Facilitation… or Something More?

By Patrick Field So what is different about facilitation by seasoned environmental conflict resolution (ECR) practitioners? After all, there are countless individuals, small organizations, and staff within large environmental, architecture, and engineering firms who claim they can run meetings. Isn’t facilitation just managing time, summarizing on flip charts, and tracking action items? Clearly, most facilitators […]

The Value of Iterative NEPA and Collaboration

By David Loomis & Jay Strand “Iterative and collaborative design are complementary, as at each increment various stakeholders are consulted. These methods do not map easily to the policy maze and institutional hierarchies that currently make up the apparatus of . . . planning.” – Anil Bawa-Cavia In 1970, Congress passed the National Environmental Policy […]

Forget Me Not: An Overview of the Right to Remove or Protect Personal Information

By Travis Walker for BiolawToday blog This spring faculty from the Center for Law and Biomedicine[1] at the S.J. Quinney College of Law discussed a new and important concept – the right to be forgotten. Professors Jorge L. Contreras[2] and Leslie Francis[3] presented on data use and how the law should respond. The CLE[4] addressed […]

Spotlight on the Bench to Bedside Competition

By Austen Paulsen for BiolawToday blog. On Wednesday, April 8th, the Center of Medical Innovation hosted the 5th annual Bench to Bedside Competition Night. As the patent fellows for the Center of Medical Innovation, Michelle Kevern and I were able to help six Bench to Bedside teams in drafting and filing provisional patent applications. We […]

Mow Mow Mow Your Lawn, But Not on High Ozone Days

By the Green Team  Who knew that your gasoline-powered lawnmower (or leafblower) is as much a part of our summertime air pollution problem as your gasoline-powered vehicle? On Earth Day, the Utah Dept. of Environmental Quality announced a lawnmower discount and exchange event, at which electric lawnmowers would be available for a discounted price. But […]

The Donation Ban on Gay Blood

By Travis Walker for the BiolawToday.org blog. Last December the Food and Drug Administration announced its intention to modify regulations for gay blood donors. Under the current rule, men who have had sex with other men since 1977 (MSM)[1] are barred for life from contributing blood in any form.[2] The new proposal would allow MSM […]

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Clear Error to be the Standard of Review for Factual Findings Underlying Claim Construction

By Austen Paulsen for BiolawToday.org In a decision answering the long-vexing question of what standard of review appellate courts should apply when reviewing a lower court’s construction of patent claims, the United States Supreme Court held that appellate courts must apply a clear error standard of review to a lower court’s factual findings and a de […]

Eco-Friendly Fonts Save Paper and Ink

By The Green Team Sometimes it’s truly the little things that matter. In addition to printing double-sided documents you can further reduce paper and ink use by being conscientious about your selection of fonts. To start, avoid serif fonts, which have little tails on the ends of the letters that use up more ink. Century […]

Utah Program on Collaboration

By Mara Elana Burstein for EDRblog.com. “We’re bureaucrats and we have tendencies,” but “when there’s a high level of collaboration, there’s trust and decisions can be made quickly and efficiently.” –ENR agency leaders Environmental and natural resource (ENR) issues are scientifically, politically, culturally, and emotionally complex. Government agencies are tasked with navigating these complexities while […]

Meet COL’s Rockstar Commuters

By The Green Team for GreenTeamBlog.org. Matt Pierce, Valeri Craigle, and Zach Williams are Rockstar Commuters. Let their stories and advice inspire you to reduce your solo car trips and improve air quality. Matt Pierce—metadata specialist and scanning technician at the Library—rides his bike or takes the bus to work everyday. He says, “Try biking […]