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Friday, December 2, 2016

High: 39 Low: 26, Cloudy
High: 39 Low: 31, Partly sunny

Evening ride options available for employees and visitors who park in commuter lots
In follow-up to a crime alert issued by the UI Department of Public Safety regarding a reported assault Tuesday night at the Hawkeye Commuter Lot, there are options in addition to Cambus to transport UI Health Care staff and hospital visitors safely to their vehicles in UI commuter lots at night. Visit The Loop for details about Nite Ride and UI Hospitals and Clinics Guest Services shuttles.

Zachary Matthews receives November 2016 DAISY Award
Zachary Matthews, RN, staff nurse on 4 RCP, received the November 2016 DAISY Award for providing exceptional patient care while he was working on 6 RCP, The Loop reports. Matthews was nominated by a woman for his care of her fiancé, who required nearly constant nursing care. The woman said Zach “made a profound difference in our experience at UI Hospitals and Clinics.”

Local dancers to perform in Hancher’s ‘Nutcracker’
The classic ballet “The Nutcracker” is being performed by Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet at Hancher through Sunday afternoon. Among the cast of dancers will be 30 Corridor-area children, The Gazette reports. The young dancers, ranging in age from 6 to 17, have been rehearsing since September.

Did You Know?

It costs the U.S. Mint almost twice as much to mint each penny and nickel as the coins are actually worth. The U.S. Mint hasn’t identified a metal composition cheaper than zinc, which makes up 97.5 percent of every penny.


Three killed when pickup rams through front door of Pella Walmart
A pickup truck traveling at a high rate of speed crashed into a front entrance of the Walmart in Pella, Iowa, yesterday, killing three people and injuring two, KCCI reports. The truck driver was among the injured. The deceased have not been identified. The incident is believed to be an accident.

Trump to nominate retired Gen. James Mattis to lead Pentagon
President-elect Donald Trump says he will nominate Gen. James Mattis to be his Secretary of Defense, The Associated Press (AP) reports. Mattis, 66, is a Marine Corps general who retired in 2013 after serving as the commander of the U.S. Central Command. Mattis’ selection raises questions among some about increased military influence in a job designed to ensure civilian control of the armed forces.

Unemployment drops to 4.6 percent, lowest since 2007
The U.S. Department of Labor reported today that the U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment rate fell sharply to 4.6 percent from 4.9 percent in October, CNN reports. It’s the lowest unemployment rate since August 2007.

Macedonian town identified as fake news hub
A teenaged purveyor of fake news in Veles, Macedonia, says that lying is more lucrative than the truth, the AP reports. The teen said his monthly income from sending out fake news is in the four figures, much higher than the average Macedonian monthly of $383. Veles has been identified as a hub of the fake news industry seeding sensationalized or falsified information across Facebook.

Poll: Only about 1 in 4 wants Trump to repeal health law
According to a survey released yesterday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, only about 1 in 4 people in the U.S. want President-elect Donald Trump to entirely repeal the Affordable Care Act, the AP reports. The poll also found that majorities across party lines support many of the law’s provisions.

Russian spacecraft fails after launch
An unmanned Russian spacecraft delivering 2.5 tons of supplies to the International Space Station was lost just six minutes after liftoff from Kazakhstan last night, CNN reports.

Quran exhibition shines a light on the holy books’ dedicated artists
Among the 50 centuries-old Qurans on display in the Smithsonian’s “Art of the Qur’an” exhibition is a book that weighs 150 pounds, NPR reports. The exhibition isn’t about the words of the Muslim holy book so much as the people who laboriously copied the book, letter by letter, and beautifully illustrated it.

NFL’s Rob Gronkowski to undergo back surgery today
The New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski’s season is likely over, the AP reports. The tight end, a
three-time All-Pro player, is scheduled to have surgery today for a herniated disk in his lower back.


Learn more about dozens of upcoming events on The Loop.

  • A Collective Goods (formerly Books Are Fun) book and gift fair will be held until 6 p.m. today in the Fountain Lobby (Elevator C, Level 1). Proceeds benefit Children’s Miracle Network. Questions? Contact Jeff at 631-2819 or
  • Project Art presents Calle Sur performing Latin American music from noon to 1 p.m. today in the Colloton Pavilion Lobby (Elevator F, Level 1). UI Health Care staff: please reserve sufficient seating for our patients and visitors, and do not block the walkways.
  • 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.
  • Wild Rose Gifts is bringing Masquerade™ from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Fountain Entrance Lobby (Elevator C, Level 1). All jewelry and accessories are $5. Proceeds support programs that benefit our patients and their families.
  • The UI Health Care volunteer choir Heartbeats will present a musical program featuring the sounds of the season from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, in the Colloton Pavilion Lobby (Elevator F, Level 1). UI Health Care staff: please reserve sufficient seating for our patients and visitors, and do not block the walkways.
  • The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Safety Store is currently closed, but will reopen in its current location (Elevator B, Level 3) on Tuesday, Dec. 6, with extended hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Questions? Contact or 356-3543.
  • Project Art presents the UI Faculty-Staff Orchestra concert and “Hallelujah Chorus” sing along from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Colloton Pavilion Lobby (Elevator F, Level 1). Singers: Music for all parts will be available, or you may bring your own. UI Health Care Staff: please reserve sufficient seating for our patients and visitors, and do not block the walkways. See a full list of December performances on The Loop under “Events.”
  • Attend Social Media in Research from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in 1117 MERF. Jamie Jones, UI Carver College of Medicine, will present how social media can benefit your research. Attendees will also learn about various social media platforms. For questions or to register, contact
  • Attend the Giving Tree reception honoring those who gave the ultimate gifts of organ, eye, and tissue donations at UI Hospitals and Clinics in 2015, as well as their families. The reception is from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, in the Colloton Pavilion Lobby (Elevator F, Level 1). Remarks will be at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome!


  • 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.
  • Hills Bank and Trust Company is located near the Fountain Entrance (Elevator C, Level 1), with five ATMs throughout the hospital. The full-service branch is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and provides special UI checking, savings, and money market accounts.
  • The Iowa City Free Medical and Dental Clinic is in need of volunteer pharmacists, pharmacy techs, lab techs, and phlebotomists to help run their weekly clinics. If you are interested, please visit and complete an application. Thank you for supporting the clinic’s mission!
  • The South Main Lobby entrance (Elevator F, Level 1) is closed until late June 2017. Please use the Main Entrance during this closure. Thank you for your patience. Questions? Contact Kelly Stevenson, Capital Management, at 353-7703.


View additional research studies at

  • Caregivers of people with dementia living at home are invited to participate in a research study. Study participants will use an iPad mini to record videos of them dealing with problem behaviors. A nurse visits the home but no clinic visits are required. The study lasts three months. Questions? Kristine Williams, PhD, at, or call 335-3103.

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