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Monday, August 3, 2015

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UI epilepsy research forges ahead
Members of the UI Comprehensive Epilepsy Program met last week with executives from Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), an international nonprofit organization, to discuss new opportunities for the two groups, The Daily Iowan reports. It is the unique epilepsy research happening in the UI program that garnered support from CURE. The UI received its first grant from the organization in 2013.

UI presidential search committee to meet tomorrow
The UI Presidential Search and Screen Committee will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. tomorrow in Room 2390 of the University Capitol Centre, 200 South Capitol St., Iowa Now reports. Live audio streaming of the open session and a recording upon its conclusion will be at

Iowa City works to speed up Chauncey court case
Attorneys for Iowa City’s Trinity Episcopal Church and the Iowa City City Council say they’re hopeful a ruling can be reached soon over a June rezoning that cleared the way for construction of the Chauncey tower, The Gazette reports. Counsel for both sides will attend a hearing Aug. 12 to discuss an aggressive timeline to reach a ruling on the church’s petition protesting the city’s approval of the Chauncey rezoning.

Today in History

On this day in 1958, the U.S. nuclear submarine Nautilus made the first undersea voyage to the geographic North Pole. It dived at Point Barrow, Alaska, and traveled almost 1,000 miles under the Arctic ice cap to reach the top of the world.


Cedar Rapids prepares people for protected bike lanes downtown
Cedar Rapids is installing a new type of bike lane on part of Third Avenue, The Gazette reports. The “protected bike lanes” are so named because riders will be separated from the traffic lanes by a row of parked cars. The new bike lanes will be among the first of their kind in Iowa.

91-year-old veteran flies in B-29 for first time since WWII
Jerry Micka, 91, of Cedar Rapids flew in a B-29 bomber yesterday, for the first time since he served in World War II, KWWL reports. Micka was a top-tier gunner and flew on 29 missions off Tinian in the Pacific Ocean. The B-29, FIFI, is the last one still flying in the entire world.

California wildfires force thousands to evacuate
Wildfires engulfing parts of California could intensify today with gusty winds fanning fires caused by lightning strikes, CNN reports. More than 9,300 firefighters are now battling at least 21 wildfires, and about 12,100 people from 5,100 structures were under some type of evacuation order as of yesterday. The largest and very fast-moving inferno, the Rocky Fire, has already burned 54,000 acres in three counties.

Greek stock market plunges as exchange reopens
Greece’s stock marked plunged over 22 percent as it reopened today after a five-week closure, The Associated Press (AP) reports. Markets in the rest of the world, however, were largely unaffected, a sign that investors outside Greece have now largely cut off ties with the country after years of crisis there.

Detergent pods pose poisoning risk to children
Although laundry detergent pods are convenient, they can pose a serious health risk to children who are confusing them with candy, KCRG reports. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports that since January, there were more than 6,000 reports of children five and younger eating, inhaling, and getting pod contents on skin or in eyes. Totals are on track to surpass last year’s total of 11,700.

Adorable hitchhiking Hitchbot found mutilated
The innocent looking Hitchbot was trying to make its way across the U.S., relying on the kindness of strangers, but this weekend it was found in Philadelphia with its arms and head ripped off, CNet reports.

Dr. Dre announces first new album in 16 years
Dr. Dre announced Saturday that he will release his first album “Compton: A Soundtrack” on iTunes and Apple Music on Friday, CNN reports. It is his first album since 1999’s “2001.”

No more ‘Sisters of the Poor’ for Big Ten teams
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany announced that beginning in 2016, the league will require teams to schedule games only with autonomy-five opponents, which include the Big Ten, SEC, Pac-12, ACC, and the Big 12, The Daily Iowan reports. This could impact future games with schools such as UNI.


  • 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 5027 Boyd Tower (Elevator A, Level 5).
  • The Bariatric Surgery Support Group will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. tomorrow in 4638 John Colloton Pavilion (Elevator H,
    Level 4). Kate Jansen, PhD, clinical assistant professor of family medicine at UI Carver College of Medicine, will be the guest speaker. The support group is free and open to anyone who has had bariatric surgery or is considering it. Registration is recommended. Questions? Contact Chris Melichar at or call 356-1887.
  • Interested in attending Spanish for Medical Personnel classes this fall? Beginning and advanced classes will be offered in September and October by Staff Language and Culture Services. To learn more, attend the informational meeting at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 613C GH (Elevator B, Level 6). Questions? Contact Corinne Stanley at 335-5822.
  • Staff, volunteers, and patients are invited to the 4th annual Eastern Iowa Miles for Myeloma Walk/Run starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. All ability levels are welcome to walk or run a two- or four-mile loop around the lake at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, 4213 Sand Rd SE, Iowa City. To register, go to For more information, email
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs to manage stress and chronic conditions, and promote wellness begin soon. Choose from four options September through December. Classes are held at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Attend a required informational session to register. Questions? Visit or email Sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry.


  • The Recreation Membership Incentive Program allows faculty and staff in 50 percent or greater regular positions to receive half off of Recreational Services memberships. Learn about the UI’s Recreation Membership Incentive Program at
  • Encryption keeps your outgoing sensitive UI Health Care emails safe. Type [secure] in the subject line or click the “Send Securely” button (not available on all systems). External recipients will need to complete a quick sign-in process to read the email. Read more about it on The Loop.
  • 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 UI Health Care–Iowa River Landing from 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 the UI Printing Copy Center.


  • View additional research studies at
  • Females between age 18 and 70 diagnosed with fibromyalgia are invited 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.
  • Healthy adults between the ages of 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, one hour per visit. Compensation is available. Call 335-9795 or email

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