News Clips for Oct. 30 & 31, 2019

A Futuristic Report Staked Out 4 ‘Provocations’ for Higher Ed. Small Changes Might Matter Even More.

Five years ago, students and faculty members at the Stanford University released “Stanford 2025,” a futuristic vision for higher education. Part thought experiment, part design exercise, “Stanford 2025” added some creative fuel to the discussions about new directions for the college experience and the future of higher education.

The University of Utah Announces New Safety Team to Respond to Threats

The University of Utah is taking extra safety measures following the murder of student-athlete Lauren McCluskey last year. Officials are creating and planning to implement a new safety team to handle all threats on campus. Brian Burton, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Conduct, said staff, faculty, and students—every level from the President on down—is committed to this.

Doctors Seldom Discuss Gun Safety with Patients

After a mass shooting, pediatricians are less likely to ask parents about gun safety in the home, a new study finds. Researchers examined records from more than 16,500 routine visits to the University of Utah's pediatric clinic between January 2017 and July 2018. One question parents are typically asked at these appointments is whether there are guns in the home and whether they're locked. Also covered by Reuters.

Facebook Takes More Heat For Enabling Political Falsehoods

Facebook came under fresh criticism Tuesday for its hands-off approach to political speech, as a group of employees and US lawmakers called on the social network to fact-check politicians spreading misinformation.

Zero Hunger Hero: ‘Starving’ students at the U rescue food for those in need

We usually refer to college students as "starving," but there's a group at the University of Utah who is actually helping to feed the hungry in Utah. "Since starting in 2015, our grand total has been 42,000 pounds [of food] that has been recovered."


Machines blaring the electronic rhythms of life hang in the balance. Physicians and nurses whirl in and out. The desperate urge to focus on memories of times past gives way to a frenzy of questions and fears about an uncertain future.

Psychology professor discusses conversion therapy, sexual fluidity, gender identity and whether a person must choose faith or love

Individuals with same-sex attractions certainly can—and do—sometimes choose lives of celibacy to adhere to religious convictions, but, without an intimate partner, says a University of Utah psychology professor, they may find those lives lacking.

Breakthrough in developing bionic legs

For a brief time, Kerry Finn felt like "The Terminator" or "The Six Million Dollar Man." The 60-year-old retired truck driver from Salt Lake County, Utah, lost his left leg to vascular disease from type 2 diabetes. But last year, he was one of 10 human subjects at the University of Utah to test one of the world's first truly bionic legs, a self-powered prosthetic limb with a computer processor and motorized joints in the ankle and knee that enable an amputee to walk with more power, vigor and better balance.

Pride Week: SLC Mayoral Candidate Town Hall

This week on the program, we air a town hall with mayoral candidates, Salt Lake City Councilmember Erin Mendenhall and State Senator Luz Escamilla, to discuss their platforms on policy issues as they relate to LGBTQ communities. This event was put on by the University of Utah LGBT Resource Center as part of their Pride Week, in partnership with the Hinckley Institute.

Low generic-drug prices exacerbate drug shortages: FDA

More drugs are in short supply for longer periods of time due to a fundamentally flawed pharmaceutical supply chain, according to a new report.

An Extensive List of Everything That Might Be Causing the “Vaping Illness”

There have been more than 1,600 cases of the mysterious illness that is associated with vaping since May. Thirty-six people have died. The New York Times has a dedicated tracker. What exactly is causing these illnesses and deaths is still unclear, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has been trying to assess a plausible culprit for months, recently confirmed what observers have long suspected: It seems to be tied to weed.

Flu season is here. Researchers may have discovered a cure.

Disease is part of the price we pay as biological organisms. Contemplating how many diseases we have not eradicated can be daunting, though in reality, since the discovery of vaccination in the late eighteenth century and widespread acceptance of germ theory in the nineteenth, researchers have made great strides in medicine. Formerly deadly diseases are now behind us.