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Friday, September 30, 2016

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Robillard to step down as VPMA and dean
Jean E. Robillard, MD, announced today that he plans to step down as vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. In an email to UI Health Care faculty, staff, and students, Robillard said University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld plans to launch a search for the position immediately. To help ensure a smooth transition, Robillard will continue in his role until a new leader is named, and he will stay on the faculty of the college.

Konner Guyer is tomorrow’s UI Children’s Hospital Kid Captain
Konner Guyer, 7, of Eddyville, Iowa, is our UI Children’s Hospital Kid Captain for tomorrow’s game against Northwestern. Born at just 28 weeks gestation, he has faced several health challenges. Despite all he’s been through, he lights up any room he enters. Meet Konner at

UI breaks ground on new pharmacy building after long wait
More than 100 dignitaries, faculty, students, and special guests gathered yesterday for an official groundbreaking of the $96.3 million project that will replace the 55-year-old UI College of Pharmacy facilities, The Gazette reports. The 296,000-square-foot building is expected to open in early 2020.

Did You Know?

Homecoming at the University of Iowa began in 1912, when the university was called the State University of Iowa. It is one of the longest standing traditions on campus.


Lundell named president-elect of League of Cities board
Coralville Mayor John Lundell will serve as president-elect of the Iowa League of Cities Executive Board for the next year, and following will become the board’s president, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. For the last 13 years, Lundell served on the Coralville City Council before being elected as mayor.

Congress suddenly has buyer’s remorse for overriding Obama’s veto
Just one day after Congress approved the first override of a veto during Obama’s presidency they publicly called for making changes to the law, CNN reports. But even as they admitted they agreed with some of the White House’s concerns, GOP leaders quickly blamed the president for “dropping the ball” for failing to engage with Congress on the legislation before it passed.

Philippine’s Duterte ‘happy to slaughter’ drug addicts; mentions Hitler
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raised the rhetoric over his bloody anti-crime war to a new level today, comparing it to Hitler and the Holocaust, and saying he would be “happy to slaughter” 3 million addicts, The Associated Press (AP) reports. Amnesty International said Duterte “has sunk to new depths” and urged governments around the world to condemn his “extremely dangerous outburst.”

Israelis, world leaders gather for Peres funeral
Shimon Peres was laid to rest today in a ceremony attended by thousands of admirers and dozens of international dignitaries, including President Obama, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the AP reports. Peres was heralded as a visionary and symbol of hope for peace in the Mideast while leading Israel throughout his seven-decade political career.

FDA approves the first automated insulin system for type 1 diabetes
The Food and Drug Administration approved Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G hybrid closed-loop system for people with type 1 diabetes, NPR reports. The device has an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor, both of which are on the market now, but includes communication between the two devices.

Study: Police using body cameras see huge drop in complaints
A Cambridge University study of British and U.S. police shows a 93 percent decrease in the number of complaints made against officers when they are using body cameras, the AP reports.

UI Indian Student Alliance to sponsor free dance event tomorrow night
Everyone is invited to attend Garba, Raas, Bhangra, and Bollywood 2016 beginning at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Ryder Cup fan/heckler wins $100 after Europeans issue putting challenge
Some of the European Ryder Cup team members had fun with American fan David Johnson yesterday, who was lightly heckling them during putting practice, ESPN reports. They challenged Johnson to make a 12-foot putt, which he did. Following, he was cheered by the pro golfers and paid the $100 wager.


Learn more about dozens of upcoming events on The Loop.

  • 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 Catholic Mass at 3:30 p.m. Sundays in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). Services are televised on Channel 4.5.
  • Everyone working, learning, and volunteering with UI Health Care is invited to an open forum from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the Ziffren Auditorium (Elevator H, Level 1). There will be a time for questions, and questions can be submitted to The forum will be webcast live at A video recording of the forum will be available later on The Point.
  • Attend the Hardin Open Workshops on PubMed from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and Scholarly Impact: H-index, Impact Factor, and Eigenfactor from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Both workshops are in the Information Commons East of the Hardin Library. To register and view a complete list of courses, visit


  • 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.
  • Health Information Management’s Release of Information Office relocated today to C236 General Hospital (Elevator B, Level 2). Their new phone number is 356-1719, and the fax number is 319-384-8784. Questions? Contact Karen Kelly, Health Information Management, at or 353-6775.
  • One lane of southbound traffic on Hawkins Drive along the east side of Kinnick Stadium will be closed from Evashevski Drive to South Hospital Drive from Oct. 3 to Oct. 20. Traffic will be maintained in both directions; watch also for changes in pedestrian walkways. Thank you for your patience.
  • UI Hospitals and Clinics Engineering Services is currently experiencing a shortage of foam carriers for the pneumatic tube system. Anyone with excess foam carriers in their area are to call 159 so that pneumatic tube technicians can pick them up. Thank you for your assistance.
  • The UI Health Care volunteer choir, The Heartbeats, rehearses from noon to 1 p.m. on Mondays in the Found Piano Lounge (Elevator L, Level 5). The choir is open to all UI Health Care faculty, staff, students, and community volunteers. No auditions—you just need a passion for singing. Questions? Contact choir director Chris Marple at; find The Heartbeats on Facebook.
  • Two new bike shelters will be constructed south of Hospital Parking Ramp 1 this fall and should be completed by January 2017. The current bike racks will be removed beginning Monday, Oct. 3; temporary racks are available along the sidewalk on the east side of Parking Ramp 1. Questions? Contact or call 335-1475.
  • We are counting the days until our new children’s hospital opens on Dec. 10 with a special calendar. Each page features a different fact about the children’s hospital. Pick up yours between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, in
    W320 GH (Elevator BW, Level 3) in UI Health Care Marketing and Communications.
  • The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for “A Toast to Our Communities!” The event recognizes leaders and businesses of all types making significant contributions to the Iowa City area business community. To learn more and to nominate, visit Nominations are due Tuesday, Oct. 4. UI Health Care is a member of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce.


View additional research studies at

  • Non-smoking, healthy adults age 18 to 79 with a BMI of 25 or greater and a systolic blood pressure (top number) of 130 or higher, are invited to participate in a research study investigating the effects of a blood pressure drug on vascular and nerve function. Compensation provided. If interested, call 353-5650 or email
  • Physicians are invited to participate in a research study on speeded decision making and medical judgments in health care professionals. Participation involves one visit to the Iowa Neuroimaging Consortium within UI Hospitals and Clinics. Compensation of $30 provided. Questions? Call 335-2718 or email

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