News Clips for Nov. 1-4, 2019

With $150 million gift from the Huntsmans, the University of Utah will create a mental health institute

The University of Utah hopes to become a national leader in mental health delivery with a $150 million gift from the Huntsman family to establish a new institute.

U.’s Well-being Team helps tend to S.L middle schoolers’ social-emotional needs

Bryant Middle School strives to be a place where students feel mentally safe at school. When that happens, students care for one another, they engage. “They’re not afraid of failure,” said Principal Larry Madden.

California's fire season has been bad. But it could have been much worse

With planning – and luck – firefighters quickly contained most fires ignited in the past week. But the state remains vulnerable if it doesn’t adapt to more extreme weather. Also in Mother Jones.

‘It is not only national journalism that matters’: Utah students’ winning essays explore the role of the free press

Eighth grader Omar Alsolaiman worries about the future of the free press in America — but not just on a national level. “Throughout American history, the press has been a tool for expanding the ability of people to participate in democracy, allowing the U.S. to become more democratic over time,” the Rowland Hall student wrote in an award-winning essay. And, he added, “It is not only national journalism that matters, though. The communities we live in each have their own problems, which can’t be solved without exposure through the press.”

The Technology 202: Here's why Twitter may have trouble enforcing its own political ads ban

Twitter's decision to stop accepting political ads has sent ripples throughout the tech industry. But researchers who have studied Twitter's handling of such ads in recent years are warning the company may struggle to enforce its new ban. Also in the Chicago Tribune.

Report: Head Start-College Partnerships Improve Success for Student Parents

Head Start services and on-campus childcare centers can help student parents earn their degrees and establish long-term economic security. That’s the findings from a new report titled, “Head Start-College Partnerships as a Strategy for Promoting Family Economic Success: A Study of Benefits, Challenges, and Promising Programs,” released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR).

Amping up the pharma lab: Drug companies explore the potential of electrochemistry

Synthetic organic chemists are accustomed to pushing electrons around. They use reducing reagents to force electrons into molecules and oxidizing reagents to strip them out. But using electrons on their own as a tool to synthesize molecules—electrochemistry, in other words—has been a niche of just a few.

FDA Keeps Brand-Name Drugs on a Fast Path to Market ― Despite Manufacturing Concerns

After unanimously voting to recommend a miraculous hepatitis C drug for approval in 2013, a panel of experts advising the Food and Drug Administration gushed about what they’d accomplished.

New addiction, old habits compound West Virginia dental health woes

Even under the smothering toll of addiction, the human body has a remarkable capacity to repair itself. Track marks will fade into a healthier skin tone, sunken cheeks will refill, and eventually the brain will even rewire the synapses addiction overwrote to fuel itself.

Utah diabetics turn to online trading amid rising prices

Stephanie Arceneaux’s eyes brim with tears as she opens a foam cooler on a picnic table outside the Centerville In-N-Out Burger. “It’s so much!” Arceneaux says, surveying the contents: eight Basaglar pens, seven pens and a vial of Levemir, and, in a box next to it, a huge collection of needles, syringes, lancets and blood sugar test strips. It’s at least $1,500 in insulin and medical supplies.

Federal judges make unprecedented decision to oust Utah magistrate

A federal magistrate in Salt Lake City won’t retain her seat on the bench after judges in U.S. District Court for Utah declined to reappoint her to a second term in an unprecedented decision.

Bionic leg offers amputee a Terminator-like experience

For prosthetic legs to really allow amputees to regain their freedom of movement, they’ll need to be lightweight, mimic the natural mechanics of a human leg, and be self-powered and therefore cable-free. Researchers at the University of Utah have been working towards these objectives and are now showing off what they call one of the world’s first truly bionic legs, with an early tester describing it as a Terminator-like experience.

Unlocking Charon’s formation story

Just two decades ago, Pluto and its largest moon Charon were only understood as mysterious blobs of light in cold outer reaches of the Solar System. Today, not only has NASA’s space probe “New Horizons” explored the Pluto-Charon system in great detail, but we are also approaching a more sophisticated understanding of how the system formed.

Severe obesity for kids is reaching a crisis point. Is weight loss surgery the answer?

The nation’s leading group of pediatricians says weight loss surgery should be an option for more children with severe obesity. A Utah mother explains why she allowed four of her children to have this life-altering procedure despite uncertainty about long-term risks.

How the University of Utah’s police department treated female victims and officers for years before Lauren McCluskey’s killing

Officer Jennifer Smalley watched from behind a one-way window as two male detectives questioned a possible rape victim at the University of Utah’s police department.

The University of Utah police department built by former Chief Dale Brophy included leaders disciplined in previous jobs

After Dale Brophy started leading the University of Utah’s police staff in 2013 — first as deputy chief and two years later as chief — much of the department of about 130 officers, security guards and other employees turned over. Roughly 80 employees left; about a third of them were women and most were officers and dispatchers.

Letter: The culture at the University of Utah must change

The University of Utah can spend millions of dollars on new lighting, campus safety programs, etc., etc., etc., but until the authorities actually believe a young woman when she says she is in danger, it won’t do one rat’s patoot of good.