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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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Tyler given award for communication disorders awareness
Richard S. Tyler, PhD, professor of otolaryngology at UI Carver College of Medicine, recently received the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association Media Outreach Champion Award for his efforts to help promote public awareness of communication disorders, The Loop reports. The Des Moines Register published Tyler’s editorial warning of the potential risks from misuse of personal audio devices.

WRAC’s longtime campus home to be razed
The UI Women’s Resource and Action Center will move out of its longtime home, a 123-year-old building in the heart of campus that is set to be demolished, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. WRAC will move into the John G. Bowman House, 230 N. Clinton St., between the fall and spring semesters.

DNR cracks down on illegal activity at wildlife area
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources arrested several people at the Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area over the weekend for indecent exposure and drug- and alcohol-related incidents, the Press-Citizen reports. Increased enforcement at the area will continue, particularly with fall hunting season approaching.


“A lot of life is dealing with your curse, dealing with the cards you were given that aren’t so nice. Does it make you into a monster, or can you temper it in some way, or accept it and go in some other direction?”

Wes Craven (1939–2015), iconic American horror movie maestro, who directed films such as “Scream” and “Nightmare on Elm Street.” Craven died Sunday at age 76.

Carson ties Trump in new Iowa poll
For the first time in more than a month, Donald Trump is not leading the field of Republican presidential candidates in Iowa, CNN reports. Ben Carson surged up in the pack to tie Trump at 23 percent in a poll released yesterday by Monmouth University. Monmouth surveyed 405 registered Republican voters.

125 classified messages in latest batch of Clinton emails
The State Department announced that the latest batch of Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state contains 125 the government considers “confidential,” NPR reports. About 7,000 pages of emails were to be released last night. “Confidential” is considered the lowest level of classification.

Supreme Court: Kentucky clerk must issue same-sex marriage licenses
The U.S. Supreme Court last night denied an emergency application from Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who has refused to issue any marriage licenses because of her religious objections to same-sex marriage, The Associated Press (AP) reports. Davis returned to work today and again denied licenses to couples.

Protests spotlight Lebanon dysfunction, but reforms are elusive
Anti-government demonstrators in Lebanon are staging large rallies, and a group stormed the environment ministry yesterday to press demands for reform, the AP reports. Sparking the protests are piles of trash on Beirut sidewalks after the government suspended garbage collection. The government has failed to provide basic services such as a steady flow of water and electricity since the 1975–90 civil war.

Japan’s worst day for teen suicides
More Japanese school pupils commit suicide on Sept. 1 each year than on any other date, according to figures collated by Japan’s suicide prevention office over more than 40 years, CNN reports. The grim spike in the statistics is linked to the typical start date of the new school term. Professionals connect the high rate of suicide on the first day of classes with students’ fears that bullying will restart. Japan has one of the highest rates of suicide in the world, and it is the leading cause of death among those age 15 to 39.

UK agency against cybercrime targeted in online attack
Britain’s National Crime Agency says its website has been targeted in an apparent cyberattack, the AP reports. The attack came days after six teenagers were arrested on suspicion of launching cyberattacks.

Christie tells Fallon he might ‘go nuclear’ in next debate
During last night’s appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie told Fallon that if there are 15 questions in a row in the next debate where he’s not called on to answer, “You’re going to go, ‘Uh oh, he’s going to go nuclear now,’” the AP reports.

UI field hockey splits in Big Ten/ACC challenge
The Iowa field hockey team opened the regular season in Ann Arbor, Michigan, The Daily Iowa reports. The team beat No. 11 Wake Forest 2-1 in overtime, then lost to No. 2 North Carolina 2-1.


  • Attend the next Hardin Open Workshop, “NCBI: Searching for Gene, Nucleotide Sequences, and Protein Information,” from 3 to 4 p.m. today in the Hardin Library East Information Commons. To register, visit
  • The Obesity Surgery Support Group will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. today 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 Blood and Marrow Transplant Program hosts a support group for patients and caregivers living with multiple myeloma and plasma cell disorders on the first Tuesday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hope Lodge conference room (750 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City). Questions? Please email or call 384-9102.
  • Patients and visitors are invited to Children’s Story Hour: 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in the Patients’ Library (Elevator F, Level 8). Story Hour can also be watched live on patient channel 4.2.
  • The Partial Hospitalization Program offers a support group for Adult Children of Alcoholics and Other Dysfunctional Families from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Wednesday on 5 Boyd Tower (Elevator A, Level 5). Questions? Call 384-8765.
  • A breastfeeding support group is held for mothers and babies from 5 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday in Room #0301 on the Lower Level at UI Health Care–Iowa River Landing. Meetings are free of charge, and a board-certified lactation consultant will be available to answer questions. Questions? Email


  • Makayla Bell, 8, of Pella, Iowa, is UI Children’s Hospital Kid Captain for Saturday’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
  • Construction has started at the south entrance of Parking Ramp 1 to replace the parking lot gates and card readers. Entrance to and exit from the ramp will be maintained at all times during the project, which is expected to last until Friday, Sept. 4. Work will then begin to replace the access control equipment in the northern entrance to Parking Ramp 1. The north entrance will be closed for about two to four days. The projects will not impact Lot 50 permit holders.
  • Help Phones with blue and white signage are located throughout UI Hospitals and Clinics to assist guests with wayfinding questions or address their concerns. Guest Services staff answer the phones and provide information 24/7. Escort or wheelchair assistance is available from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. These phones remain house phones.
  • Are you interested in joining a UI car or van pool? Does your car or van pool have an opening, or are you interested in getting a new UI van pool started for your community? To learn more about the UI Carpool, Employee Van Pool, and the Emergency Ride Home Programs; Zipcar; and My Van Pool, visit
  • UI Health Care staff and health science program students are reminded to wear photo ID badges at eye level with the photo facing out. Lanyards cannot be used for badges. Badges cannot be punctured in any way; holes in the badge will render the card dead for door access.
  • UI Health Care employees: If you’re seeing a UI Health Care provider, please take care of any co-pays at the time of service. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted. You can also pay through MyChart. However, payment is not currently available using your University or UI Health Care ID badge. Paying right away saves us time, money, and paperwork.


View additional research studies at

  • 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

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