Shoshannah Buxbaum

How much do your personal choices affect climate change? Does promoting the use of energy efficient light bulbs take away from pushing for bigger policy changes like a carbon tax? A new study suggests that reflecting on our individual sustainability efforts might actually make us more likely to support ambitious policy proposals.

There are few things sweeter than a puppy staring back at you. But how does the puppy understand what you're saying, and when exactly do they start picking up on our cues? A new study by University of Arizona researchers shows that puppies as young as two months old can recognize when people are talking to them and look where they're pointing.

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Despite calls for increasing diversity, scientific researchers are still predominantly white. One of the main reasons: a substantial disparity in research funding between black and white researchers. This can affect scientists' careers in important ways. We'll dig into a new report by the National Institutes of Health, which promises to address structural racism within the scientific community, and we'll talk to a scientist who's fighting for change.

Budo and Hansen photos by Chris Haycock. All other photos courtesy of interviewees.

As part of the Utah Public Radio ongoing series "Project Resilience," Shoshannah Buxbaum takes a look at intersections of aging, disability and technology during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This special is part of UPR’s ongoing series Project Resilience. Project Resilience is made possible with support from the Utah State University Center for Persons With Disabilities.

Utah’s Housing Market Is Strong Despite Pandemic

Jul 31, 2020

 

 

Nationwide, anywhere between a quarter to a half million homeowners could face foreclosure by the end of 2021 as a result of the pandemic, according to new projections from Attom Data Solutions

State Epidemiologist Angela Dunn speaks at a COVID-19 press briefing on July 30, 2020.
Office of the Governor

 

 

On Thursday Utah’s Department of Health unveiled its much anticipated school re-opening guidelines. The 102-page document provides schools and the public with a roadmap on how schools should go about resuming in the fall.

 

Mindy Vincent started Utah’s first syringe exchange program in 2016. 

That was right after the state legalized it. 

 

“People were appalled,” said Vincent, founder of the non-profit Utah Harm Reduction Coalition. “People were like, ‘oh my gosh, you’re gonna do what? You’re gonna enable drug use. What kind of craziness is this?’” 

Housing Advocate Says Utah Likely To See Spike In Evictions

Jul 28, 2020
An Errant Knight

 

 

As Congress debates a new pandemic relief bill two measures benefitting renters are set to expire. 

Latino Conservation Week Kicks Off In Utah

Jul 20, 2020
Latino Outdoors Salt Lake City

 

 

Latino Conservation Week was founded in 2014 by the Hispanic Access Foundation as a national initiative to encourage Latinos to get outdoors and help protect it. The week of events began on Saturday.

Hyde Park Utah
Hermann Luyken

Roughly six years ago Hyde Park embarked on a journey to acquire a small slice of land on the city’s east side to build a new water tank. 

Mindy Vincent wearing her original penis mask
Mindy Vincent

 

Mindy Vincent was looking online to buy some face masks for herself and her staff back in April. She saw a mask with tiny penises all over it -  she was sold. 

Kyler Roper ,24, has experienced COVID-19 symptoms for over 3 months now.
Kyler Roper

 

In early March, Kyler Roper, 24, had all the tell-tale signs of COVID-19 -- fever, dry cough and night sweats.  But, nearly three months later he’s still struggling with a severe shortness of breath. 

Cox for Governor Campaign

 

 

Outside the State House on Tuesday afternoon, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox characterized his campaign as that of an underdog. 

 

“When we started this journey over a year ago, we certainly received some criticism from the experts. They told us we started too early. They told us we couldn’t win with a novice 25-year old campaign manager,” said Cox. 

Utah Company Gives Boost To NASA’s Artemis I Mission

Jul 6, 2020
Train carrying rocket boosters leaving Corinne Utah
NASA/Northrop Grumman

 

The cargo aboard a train that pulled into Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Florida on June 15, travelled over 2,000 miles. Inside were two rocket boosters made by the Utah-based company, Northrop Grumman.   

 

Tuesday’s Republican primary had some big surprises and some races were too close to call, with a significant number of vote-by-mail ballots outstanding.

Tim Noonan at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, UT.
Tim Noonan

 

Back in late March, Tim Noonan tested positive for COVID-19, it started off with a low-grade fever. But, just a few days later his fever spiked and he was having trouble breathing. After going to the Instacare in Park City, the active 61-year-old was rushed to the emergency room. His oxygen levels were dropping. 

Republican gubernatorial candidates on face-off at a debate on June 1.
Utah Debate Commission

 

 

It’s been 35 years since a Democrat was governor of Utah. So, the winner of next Tuesday’s Republican primary will likely be the state’s next governor. 

Andrew Smith

 

On Thursday, lawmakers voted on significant cuts to the state’s budget, after a shortfall of funds due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Utah House, Senate Pass Bill To Ban Knee-Holds By Police

Jun 19, 2020
Utah House of Representatives

On Thursday morning, the Legislature convened for its fifth special session this year. In fact, it’s the longest list of bills in Utah’s history, that lawmakers have considered during a special session.

Labyrinth Canyon, nominated for an oil and gas drilling lease.
Ray Bioxham/SUWA

If you find yourself at Islands in the Sky at Canyonlands National Park, your evening view might be interrupted by oil and gas drilling.  

Utah Legislature Takes Step Towards Banning Knee-holds

Jun 16, 2020
Utah House Democrats

Democratic state Sen. Sandra Hollins introduced a bill Tuesday into that would ban the use of knee holds by Utah police officers.

Gov. Herbert delivers press briefing on June 11, 2020
Office of the Governor

On Thursday Gov. Herbert gave his weekly COVID-19 update. He also used it as an opportunity to announce steps he is taking to address police brutality in Utah.

Southern Utah University

Back in April, Todd Peterson, like everyone else in Utah, was spending a lot of time at home with his wife and three kids in Cedar City. So, he jumped at the chance to be a guest for an online program offered through Southern Utah University. 

Utah Coronavirus Task Force

Gov. Gary Herbert announced Friday that the current restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Utah will remain in place.

Logan Resident Organizes Vigil To Honor George Floyd

Jun 5, 2020
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Jessica Valle, 25, has never organized a demonstration before. But, after George Floyd was killed by police, and protests erupted all over the country, she felt she had to organize something in her own community in Logan.

Today, Utah State Senate President J. Stuart Adams announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. In a statement, Adams said he did not experience any symptoms of the virus.

Sparks Fly During Attorney General Primary Debate

Jun 3, 2020
Utah County Attorney David Leavitt and Attorney General Sean Reyes deabte
Utah Debate Commission

In the coming weeks Utahns will begin receiving their vote-by-mail ballots for the primary election. While most of the attention is focused on the gubernatorial race, the Attorney General’s race is heating up. Candidates traded barbs in Tuesday’s Republican primary debate at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.