News Clips for Nov. 16-18, 2019

A Move Toward Greater Diversity in Deanships

When Valerie Kinloch was named dean of the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, in July 2017, she did not know she was the first black female dean at the university. A former vice provost at Pitt who wanted to interview her brought it to her attention. "At first I was floored" by the news, she says, "and then that quickly became something that motivated me."

Ant expert discovers new Utah species in backyard

It was a warm August evening in 2018 when Jack Longino spotted something unusual in his backyard. “I noticed right there these four tiny little ants that I knew just did not belong here,” Longino, a global ant expert who has traveled the world documenting and discovering ant species, said Tuesday.

A surprise ingredient could make this Miami dock the future of concrete construction

As a retired engineer, Alan Sirkin knew that you never, ever mixed naturally corrosive seawater in concrete when building something. “Absolutely not,” said Sirkin, 75. “Who even thought that could ever be possible?”

And now a Barbie inspired by Indian American ecologist Nalini Nadkarni

Every parent who may have had two-thoughts about buying a Barbie doll for their young children may be now pleased to find a Barbie doll that inspires a STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — positive mindset.

How to Be Creative—Plus All the Perks It Has for Your Brain

Innovative thinking is like strength training for your brain, sharpening your problem-solving skills and slashing stress. These five fresh science-backed strategies will teach you how to do more of it.

Utah’s suicide rate drops for the first time in over a decade—but just barely

The rate of suicide in Utah decreased slightly for the first time in more than a decade, according to a recent report from the Utah Department of Human Services.

Could Changing Your Diet Help With Managing Psoriasis?

PSORIASIS – AN autoimmune condition that causes skin cells to grow more rapidly, leading to itchy patches of red skin and silvery scales – affects about 8 million people in the U.S. today. The disease is also associated with a raised risk of joint problems – namely psoriatic arthritis, an inflammatory form of arthritis related to the skin condition – and cardiovascular disease, as well as other issues ranging from diabetes to depression.

When the U.S. Tried to Control Hurricanes

As the end of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season approaches on Nov. 30, the tally of destruction left by storms this year has been enormous. In August, Hurricane Dorian lingered over much of the Bahamas for three devastating days, leaving the country with over 65 people dead. In September, Tropical Storm Imelda dropped 40 inches of rain on coastal Texas. Repairing the damage caused by both storms will cost many billions of dollars.

You never really survive a shooting. Here’s why

The nightmares seemed ridiculous at first. They started in the months after Yvette Rodier survived a vicious, random shooting attack as a 17-year-old in 1996. The boy who was with her at the time, teaching her to take pictures of the night sky, didn’t survive. Some details in the nightmares changed. Others remained constant.

Four vie for University of Utah’s new chief safety officer job

The same concerns came up each time one of the applicants walked up to the microphone to take questions: What can you do to rebuild trust on campus? How will you make students feel safe again?

Booming Forward: Never too early to think about taxes

Getting your tax information is never a fun project, but why not do your future self a nice favor and do some of the legwork a little early? Many agencies are getting ready to assist taxpayers with understanding and taking full advantage of any new laws coming our way.

Few Women With Chronic Health Issues Use Reliable Birth Control

One in three women of reproductive age have a chronic condition that could compromise their health or lead to adverse outcomes during pregnancy, yet few use the most effective forms of contraception, according to a study published online Nov. 7 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

The Justice Files: The execution of Gary Gilmore

He was executed 42-years ago, but Gary Gilmore’s is still remembered for opening the doors for capital punishment. Gilmore was executed in January 1977. It was the first execution after the U.S. Supreme Court declared it constitutional once again. In 1972, the nation’s highest court found it “cruel and unusual” form of punishment and made it unconstitutional.

Paula Smith: Utah’s mental health needs include more for prevention

The Huntsman Family Foundation has blessed the University of Utah with a phenomenal gift of $150 million to establish a mental health institute. This institute will be the first of its kind in the state with the laudable goals of, “advancing knowledge and relieving suffering through research-informed treatment of mental illness with a strong focus on improving mental health services for college-age adults, increasing access to mental health services in rural communities across Utah and identifying the genetic underpinnings of mental illness”.

New travel guide will ‘decolonize’ the way you look at Hawaii

From mountains and active volcanoes to gorgeous postcard-­perfect beaches, visiting Hawaii continues to be one of the most popular trips for U.S. travelers every year. But for most of these tourists, Hawaii is little more than a tropical paradise vacation destination where you can lounge on a beach and drink cocktails. The plethora of guidebooks and travelogues written about Hawaii by non-Hawaiian travelers does little to challenge that perception. Few tourists are aware of the history and cultural turmoil Hawaii has undergone to become what it is today — a rich and complicated multicultural society contending with that history and navigating challenging political realities. So a pair of academics recently took it upon themselves to challenge that stereotype.

Study: Mass shootings cause doctors to ask about guns less often

In the aftermath of a mass shooting, doctors become less likely to ask parents about safe gun storage practices in the home, according to a recent study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

Citizen scientists played key role in building Utah museum’s vast collections

Before citizen science was a thing, there were people like Ezra Day, a guy who lived in what used to be called Hunter, Utah, and indulged an insatiable curiosity about the world around him.

Trans woman speaks out about ‘public humiliation’ of being forced to remove make-up with hand sanitiser for ID photo

A trans woman in Utah who was forced to take her make-up off with hand sanitiser and paper towels for a drivers license photo has spoken out about the “public humiliation”.