News Clips for Sept. 22-25, 2018

Hospital ER reports 161 percent spike in visits involving electric scooters

As injured electric-scooter riders pour into emergency departments across the country, doctors have scrambled to document a trend that many view as a growing public safety crisis.

University of Utah inaugurates Ruth Watkins, its first female president

Every time someone mentioned it, the crowd cheered and clapped. When David P. Gardner, a former president at the University of Utah, noted how Ruth Watkins would be the first female president in the school’s 168-year history. When H. David Burton, chair of the board of trustees, called it a “historic occasion.” When Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox said five of the colleges in Utah are now being led by women, a first for the state.

4 Tips For Overcoming Procrastination

Frustration, guilt, anger, and self-doubt. These are some of the bad emotions you get every time you do something else other than the one you know you’re supposed to do. Chronic procrastination to productivity is like Kryptonite to Superman; you can’t have both in the same room.

Unlike anything in Utah, this huge new retirement community offers a ‘life plan’

Bill and Pat Hardesty will soon pledge their remaining years to a new “life plan” at a place called Summit Vista. Just returned to their West Valley City home from a workout, 66-year-old Pat Hardesty said she still has loads to sort and pack as they downsize for the move. Husband Bill, 61, does, too, and pondered last week as to which friends might like some of his favorite books as gifts.

Campus Undergoing Transformation at University of Utah Hospital

University of Utah Health is undergoing new expansions that will let it better serve the growing population of Utah and better train the next generation of health care professionals. The new buildings will improve science, training and care services to bring world-class health to more patients in Utah and beyond.

Salt Lake City ER reports 160 percent spike in visits involving e-scooters

As injured electric scooter riders pour into emergency departments around the country, doctors have scrambled to document a trend that many view as a growing public safety crisis.

You Can Now Get Your Flu Shot Up Your Nose, Here's Why That's A Good Thing

Are you afraid of needles? If yes, you're in luck for this year's flu season because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has finally approved an alternative form of the flu vaccine.

After being rescued from a closet, John Wesley Powell artifacts went on display at a Utah museum — for one day

Nearly 150 years after John Wesley Powell led the first trips down the Colorado River, items from the explorer’s travels were on display Saturday at a one-day exhibition staged by the Natural History Museum of Utah. The pieces, including American Indian apparel and weaponry, had been stored in a closet at the Illinois university where Powell once taught.

Simulation software with humble beginnings receives $1.7 million from NSF

In 1998, Wolfgang Bangerth was a master’s student in Germany who needed to solve a math problem. He wrote a few lines of software code that helped him solve the problem (and get his thesis written).

Digging in the dirt and uncovering Civil War era items at Salt Lake City’s Fort Douglas

One Sunday in October four years ago, Beau Burgess came to work at the Fort Douglas Military Museum and peered into a utility trench cut the day before at the historic U.S. Army outpost established in 1862 just outside the nascent Salt Lake City.

Successful outreach visit from university psychology department prompts more visits to rural schools

Graduate students from the University of Utah’s Department of Psychology Outreach Committee came to Cedar City in May to present to 11th graders at SUCCESS Academy high school. Given the positive feedback to the presentations, the committee is planning to send another group of students to both Cedar City and St. George this fall, as well as other rural locations in the state throughout the academic year.

Tech's dirty little secret: Female founders struggle in venture funding game

The statistics are sobering. While 38 percent of U.S. businesses are owned by women, data reflects only about 2 percent of the $85 billion spent in venture capital funding in 2017 went to businesses with all-women founder/executive teams. And, as dismal as that sounds, it's the largest percentage of annual venture funding that's backed women-led business in over 10 years, according to data assembled by PitchBook Data Inc.

Simulations Enable 'Choose-your-own-Adventure' Stereochemistry

Stereochemistry is a science of reflection. Two chemical molecules with the same composition and structure, but with one as the mirror image of the other, can produce wildly varying effects. Controlling which molecule emerges from a given reaction is a critical, but sometimes poorly understood, process.

Utah Supreme Court weighing Cottonwood Mall project referendum

Utah's Supreme Court heard arguments but didn't rule Friday on whether Holladay residents can vote down the Cottonwood Mall development in November, in a pressing case that both sides fear could set a harmful precedent for city land use.

Hundreds show up for U's Bennion Center annual Service Saturday

Hundreds of University of Utah students, faculty and staff spent their morning helping out with community projects for the 15th annual legacy of Lowell Day of Service.

Scooter related injuries nearly tripled from 2017-2018 in Utah

Before you hop on an electric scooter, doctors have a warning for you – scooter-related injuries are on the rise in Salt Lake City. “Don’t just jump on it and take off at 15 mph, because injuries certainly can happen and they are happening,” said Troy Madsen, M.D. emergency physician at the University of Utah.

U of U data shows climate change making fire season worse

Data from the University of Utah shows climate change is causing longer, hotter fire seasons throughout the West. Experts note it could get much worse if more isn't done to mitigate the danger and reduce climate changing emissions.

Archaeologists digging to unearth stories of military soldiers at Fort Douglas

Archaeologists at the University of Utah's Fort Douglas are "geeking out" over an accidental unearthing of historical significance. Contractors digging a utility trench about four years ago accidentally uncovered and partially destroyed parts of a sandstone foundation for what is believed to have been military barracks built sometime between 1862 and 1875.

Insurance rates rise for head, neck cancer among Medicaid expansion states

Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act increased insurance rates among patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, according a prospective, observational study.

Researchers make major breakthrough in controlling the 3D structure of molecules

New drug discovery has long been limited by researchers' inability to precisely control the 3D structure of molecules. But a team led by scientists from The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (GC/CUNY) has made a major breakthrough in chemical synthesis that now makes it possible to quickly and reliably modify the 3D structure of molecules used in drug discovery, according to a paper appearing in Science.

Facebook drops on-site support for U.S. political campaigns

Facebook said on Thursday that it would no longer dispatch employees to the offices of political campaigns to offer support ahead of elections, as it did with US President Donald Trump in the 2016 race. Read more at: //

Develop your international career with these dynamic branch campuses

Thanks to the digital age, access to education has improved dramatically. As many universities now offer online courses and the chance to study at global campuses, students are no longer restricted by their postal code.

The NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Network expands

Grants to improve and accelerate the diagnosis of rare and undiagnosed conditions were made to academic medical centers across the nation Monday. The new awards are part of the second phase of the National Institutes of Health’s Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN). The total investment planned for the UDN over the next four years will be approximately $100 million, pending the availability of funds.