News Clips for Sept. 8-10, 2018

U prepares to inaugurate Ruth V. Watkins as 16th President

The inauguration ceremony will have messages from both state officials and community members and a keynote address from Watkins herself, which will include a walkthrough of the university’s past, and an outline of her vision for its future. The Utah State Board of Regents chose President Watkins to lead the U back in January 2018 after President Pershing’s resignation was announced. She assumed the presidency in April 2018.

Diabetes Patients Are Hacking Together the Tech They Need. Doctors Are Just Tuning In.

In a study published on Monday in The Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, researchers at University of Utah Health examine how the diabetes community uses Twitter to share information on open source artificial pancreas (OpenAPS) technology, a DIY hack of two diabetes management devices.

Larger than ‘LIFE’ art installation focuses on suicide prevention

Suicide prevention is a priority for one student group, and on Monday those students set up a 3-D art instillation at the University of Utah's Marriott Library.

The surprising reasons people stay in unhappy relationship

A new study by University of Utah’s Samantha Joel and colleagues (2018) provides fresh insights into what keeps people in unfulfilling relationships. Joel et al. begin by questioning the usual assumptions which state that people make the decision to leave based on what’s in their own best interests.

CRISPR’s hedgehog problem: Rolled-up genes can’t be edited, study finds

If CRISPR “can’t see DNA when it’s wrapped around a nucleosome,” said biochemist Dana Carroll of the University of Utah, who led the study, “it could be an issue.”

Science birds retreating from climate change, deforestation in Honduras cloud forests

Otherworldly, yes, but scientists have found that the cloud forests are not immune to very down-to-earth problems of climate change and deforestation. A 10-year study of bird populations in Cusuco National Park, Honduras, shows that the peak of bird diversity in this mountainous park is moving higher in elevation. Additional land protection, unfortunately, may not be enough to reverse the trend, driven in part by globally rising temperatures. The study is published in Biotropica.

Colorado wildfires are turning forests into sci-fi scenes

William Anderegg grew up camping and fishing in the forests of Colorado. But in the years since, fires have ripped through much of the land. Anderegg: “One of the reasons I got into science is I realized that a huge amount of area that I had camped in as a kid, these forests were now dead. It looked like a moonscape.”