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News Clips | April 4-10, 2023

University of Utah hosting annual Pow Wow with goal of elevating Indigenous youth

The University of Utah is hosting its 51st Annual Pow Wow on Friday and Saturday. The event is free and open to the public. Each year the university's Inter-Tribal Student Association and American Indian Resource Center select a theme for the powwow.

Some Utah educators don’t see ChatGPT and AI as a threat but as an opportunity

Nationwide, teachers are still working through how to adapt to ChatGPT, but some Utah educators see positive uses for artificial intelligence in schools and aren’t afraid of it.

University of Utah Health announces masks now optional

University of Utah Health announced it has moved to optional masking for patients, visitors, faculty and staff in most clinical locations. In the Monday announcement, the hospital system said some areas caring for immunocompromised patients will continue to require masks.

U of U campus alerts system takes criticism for weather forecast, remote learning snafu

After an apparent mismatch between weather and a call for remote learning last week, the University of Utah offered a look into how it decides when to give weather alerts, which it says requires research, a lot of planning, and a little bit of educated guesswork in forecasting the weather.

Building evacuated after small explosion in University of Utah lab

A building on the University of Utah campus was evacuated Saturday afternoon after a small explosion in a laboratory.

Little Cottonwood Canyon is one of most avalanche-prone canyons in the world, U of U professor says

According to a professor at the University of Utah, Little Cottonwood Canyon has the highest uncontrolled avalanche hazard index of any major highway in the world. Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah Jim Steenburgh says the highway is bisected by 50 different avalanche paths

Strep is bad right now—an antibiotic shortage is making it worse

Downing a spoonful of bubblegum pink amoxicillin is a regular part of being a kid, but a nationwide shortage of the antibiotic is making a particularly bad season of strep throat tougher.

We knew the end of coal was coming. Why Robert Gehrke says it’s a win for Utah.

Utah stands to benefit from cheaper, cleaner electricity, but the clock is ticking to ease the blow to coal country.

5 best secured credit cards

Jessie X. Fan, Ph.D., a professor of family and consumer studies at the University of Utah, answers questions about what secured credit cards are the best to use.

Defending the dark: Utah's dark sky advocates protect Utah's shining natural resource

In a universe full of irony, one contradiction is this: Dark skies are not dark. When our sun sets at night, the "lights in the firmament" come out in the thousands, lighting the night sky.

Poll: More Utahns support the new state flag than oppose it

Among the many changes made in the 2023 legislative session was the first extreme update of the Utah flag. The more modern representation of the Beehive State will become official March 9, 2024, and the original 1903 design will become the state’s “historical” flag.

‘Rocky Horror,’ Hercule Poirot and ‘Great Comet’ on Pioneer Theatre’s slate next season

New policy eliminates ticket fees; season tickets on sale Monday.

Majority of Utah voters concerned about Silicon Valley Bank failure; is banking sector in the clear?

It's been nearly a month since the failures of Silicon Valley and Signature banks sent shockwaves through the global banking system.

Poll: Most Utahns give the Legislature a thumbs-up. Here’s why

Governor, legislative leaders seen as having equal influence over the state.

Ella Al-Shamahi: National Geographic Explorer, Biologist, and Stand-Up Comic

Ella Al-Shamahi is a National Geographic Explorer and will present the keynote talk “Exploring Dangerous Places” at Kingsbury Hall on the University of Utah campus as part of the NHMU Lecture Series Frontlines of Archaeology.

Utahns voice concerns about gun violence, police talk response to active shooter situations

America is facing a harsh reality as gun violence continues to affect people across the country, from Nashville, to Uvalde and Denver. On Wednesday, Utahn were speaking out in protest, hoping to see some changes made.

The ongoing, unnecessary Adderall shortage, explained

Rising demand has collided with restricted supply—with consequences for millions of patients.

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