News Clips for May 4-6, 2019

Here’s where to enjoy transcontinental railroad art and history for weeks to come in Utah

Utah will mark the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad with gatherings, plays, music, film screenings and fireworks around the state this week.

Maisie Williams's Game of Thrones Stunt Double Is A Former All American Gymnast Once Treated By Larry Nassar

Before she was leaping off Winterfell roofs and knife-fighting Brienne of Tarth as Maisie Williams's stunt double on Game of Thrones, 31-year-old Kristina Baskett had dreams of Olympic gold.

St. George Mayor: The Lake Powell Pipeline offers a safe option to increase water supplies

The 2017 population forecast, prepared by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah projects Washington County to have the largest increase in population in Utah (229 percent); exceeding 500,000 people by 2065.

Under Armour Partners With Long Island University

In signing this deal, LIU will join the standout Under Armour roster of NCAA partners that includes the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of California, Berkeley; University of Wisconsin; University of Notre Dame; Naval Academy Athletic Association; University of Maryland; Texas Tech University; Northwestern University; University of Cincinnati; Boston College; University of Utah; University of South Carolina; Auburn University and Yale University.

Landmark summit on autism health care kicks off

A panel of autism scientists and advocates is charged with a tall order: making recommendations for the care of autistic people worldwide. The panel is slated to meet for the first time today after the 2019 International Society for Autism Research annual meeting in Montreal.

Brent Taylor gets posthumous University of Utah doctorate, scholarship formed

Brent Taylor did not only make his mark serving the Utah Army National Guard and as mayor of North Ogden. He was also an academic and had been studying for a doctorate in political science from the University of Utah when he was killed in November while serving in Afghanistan. Accordingly, the University of Utah awarded him posthumously with a doctorate degree on Thursday and also announced creation of a scholarship in his name.

University of Utah Students helping UDOT predict future drone traffic

Students at the University of Utah are working with the Utah Department of Transportation to try and predict what drone traffic will be like in our state and how to handle it.


Public health officials in Utah have put the state's citizens on notice. Though a case of measles has not yet been reported in the state, the concern is that it will only be a matter of time before the disease arrives.

What to do about the crowds and cars in Little Cottonwood Canyon

The Utah Department of Transportation indefinitely extended its public comment period for an environmental analysis of possible transportation fixes to the congestion in Little Cottonwood Canyon—which means yet another delay to solutions.

The Class of 2019: Student loan debt is lower in Utah

The idea of free college for all is getting a lot of attention lately, particularly as the student loan debt problem grows across the nation. Utah, though, actually leads the nation with the least amount of student loan debt after school. Alisa Cloward graduated from the University of Utah this week with no student loans to pay off

Columbia Creates Lands Of Learning For STEAM Night

STEAM Night transformed Columbia Elementary into six lands of learning. Elaborately decorated hallways welcomed families into each new land.

University of Utah Health named one of America’s best employers

If ever there were a time to be looking for a job in Utah, this past year was it. Across the nation, unemployment was down and businesses everywhere were hiring. Forbes created a ranking in collaboration with Statista to identify the best large employers in America, ranking University of Utah Health as one of their top companies. The research was designed to ascertain the businesses most well-liked by their employees.

Pharos Chamber Music Festival promises musical healing

This will make you happy. Well, happier, anyway, and who doesn’t want that? Research at the University of Missouri has definitively proven that listening to classical music with the intention of lifting your spirits actually works: participants reported a marked increase in ‘feeling happy’. Now, add to that the transcendent benefits of being in nature (another recent study from the University of Utah suggests interacting with the natural world results in marked improvements to both physical and mental health) and you’ve got a month-long event series which is certain to Make You Happy…

Tiny robots and VR choreography: How tech is aiding autism research

Technology, including robots, took centre stage at the 2019 International Society for Autism Research in Montreal this weekend, which brought 2,500 researchers together to discuss their findings. Among the displays was a tiny robot named Cozmo, a creation that Mark Brosnan of the Centre for Applied Autism Research at the U.K.’s University of Bath says encourages interaction and communication.

Slain University of Utah student honored during commencement

A University of Utah student who was fatally shot by a man she briefly dated was honored during the school’s commencement ceremony. KUTV reports nearly 8,500 graduates on Thursday night participated in the university’s 150th general commencement. Some of them wore pins to remember Lauren McCluskey.