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News Clips | January 3-11, 2024

Former University of Utah President David P. Gardner dies at 90

Gardner, who served the university from 1973 to 1983, is credited with elevating the U.’s academic prominence.

Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle

Aspiring to become the best and fittest version of yourself is easy. Actually achieving that goal is much more difficult, and it requires a consistently active lifestyle.

University of Utah Ends Diversity Statements in Hiring

The University of Utah will no longer use diversity statements in hiring, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. The paper shared a screenshot of the email President Taylor Randall sent announcing the move to all university leaders involved in hiring new employees.

New report sheds light on Park City’s need for workforce housing

A new study has found 12% of Park City’s workforce lives in town, a consequence of high housing costs and a glut of short-term rentals.

Community banks are deepening ties to fintech hubs

What makes a city, state or region branding itself a "fintech hub" a true fintech hub, beyond the name?

Are Professors Really Fleeing Universities in Red States?

Some academics have publicly announced resignations, but evidence of a mass faculty exodus from states like Florida is thin, at least so far. Media hyped a brain drain regardless.

A new report says the tech industry is growing in Utah

A new report showed the share of tech jobs in what are known as "superstar" cities such as the Bay Area, Boston, Los Angeles and New York has dipped in recent years, while it has been growing in other cities including Salt Lake City.

Everything you need to know about Salt Lake’s MLK Day Rally and March

On Monday, Jan. 15, America and Salt Lake City will once again be working to honor civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and ABC4 will be broadcasting the 40th MLK Day Rally and March in his honor.

University of Utah discontinues ‘diversity questions or statements’ in hiring after governor’s criticisms

The school has said it doesn’t use diversity statements as originally described by Utah Gov. Spencer Cox. But it will remove anything similar from its hiring process moving forward.

Do University of Utah students, faculty, staff feel free to express their points of view?

University of Utah President Taylor has convened 14-member Viewpoint Representation and Expression Task Force to study these issues and to make recommendations.

Economist says consumer sentiment shows “growing economic optimism”

Utah’s consumer sentiment rose 8.4% in Dec. 2023, according to the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. The number signals “growing economic optimism,” according to Phil Dan, chief economist at the Gardner Institute.

Over 10k overdoses, the leading cause of injury death in Utah, reversed through Naloxone

While overdose remains the leading cause of injury death in the state, Utah has reached a milestone of more than 10,000 reports of saved lives through the use of the now-indispensable overdose-reversal drug Naloxone.

You can almost eat Salt Lake City’s bad air. What hosting the Olympics would do about it.

Likely little this session, but the air quality will still probably be better in 2034 than it was in 2002.

University of Utah top public college in the West, says Wall Street Journal rankings

Wall Street Journal/College Pulse 2024 rankings considered graduation rates and graduates’ salaries as 70% of a university’s total score.

CRISPR DNA modification has pros and cons, says U of U scientist

CRISPR feels a little like evolutionary magic. Short for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats”, it is a technology scientists use to target specific DNA in living organisms. CRISPR has its pros and cons, and Utah is at the forefront of its research.

‘No single solution will cure the lake,’ Great Salt Lake strike team report says

FOX 13 News recently reported on some legislation to be introduced in the upcoming session of the Utah State Legislature that would address some of the solutions identified in the report.

Opinion: What stresses college students out more than finals? The affordable housing crisis

Everyone in the long run loses when communities lack affordable housing.

Chronic snooze button use means you need more sleep, according to experts

A study performed at Stockholm University found that hitting the snooze button had no negative impacts on cognitive function throughout the day. However, a University of Utah professor said that chronically hitting the snooze button is a sign that you need more rest.

Utah traffic deaths fell in 2023; state targets road rage after 'sharp' spike in cases

The number of people who died on Utah roads fell again in 2023 after a large spike over the past three years. But an alarming rise in road rage cases also emerged that Utah transportation and safety leaders say they want to eliminate in 2024.

Furnace Filter Exchange program to help create better air inside a home for Utah families

As we all know, the inversion can create many challenges for at risk-communities. A new program is aimed at helping provide better air quality for Utah families inside their homes.

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