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Elaine Taylor

5:30 News Co-host / Reporter

After graduating with a B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Utah, Elaine developed a love of radio while working long hours in remote parts of Utah as an archaeological field technician. She eventually started interning for the radio show Science Questions and fell completely in love with the medium. Elaine is currently taking classes at Utah State University in preparation for medical school applications. She is a host of UPR’s All Things Considered and a science writer for the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station. Elaine hopes to bring her experiences living abroad in Turkey and Austria into her work.

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Utah News
5:46 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Hall of Fame quarterback to give keynote speech at Affirmation Conference

Barb and Steve Young
Credit Affirmation.org

Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young and his wife Barb will give the keynote speech at this year’s Affirmation Conference.

The conference, which is in its 32nd year, promotes the acceptance and involvement of the LGBTQ community in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Youngs have been long time supporters of the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention non-profit for LGBTQ youth, and the Family Acceptance Project. They also worked against California’s Proposition 8 in 2008.

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Utah News
5:40 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Seniors still at risk in summer heat

Utah has seen record temperatures this summer.
Credit © Jimboudreaux | Dreamstime Stock Photos & Stock Free Images

This year marked the hottest July on record for Salt Lake City, and other cities around Utah have seen continuous days of above 100 degree temperatures. For many around the state, the recent break in temperatures has been seen as a relief; but for some seniors, the heat continues to pose a threat.

As people age, their bodies become less able to cope with high heat—putting them at increased risk for heat stroke and even death.

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Utah News
12:58 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Utah receives 2.2 million for public housing funding

A multi-million dollar grant from the federal government aims to improve Utah’s public housing.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Utah public housing authorities just over 2.2 million dollars Thursday. The money will be used over the next few years to make major improvements to public housing units around the state.

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Arts
12:21 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Local artist takes first at Ogden competition

Desert Wake with first place ribbon.
Credit Cody Chamberlain desertwake.tumblr.com

Though many artists take inspiration from Utah’s unique landscapes; one Utah artist, Cody Chamberlain, hopes that his work will encourage viewers to think more about their role in the environment.

Chamberlain describes the deserts of the west as a harsh, yet gentle land that is the foundation of his work. Last week, he and other artists from around the state showed their work at 39th Annual Statewide art competition at the Eccles Community Art Center in Ogden.


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Utah News
5:40 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Rockets fly over Bonneville Salt Flats

Rocket launch at a previous HellFire event
Credit Utah Rocket Club

This weekend, members of the Utah Rocket Club will launch hundreds of rockets over the Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, Utah.

In its eighteenth year, “HellFire” is the Utah Rocket Club’s biggest launch of the year. The event will go through Sunday morning and will feature members flying their most impressive rockets.

“It is where we members of the Utah Rocket Club fly our biggest and baddest rockets of the year. We do have smaller launches during the year, but this is really where they go up the highest,” said Neal Baker, the club’s president.

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Utah News
10:41 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Famous blind rock climber leads hike in support of conservation easement

World famous adventurer Erik Weihenmayer  recently visited Utah. Though he is best known for climbing the world’s tallest peaks, what brought Weihenmayer wasn’t the mountains, but a conservation effort in Southern Utah.

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Utah News
2:07 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

USU professors research the glass cliff phenomenon

Allison Cook
Credit HUNTSMAN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

New research from Utah State University shows that inequality amongst top leadership positions goes well beyond appointment.

Two USU professors are currently in the middle of publishing four research articles that look at women and minorities in high ranking positions in the workplace. Christy Glass is an associate professor of sociology at USU, and Allison Cook is an associate professor in the management department in the Huntsman School of Business at Utah State.

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Utah Education
4:51 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

High school students participate in research at USU during Biotech summer camp

Gone are the days of at home chemistry kits and crystal growing sets — these days, students are getting involved in research that has potential to change the world.

This past week, Utah State University hosted 19 high school students from around the nation at Biotech Summer Camp. The camp, which pairs students with USU professors and graduate students, lets aspiring scientists work in real labs on real research questions. 

 

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Utah Politics
12:26 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Hatch votes to pass sexual identity, orientation anti-discrimination bill

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch voted by-proxy in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, known as ENDA, which would prohibit employers from discriminating employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The final vote, which was held by the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, came up in favor of the bill, with 15 voting for it and 7 against. Hatch is one of 4 Republicans to go on record supporting the bill.

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Utah News
2:57 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Archeologist makes meal from studying Fremont fecal fossils

Archeologist Tim Riley holds examples of what might have been on the Fremont menu.
Credit UTAH STATE TODAY

Recent visitors to a museum in Price were invited to get to know the ancient Fremont culture through more than just exhibits. Attendees of USU Eastern’s Prehistoric Museum were given a chance to try foods that the mysterious Freemont people would have eaten between 400 and 1350 AD.

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