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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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Reagan Kopsieker is Kid Captain for Friday’s football game
Reagen Kopsieker, 16, of Hedrick, Iowa, is the UI Children’s Hospital Kid Captain for Friday’s game against Nebraska. Reagen was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome—a rare birth defect that affected the left side of her heart. She has undergone a number of surgeries, including a heart transplant in 2013. Meet Reagen at

Geyer, Kohen named 2015 AAAS Fellows
UI faculty Pamela Geyer, PhD, professor in the Departments of Biochemistry and Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Amnon Kohen, professor in the Department of Chemistry, have been awarded the distinction of 2015 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Iowa Now reports. AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

Gun owners speak up as North Liberty considers policy change
Gun owners spoke up at the North Liberty City Council meeting last night, urging the council not to approve any resolution that would ban weapons on public property, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. Although the agenda didn’t include any resolutions to ban weapons, a failed 2013 resolution to prohibit guns from public property was included in the council’s packets, causing concern among gun owners.

Health Tip

For your holiday turkey, be sure to thaw it, handle it, stuff it, cook, and store your leftovers safely. For more details, go to cdc/features/turkeytime.

Dubuque family delivers Thanksgiving meals in memory of their son
Angie Hohman and her family delivered 118 Thanksgiving meal baskets to Dubuque families in need, all in memory of Hohman’s son Jackson, KCRG reports. Jackson, who died unexpectedly at age 8 in 2014, had loved the tradition of serving Thanksgiving meals with his mother.

State Department issues worldwide travel alert
The U.S. issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans amid concerns that terror groups and individuals are planning for more attacks after the Paris massacres, CNN reports. The State Department warned that groups like ISIS, al-Qaida, and Boko Haram “continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.”

Chicago awaits more protests over police shooting
The white police officer who shot a black Chicago teen 16 times in October 2014 has been charged with first-degree murder and jailed, The Associated Press (AP) reports. In the hours after the graphic video was released, protesters seemed to honor pleas for restraint; however, authorities await the possibility of more protests occurring in response to concerns about the time it took for the video footage to be released.

Russian crackdown on Muslims fuels exodus to Islamic State
Russia’s heavy-handed security presence in predominantly Muslim areas is creating an exodus of young people to join the ISIS terrorists in Syria, the AP reports. Security forces’ use of constant surveillance, home raids, and frequent detentions in Dagestan has created a culture of violence among Muslim youth. Few efforts are made by Russian authorities to stop young men from leaving for Syria.

Born with no voice and low odds, boy talks with new voice box
Doctors discovered before Grant Hasse was born that his upper airway was completely blocked, the AP reports. At 27 weeks of gestation, doctors at the University of Michigan performed Grant’s first surgery during the C-section to open his windpipe below the blockage. Although Grant, 4, also had no voice box or vocal cords, he’s now able to talk after his pediatric surgeon fashioned them using Grant’s own tissue.

UK intelligence agency is hiring 350 tech-heads
The U.K. eavesdropping agency GCHQ, the British equivalent of the NSA, will recruit more than 350 people in the next year as agents to combat cybercrime, CNN reports.

And the winner of Dancing With The Stars is . . .
Bindi Irwin and her professional dance partner Derek Hough won the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy last night, USA Today reports. Irwin is the daughter of the late wildlife expert Steve Irwin.

SI regional cover features the undefeated Hawkeyes
Tight end George Kittle and the 11-0 Hawkeye football team are featured on the cover of this week’s Midwest issue of Sports Illustrated.


  • The parishioners of St. Mary’s of the Visitation in Iowa City invite patients, their families, and visitors, to join them for a Thanksgiving Day meal in the parish hall beginning at 1 p.m. tomorrow. The church is at 228 East Jefferson St., Iowa City. Anyone who needs a ride to and from the church should call the parish office at 319-337-4314. Delivery for carry-out meals to the hospital is not available.
  • A Books Are Fun book and gift fair will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, through Friday, Dec. 4, in the Fountain Lobby (Elevator C, Level 1). Proceeds benefit Children’s Miracle Network. Questions? Contact Jeff at 631-2819 or
  • The Childhood Maltreatment Conference is held the first Thursday of every month at noon in Ziffren Auditorium (Elevator H, Level 1) to improve the identification and treatment of children suspected of maltreatment. All health care professionals are welcome to attend. Questions? Email Resmiye at or Lucy at


  • Noon News will not be published tomorrow or on Friday.
  • Electrical service will be interrupted on John Pappajohn Pavilion West, Levels 7 and 8 (Elevators I, J, and JJ), from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Questions? Contact Tom Davin, Engineering Services, 356-2582.
  • The Medical Museum and Patients’ Library (Elevator F, Level 8) will be closed tomorrow and Friday, and will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Questions? Call 384-8908.
  • RNs caring for adolescent and adult inpatients are invited to take a survey testing the new tool “Clinical Pain Knowledge Test.” Find the link in your email. The test is open until Nov. 27. Questions? Email
  • The roadway at the Fountain Entrance is closed to vehicles in order to replace pipes below the street. The Fountain Entrance and the west entrance to General Hospital will remain open to pedestrians, and emergency exists in the area will not be impacted. Because the sidewalk on the north side of the Fountain Entrance will be closed, pedestrians needing to get from Ramp 1 to the Main Entrance can either enter through the west entrance and walk through the hospital or use a detour through the Healing Garden. For everyone’s safety, please do not walk in the roadways. The project should be complete by Nov. 30, depending on weather. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we thank you for your patience. Questions? Contact Adam Sheer, Capital Management, 353-8526.
  • Help our patients and patient-employees feel like their privacy is always protected. All UI employees, volunteers, and students are invited to take a 5-minute survey about patient privacy at UI Hospitals and Clinics. To take the survey, visit For more information, contact Aldijana Avdić at 356-4232.
  • Is your department reporting your community benefit? If not, contact the Community Benefit Team at to learn more.
  • Patient confidentiality is important. If you have to discuss a patient’s protected health information where it may be overheard, follow these tips: minimize the chance of being overheard by talking in a private area and using lowered voices, and limit the information that is being shared. For more information on the Patient Privacy Program, contact Aldijana Avdić at 356-4232.
  • Please place all personal outgoing mail in the drop boxes located throughout the first level. Hospital mail room staff will not pick up personal mailings while on their mail routes.


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  • Adults age 18 to 65 who speak only English and have normal hearing are invited to participate in a research study on language development and comprehension in the Departments of Otolaryngology and Psychology. The study involves auditory tasks and the tracking of eye movements, and will include one or two visits, each lasting one to two hours. Compensation provided. Email
  • Recruiting adults age 18 to 40 for a motor learning study. Subjects must be right-handed and free of medications acting on the nervous system and of orthopedic/neurological disorders. Participation involves one visit lasting three to four hours. Subjects will practice motor skills and undergo safe, nonpainful, and non-invasive brain stimulation. Compensation provided. Interested? Contact

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