News Clips for Sept. 1-4, 2018

College students say they want a degree for a job. Are they getting what they want?

College is increasingly seen by high school students as a means to an end: getting a job. Since the Great Recession, surveys of teenagers — and the choices they are making about their college majors—show that higher education has become less about preparing for life or learning something that interests undergraduates and much more about securing employment.

18 electrons and counting

A new study demonstrates that the 18-electron guiding principle is not only limited to transition metals but can also be extended to nearby elements, the alkaline earths.

ADHD Rates In Kids Are On The Rise, According To New Study

In a study examining some of the long-term trends in attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder, researchers made a few interesting findings. According to the study, ADHD rates in kids are on the rise, and have been over the past 20 years. But the real question is: why?

U.S. cities used to have low-rent, short-term, dorm-style housing. Is that what Utah's homeless need?

It’s not what was inside his room that Jeff Stant was most grateful for — not the bug-free bed, the clean sink, the personal minifridge or the second-story window view of the street outside. It was the door locked behind him.

How high teacher turnover impacts Utah

When it comes to Utah’s teacher shortage, there aren’t any easy answers. It’s a topic often talked about, but difficult to pin down to a single data point. Teacher pay is often brought up as a cause people don’t stay or enter the teaching profession, however surveys done at the state level don’t identify pay as the primary reasons teachers choose to leave.

Beluga whales and narwhals go through menopause, too

Most people with ovaries go through menopause. But most animals do not, and their reproductive organs last about as long as they do. We are an outlier. So are whales.

Japanese Internment Camps Parallels to Today

Ann Burroughs, the president of the Japanese American National Museum, recently spoke on the topic—as part of a lecture series—for the Barbara & Norman Tanner Center for Human Rights—at the University of Utah.

What are the best mosquito repellents to protect kids from West Nile Virus?

This week, health officials reported a fourth Utahn has contracted West Nile virus this year, and one person has died. Infected mosquitoes have been found across the state. Summer may be nearly over, but that doesn’t mean kids should stop using repellents when they’re outside.

Transparent Optics-Less Camera Uses Window as Lens

Engineers at The University of Utah (US) have created an optics-less camera that can use a regular pane of glass or any see-through window as the lens.

5 Ways Companies Are Leveraging Big Data

“Big data is a bit of a buzzword,” says Ryan Barrett. “People in data science can use it to scare off those that aren’t.” As the Director of Credit Risk & Data Science at Sandy-based fintech firm Acima Credit, he works with data every day. “People who don’t know about it are like, ‘Oh my god, they’re talking about big data.'”

Gadolinium MRI links left atrial fibrosis to high risk of arrhythmias in endurance athletes

Research presented at the 2018 European Society of Cardiology (ESC) annual meeting found that left atrial fibrosis in endurance athletes could increase risk of arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation (AFib), according to an article published Aug. 31 by Cardiovascular Business.

Promising studies offer hope in the battle against Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's disease is the 4th leading cause of death in Utah, but some new studies are giving families hope that one day we can get ahead of this devastating disease.

Council must stop celebrating Columbus genocide

Next month, it will be exactly 526 years since October 12, 1492 when Christopher Columbus, who was financed by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, arrived on the Bahamian island of what he referred to as San Salvador.

Former University of Utah researcher wins damages in whistleblower case

A former data registry director and assistant psychiatry professor at the University of Utah has been awarded damages in a whistleblower protection case she brought against the school, her attorney says.

Left atrial fibrosis could be to blame for increased risk of arrhythmias in endurance athletes

A prevalence of left atrial fibrosis in endurance athletes could explain their increased risk for arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation (AFib), according to data presented this week at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress in Munich.

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