News Clips for Nov. 10-12, 2018

A Utah professor has been appointed by President Trump to a science advisory board

A University of Utah associate professor has been named to a national board that advises the president on science — coming at a time when the current administration is often seen as hostile toward the discipline and its research.

Department of Homeland Security contracts Utah company to develop Fentanyl sensors

A Utah company is just one of three nationwide developing first-of-its-kind technology to detect the lethal drug fentanyl. Vaporsens, a high-technology company based in Salt Lake City, was contracted by the Department of Homeland Security to create a device for first responders. DHS provided nearly $3 million to small businesses for the research. On the fifth floor of a University of Utah lab, Vaporsens scientist Jayc Johnson is developing the prototype.

College collaborations better connect Utah to the world, presidents say

University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins, left, Utah State University President Noelle Cockett, Salt Lake Community College President Deneece Huftalin, Westminster College President Bethami Dobkin and Utah Valley University President Astrid Tuminez participated in a Utah Global Forum panel at the Grand America in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.

Huntsman Cancer Institute to study how best to reach patients who could use genetic counseling

A team of researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute was recently awarded a $5 million grant to study genetic counseling, genetic communication and genetic services to patients. They will look at how best to find patients who might benefit from counseling, using electronic health records from 48 primary care clinics in two health care systems.

Hope in sight, eye care clinic provides exams for refugees

Hope in Sight Eye Care Clinic provided exams, eyeglasses, and surgery referrals for refugees Saturday morning. Thousands of refugees have resettled in Utah, they endure difficulties of their past-forced to flee their home countries to escape conflict or disaster.

Univ of Utah offers 'Adolescent Gender Management' clinic

The University of Utah's health center offers “puberty blockers" and “gender-affirming hormones" to youth.

President Donald Trump names Utah scientist as member of National Science Board

President Donald Trump has named a Utah scientist as a member of the National Science Board. Maureen L. Condic, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah Health and University Ombudsan. She is a bioethicist and will serve a six-year term on the board.

U Athletes Honored for Community Service

Two of University of Utah’s athletes took center stage during Utah’s football game on Saturday – no, it wasn’t anyone from the football team. Gymnast Missy Reinstadtler and soccer player Madeline Flom were honored at the Utah vs. Oregon football game as the 2018 winners of the Utah Athletes in Service award.

Lesbians treated differently in health care

According to a new study that used data from the National Survey of Family Growth 2006-2015, lesbians were less likely to report receiving a birth control prescription or birth control counseling compared with straight women.

University of Utah's Gardner Commons a home to 'agents of change'

As dignitaries and University of Utah officials attended a ceremony to dedicate Carolyn and Kem Gardner Commons on Friday, Carlos Valdez sat at a table upstairs in a hallway flooded with natural light catching up on homework. Valdez, a junior studying economics and political science, is a commuter student. Gardner Commons, the U.'s new main classroom building, is his home away from home. Its many amenities make life as a student more comfortable and convenient, he said.

11 Utah veterans recognized at U of U's 21st annual Veterans Day commemoration

The University of Utah’s annual Veterans Day tribute took place Friday marking it as the 21st Annual Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony. The day-long event included a panel discussion, film screening, full-dress military ceremony and football game.

Dark skies: Another Utah natural resource

Being the brightest isn't the best in some circumstances, especially if you are talking light pollution and night skies. Utah has some of the best dark skies in the world, attracting visitors to state parks, national parks and rugged stretches of the state populated by few people. But preserving those dark skies isn't an easy endeavor, and researchers are still unlocking the mysteries of how dark skies influence the human psyche, the natural environment and even air pollution.

Letter: Local universities can do more to go green and combat pollution

Winter is just around the corner, and with the season come temperature inversions. A recent article, “The coolest of the schools,” printed in the Sierra Magazine, caught my attention.

Failure of Prop. 127 isn’t the end of road for renewable energy, experts say

The fight over whether Arizona should get half of its electricity from solar, wind and other renewable sources turned bitter election night when Attorney General Mark Brnovich called out California billionaire Tom Steyer for using California’s energy policies to try to influence Arizona’s policies.

Former Charmed Star Alyssa Milano Offers Her Ribs To Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg After Fall

After news broke that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell and broke some of her ribs, former Charmed star Alyssa Milano took to Twitter to offer up her own ribs, and other body parts.