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Friday, September 4, 2015

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Makayla Bell is Kid Captain for tomorrow’s Hawkeye football game
Makayla Bell, 8, of Pella, Iowa, is UI Children’s Hospital Kid Captain for tomorrow’s home game against Illinois State. Makayla was born with a rare syndrome that causes several different birth defects. Although Makayla has had 14 major surgeries, starting at five days of age, the soccer star has proven that nothing can slow her down. Meet Makayla at

J. Bruce Harreld named University of Iowa’s 21st president
J. Bruce Harreld, a former corporate executive for IBM, Boston Market, and Kraft Foods, was the unanimous choice of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, to be the 21st president of the UI, Iowa Now reports. Harreld, 64, will take office Nov. 2 and will earn a salary of $590,000.

Yahoo! Names Iowa City’s Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack best BBQ joint in Iowa
According to “50 States: the Best BBQ Across America,” Iowa City’s Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack was named king of all Iowa restaurants that pride themselves in serving up barbecue, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. Jimmy Jack’s, owned by Jimmy Adrian and Jack Piper, was opened in 2005.

Did You Know?

More than three trillion trees now grow on earth, seven times more than scientists previously thought. A study shows the number is also trillions fewer than there used to be.

Source: AP

Despite setback, Lake Delhi project on track
Construction on the Lake Delhi project is back on track after the June 14 failure of a coffer dam shut things down, The Gazette reports. Officials believe start refilling the Maquoketa River impoundment yet this fall. Lake Delhi emptied after heavy rains in July 2010 caused the original dam to fail.

With clerk jailed, gay Kentucky couple gets marriage license
William Smith Jr. and James Yates emerged from the Rowan County clerk’s office this morning with a marriage license in hand, The Associated Press (AP). Theirs was the first marriage license issued after county clerk Kim Davis was jailed yesterday by a federal judge for contempt of court after continuing to defy federal rulings that she and her office issue marriage licenses to gay and straight couples.

11-year-old boy left alone with sister kills intruder
Police say an 11-year-old St. Louis-area boy left alone at home with his 4-year-old sister staved off several home invasion attempts before shooting and killing a 16-year-old intruder yesterday, CNN reports. Police said it was the third time the teen had attempted to break into the house that day.

At a Berlin church, Muslim refugees converting in droves
Hundreds of mostly Iranian and Afghan asylum seekers have converted from Islam to Christianity at the Trinity Church in Berlin, Germany, the AP reports. Many say that true belief prompted their embrace of Christianity, but there’s no overlooking the fact their faith conversion will also greatly boost their chances of winning asylum. German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated that Islam “belongs in Germany.”

Bold move to save a man’s hand: tucking it into his tummy
Frank Reyes, 87, spent three weeks with his badly burned left hand surgically tucked under a pocket of tissue in his belly so it could heal and form a new blood supply, the AP reports. Yesterday, doctors at Houston Methodist Hospital cut his hand free and shaped some of the abdominal tissue and skin to cover it. Reyes hopes for near-full use of the hand he almost lost after a freak accident earlier this summer.

Moto X Pure Edition is best Android phone ever
The Moto X Pure Edition is said to be the best giant Android smartphone ever, CNN reports. The Moto X is the most customizable phone on the marked, works on any carrier, and costs just $399.

Cast for Dancing With The Stars announced
The celebrity cast for Season 21 of DWTS includes some surprises, ABC reports. The cast includes Gary Busey, Paula Deen, the late Steve Irwin’s daughter Bindi, and Alek Skarlatos, who became a worldwide hero last month when he and two friends disarmed and subdued a terrorist on a French train.

After Harbaugh’s debut, Michigan football fans will need patience
The much-hyped debut of Michigan’s new coach Jim Harbaugh left Wolverine fans disappointed after the team lost last night to Utah 24-17, the AP reports. Michigan’s starting quarterback was Iowa transfer Jake Rudock.


  • The Patients’ Library is having a book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in the Patient and Visitor Activities Center (Elevator F, Level 8). Cash and checks accepted. Shop early for best selection.
  • Friday prayers for those of the Muslim faith are held at 12:45 p.m. in the Pomerantz Family Pavilion, Melrose Conference Rooms 6 and 7 (Elevator L, Level 5).
  • A Be The Match marrow donor drive will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. today in the Fountain Entrance Lobby (Elevator C, Level 1). Those wishing to participate must be age 18 to 44 and in good health. Questions? Contact Colleen Reardon at, or call 356-7515.
  • Spiritual Services holds a Protestant service at 10:30 a.m. and a Catholic Mass at 3:30 p.m. Sundays in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). Services are televised on Channel 4.5.
  • Sunday Alcoholics Anonymous open meetings are held at 7 p.m. in Boyd Tower Dining Room (Elevator A, Level 5).
  • Help raise funds for sarcoma research and listen to great music. Attend Live @ the IMU Amphitheater from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7. Music provided by Danika Portz, Matt Nolan, Kevin “B.F.” Burt, and Take Note A Capella. Free admission. Proceeds go to Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa. Sponsored by Courage Hawks.
  • The September “Let’s Talk” Patient Safety forum will be combined with Schwartz Rounds for discussion on cultural issues related to PSN reporting. It will be from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). You must have a badge to be admitted. CEU credits are available. Lunch is available for the first 120 attendees. Questions? Contact
  • Behavioral Interviewing training will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the Damasio Conference Room, S-724 (Elevator C, Level 7). Current unit HR representatives and supervisors are encouraged to attend. To register, log on to Self Service/Personal Tab/My Training. Questions? Contact or call 353-8211.


  • Noon News will not be published on Monday.
  • The Atrium Dining Room will not be open Monday.
  • Patients’ Library and the Medical Museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, but will be closed on Monday for Labor Day. Questions? Call 384-8908.
  • Van pools: If you are interested in joining a new Marengo van pool to UI Hospitals and Clinics from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., contact If you are interested in starting a new van pool from Washington or Washington/Ainsworth from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., contact or call 353-7783.
  • Attention, employees! Please remember that Food and Nutrition Services staff need the service elevators to deliver patient meals. If you’re using Elevator D, please make way for the silver carts—even if it means getting off and waiting for the next elevator. And, as always, please exit the elevators for patient beds. Our patients always come first.
  • Hills Bank and Trust Company is located near the Fountain Entrance (Elevator C, Level 1), with five ATMs throughout the hospital. The full-service branch is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and provides special UI checking, savings, and money market accounts.
  • The Hawkeyes kick off at 11 a.m. tomorrow against Illinois State in Kinnick Stadium. Special arrangements have been made for employee parking. Please go to The Loop for complete information. Also, please help direct our patients and visitors to park in Ramp 1, to enter through the Main Entrance, and to arrive and leave at least two hours before and after the game.
  • Are you planning to visit a patient at the hospital tomorrow? Advice for parking and hospital access on home football Saturdays is available at the Information Desks throughout the hospital.


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  • Healthy volunteers age 18 to 65 who have no history of hearing loss are invited to participate in a training study to identify speech that has been modified. Compensation provided. Questions? Call Tyler Ellis at 384-6456

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