The Power of Human-to-Human Connections

By Heather Gilmartin Adams for EDRblog.org. On Saturday, November 12, the first Utah Citizens Summit was held in downtown Salt Lake City. The event – a day of dialogue and celebration sponsored by the Utah Civil and Compassionate Communities Initiative – capped a yearlong effort to bring communities together through conversation and service. Organizers and participants […]

Smile – You’re on Camera!

By Anikka Hoidal for EDRblog.org.  On October 17th, students and professionals from fields including medicine, physical therapy, nursing, philosophy, and law gathered to discuss the ethical implications of patients or their family members recording doctors. The conversation began with anecdotes from healthcare providers who have witnessed the situation in their practices. These anecdotes revealed a host […]

Noble Water Pursuits: How the Nobel Prize for Contract Theory Highlights Promising Movements in Utah Water Law

By Emily E. Lewis for EDRblog.org.  Complex situations call for creative solutions. Nowhere is this maxim more relevant than in addressing modern environmental problems. Finding and executing solutions that properly value and protect the natural world calls on leaders across disciplines to employ their knowledge in new ways. Using contracts as a means to collaboratively […]

Is Three A Crowd? Navigating Tri-Parent Procreation

By Kylie Orme for BiolawToday.org In September, news broke regarding the birth of the first baby conceived using three parents’ DNA. The baby was born on April 6, 2016 after his Jordanian parents travelled to Mexico where American fertility specialists performed a highly contentious conception procedure that involved the father’s sperm, the mother’s egg, and […]

Using Serious Games to Help Communities Make Progress on Serious Problems

By Danya Rumore for EDRblog.org 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 […]

Humana Leaves the Utah Healthcare Marketplace

By Kendra Brown for BiolawToday.org 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 BiolawToday.org. 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 BiolawToday.org. 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 […]

Be the Thermostat, not the Thermometer

By Heather Gilmartin Adams for EDRblog.org. 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 […]