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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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Bothell named interim director of the Office of The Patient Experience
Jonathan Bothell, RN, has been named the interim director of the Office of The Patient Experience (OPE), The Loop reports. Bothell comes to the OPE from the office of Clinical Quality, Safety, and Performance Improvement. Ami Gaarde, RN, the previous director of the OPE, is now director of nursing services for the medical-surgical services division at UI Hospitals and Clinics Department of Nursing.

Hoping for a heart: Iowa boy needs a life-saving transplant
Will Kohn, 6, from Bettendorf is one of 44 people in Iowa waiting for a new heart, KCRG reports. Will, a patient at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, has hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and his heart is failing. Will’s parents are anxiously waiting for the call telling them that a donated heart has been found for their son. For more on Will’s journey, visit his Facebook page.

UI’s Mentzer to be knighted by France’s Ministry of Education
Raymond Mentzer, PhD, the Daniel J. Krumm Family Chair in Reformation Studies at the UI, will be decorated as a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes académiques on June 12, Iowa Now reports. The French government has named Mentzer a knight for his service and contributions to French education and culture.

Health Tip

If you’re going somewhere to “get away from it all,” visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website before you go. Download the CDC’s free TravWell mobile app, which will let you get destination-specific health recommendations, a preparation checklist, and a customizable healthy travel packing list.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Iowa Attorney General Miller won’t defend state in collective bargaining lawsuit
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced yesterday that he will not defend the state against a lawsuit from labor over Iowa’s new collective bargaining law, The Gazette reports. Miller said he’ll ask the Iowa Executive Council to seek outside legal help in defending the state against a challenge to the constitutionality of the law, which was signed by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad last week.

US shutting down Dakota Access oil pipeline protest camp
The Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to close a Dakota Access pipeline protest camp won’t likely stop the on-the-ground opposition in North Dakota, The Associated Press (AP) reports. The protest camp, on federal land in in North Dakota near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, has housed thousands of people.

Secretary of State Tillerson keeps low profile since taking office
Rex Tillerson is going on his second foreign trip as secretary of state today, but as with his visit last week to Germany, Tillerson is expected to keep a low profile when he goes to Mexico, NPR reports. His aides say he was mainly listening, but some diplomats wonder how much influence Tillerson has with the White House.

Ukraine ceasefire: No signs of weapons withdrawal, official says
Peace in eastern Ukraine remains tenuous as about 200 violations of a two-day-old ceasefire occurred overnight, CNN reports. Russia’s prime minister Vladimir Putin last week signed an executive order recognizing travel documents issued by separatist authorities in the region that side with Russia.

Life expectancy to keep rising; South Korean women could hit 91
A new study predicts that while women in South Korea are projected to reach nearly age 91, Americans will continue to have one of the lowest life expectancies of any developed country, the AP reports. The study estimated the U.S. will fall even further behind by 2030, when men and women are projected to live to 80 and 83, respectively. Women were ahead of men for life expectancy in all countries.

Biologists find cave life that may be 50,000 years old
Scientists have discovered in a Mexican cave system life trapped in crystals that could be 50,000 years old, the AP reports. The bizarre and ancient microbes found dormant in the caves in Naica, Mexico, were able to exist by living on minerals. The cave system, both beautiful and hot, is said to be a “fairyland” and “hell.”

Book by new national security adviser is No. 1 best seller
Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster’s “Dereliction of Duty,” first published in 1997, was No. 1 on as of this morning, the AP reports. McMaster was chosen by President Trump to be his national security adviser.

NBA Lakers shake-up: Magic is in charge after owner fires her brother
With the Los Angeles Lakers mired in one of the worst years in franchise history, owner Jeanie Buss has turned to Magic Johnson to lead them back to contention, the AP reports. Buss hired Johnson to be the decision-maker of basketball operations after she fired her brother Jim Buss from that position.


Learn more about dozens of upcoming events on The Loop.

  • Attend the Hardin Open Workshop Web of Science from 1 to 2 p.m. tomorrow, in the East Information Commons of Hardin Library. To register and view a complete list of courses, visit
  • The UI History of Medicine Society invites you to hear Charles Hawtrey, MD, professor emeritus, UI Department of Urology, present “The Evolution of University Urology as a Reflection of University Priorities,” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in Room 2117 MERF. Questions? Contact Donna at
  • “New Performance Review Tool Training” will be held Friday, Feb. 24; Thursday, March 2; and Tuesday, March 7, at UI Hospitals and Clinics for non-bargaining P&S employees and supervisors of non-bargaining P&S, SEIU, and merit staff. To register, go to Employee Self Service > Personal Tab > My Training > Enroll in Courses > New Performance Review Tool Training or visit Questions? Contact
  • Everyone is encouraged to attend the UI Health Care Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture, “Embracing Respect, Understanding, Kindness, and Forgiveness,” by Mannie Jackson, chair and owner of the Harlem Globetrotters. Jackson, who was born and lived in a railroad boxcar as a youngster, attended the University of Illinois on a full scholarship, and went on to become the first African American with controlling ownership in an entertainment organization and international sports. Jackson’s presentation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, in the Prem Sahai Auditorium, 1110 MERF. A reception will follow. Learn more on The Loop.
  • Faculty and staff: Attend a Resilience series focused on stress management with tips to help you bounce back from life’s challenges. The free series consists of four, 45-minute sessions, held once a week at two locations and meeting days. Attend either the noon to 12:45 p.m. series at the Melrose Conference Center (Elevator L, Level 5), which begins on Friday, March 24, or the noon to 12:45 p.m. series in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, which begins on Wednesday, March 22. Register by March 22. For information and to register, visit or contact at
  • The Operations Excellence office will conduct a two-day Lean Improvement Model for Health Care Training Course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March Wednesday, March 29, and Thursday, March 30, in the Nursing Clinical Education Center (Elevator BW, Level 4). Contact for questions and to register.


  • Project Art presents a new exhibition of abstract mixed media paintings by Rock Island artist Corrine Smith. The exhibition will be up through March 31 in Gallery 3 (Elevator F, Level 8).
  • The stunning new University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital includes a special donor wall just for UI employees. Make a gift or pledge (including via payroll deduction) of $1,000 or more to the building fund, and your name can be listed on the wall. Give or pledge at For more information, contact Mackenzie Dwyer, UI Foundation, 467-3832 or
  • Over 50 online CME-accredited LGBTQ training options are available free for UI Health Care faculty, staff, and students. To register and find course descriptions, visit the HEI Trainings on The CAL ( or the National LGBT Health Education ( When registering for courses, use facility ID number “55862” and security keyword “HRC.” Questions? Contact Janet Niebuhr at
  • There are rider vacancies on the UI employee van pool for Williamsburg from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you have questions or are interested, contact Rae Jean Hollopeter at 356-4331 or


View additional research studies at

  • 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.
  • The UI Center on Aging has developed the Seniors Together in Aging Research (STAR) Registry. The STAR Registry is available to all UI investigators who are seeking older research volunteers for IRB-approved studies. For more information, contact Laura at 335-7569, email or visit

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