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Thursday, July 2, 2015

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Check out Noon News on The Loop; no Noon News tomorrow
Noon News is now on The Loop. You can now easily read Noon News on your mobile device at Just click on “Noon News.” Noon News will not be published tomorrow, as it is a University of Iowa holiday. Noon News has been published regularly since 1973.

EEG lab achieves third ABRET accreditation
UI Hospitals and Clinics EEG lab has been accredited for the third time by the American Board of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET), this time by the Long Term Monitoring Laboratory Accreditation Board (LAB-LTM) of the ABRET, The Loop reports. This is the fifth program in the U.S. to achieve all three accreditations and the only program in the Midwest to do so.

Iowa City Farmers Market may expand payment options
A program the Iowa City Farmers Market is considering could mean expanded access to farmers market goods for low-income families, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. The proposed system would allow people who receive benefits through Iowa’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to buy tokens using their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards for use on purchases at the Iowa City Farmers Market

Did You Know?

Google hired a camel to create the street view of a desert.


Ex-ISU scientist sentenced to 57 months in prison
Former Iowa State University scientist Dong-Pyou Han, 58, was sentenced yesterday to four years and nine months in federal prison, the Press-Citizen reports. Han admitted he faked results in AIDS-vaccine experiments, whose supposed success drew up to $20 million in extra federal grants.

Iowa lawmaker plans trade mission to Cuba
State Sen. Steve Sodders of State Center, Iowa, is organizing a trade mission to Cuba this summer, The Gazette reports. He hopes to tap into the Cuban market to pave the way for Iowa to export eggs, grains, and meat. The planned trade mission comes in response to President Obama’s statement yesterday urging Congress to lift the embargo against Cuba, which has been in effect for more than 50 years.

US economy adds 223,000 jobs; unemployment rate now at 5.3 percent
The U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, The New York Times reports. After bottoming out in March as the overall economy stalled, hiring has rebounded in recent months along with other indicators such as home sales and consumer spending.

Saudi prince to donate $32 billion fortune to charity
Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal announced today that he will donate his $32 billion personal fortune to his charitable organization, Alwaleed Philanthropies, BBC News reports. The money will be used to “foster cultural understanding,” “empower women,” and “provide vital disaster relief.”

Second Ebola case declared in Liberia
Liberian officials confirmed a second Ebola case yesterday, The Associated Press (AP) reports. The reported second case comes seven weeks after the country was declared Ebola-free on May 9 by the World Health Organization.

Dixons Carphone joins forces with Sprint to open 500 stores in US
Dixons Carphone, UK’s biggest technology retailer, formed a partnership with Sprint that could see up to 500 new Sprint stores opening their doors in the U.S., CNet reports. This partnership marks Dixons Carphone’s first move outside the UK.

Billy Joel sets new record at Madison Square Garden
Singer Billy Joel, 66, set a record last night for most performances by a single artist at Madison Square Garden in New York with his 65th show, besting Elton John, the AP reports.

US files formal extradition request for seven FIFA officials
The U.S. submitted a formal request last night for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe, ESPN reports. All seven men, detained in Zurich, face up to 20 years in prison for alleged bribery and racketeering worth more than $150 million over a 24-year span.


  • Attend the summer concert series at noon today at the Rooftop Café (Elevator F, Level 8). Today’s performance is by Artes Latinas, a Latin American instrumental and vocal group.
  • The UI Health Care Burn Support Group for patients who have experienced burns and similar wounds (Fournier’s gangrene and necrotizing fasciitis) meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month in the Burn Treatment Center (Elevator H, Level 8). For details, call Jolyn Schneider or Peaches Wytch at 356-2496.
  • The Medical Museum and Patients’ Library will be closed tomorrow for the holiday, and open on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Questions? Call 384-8908.
  • UI Wildlife Summer Camps are accepting registrations. More than 60 day-camp options from two to five days are available in June, July, and August for children age 4 to 17. Camps are held at Macbride Nature Recreation Area. For information and registration, go to Questions? Contact Jeanette at 335-9294.
  • Join UI Children’s Hospital for a free bike safety event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 10, at UI Health Care–Iowa River Landing. Free kids’ bike helmets, free bike tune-ups, enter to win a free bike, and explore the UI Mobile Museum. Bring your bike and helmet and join in the fun—rain or shine.


  • The maximum daily rate and/or lost ticket rate in Hospital Parking Ramps 1, 3, and 4 is now $20 (without a Reduced-Fee pass). All other parking rates remain the same.
  • University of Iowa Health Care faculty, staff, residents, and fellows who need a professional studio portrait—i.e., a “head-and -shoulders” photograph shot against a neutral gray background—are encouraged to use a new online scheduling tool. Twenty-minute time slots for studio portraits are now available from 7 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursdays. Portraits will be taken in the Marketing and Communications photography studio located at Room 5149 in Westlawn.
  • The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program needs volunteers to drive cancer patients to and from treatments at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Requirements include having a valid driver’s license, a vehicle in good working condition, passing a driving record background check, and attending a free telephone conference call training session. Interested? Contact Teri Elsbury at 877-422-9055 ext. 14 or
  • The Clinical Documentation Handbook for Physicians and Advanced Practice Professionals is now available via The Point and Web Links, as well as the Provider’s Dashboard. This handbook is part of the Documentation Improvement Initiative across UI Health Care, supported by the HIM Subcommittee. Questions? Email


  • Healthy adults age 18 to 55 are invited to participate in a study concerning personality and pain perception. The study will include a brief infusion of an acidic or saline solution into the lower leg. There are three visits, one hour per visit. Compensation available. Questions? Call 335-9795 or email
  • Bedside nurses working in adult med-surg inpatient units (MSS) are invited to participate in a research study to complete a survey, a short simulation, and discussion with a nurse researcher. A visit of approximately one hour is required. Compensation provided. Questions? Email or call 573-356-5115.
  • 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? Email or call 335-3488.
  • People age 40 and older with weight issues and a history of heart disease, stroke, or blocked arteries in the neck or legs may qualify for a research study to learn about the long-term effects of an investigational product. Compensation is available. Questions? Call 384-5046 or 800-887-6917.
  • Recruiting right-handed subjects age 18 to 40 for a six-session study examining brain function and motor learning. Participants must be free of medication that acts on the central nervous system and be able to avoid extensive hand use on certain testing days. Compensation is available. Contact

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