News Clips for Oct. 26-29, 2018

University of Utah trustees meet behind closed doors with police chief in aftermath of student-athlete's slaying

The University of Utah Board of Trustees met behind closed doors with Police Chief Dale Brophy and other key administrators Friday morning in the aftermath of student-athlete Lauren McCluskey's slaying on the campus Monday night.

1 of 3 separate, independent U of U student-athlete murder investigations underway

One of three separate and independent investigation into the deadly University of Utah shooting is now underway. The other two are expected to begin very soon after the U’s police department wraps up its investigation.

More college students say they're getting concealed carry permits

More and more students say they are taking safety into their own hands by getting a conceal carry permit. Because of Monday's shooting, those students say it's time to take the steps to arm themselves on campus.

Team gives transplant patients hope with 3D printed cells

Engineers from the University of Utah broke through with new hope for transplant patients through 3D printed cells. Robert Bowles, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering, said his team took a big step towards replacing damaged ligaments, tendons or ruptured disks for patients. The solution appears to be new tissue printed from a 3D printer head.

Will UltraFICO Help Expand Credit — or Create Greater Risk?

The UltraFICO Score, a refined consumer credit scoring product that Fair Isaac Corp. plans to pilot in early 2019, promises to help make credit available to more individuals who show “responsible financial behavior” but are locked out of mainstream credit because they fall short in traditional scoring mechanisms.

Emmanuel Babatunde Omobowale and the emergence of literature and medicine in Nigeria

In every sane and forward looking society, the progenitors and harbingers of different traditions and social innovations are celebrated. Such honour is meant to motivate more productive thoughts, which are capable of stimulating inventive ideas that will impact positively on the socioeconomic and academic domains of any society.

Plans to tap more Bear River water raise concerns downstream

Between two bends in the Bear River, not far from where his great-great grandparents' first homestead, Joel Ferry built a gathering place for his community.

Transgender Utahns rally, say proposed Trump policy that would define gender more narrowly is an attempt to ‘legislate us out of existence’

Audrey Leiker says President Donald Trump’s administration is trying to make her disappear. Days after The New York Times reported that the Department of Health and Human Services is leading an effort to define gender as purely biological under federal law, Leiker showed up to a rally outside the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building in downtown Salt Lake City to assert her identity.

Utah has 'heck of a lot' to share at next year's United Nations conference in Salt Lake City

Milo Zhang, who's studying for a master's degree in international affairs and global enterprise at the University of Utah, could hardly contain his excitement about the United Nations bringing an international conference to Utah next year.

Utah Olympic Park announces ski hill expansions, details funding

Colin Hilton, president and CEO of the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, announced Wednesday that the organization plans to expand the Utah Olympic Park's skiing hills to create both an intermediate and a larger ski area, primarily for athlete training, over the next two years.

Olympic visionary receives award from University of Utah Ski Archives

Lately, Howard Peterson, the longtime head of the U.S. Ski Association (now U.S. Ski and Snowboard) and Soldier Hollow, has been thinking about one word: Legacy. Peterson, 67, will receive the Joseph Quinney award from the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library Ski Archives for his contributions to winter sports in the intermountain West on Oct. 30, and many of Peterson's achievements can be summarized by that word.

Getting your flu shot protects more than just yourself, it protects newborn babies

Ashley McGavin and her husband welcomed another little baby, Parker, to their family five weeks ago. “Everyone just loves him and wants to hold him all the time,” McGavin said. Parker is often on the go. “He’s already been out and about,” she said. McGavin does everything she can to keep him healthy. “He’s so little and so vulnerable … hand washing only goes so far,” she said.