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Monday, July 6, 2015

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Atkins involved in cardiac arrest survival findings
Cardiac arrest strikes almost 600,000 people each year, killing the vast majority of those individuals, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine, The Loop reports. Dianne Atkins, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Cardiology at the UI Carver College of Medicine, is involved in the report recommending strategies to improve survival rates.

UI’s Summer Hawk program triples over last year
This year the number of students taking advantage of the University of Iowa summer tuition grant program more than tripled to 1,142, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. Of the student participants, 748 are residents and 394 are non-residents. This summer’s enrollment is 11,745 students.

Hillary Clinton to visit Iowa City library tomorrow
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will visit the Iowa City Public Library at 11:45 a.m. tomorrow, the Press-Citizen reports. The trip to Iowa will mark Clinton’s fourth to the state since announcing her candidacy in April. It will be her first trip to Iowa City since her campaign started.

Today in History

On this day in 1971, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong (19011971) died at the age of 69. Armstrong, a renowned jazz trumpeter and vocalist, pioneered jazz improvisation and the style known as swing.


Branstad takes action on 14 bills, vetoes $55.7 million for education
Gov. Terry Branstad vetoed $55.7 million in one-time education funding as well as a bipartisan deal to keep two state mental health institutes open last week, KWWL reports. Branstad approved much of the
$7 billion in spending that was passed in the House and Senate.

Iowa State Penitentiary escapee found in Illinois
Iowa Department of Corrections officials say prisoner Justin Kestner, who escaped from the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison on Saturday, was found and apprehended by the Illinois State Police in Henry County, Ill., the Quad-City Times reports. Kestner is serving a 10-year prison sentence.

BP to pay $12 billion for Gulf oil spill
Oil giant BP said it reached a $12 billion legal settlement with the U.S. to cover the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill that killed 11 workers five years ago, The Huffington Post reports. BP announced that the agreement would settle all U.S. federal, state, and local claims for the Gulf of Mexico disaster, with payments spread over an 18-year period.

“No” Greek vote shocks Europe
Greece voted “no” by a big margin against Europe’s latest bailout offer yesterday, CNN reports. This raises the prospect that the country could now suffer a worse economic disaster, lose its place in the euro, and print it own currency. Greece banks remain closed after shutting down last week.

Study looks at insulin pills as a method of preventing type 1 diabetes
A U.S. government-funded international research study is investigating whether experimental insulin capsules can prevent or at least delay type 1 diabetes, The Associated Press (AP) reports. About 1.25 million Americans have type 1 diabetes.

Solar Impulse breaks record for longest sun-powered airplane flight
The Solar Impulse 2 landed safely in Hawaii on Friday setting the record for the longest solo flight in terms of time and distance, CNet reports. The solar powered plane completed the five-day trip from Nagoya, Japan to Hawaii.

Burt Shavitz, the Burt behind Burt’s Bees, dies at 80
Burt Shavitz, 80, the beekeeper from Maine who co-founded nature personal care company Burt’s Bees, died yesterday, the AP reports. The cause of death was respiratory complications. The company was founded in 1984 and sold to Clorox in 2007 for $1 billion.

Women’s World Cup: Lloyd’s hat-trick leads US to third title
Carli Lloyd scored three goals, the first hat-trick in a women’s final, to lead the U.S. to the World Cup win over Japan 5-2 yesterday in Vancouver, British Columbia, ESPN reports. With the victory, the United States captured its third World Cup title and first since 1999.


  • Staff, guests, and patients are invited to an open AA meeting from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday in 5027 Boyd Tower (Elevator A, Level 5).
  • 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


  • It’s parking permit renewal time for employee permit holders. To renew your parking permit, please visit and follow the prompts. If you need assistance completing the renewal, please visit the West Campus Transportation Center office, which is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Current parking permits expire on July 31.
  • Today is the last chance for  UI Health Care employees to take the Staff Engagement and Safety Culture Survey. A personalized link to take the survey has been emailed to you. It is anonymous and confidential, and will take about 15 minutes to complete. For support or to request another email, contact
  • 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.
  • UI Heart and Vascular Center offers screening for peripheral arterial disease (PAD)—a serious condition with few warning signs. PAD can cause stroke, heart attack, or sudden death. Candidates for screening include adults age 50 and older with any of these risk factors: diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, or family history of stroke or heart and vascular disease. Call 356-2777 for more information or visit
  • Help patients and visitors travel easily to and from UI Health Care-Iowa River Landing and UI Hospitals and Clinics and vice versa. Download a flyer posted on The Point IRL page and color-copy as many of the two-sided flyers as needed. Don’t have a color copier? Feel free to email to the UI Printing Copy Center.
  • The Centralized Management of Scheduling Program is now the UI Patient Appointment Center (UIPAC, or just PAC for short). It is managed by the University of Iowa Physicians group. Changes include expanded hours, extended services, and more ways to schedule appointments, all designed to improve patient access to care.
  • Did you know you can nominate a UI respiratory therapist for special recognition? The PHIL (Pulmonary Health and Illnesses of the Lung) Award is given annually to recognize a respiratory therapist for providing exceptional care and treatment. Email for more information, or visit the Rewards and Recognition page on The Loop.


  • Individuals age 18 and older with urinary complaints are invited to participate in a research study to better understand thoughts, opinions, and experiences related to symptoms. A one-time 60–90 minute visit to the Urology Clinic is required. Compensation provided. Questions? Email or call 356-1111.
  • The College of Dentistry is seeking participants age 18 to 80 for a study on soft tissue grafting around implants. Participants must need an implant that requires a gum graft. Eligible participants must not be current smokers, have any severe infectious diseases, have hemophilia or leukemia, or currently be receiving treatment for cancer, have uncontrolled diabetes, or are pregnant. Questions? Contact or call 335-6763.
  • Healthy adults age 18 to 55 are invited to participate in a study concerning personality and pain perception. The study includes a brief infusion of an acidic or saline solution into the lower leg. There will be three one-hour visits. Compensation available. Questions? Email or call 335-9795.
  • Adults age 18 to 65 with family history of Myotonic Dystrophy type 1 (DM1) or who have a diagnosis of DM1 are invited to participate in a research study. The study involves two four- to six-hour visits with an MRI scan, blood work, and tests measuring thinking and behavior. Compensation provided. Contact Stephen Cross at 384-9391 or
  • Women age 45 to 60, native English speakers, and who have no history of neurological and psychological conditions are invited to participate in research examining memory and language. Compensation of $15 per hour is provided. Contact Kristi at 335-6919 or

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