Using Serious Games to Help Communities Make Progress on Serious Problems

By Danya Rumore for Addressing environmental, natural resource, and public policy issues is serious business. Making progress on concerns such as water resources management and air quality often requires helping diverse stakeholders recognize their shared challenges, work through differing perspectives and interests, and accept tough trade-offs. The seriousness of such issues should not be undervalued […]

The Western Klamath Restoration Partnership Uses the Open Standards Process

This post originally appeared on the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network’s blog in May 2016. We are reposting it with the permission of both the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network and author Bill Tripp. The Western Klamath Restoration Partnership (WKRP) effort explores a path toward collaborative fire management in the Western Klamath landscape. It arose […]

Fall Break Hours

By Melissa Bernstein for the Faust Library Blog- Fall Break runs from October 10 through October 14. The library will be open from 8am to 8pm Monday through Thursday and 8am to 6pm on Friday.

Humana Leaves the Utah Healthcare Marketplace

By Kendra Brown for In the wake of Cigna and United Health Care exiting the national healthcare market, on August 24, 2016, Humana announced that it would leave the individual marketplace in Utah.[1] Now, Utah residents and employers have only three insurance companies to choose from: SelectHealth, Molina, and University of Utah Health Plan. […]

Demystifying the patent process for startups and first-time investors

By Steven Swan for Hey startups and first-time inventors, congratulations and thank you for furthering society! I hope your ideas come to fruition and that your hard work pays off. At this point, you may or may not have considered patent protection for your idea or invention. If you haven’t, don’t fret. For many, […]

Leviathan in the Commons – Biomedical Data and the State

By Professor Jorge Contreras for As “big data” analytical techniques become increasingly prominent in biomedical research, attention is being drawn to the generation and character of large biomedical data repositories. In a chapter that is forthcoming in Governing Medical Knowledge Commons (Katherine Strandburg, Brett Frischmann & Michael Madison, eds., Cambridge Univ. Press 2017, in […]

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

By Melissa Bernstein for the Faust Law Library Blog – Banned Books Week (Sept 25 – Oct 1, 2016) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book […]

Be the Thermostat, not the Thermometer

By Heather Gilmartin Adams for On a break in a recent workshop, I reflected to my co-facilitator on the energy of the group during a section I’d just led: “I can’t figure out what’s going on with them. They seem really edgy and are stuck in a victim mindset. Maybe the horrible echoes in the […]

David Duncan on being a LABS Student Fellow

By David Duncan for In my second year of law school (2L), I was a Biolaw Fellow for the S.J. Quinney College of Law, Center for Law and Biosciences (LABS). In my fellowship assignment, I worked for the Center for Medical Innovation’s Bench-to-Bedside (B2B) program where I assisted six teams of inventors in the […]

Willard Spur: Resolving Conflict through Collaboration

This post by Jeff Ostermiller is reprinted with permissions from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality for Sometimes it’s hard for me to keep my inner cynic in check. This is particularly true during presidential elections, when the divisive nature of our political system makes compromise among differing viewpoints seem impossible. In contrast to […]