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Friday, July 31, 2015

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44 candidates so far seek University of Iowa presidency
With just days until Monday’s deadline for submitting applications to become the next UI president, 44 candidates have done so already, and at least six more are expected, The Gazette reports. The presidential search committee will meet Tuesday to whittle down the list of prospects to a top ten they want to invite for initial interviews on Aug. 11 and 12.

Regents name UI’s Braun to newly created No. 2 job
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, has named UI Administrator Mark Braun to a one-year appointment as chief operating officer for the board, which governs the state’s three public universities, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. If approved by the board during a meeting next week, Braun is expected to begin the new position on Aug. 5.

Iowa City native will seek two-year school board term
Paul Roesler, an Iowa City resident for 39 years, announced his campaign to run for a two-year seat on the Iowa City school board, The Gazette reports. Currently, Roesler has served on multiple district committees. His wife, Brandi Roesler, is a teacher at Mark Twain Elementary.

Did You Know?

A “Blue Moon” is the second full moon that occurs in a month (it doesn’t have anything to do with the moon looking blue). Tonight’s moon will be a “Blue Moon,” as it is the second to occur in July. The next Blue Moons will occur in 2018, when we’ll have one in January and one in March.


200 plus Iowa markets to take part in National Farmers Market
Iowa has more than 220 farmers markets throughout the state, and National Farmers Market Week, Aug. 2 to 8, is the best time to encourage Iowans to take advantage of the fresh fruits and vegetables available at these markets, KWWL reports. The free smartphone app Iowa Farmers Market helps people find markets in their area, and users can also find the list of vendors.

$2 per gallon gasoline may be back by New Year
Iowa drivers are paying nearly 70 cents less for gas now than they were a year ago, and the price at the pump is expected to begin dropping again this fall, the Press-Citizen reports. In Iowa, that could result in gas prices dropping to $2 by late October, with the statewide average under $2 per gallon by 2016.

Senate passes a highway bill, but only for three months
The Senate yesterday approved a stopgap three-month spending bill to finance federal highway and transportation projects until the end of October, The New York Times reports. The Senate measure was approved 91 to 4. Congress heads into recess until Labor Day.

US names new targets of sanctions over Ukraine
The Obama administration yesterday identified 26 additional people and institutions involved with the insurgency in Ukraine that will be subject to economic sanctions, The New York Times reports. The sanctions are part of an ongoing effort to put pressure on the Russian government over its support of insurgents fighting in Ukraine.

Lawsuit accuses CVS of overcharging for generic drugs
CVS Health Corp. deliberately overcharged some pharmacy customers for generic drugs, The Associated Press (AP) reports. In a lawsuit filed yesterday in a federal court, CVS was accused of submitting claims to customers’ insurance companies at inflated prices, which led to higher co-pays for customers.

China’s Huawei overtakes Microsoft as world’s No. 3 mobile phone vendor
According to a new report by market researcher Strategy Analytics, Microsoft has lost its spot as the world’s third largest mobile phone vendor to rival Chinese mobile phone vendor Huawei, CNet reports. Microsoft paid more than $7.2 billion to acquire Nokia’s smartphone business last year, and has failed to make any dent among consumers since then.

Jenner Olympic Torch fetches $24,000 at auction
The 1984 Summer Olympic Torch that Bruce Jenner carried through Lake Tahoe, Nevada, sold for almost $24,000 at an auction of sports memorabilia yesterday, the AP reports.

Beijing to host 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics
Beijing has been chosen to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, ESPN reports. Beijing beat out Almaty, Kazakhstan, to become the first city awarded both the winter and summer games.


  • 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).
  • The 7th Annual FUTURE in Biomedicine Program Research Symposium will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday in the Urmila Sahai Seminar Room, 2117 MERF. This event celebrates the end of this year’s program and features the scientific work of faculty fellows and undergraduate students from participating Iowa colleges. Visit for more information. Questions? Call Sonya Housholder at 335-8587.
  • Spiritual Services holds a Protestant service at 10:30 a.m. and a Catholic Mass at 3:30 p.m. Sundays in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). Services are televised on Channel 4.5.
  • Sunday Alcoholics Anonymous open meetings are held at 7 p.m. in Boyd Tower Dining Room (Elevator A, Level 5).
  • The Courage Ride is a cycling event to raise money for cancer research. This year’s ride will be Saturday, Aug. 22. Proceeds from the ride are donated to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa. For ride information or to register, go to


  • It’s parking permit renewal time for employee permit holders. To renew your parking permit, please visit and follow the prompts. If you need assistance completing the renewal, visit the West Campus Transportation Center office, which is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Current parking permits expire today.
  • 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.
  • Attention, employees! Please remember that Food and Nutrition Services staff need the service elevators to deliver patient meals. If you’re using Elevator D, please make way for the silver carts—even if it means getting off and waiting for the next elevator. And, as always, please exit the elevators for patient beds. Our patients always come first.
  • Food and Nutrition Services has gift cards. Purchase them any time from any cashier in Compass Express, Fountain, Melrose Dining Room, Atrium Dining Room, Marketplace, “I” Stop, and the 6OR Dining Room. Cards can be loaded with any amount, and are accepted at all Food and Nutrition Services dining areas – and even most hospital vending machines.


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  • Healthy volunteers age 55 and older with no history of cancer or chemotherapy are invited to participate in a research study that examines the effect of chemotherapy on inflammation and symptom expression in patients with cancer. Participants will have blood samples drawn, which will require up to nine trips to the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Compensation provided. Questions? Call Nicole at 335-3274.
  • Seeking candidates age 18 and older who are currently missing a single tooth in their upper jaw for a study comparing two dental prosthetic parts. Accepted participants will receive a dental implant and the prosthetic parts at a reduced cost. For more information and to learn if you are eligible for this study, contact Rick at 335-6763 or email
  • Individuals with no known eye problems (other than glasses) age 6 and older are invited to participate in a vision study that will measure how well the rods and cones in your retinae are working. This is a one-time commitment of approximately one to two hours. Your eyes will be dilated as part of the testing. Email or call 356-1985.
  • Men and women age 18 and older are invited to participate in a research study about communication. You must be a current UI student. Compensation is available. Questions? Email
  • Family members providing care to individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia at home are invited to participate in a research study. During an in-person 90-minute interview, you will be asked to provide feedback to help develop survey questions. Compensation is provided. Questions? Contact Erin at or 335-8332.
  • Women age 45 to 60 who are native English speakers with no history of neurological and psychological conditions are invited to participate in a research study examining memory and language. Compensation is provided. For more information contact Kristi at 335-6919 or

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