help kids avoid gender stereotypes

In the last century, significant progress has been made in advancing gender equity in the United States. Women gained the right to vote, fathers have become more involved parents and more people and institutions recognize gender identities beyond the binary categories of male and female.