News Clips for September 2, 2020

Study: Weather reports affect public transportation

Is there a correlation between weather reports and how much we use public transportation? New research from a team at the University of Utah seems to suggest it. And the takeaway is, when forecasters predict bad weather and air, people take buses and trains less.

Trump Golf Course Tax-Break Deal Appears Vulnerable to IRS Challenge

A string of recent IRS court victories could threaten a tax break President Trump’s business was able to claim in 2014 on its California golf course.

Descendants of slaveholder Smoot argue renaming BYU building ‘accomplishes nothing’ in addressing racism

Abraham O. Smoot led a rich life, full of achievement and service to the people of 19th-century Utah, to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and to the faculty of Brigham Young Academy (later University), including paying their salaries for some years.

What is cultural appropriation? Examples and definition of the term after Adele is criticized for use of Bantu Knots

Earlier this week, award-winning singer Adele was accused of cultural appropriation for posting a picture of herself on Instagram with her hair in traditional African bantu knots and wearing a bikini decorated with Jamacian flags. The singer was highlighting that under normal circumstances, last weekend would have marked the start of Notting Hill Carnival.

U of U Police Participated in Implicit Bias Training with Community

All University of Utah police officers and command staff participated in an implicit bias training presented by Fair and Impartial Policing, a company that develops programs based on scientific research and operational tools designed for state, local, and federal agencies in North America.

Rep. McAdams backs bill in Congress to ease mental health worker shortage

Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, said he is co-sponsoring a bill in Congress to help fill the need for more mental health workers, especially in low income, rural and other underserved areas of the state, at a time when COVID-19 is increasing demand.

Attitudes toward health, sick leave have negative impact on society

If someone were to show up to work or school with a fever, a sore throat or a violent cough in 2020, the public would say that that behavior is both inconsiderate and dangerous. The caution around sickness has heightened amid the coronavirus pandemic.

U of Utah creating app that helps pediatric cancer patients record their symptoms

Salt Lake City-based University of Utah's nursing college, therapeutic games division and apps lab are collaborating on a new mobile app that helps pediatric cancer patients log their symptoms and share their health data with their care teams, according to Fox 13.

Otegaroom: Soundproof Room for Remote Work & School

Panasonic recently announced an installable cubicle for those who are working at home during the pandemic. Another Japanese company, Pia Living, also leveled-up working from home into a small, soundproof room called the Otegaroom.

Utah Scientists Receive Grant To Test Real-Time Air Pollution Warning System

A team of Utah scientists has received a grant to design and test a real-time air pollution warning system for schools and other places where cars idle. They hope it will encourage people to shut off their cars when they can.

Checking in on the Utah FORGE project – Interview with Joe Moore, principal investigator

The Utah FORGE project, Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy is making progress in the research on EGS in the state of Utah in the U.S. To hear more on the current status of the project, we were glad to be able to connect with Joe Moore, Principal Investigator with the project.

University of Utah students call for abolition of campus police department

University of Utah students who advocate for student safety through the group UnsafeU will March on Thursday at 1 p.m to call for the abolishment of the campus police department. They will also call for the resignation of University of Utah President Ruth Watkins.

Kyle Whittingham stands with Pac-12 players calling for change

Entering his 17th season as head coach of Utah — and 10th in the Pac-12 — there isn't much that Kyle Whittingham hasn't seen or experienced. But then came the 2020 college football, and with it all sorts of unimaginable experiences.

Students write an essay that could become a Vice-Presidential debate question.

It’s a historical first, Vice-Presidential candidates Mike Pence and Kamala Harris will debate each other in Salt Lake City at the University of Utah’s Kingsbury Hall. A statewide essay contest is underway to help students at all levels, from kindergarten to college to be part of the electoral process.

Gender Wage Gap: (In)Equality in Utah

This week on the program, we feature a panel discussion on the gender wage gap in Utah—the causes that drive it, its consequences for women and the economy and what policies effectively address the discrepancy.

University of Utah’s ransomware attack is a wake-up call to Utah education, parents

In July 2020, hackers successfully attacked the University of Utah’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences with ransomware that halted all work. Although the university had backups of the data, the school still paid $457,059.24 for the hackers not to leak the data.