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Monday, August 29, 2016

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UI pediatric cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology labs open today
The two new UI pediatric cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology labs in the John Pappajohn Pavilion (Elevator I, Level 5) open today. The new cath labs include the latest diagnostic tools, are significantly larger than the current catheterization lab, and will be steps away from the new children’s hospital. To facilitate patient traffic, the hallway leading to the cath labs near the Surgical and Neurosciences ICU needs to be kept clear.

Celebrating installation of Harreld as 21st president of University of Iowa
Bruce Harreld will be installed as the 21st president of the UI on Friday, Sept. 16, at Hancher Auditorium, reports. The installation is just part of a week of celebrations from Sept. 11 to 17, which will include open houses and a free public concert by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which opened the original Hancher Auditorium in 1972, followed by Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue on Sept. 16.

Man leads police on high-speed chase through Back Porch Revival crowd
A Wisconsin man led police on a high-speed pursuit through University Heights as the area was filled with people leaving the Back Porch Revival concert Saturday night at Kinnick Stadium, The Gazette reports. Speeds reached 100 mph on Melrose Avenue, and two people controlling traffic were nearly hit. The car left the road near Olive Court and collided with a residence. No one was seriously hurt.

Today in History

It was on this day in 2005 that Hurricane Katrina, the worst natural disaster in the history of the U.S., slammed into the Gulf Coast. Katrina caused more than 1,300 deaths and up to $150 billion in damages to private property and public infrastructure.


Search committee for new UNI president to meet today
A special committee of about 20 people will meet this morning on the University of Northern Iowa campus to begin their search for the school’s next president, KWWL reports. As the committee determines what it wants in a new president, Jim Wohlpart, PhD, is serving as interim president.

Baton Rouge floods: Workers’ bus crashes into accident scene, killing two
An undocumented immigrant was driving a charter bus that he wasn’t licensed to drive when it crashed yesterday in Louisiana, killing two people and injuring dozens, CNN reports. The bus was full of workers headed to Baton Rouge to help with the flooding clean up when the bus crashed into an accident scene.

False report of gunman at LAX causes panic
Reports of a gunman opening fire that turned out to be false caused panicked evacuations at Los Angeles International Airport last night, The Associated Press (AP) reports. A search through terminals brought no evidence of a gunman or shots fired.

IS suicide attack in Yemen kills 54 government fighters
A suicide car bombing today claimed by the Islamic State group in Aden, Yemen, killed at least 54 pro-government recruits, the AP reports. The men were at a staging area near two schools and a mosque when a truck suddenly accelerated through the building’s gate, exploding amid the crowd. Almost 70 people were wounded, including 30 who were seriously injured.

Mylan launching cheaper, generic version of EpiPen
Mylan will start selling a cheaper version of its EpiPen after absorbing criticism over a list price for the emergency allergy treatment that has grown to $608 for a two-pack, the AP reports. A generic EpiPen version, identical to the branded option, will be available in the next several weeks and will cost $300.

Fitbit motivational feature to take users on virtual hikes
Fitbit is debuting a new motivational feature today called Adventures, the AP reports. The feature tracks the distances you’ve walked or run and maps them against actual trails in national parks.

Juan Gabriel, Mexican superstar singer-songwriter, has died
Juan Gabriel, a superstar Mexican songwriter and singer who was an icon in the Latin music world, died yesterday at his home in California at age 66, the AP reports. His last concert was Friday night in Inglewood, California, and he was scheduled to perform yesterday in El Paso, Texas.

Kaepernick will sit through national anthem until there’s change
Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, plans to sit through the national anthem until he sees what he believes is significant progress in race relations in the U.S., the AP reports.


Learn more about dozens of upcoming events on The Loop.

  • The Atrium Dining Room is closed today for renovation. Thank you for your patience as we make improvements for our customers.
  • Project Art presents violinist David Bernat and pianist Jiaron Li in a duo recital at noon today in the John Colloton Pavilion Lobby (Elevator F, Level 1).
  • Staff, guests, and patients are invited to an open AA meeting from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday in 5024 Boyd Tower (Elevator A, Level 5).
  • Shop for all things Hawkeye for the entire family from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the Fountain Entrance Lobby (Elevator C, Level 1). Kick off the new football season with T-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, hats, and other Hawkeye logo gift items. Proceeds benefit patients and their families through Volunteer Services.
  • Attend the open house for the 5 South (GH) Short Stay Unit (Elevator C, Level 5) from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1. Tour the newest unit at UI Hospitals and Clinics, a 13-bed outpatient short-term medical observation unit for patients who would benefit from medical observation but don’t require inpatient services.
  • Everyone working, learning, and volunteering with UI Health Care is invited to an ice cream social from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, on the John Colloton Pavilion patio (Elevator F, Level 1) to celebrate being just 100 days away from moving into our new children’s hospital.
  • In partnership with the Crisis Center of Johnson County, UI Health Care presents “The Bridge between Suicide and Life: A Community Discussion about Suicide,” featuring guest speaker Kevin Briggs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, in MERF. For more information and to register, visit
  • To celebrate the installation of Bruce Harreld as the 21st president of the University of Iowa, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center will host a research open house from 7 to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the Weiner Laboratory in MERF. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments provided. Staff will be at main entrances to MERF and direct visitors to the lab. Questions? Contact Amanda Carlson at
  • Attend the Fourth Annual Fall Symposium: Neurogenetics, beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, in the Damasio Conference Room (Elevator C, Level 7). Reduced registration fees for nurses, allied health, and UI physicians. Register online at or request a brochure at Questions? Contact Emily Madsen at 356-8958 or
  • Save the Date: Our new University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital will open in December 2016. A special event to celebrate with those who work, learn, and volunteer with UI Health Care will be held from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3. More details about the UI Health Care Internal Open House will be provided in September. A print-and-post flyer can also be found on The Loop.


  • UI Optical is offering a back-to-school special package through Sept. 30 for children age 18 and under. The package includes frames and lenses for only $109. All current prescriptions are accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at both locations: Pomerantz Family Pavilion (Elevator L, Level 2) and at UI Health Care–Iowa River Landing (Level 2). Questions? Visit or contact 384-9922 or
  • UI Recreational Services offers free noon and evening group exercise classes for Recreational Services members at the UI Field House. Classes include: spin, yoga, pilates, and cardio classes. Visit to learn more about class schedules and membership and to register online.


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

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