News Clips for May 23, 2019

A $35,000 NEA grant is 'exciting and validating' for the Utah Museum of Fine Arts's ACME program

On a beautiful sunny day in 2016, B-boys and rappers gathered with academics, teachers and artists. Kids spun on their heads, participants perfected their spray-painting technique, and young emcees performed spoken-word poetry.

Republican senator wants U.S. Census to ask about criminal records

The U.S. census should include questions about criminal records to help policymakers get former convicts back into the workforce, a Republican lawmaker said on Wednesday.

Taking Brakes off Bad Fat to Good Fat Conversion Could Lead to New Treatments for Diabetes

Our bodies contain different types of fat, not all of which is bad. Scientists at University of Utah Health have now shown that switching off a particular gene in energy-storing white fat cells frees their conversion into energy-burning, or thermogenic, beige fat cells.

In new view, Earth's mantle looks like a painting

In grade-school science textbooks, Earth's mantle is usually shown in a yellow-to-orange gradient, a nebulously defined layer between the crust and the core. To geologists, the mantle is much more than that. It's a region somewhere between the cold crust and the bright heat of the core. It's where ocean floor is born and where tectonic plates die. Story also carried in Laboratory Equipment.

Industry Voices—Want to improve the patient experience? Start by meeting patients where they spend their digital lives

A recent University of Utah survey on the state of value in U.S. health care provides an eye-opening perspective on this disconnect. Patients ranked the value of "my health improves" slightly below "the staff was friendly and helpful." In contrast, physicians valued achieving successful clinical outcomes the most.

Turn off the AC! Women's cognitive performance is better at HIGHER room temperature - but men's isn't

Turning off the air conditioner could improve the cognitive performance of female office workers, a new study finds. Researchers say that women performed better on math and verbal tests at higher room temperatures.

Top 6 reasons for drug shortages

Managing drug shortages has become increasingly challenging for hospitals and health systems. Read the list of the key reasons these shortages occur, according to information provided by drugmakers to the University of Utah Drug Information Service.

Riot Forms Scholastic Association to Oversee School Esports Efforts

“League of Legends” developer Riot Games is forming a new governing body for its college and high school esports activities called the Riot Scholastic Association of America, it announced on Tuesday. A board of advisors will work with a team at Riot to continue its scholastic esports support, including scaling competitive operations and creating a more inclusive student community, Riot said. The board is comprised of leaders from throughout the college esports industry.

'Reimagining A Place For The Wild' On Thursday's Access Utah

Reimagining a Place for the Wild contains a diverse collection of personal stories that describe encounters with the remaining wild creatures of the American West and critical essays that reveal wildlife’s essential place in western landscapes. Gleaned from historians, journalists, biologists, ranchers, artists, philosophers, teachers, and conservationists, these narratives expose the complex challenges faced by wild animals and those devoted to understanding them.

Complaint asks for the immediate suspension of the University of Utah's research on animals

After a troubling state audit of the University of Utah’s laboratory safety practices, the New England Anti-Vivisection Society has called for an immediate suspension of the University’s research on animals.