News clips for Oct. 16 – 17, 2018

Distrust of the healthcare system may keep black men away from prostate cancer research

The distrust results from ways African-Americans have been historically treated by the medical system, says Dr. Charles Rogers, an assistant professor of family and preventive medicine at University of Utah School of Medicine, and the study's first author.

U. forest ecologist wins Packard Fellowship

“I felt honored, thrilled and surprised all at once,” William Anderegg said in a statement. “I was pretty overwhelmed by the exciting news.” Packard Fellows receive a five-year, $875,000 grant to pursue research directions of their choosing. The Packard Foundation requires little paperwork connected to the grant, allowing fellows wide latitude to pursue risky and creative research ideas, dubbed “blue-sky thinking” by the foundation.

University presses take control of ebook distribution

Rick Anderson, associate dean for collections and scholarly communication at the Marriott Library at the University of Utah, said whether libraries choose to work directly with university presses or not will likely come down to a question of scale.

Updates in 3D printing technology allowed medical researchers to print something rarely attempted -- printing ligaments and tendons. The innovation came from biomedical engineers from the University of Utah. The new process could give patients with badly damaged tendons, ligaments, or ruptured disks faster recovery times or new, implanted tissues entirely.

Investigating tumour microenvironments for more effective treatments

Researchers have gained insights into the microenvironment of different types of lung tumours, describing how the cell ecosystems may affect response to treatment.

Proposed Utah law would let violent crime victims, families seek review of open investigations

The women are challenging the decision by local prosecutors not to file charges in their cases under a "new state constitutional theory," according to Paul Cassell, a University of Utah law professor and former federal judge.

Utah’s ACT scores inch up again — but most high school graduates are still not college-ready in math, reading, or science

The majority of Utah students sent their scores to schools in the state. The top three were the University of Utah, Utah Valley University and Utah State University.

Jay Evensen: Without more control over tuition costs, Utah schools are adding to a heap of social problems

At the University of Utah, tuition and fees this year are estimated at $8,382 for residents of the state, and $26,298 for nonresidents. Add in the cost of housing and the totals jump to $18,696 and $36,612, respectively. For a student with limited work experience, or even for his or her parents, that can look, for lack of a better word, daunting.

Utahns favor Prop 4 to create an independent redistricting commission by a big margin, poll shows

A new poll by the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics for The Salt Lake Tribune shows likely Utah voters favor Prop 4 by a 58 percent to 22 percent margin, with 20 percent undecided.

Lawsuit Seeks Special Prosecutor To Try Rape Cases Of Four Women

Four women who say they were sexually assaulted have petitioned the state Supreme Court to appoint a special prosecutor to try their cases. The four petitioners allege that in each of their cases the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office declined to file charges. “Each of these fours cases had been presented to the District Attorney’s office and each of them had clearly been declined,” said Paul Cassell, a University of Utah criminal law professor, who’s representing the women pro bono.

4 sexual assault victims whose cases weren't prosecuted ask Utah Supreme Court for another chance

The 150-page petition filed Tuesday asks the court to assign a prosecutor to pursue their cases. The women are "challenging the decision by local prosecutors not to file charges in their cases under a new state constitutional theory," according to a statement from Paul Cassell, a University of Utah law professor and former federal judge.

Republican Reps. Bishop and Curtis have clear path to re-election, new poll shows

A Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll, conducted Oct. 3-9, shows Rep. Rob Bishop, who serves northern Utah’s 1st District, with a 32-point lead over his opponents. In the 3rd District, Rep. John Curtis is ahead by an even wider margin of 54 points. That doesn’t come as a surprise to Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute at the University of Utah, who said incumbents always have a “considerable advantage” in an election.

Penis size not linked to male fertility, experts say

Scientists are struggling to find out why, across the globe, men are becoming increasingly less fertile. One new study by the University of Utah suggests a new factor that may be linked to a man’s ability to conceive children: the size of his penis.