News Clips for September 3, 2020

Human Embryo Gene Editing Gets a Road Map—Not a Green Light

After the 2018 “Crispr baby” scandal, a global commission assessed the technology and set strict criteria for moving it toward clinical trials

Forbes ranks best employer in each state: 5 health systems on the list

Forbes has released its second annual ranking of America's best employers by state, and five health systems earned the top spot in their respective states in 2020. Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to identify the organizations liked best by employees. The rankings — one for each state and the District of Columbia — were compiled by surveying 80,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees. Surveys were conducted between October 2019 and May 2020.

Saliva tests for COVID-19 now available in Utah

The University of Utah Health this week began rolling out saliva tests for COVID-19 — a quicker, less invasive way for people to get tested that experts say is just as accurate as nasal swabs.

Will VP debate at U change any minds?

The University of Utah magazine fall edition features an excellent article by Andrea Smardon about the Oct. 7 vice presidential debate at Kingsbury Hall between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris. The article notes: "For nine decades, Kingsbury Hall has been the University of Utah's center stage, hosting VIPs such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Gerald Ford, Maya Angelou, and Ta-Nehisi Coates. But on October 7, its curtains will open to its biggest audience ever as the 2020 vice presidential candidates square off in their one and only debate. 'We predict 100 million people from all over the world to tune in,' says Jason Perry JD'99, director of the U's Hinckley Institute of Politics. 'And hundreds of student volunteers will get experience in the political process that you cannot get any other way.'"

Housing and racial injustice

On the 3rd day of Utah Housing Coalition's annual housing conference, several renowned national and local speakers will address racial injustice and housing inequality. Local advocates will discuss how racism affects healthcare, education, and access to criminal justice. Nationally renowned researchers will discuss Racial and Ethnic Equity: From Fair Property Taxes to Income Mixing Strategies.

U of U police chief responds to calls to defund department, commits to more change

University of Utah Police Chief Rodney Chatman, who was hired in February, said he’s made several changes in an effort to reform the campus police department, and is willing to make more changes.

The US colleges and universities with the most coronavirus cases since the pandemic began

As college students and staff return to campus for the fall semester, the coronavirus has arrived with them.

ARPA-E awarding $16.5M to six projects for technologies supporting the biofuels supply chain

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (APRA-E) will award $16.5 million in funding for six projects as part of the Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management (SMARTFARM) program.

New health care and biotech project in Salt Lake City

There’s a new project happening in Utah’s capitol city. The project, founded by Recursion Pharma and the University of Utah will help health care and biotech companies in Salt Lake City.