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Monday, October, 5, 2015

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UI receives $2.2 million and is named a Prevention Epicenter by CDC
The UI is one of six U.S. health care centers to be designated Prevention Epicenters by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Loop reports. The team, led by Eli Perencevich, MD, will receive $2.2 million over three years from the CDC to develop and test interventions to prevent dangerous pathogens such as Ebola, MRSA, and C. diff from spreading in hospitals.

UI study finds sit-stand desk users burn more calories
A UI study “Examining the Long-term Use of Sit-Stand Desks in a Professional Office Setting” shows that employees with sit-stand desks stood 60 minutes more a day compared to those with traditional desks, Iowa Now reports. The study also showed that participants burned up to 87 more calories per day.

Robert Reich talks about income inequality and Iowa caucuses
Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, talked about income inequality and the Iowa caucuses as part of the Iowa City Book Festival Saturday night, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. Reich told the 700-count audience at the Englert Theatre that the American economy is “almost twice as big at it was in the 1980s, but the median wage is stagnant.”

Today in History

On this day in 1947, President Harry Truman (18841972) made the first-ever televised presidential address from the White House, asking Americans to cut back on their use of grain in order to help starving Europeans.


2 Iowa men charged with shooting protected trumpeter swans
Iowa Department of Natural Resources officials say two men from Eldridge, Iowa, are facing charges after shooting protected trumpeter swans at the Princeton Wildlife Area in Scott County on Saturday, The Associated Press (AP) reports. One swan died and the other is expected to survive.

Coast Guard: Missing cargo ship El Faro sank
The U.S. Coast Guard is no longer searching for the missing cargo ship El Faro but is focusing on any signs of survivors, CNN reports. There were 33 crew aboard the ship when it went missing near the Bahamas last week as Hurricane Joaquin hit. The searchers have found life rafts and survival suits, including one suit with human remains. The Jacksonville, Florida-based ship was headed to Puerto Rico.

South Carolina’s 1,000-year flood: door-to-door searches, swamped roads
Days of torrential rains kept much of South Carolina and its capital gripped by floodwaters as emergency responders continue door-to-door searches today for those trapped in their homes, the AP reports. Described as a 1,000-year-flood, one spot in the state’s capital city received 20 inches of rain last week.

Doctors Without Borders: Kunduz airstrike was ‘war crime’
NATO in Afghanistan says it will lead an investigation into a U.S.-led airstrike in Kunduz this weekend that hit a Doctors Without Borders hospital, killing 22 people, NPR reports. The humanitarian organization called the attack “a war crime.” The U.S. military also has opened a formal investigation.

High lead levels in Michigan kids after city switches water source
Doctors are finding elevated levels of lead in the children in Flint, Michigan, and say that local tap water is the likely cause, NPR reports. Since city officials switched water sources in April 2014, the percentage of Flint children age 5 and younger with elevated lead levels nearly doubled from 2.1 percent to 4 percent. Officials have begun distributing 4,000 water filters to some Flint residents.

Experian says 15 million had info stolen in hack of T-Mobile data
Hackers have stolen personal information belonging to about 15 million T-Mobile wireless customers and potential customers in the U.S., including Social Security numbers, addresses, birthdates, and other personal information, the AP reports. Experian said that those who applied between Sept. 1, 2013, and Sept. 16, 2015, may have had their information stolen. T-Mobile uses Experian to process credit checks.

‘The Martian’ opening rockets near October box office record
“The Martian,” starring Matt Damon, blasted off to near record numbers this weekend with an estimated box office opening of $55 million in the U.S., CNN reports.

Iowa No. 23 in coaches poll; first ranking in five years
For the first time in five seasons, the Hawkeyes, who are 5-0 after a 10-6 victory at Wisconsin in their Big Ten opener Saturday, are 23rd in the Amway/USA Today Coaches Poll, the Press-Citizen reports.


  • All UI Health Care faculty and staff are encouraged to attend training for CultureVision™ 1.0, which is held the first Tuesday of each month. The next training session is from 11 a.m. to noon tomorrow in W433 GH (Elevator BW, Level 4). Space is limited to 15. To register, contact
  • Staff, guests, and patients are invited to an open AA meeting from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday in 5024 Boyd Tower (Elevator A, Level 5).
  • Join us at noon on Wednesday for the Healthiest State Walk to “Walk at the Whistle!” Meet outside MERF near the west atrium entrance. We will walk clock-wise around MERF and PBDB. You determine how many times you want to make the loop. In case of rain, we will walk inside. Find out more at
  • Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center’s American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant provides seed grant opportunities to junior faculty. Investigators in any department or college who wish to pursue pilot projects broadly related to basic and clinical areas of cancer research may apply. Deadline is noon on Monday, Oct. 26. guidelines and forms are at


  • 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.
  • 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.


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  • 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.
  • English-speaking children age 4 to 9 who do not yet use past tense reliably are invited to participate in a 12-week intervention research study testing ways to teach children grammar. Scheduling will be done at your convenience (time and location). Compensation of up to $300 is available, as well as free intervention therapy. For more information or to schedule a screening appointment, call 335-8113 or email
  • Healthy adults age 65 to 80 who have no history of neurological or psychiatric conditions and are not currently physically active are invited to participate in a research study that involves completing regular exercise sessions over a 12-week period. Compensation is provided. Questions? Contact the Health, Brain, and Cognition Lab at or 353-2278.
  • Individuals age 18 and older from families affected by Huntington disease are invited to participate in a research study. During the study visit, you will be asked to complete a blood draw and undergo a series of movement, behavioral, and cognitive tests. The study visit will last approximately 2.5 hours. Compensation for travel is provided. Questions? Contact Bella De Soriano at or 353-4212.
  • People age 18 to 65 who have a history of Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) and are currently experiencing difficulty swallowing may be eligible to participate in a clinical research study evaluating an investigational drug for EoE. Participation includes up to eight visits. Questions? Call 384-9756 or email
  • Students age 18 to 24 who struggle with oral or written language or who have been diagnosed with a language and/or reading impairment are invited to participate in a research study. Compensation is $20 per hour. Contact Nichole Eden at 353-5779 or

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