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Thursday, April 28, 2016

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Study may explain gene’s role in major psychiatric disorders
UI researchers have shown the death of newborn brain cells may be linked to a genetic risk factor for five major psychiatric diseases, The Loop reports. In addition, a compound currently being developed for use in humans may have therapeutic value for these diseases by preventing the cells from dying. The diseases associated with the affected gene include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, ADHD, and depression.

Today is Phil’s Day
Today is Phil’s Day, short for philanthropy, a day to celebrate and highlight the impact private support has on the University of Iowa. Posters and gold ribbons will highlight buildings and programs made possible by donations. Also, stop and sign a thank-you card for a donor. More details at

Marilynne Robinson retiring from Iowa Writers’ Workshop
Marilynne Robinson, PhD, celebrated novelist and essayist, is retiring from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop after teaching for 25 years in what is often ranked as the nation’s No. 1 creative writing program, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. She has received countless awards, is an oft quoted intellectual, was named to Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people, and was awarded the 2012 National Humanities Medal.

Did You Know?

In FY15, 2,390,191 meals were served at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Uber launches in Iowa City
The ride-sharing company Uber began offering rides starting at 11 a.m. today, the same day an ordinance amendment approved last week by the Iowa City Council takes effect, the Press-Citizen reports. UberX rates will be a $1 base fare, 15 cents per minute, $1 per mile, and a $1.15 booking fee.

ACT to close McCarrel Center within two years
Educational testing company ACT said it will close the McCarrel building on Scott Boulevard, which it primarily uses for delivering testing materials, the Press-Citizen reports. This comes as the company begins to shift its focus from paper-based testing to digital testing platforms. The work will be outsourced and will affect about 60 positions. They will work to move some of those to new positions within ACT.

Abbott to spend $19.3B to buy St. Jude Medical
Abbott Laboratories will spend $19.3 billion to buy St. Jude Medical Inc. in a cash-stock deal that aims to strengthen the medical device maker’s stake in cardiovascular care, The Associated Press (AP) reports.

Obama wants $1.9B to fight Zika: Where does it stand?
President Obama’s $1.9 billion request for emergency money to combat the Zika virus has been sitting before Congress for two months, and there’s no obvious path forward despite a growing threat in the hot summer months and increasing public anxiety, the AP reports. Almost $600 million of unused Ebola funds and other money has been transferred to fight Zika in the near term, but much more is needed.

27 killed in strike on Syrian hospital
An airstrike on a pediatric hospital in Syria has killed 27 people, including children, as the U.N. warns that a nationwide “cessation of hostilities” truce is under serious threat of collapse, CNN reports. At least three children and three doctors were among those killed, including one of the last few pediatricians in Aleppo. Aleppo, a key city in northern Syria, has seen at least 148 civilians killed in the past six days.

FBI says it won’t disclose how it accessed locked iPhone
The FBI said yesterday it will not disclose how it accessed a locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers, the AP reports, leaving manufacturer Apple Inc. in the dark about how it was done.

In ‘Papa,’ Hemingway returns to Cuba via the silver screen
Over five decades after filming wrapped and leaving Cuba, Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961) returns to the island thanks to the magic of the silver screen, the AP reports. “Papa: Hemingway in Cuba” opens Friday.

Good medical news for Iowa’s Drew Ott entering NFL Draft
Three days after the NCAA denied his appeal for medical redshirt, Drew Ott got an evaluation about his surgically repaired ACL: That he was on track to be healthy for the 2016 season, the Press-Citizen reports.


  • There is an information table with leadership present to answer questions about the new 5 South Observation Unit (Elevator C, Level 5) until 1:30 p.m. today in the John Colloton Pavilion (Elevator F, Level 1). Leadership will share what nursing positions (for RNs, NAs, NUCs, and MAs) are available in the new unit and help answer questions.
  • Wild Rose Gifts is sponsoring a trunk show featuring Carol Young jewelry designs until 5 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow in the Fountain Entrance Lobby (Elevator C, Level 1). All items are only $5, $10, or $15. All proceeds support programs that benefit patients and their families through Volunteer Services.
  • Staff are invited to attend an informal discussion on the Medicaid Modernization program from noon to 1 p.m. today in the East Room (Elevator D, Level 8). This question-and-answer session will provide the latest developments on the program. Staff will also have the opportunity to share best practices and identity process improvements. Questions? Visit The Point.
  • Attend the UI Diversity Catalyst Awards reception at 3 p.m. today in the Second Floor Ballroom in the IMU. Remarks and the awards program begin at 3:15 p.m. Keynote remarks will be Sherry Watt, PhD, in the UI College of Education and faculty fellow in the Chief Diversity Office. Questions? Visit
  • Attend the 2016 GME Leadership Symposium from 8:30 to 10 a.m. tomorrow in the Seebohm Conference Room (283 EMRB). Visiting Professor Judith Bowen, MD, will present “Teaching and Assessing Clinical Reasoning.” No registration required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is accepting abstracts for presentation at the Cancer Center Scientific Retreat. Everyone engaged in clinical or laboratory research and/or patient care is encouraged to participate by either oral or poster presentation. The retreat is Wednesday, June 22, at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. The abstract submission deadline is tomorrow. Retreat registration closes on May 16. Visit to submit abstracts and to register for the retreat. Questions? Contact Vicki Foubert at 384-5299 or
  • UI staff are encouraged to register for the TIAA Financial Essentials Workshop from noon to 1 p.m. and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4. Enrollment in My Training on Employee Self Service for course #827: “The Starting Line: Retirement Saving Should Begin Now,” will provide course summary and specific class locations.
  • Attend the UI Children’s Hospital Recruitment Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 6, at the Old Capitol Town Center, 201 S. Clinton St., Iowa City. Our new children’s hospital opens in December. This is your chance to join our nationally ranked team! Meet representatives from several services, including Children’s and Women’s Nursing Services, Food and Nutrition, and Pharmacy. Call 356-2285 or visit The Loop or for details.


  • The UI Health Care Executive Leadership Academy applications for the 2016–2017 year are due tomorrow. The academy is targeted at current and high-potential leaders desiring skills to lead in an academic health care environment. Learn more at or email
  • Recognize the achievements, hard work, and compassion of your colleagues by nominating them for one of several recognitions and awards that are available to UI Health Care employees. Find the full list on The Loop at Questions? Email
  • Our inpatient care providers use smartphones to communicate with each other via quiet and secure text messaging, helping us deliver the best care for our patients. This is just one more way we strive to enhance patient safety and satisfaction.
  • HIPAA reminder: Please note that the locked confidential Shred-All bins must be kept locked at all times. The Shred-All bins should not be used to deposit recyclable paper. They are limited to documentation that must be confidentially destroyed, such as patient information. Questions? Call the Joint Office for Compliance at 384-8282.


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  • The College of Dentistry is seeking participants age 18 to 80 for a study on soft tissue grafting around implants. Participants must need an implant that requires a gum graft. Eligible participants must not be current smokers, have any severe infectious diseases, have hemophilia or leukemia, have uncontrolled diabetes, or be currently receiving treatment for cancer, or be pregnant. Questions? Contact or call 335-6763.

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