News Clips for May 11-13, 2019

The Lesser-Told Stories Of The Golden Spike: 150 Years Later

This weekend, hundreds of thousands of people will gather to mark the completion of the transcontinental railroad in Utah 150 years ago. On May 10, 1869, the Union Pacific Railroad from the East and the Central Pacific Railroad from the West joined together with a spike on a summit north of the Great Salt Lake. With each blow, a letter was tapped into the first transcontinental telegraph. D-O-N-E. Done. And celebrations erupted on both coasts, as well as on Promontory Summit.

Its City Was Hurting. The Schools Were Strapped. So This University Took Charge.

A controversial law giving Ball State University control of its city’s schools will soon be a year old. Can a state university confront long-term threats by focusing closest to home?

The Latest Startup Hotspot: Public Universities

As a student at the University of Utah, Daniel Goldfinger liked to go camping on the weekends. He enjoyed laying in his hammock on said camping trips, but the Los Angeles native faced a problem during visits to southern Utah: a treeless desert isn’t much good for hanging hammocks.

The struggle to keep women in academia

Incremental gains in the number of women in chemistry faculty can’t outpace the growing number who choose other careers.

'It does happen in Utah': Discrimination, mistreatment fears cause LGBTQ persons to avoid the doctor

A Utah man (who chose to remain anonymous) claims his doctor made reckless assumptions about his health based on his sexuality. "I had gone in to see him after just vaguely not feeling well after doing a month of international travel," the man told ABC4 News. "All I had was a sore throat and was just kind of tired."

Utah Overwatch team hopes to prove college esports is worth investment

Behind the Collegiate Esports Championship stage, University of Utah esports director AJ Dimick rallied his Overwatch team. The Utes were fresh off a 3-0 sweep of Orange Coast College on Saturday and had earned a spot in Sunday's final.

States seek explicit patient consent for pelvic exams under anesthesia. In Utah, it’s now the law.

Savanah Harshbarger estimates she performed as many as 10 pelvic exams last year on patients before gynecologic surgeries, feeling for fibroid tumors or other abnormalities. The Duke University medical student said the experience was a revelation.

New victim advocate hired to work with U of U police after McCluskey's death

A new victim advocate is now on the job at the University of Utah’s police department. It’s one of the campus safety recommendations following the October death of student-athlete Lauren McCluskey. Jamie Justice was hired last month. The former director of the Salt Lake Area Family Justice Center, she’s now writing the handbook for her new role. “I am developing the program because we haven’t had one at the department before,” Justice said.

Current air quality efforts in Salt Lake Valley might actually make pollution worse, U researchers say

A new study by researchers at the University of Utah in collaboration with the University of Colorado Boulder and NOAA has revealed that the processes producing ozone pollution in the summer might also trigger wintertime air pollution formation.

Opioids now leading cause of pregnancy-related death in new Utah moms

New research published this week in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology shows how pregnant women and new moms have been overlooked in studies of opioid deaths. “If you think you don't know somebody with addiction, I respectfully disagree, and say you do know somebody,” sayid Dr. Marcela Smid, an assistant professor of maternal and fetal medicine at the University of Utah Health, and author of the paper.

Many Univ. of Utah Students Have Abandoned Mormonism and Are Now Non-Religious

Here’s an amusing bit of information for you. Most of Utah (roughly 62%) is Mormon. That means even at the University of Utah, the public school that’s not Brigham Young University, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that 54% of students say they grew up in the LDS Church.

Utah’s largest homebuilder is on a ‘warpath’ to create affordable housing. But Ivory Homes has its critics.

Utah’s home prices are on a multiyear climb and well-heeled buyers, at least, are still snapping up houses. You would think these would be heady days for the state’s homebuilders. But Clark Ivory is unsettled.

Induced Labor Not More Expensive Than Spontaneous Labor

For decades health care professionals have been under the impression that inducing labor is more expensive than waiting for spontaneous labor to happen naturally. However, a new study is now proving that isn't necessarily true, and that inducing labor at 39 weeks gestation can cost the same as waiting for labor to occur on its own.

Activists bail women out of jail to ensure more happy Mother’s Days

Paz Lopez was set to spend Mother’s Day behind bars. The 42-year-old mother of six had been locked up in a Phoenix jail for the last month on forgery and other charges. She couldn’t post her $2,050 bail.