News Clips for Nov. 29, 2018

3 ideas picked for $1M challenge to boost Utahns' income: Renting out extra space, a transportation app and a ‘strike force’ for coal country

Three ambitious proposals — a peer-to-peer service for storage rentals, an app to coordinate modes of public transportation, and a drive to revitalize Utah’s coal country — are the Utah nominees in a national competition for ideas to boost America’s middle class.

Panel discusses effects of climate change on Utah

Is there time to change course and reverse climate change? A panel of experts at the Orem Public Library addressed the topic Wednesday night, saying that while climate change already affects Utah, steps need to be taken at both a local and global level to address it.

HOW SUPERCOMPUTERS CAN HELP FIX OUR WILDFIRE PROBLEM

FIRE IS CHAOS. Fire doesn’t care what it destroys or who it kills—it spreads without mercy, leaving total destruction in its wake, as California’s Camp and Woolsey fires proved so dramatically this month.

Citizen Sensors

Personal air-quality monitoring devices could explode in popularity once inversion season hits.

U. transfer students with children face indiscriminate housing due to ‘shortages’

Thomas Johnson ’22 and Tyler Eddy ’21 are both married and have children — Johnson has a two-month-old, while Eddy’s child is two-and-a-half years old. Before moving to Princeton in the fall both had requested two-bedroom apartments in the pet-friendly portion of Lakeside Apartments.

Spontaneous Motion

When an artist's process is intuitive and improvisational, it can be hard to know how to anchor a work in a way that connects its various components. For choreographer Dat Nguyen, that anchor came in the form of a practical necessity: coming up with a name for the show as part of a grant application.

10 years later, dual-language immersion program thriving and evolving in Park City

On Brittney Mellin's first day at Parley's Park Elementary School, she thought it was odd her peers were switching between Spanish and English throughout the day.

INDUSTRY EXPERTS, CLINICIANS SEEK SOLUTIONS TO DRUG SHORTAGES

Drug shortages cause higher rates of medication errors, delayed treatment of life-saving medications and inferior outcomes, and even death.

Who are we? American Family Survey shows the titles we claim—and how they influence our lives

If you ask Joseph Genda, 44, to describe himself, he starts with what he considers most important: He is a father, a husband and he is black. Dig a little deeper and you hear other ways he identifies himself: He is a naturalized American citizen who was born in Sierra Leone, a breadwinner for his family here and abroad. He is a Christian, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is the center coordinator of an after-school program for Promise South Salt Lake.

Climate change is more extensive and worse than once thought

Climate scientists missed a lot about a quarter century ago when they predicted how bad global warming would be. They missed how bad wildfires, droughts, downpours and hurricanes would get. They missed how much ice sheets in West Antarctica and Greenland would melt and contribute to sea level rise. They missed much of the myriad public health problems and global security issues.

After controversial departure from U of Utah Health, Dr. Vivian Lee leaves university

Vivian Lee, MD, PhD, quietly stepped down as tenured professor of radiology at Salt Lake City-based University of Utah in April, one year after she resigned as CEO of its health system and dean of its medical school, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. Neither the university nor Dr. Lee announced that she had left her post at the time, which marked the end of a contract for a final year at a $1 million salary.

Prolonged Brain Connections Seen in Adults with Autism

Connections between different areas of the brain are sustained longer than usual in people with autism, perhaps explaining some of their symptoms, a new study suggests. It's possible these prolonged connections make it difficult for the brain to switch from one activity to another, the researchers said.

3 finalists selected in American Dream Idea Challenge hosted by University of Utah

Three finalists in Schmidt Futures' American Dream Idea Challenge were announced at the University of Utah Thursday. The three teams will go on to compete for $1 million in funding among finalists selected by three other anchor universities participating in the challenge, Ohio State University, Arizona State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.