News Clips for May 18-20, 2019

How Earth's mantle is like a Jackson Pollock painting

In countless grade-school science textbooks, the Earth's mantle is a yellow-to-orange gradient, a nebulously defined layer between the crust and the core. Story also carried in EuropaPress and La Vanguardia.

San Diego’s new income-share program wants to help students go back to school now, pay later

As the American student debt crisis continues to grow, educators are beginning to explore alternative ways of financing education.

How many women and minorities are faculty at Utah’s universities? No one really knows—but there’s a new effort to collect the data.

The leaders of Utah’s universities have been asked for the past 34 years to report how many women and people of color are in faculty positions. And they have never done it.

The healing power of a smile: A link between oral care and substance abuse recovery

A new study links the benefits of comprehensive oral care to the physical and emotional recovery of patients seeking treatment for substance use disorder.

If You Graduate Right After A Mass Shooting, Good Luck: You’re On Your Own

“Do I really want to raise my child in this world? It’s just crazy. Where shouId I go? Where is the safest place? When you think about it, nowhere is really safe, anywhere.”

Fan-made Star Wars VR Death Star trench run also researches sim sickness

University of Utah computer science student Dylan Stout recently shared this project with us. It’s a research study designed to explore “the correlation between VR sickness and reference points in a 3D space”.

Should one officer oversee Title IX hearings for all Utah colleges?

The general counsel for the Utah System of Higher Education raised the concept Friday of a designated hearing officer to conduct Title IX hearings on all public college and university campuses as an alternative to the current practice.

Recent Private Gifts to Higher Education: U. of California Campus Gets $30 Million to Study Homelessness

Homelessness, environmental law, and the roots of psychiatric illnesses are among the research areas supported by recent gifts to colleges. A volunteer docent left $8 million to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for student scholarships.

Sorenson Seeds $150 Million Fund to Invest in Overlooked America

Real estate moguls, banks and money managers are rushing to capitalize on a new U.S. tax break rewarding investments in poor communities. Now, one of the biggest names in impact investing is aiming to prove the perks are about more than profits.

How to Slay Dragons in the Business World

Dear grads: Finish streaming Bird Box, stop moisturizing with CBD, lace up your Allbirds and listen up on how to get ahead. Dressed in medieval gowns and tassels, you’ve been drowned with graduation platitudes and advice.

Students work to document rock art at a preserve near Utah Lake to help it win national recognition even as new threats emerge

On a recent visit to Utah Lake’s west shore, Alison Green scrutinized sandstone outcrops, measuring lines chiseled into the stone by ancient hands, then doing her best to replicate them on gridded sheets.

Inside the luxurious department store founded by one of the most important figures in Mormon history

Brigham Young was one of the most important figures in Mormon history, perhaps second only to his predecessor Joseph Smith.

Commentary: A chance to change directions on Utah water policy

Longtime Department of Natural Resources Director Mike Styler is retiring at the end of the month, opening up a great opportunity for Utah to change course on its wasteful and expensive water management practices.

Children who use asthma tracking app have better disease control and fewer hospital visits

An app that allows parents and doctors to monitor a child's asthma has a big impact on managing the disease. When families monitored symptoms with eAsthma Tracker and adjusted care accordingly, children had better asthma control and made fewer visits to the emergency department.

For Poor Students, Income Share Agreements May Offer Opportunity

Several colleges offer new options for aspiring college graduates who lack access to enough federal aid.

Utah hotline for expectant mothers looks back at 35 years of service

Telephones have changed since Dr. John Carey co-founded the Pregnancy Risk Line — a call center that provides mothers-to-be with free, anonymous information about pregnancy and breastfeeding — in 1984. And the Pregnancy Risk Line, now known as the MotherToBaby Utah Program, has changed with them. Story also carried in the Salt Lake Tribune and KSL.