News Clips for October 10-14, 2020

The 2020 Class Of MacArthur Fellows

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced the 21 winners of this year’s MacArthur Fellowships, generally regarded as one of the nation’s most prestigious awards for intellectual and artistic achievement. The award, commonly known as the “genius grant,” carries a $625,000 stipend, paid over five years with no strings attached on how recipients can spend the money.

Trump got a $21 million tax break for saving the forest outside his N.Y. mansion. Now the deal is under investigation.

Five years ago, Donald Trump promised to preserve more than 150 acres of rolling woodlands in an exclusive swath of New York suburbia prized for its luxury homes and rural tranquility.

Logan mayor joins climate change compact

Logan Mayor Holly Daines has joined more than 100 of the state’s most prominent leaders as a signatory of the inaugural Utah Climate and Clean Air Compact. The compact promotes a non-partisan approach to addressing a wide range of climate and clean air challenges ranging from health issues to the economy to re-vitalizing rural communities, according to the UCCAC website.

At-home saliva COVID-19 test kits available in some states. How accurate are they?

As the pandemic rages on, research on different types of coronavirus tests continues in an effort to increase testing capacity and minimize contact with others.

Don't Be Afraid to Take a Cognitive Test! Here's Why Doctors Say You Should Get a Memory-and-Thinking Screening

Most test-takers wind up reassured, says neurologist Norman Foster, M.D., of the University of Utah. Those having symptoms are sometimes the least likely to be screened, he says—often out of fear that “nothing can be done.” But “so much can be done,” he says.

To Charge or Not to Charge? How Prosecutors Drive Mass Incarceration

The large number of Americans behind bars may be in part a consequence of prosecutors’ determination to level charges for offenses that in other circumstances might not have merited punishment, according to a forthcoming paper in the Southern California Law Review.

How a toothless, parrot-like dinosaur thrived 69 million years ago

A toothless, two-fingered dinosaur was able to thrive more than 68 million years ago due to the parrot-like species' remarkable ability to adapt, scientists have discovered.

Utah COVID Cases Rise, University Hospital ICU at 95 Percent Capacity

The intensive care unit at the University of Utah Health hospital has reached 95 percent capacity, according to Dr. Emily Spivak, associate professor of medicine, division of infectious diseases at the university.

Test tube HIV enables replication insights

Scientists at the University of Utah and the University of Virginia have developed an in vitro system that imaged HIV at the earliest stages of HIV replication – reverse transcription and integration – enabling them to show that the viral capsid protein plays important roles in HIV replication in addition to its known roles.

Letters: Maybe dropping out of ACOs is a good thing for patients

Circa 2018, Humana said it found that when different parties used terms such as value-based care, they didn’t mean the same thing. They convened a panel of experts to develop consensus definitions for the terms value-based payment, value-based care and population health. The expert panel was unable to arrive at a consensus definition for value-based care or population health.

How Colleges Can Ease Students’ Fear and Anxiety in Quarantine

Just seven weeks into her college career, Rhiana Brownell has become all too familiar with the Georgia Institute of Technology’s quarantine and isolation hotel. Within the first month of the fall semester, Brownell’s roommate was sent to the hotel twice. For two weeks, the freshmen were reunited — and then Brownell tested positive for Covid-19.

Research shows school absences rise with air pollution

New research has documented a direct correlation between absenteeism among Salt Lake City school students and air pollution levels, even at times when air quality is not particularly bad.

'This election is everything': College students push schools to cancel classes on Election Day

On Monday, American University announced its decision to cancel classes for Election Day, joining schools like Brown University, the University of Utah, and Colorado College who also gave students the time off.

To Raise a Feminist Son: Why and How

According to the University of Utah, the biggest health threat to women is intimate partner violence, and more often than not, these partners are men.

Should police have power to veto recording initial reports after shooting someone?

Some say Salt Lake option withholds important info; union rep says such statements aren’t about determining what happened.

U of U study focuses on pregnant women and COVID-19

The University of Utah is conducting a study about how COVID-19 affects pregnant women. Dr. Torri Metz, Associate Professor and Vice-Chair for Research in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, says they are gathering data. “I would say the jury is largely out on whether pregnant women get sicker than non-pregnant adults,” said Dr. Metz. “[But] we do always worry about pregnant women and viruses because [they] are relatively immuno-compromised [when carrying.]”

COVID-19 is fueling a Utah shift to outdoor classrooms

Students in Dasch Houdeshel’s science class are using beakers filled with green, yellow and clear liquids to see how water is transferred in plant cells.

Meet the young Utah entrepreneurs ready to reshape the world of startups

Meet a new group of freshman at the University of Utah’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. The students, many of whom are beginning their college careers, having already started one or more businesses, and are part of a cohort called Lassonde Founders that made its debut in the startup-focused education hub of the David Eccles School of Business in the fall 2020 term.

One-Two Punch

Researchers look into the effects of repeated droughts on different kinds of forests.

Drought once shut down Old Faithful—and might again

Old Faithful, it turns out, wasn’t always so faithful. The geyser, in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park, is famous because it blasts hot water tens of meters into the air at regular intervals—every 90 to 94 minutes, on average. Now, geologists examining petrified wood from the park have found evidence that 800 years ago, Old Faithful stopped erupting entirely for several decades, in response to a severe drought.

Theorists React to Potential Signal in Dark Matter Detector

A tantalizing signal reported by the XENON1T dark matter experiment has sparked theorists to investigate explanations involving new physics.

Covid on campus: Students fed up with being blamed for virus spike

Covid cases have surged at US colleges and universities, with students often blamed for contributing to the spread. What do young people think of the pandemic response and those officials pointing the finger at their behaviour?

Inside the newsroom: Behind the scenes at the vice presidential debate

Perhaps the legacy of the vice presidential debate is the impact it will have on students and their future civil engagement.