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Friday, August 28, 2015

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Schlievert honored by American Society for Microbiology
Patrick Schlievert, PhD, chair of the UI Carver College of Medicine Department of Microbiology, was selected by the American Society for Microbiology to receive its 2016 Graduate Microbiology Teaching Award, Iowa Now reports. The award recognizes an individual for distinguished teaching and mentoring.

UI saves nearly $30,000, makes tampons available for free
The UI took all the locks off tampon machines in women’s restrooms across campus to make the products free for anyone who needs them, The Daily Iowan reports. The move will save the UI about $30,000 each year by eliminating the cash-handling administrative expenses.

‘Shake your tail feathers’ at this weekend’s 2015 Iowa Soul Festival
The third annual Iowa Soul Festival begins tonight in downtown Iowa City, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. Nearly a dozen performers will sing, food vendors will serve up treats with a Southern twist, and a marketplace will offer items created by, or celebrating, African-Americans and African-American culture. The event concludes with Sunday morning’s Gospel Brunch at the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel.

Did You Know?

It would take1.3 million Earths to fit inside the sun, which is just an “average sized” star.


Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett launches ‘conservative think tank’
Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett said yesterday he has launched Engage Iowa, a non-profit “conservative think tank,” The Gazette reports. The move fuels speculation that Corbett is considering a Republican run for governor in 2018. Corbett, who was elected as mayor in 2009 and 2013, says he’ll complete his term.

Florida governor declares state of emergency
Heavy rain from Tropical Storm Erika caused devastation on Caribbean island Dominica, leaving at least 12 dead and more than 20 missing, CNN reports. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency as the storm heads toward his state. The latest tracking has Erika hitting southern Florida early Monday.

Obama: Katrina a ‘man-made’ disaster caused by government failure
A decade after Hurricane Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, President Obama told a crowd in New Orleans that the storm was a “man-made” calamity that had as much to do with economic inequality and the failure of government as it did the forces of nature, NPR reports. A storm surge broke levees, flooding 80 percent of New Orleans up to rooftops. Nearly 2,000 people died in the catastrophe.

Europe’s migrant crisis brings tragedy by land and sea
Austrian police said 71 people suffocated in an airless and abandoned truck, and authorities estimated 200 people drowned off the Libyan coast, when two overloaded boats bound for Europe capsized, The Associated Press (AP) reports. The United Nations refugee agency says more than 300,000 refugees have sought to cross the Mediterranean Sea so far this year—nearly 40 percent more than in all of 2014.

Utah resident dies from plague
Utah health officials said yesterday an elderly person died from plague this month, CNN reports. People are usually infected after a flea becomes infected from a rodent such as a rat, squirrel, or chipmunk, and then transmits it to a person by biting them. Patients can be successfully treated with antibiotics, but only if they are diagnosed and begin treatment early. This is the first human case of plague in Utah since 2009.

For the first time, 1 billion people used Facebook in a day
For the first time, one billion people used Facebook in a single day this week, the AP reports. One of seven people on Earth logged in on that day. Most people on Facebook live outside the U.S. and Canada.

Taylor Swift and Lisa Kudrow surprise audience, sing ‘Smelly Cat’
“Friends” star Lisa Kudrow joined Taylor Swift on-stage last night in Los Angeles to sing “Smelly Cat,” reports. The song, “performed” by Kudrow’s character Phoebe Buffay, is a cult classic.

Legendary NBA dunk king Dawkins dies at 58
Darryl Dawkins, the former NBA star whose powerful dunks led to the creation of break-away rims and shatter-resistant backboards, died yesterday at age 58, reports. Dawkins, the first high school player to be drafted in the first round, played parts of 14 seasons in the NBA.


  • 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).
  • 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.
  • UI Carver College of Medicine students will lead hands-on STEM activities from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, at the Mobile Clinic Health Fair in conjunction with Latino Fest in West Liberty.
  • Sunday Alcoholics Anonymous open meetings are held at 7 p.m. in Boyd Tower Dining Room (Elevator A, Level 5).
  • Take advantage of the Walking Scavenger Hunt, which ends on Monday, Aug 31. It is a self-paced walking program inspired by landmarks around the UI campus. Get out, explore, and stay active, all while earning LiveWELL points for great prizes. Each of the nine destinations has a bonus code associated with it. Visit My Health and Wellness at Employee Self Service to submit the bonus code. For more information, visit
  • Attend the next Hardin Open Workshop, “NCBI: Searching for Gene, Nucleotide Sequences, and Protein Information,” from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, in the Hardin Library East Information Commons. To register, visit
  • The Obesity Surgery Support Group will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, in 4638 John Colloton Pavilion
    (Elevator H, Level 4). Tony Sanchez, MD, will speak about fatty liver disease. The support group is free and open to anyone who has had bariatric surgery or is considering it. Registration is not required. Questions? Contact Chris Melichar at or call 356-1887.
  • The ICTS Clinical Lecture Series invites you to hear investigators from the UI College of Dentistry share their experiences with recruiting and retaining low-income, high-risk populations for several clinical trials from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, in SW44-K GH (Elevator BW, Level 4). Questions? Contact or call 356-4640.
  • The granGABLE cycling event on Sunday, Sept. 6, is seeking volunteers. There are a variety of shifts and opportunities available. Interested? Contact Tom Walljasper at 384-1745 or
  • 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 45 attendees.
  • 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.


  • Patients’ Library and the Medical Museum (Elevator F, Level 8) hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 4 p.m. weekends.
  • 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.
  • Volunteer Services offers assistance to departments needing office help. Volunteers can assemble packets, fold letters, file, alphabetize, copy, stamp, fill out standardized forms, address items, and more. Bring materials to the Volunteer Services office (Elevator F, Level 8) or call 356-2515 for quick pick-up and drop-off service.


View additional research studies at

  • Healthy adults age to 18 and 55 are invited to participate in a study concerning personality and pain perception. The study will include a brief infusion of an acidic or saline solution into the lower leg. Three visits, 1 hour per visit. Compensation is available. Call 335-9795 or email
  • Recruiting women age 18 to 70 who are diagnosed with fibromyalgia to participate in a research study that investigates the role of physical activity on pain sensitivity. Compensation provided. For more information, email or call 353-5342 to leave a message.

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