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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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UI research shows moderate alcohol use may slow biological clock
UI researchers found that drinking one or two drinks per day was correlated with the healthiest type of biological aging, while very low or very high alcohol consumption were linked to faster aging, KCRG reports. The researchers analyzed DNA of internal tissue to establish one’s biological age.

UI group celebrated indigenous people yesterday
The UI Native American Student Association held a demonstration yesterday on the Pentacrest to raise awareness about indigenous peoples, The Daily Iowan reports. In recent years, Columbus Day has come into question given the widespread violence and death that followed European colonization.

Iowa City police investigating social media threat against West High
About 600 of West High’s 2,000 students called in absent yesterday as Iowa City police and school officials investigated a possible threat made against the school on social media, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. The student who allegedly made the threats via Snapchat this weekend denied doing so yesterday, but both the student and parents were cooperating with the school’s and police investigation.


Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

—Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel; 1904–1991), American writer and illustrator

Trial set to begin for former aides to Ron Paul
A federal trial is set to begin today in Des Moines for two aides to Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign accused of secretly paying a state lawmaker for his endorsement, KCCI reports. Jesse Benton and Dimitri Kesari allegedly concealed payments to former Iowa Sen. Kent Sorenson after he jumped from the Michele Bachmann campaign to the Paul campaign a few days before the January 2012 Iowa caucuses.

Lawsuit targets psychologists who designed CIA torture program
Two psychologists who designed the CIA’s harsh interrogation program are now facing a lawsuit filed on behalf of three former CIA prisoners who allegedly were tortured at “black site,” or secret prisons, CNN reports. The two, who are former U.S. Air Force trainers who taught military members how to resist interrogations, were paid $81 million as contractors by the CIA to help run the interrogation program.

Ex-head of Chicago Public Schools expected to plead guilty
Barbara Byrd-Bennet, former head of Chicago Public Schools, is expected to plead guilty today to steering more than $23 million in no-bid contracts to firms for $2.3 million in bribes, The Associated Press (AP) reports. She faces 20 counts of fraud. Each count carries a maximum 20-year prison term.

MH17 crash: Warhead from eastern Ukraine brought down plane
A Dutch report released today found that a missile warhead that exploded outside the cockpit brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17, 2014, CNN reports. All 298 people aboard the aircraft died. The warhead fit a Buk rocket system, referring to Russian military technology, but Russian officials who participated in the investigation said it wasn’t possible to confirm the warhead or type of system.

Washington, DC, city council proposal sets new standard on paid family leave
Washington, D.C.’s city council is considering a bill that would grant workers in the nation’s capital 16 weeks of paid leave for new parents—more than anywhere else in the U.S., NPR reports. As a nation, the U.S. is one of the few industrialized nations that does not offer any paid parental leave.

Twitter purging up to 336 workers as new CEO slashes costs
Twitter announced today it is laying off up to 336 employees in order to slash costs while the company struggles to make money, the AP reports. Cutting costs can boost profits, but at Twitter it has also raised uncertainty about the company’s future and its desire for aggressive growth.

H.R. Pufnstuf, child of the ’60s, visits Nickelodeon show
H.R. Pufnstuf, the title character of the 1969–71 children’s series, is coming back to TV, the AP reports. Nickelodeon announced today that H.R. Pufnstuf will appear on the channel’s new preschool series “Mutt & Stuff” that is produced by Sid and Marty Krofft, who produced “H.R. Pufnstuf.”

Cubs hit record-breaking 6 home runs, top Cardinals 8-6 for a 2-1 lead in NLDS
Six Chicago Cubs batters combined to set a postseason mark hitting six home runs last night in their 8-6 defeat of the St. Louis Cardinals, the AP reports. Game 4 of the series starts at 3:37 p.m. today.


  • Attention faculty, staff, and volunteers! All types of the flu vaccine, including high-dose and Flu Mist, will be available in the Fountain Entrance Lobby from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow. For more information about the Mandatory Response Influenza Program, visit
  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the month, women can receive mammograms without an appointment at the UI Breast Imaging Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics (Elevator M, Level 4) and at the Mammography Suite at UI Health Care–Iowa River Landing. Walk-in hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Patients will be responsible for fees not covered by their insurance.
  • Project Art presents the world-renowned Brentano String Quartet at noon today in the John Colloton Pavilion Lobby (Elevator F, Level 1).
  • Dr. Timothy Griffiths, Newcastle University/University College London, will present the 2015 Ramon and Victoria Lim Medical Science Lecture, “What the Ear Tells the Brain (and Mind): Normal and Abnormal Auditory Cognition” at noon today in the Damasio Conference Room (Elevator C, Level 7). Questions? Contact Sonya Housholder at or 335-8587.
  • Attend the following Hardin Open Workshop “EMBASE” from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. today in the Hardin Library East Information Commons. To register, visit
  • Come to the Jewelry Event from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Wild Rose Gifts (Elevator E, Level 1). See the newest jewelry designs from Sweet Romance, Lauren Spencer, and Strut. Spend $50 and purchase a homespun button infinity scarf at half price (retail value is $20). Proceeds support programs that benefit patients and their families through Volunteer Services.
  • Patients and visitors are invited to Children’s Story Hour: 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in the Patients’ Library (Elevator F, Level 8). Story Hour can also be watched live on patient channel 4.2.
  • The Partial Hospitalization Program offers a support group for Adult Children of Alcoholics and Other Dysfunctional Families from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Wednesday on 5 Boyd Tower (Elevator A, Level 5). Questions? Call 384-8765.
  • A UI Carver College of Medicine Biomedical Scholar Lecture presented by Gail Mandel, PhD, HHMI/Oregon Health and Science University, “Repressor Mechanisms and Pathways to Disease,” will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday in the Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110 MERF). Questions? Contact Sonya Housholder at or 335-8587.


  • If you are interested in starting a new van pool from Washington/Ainsworth to the new Support Services Building in North Liberty from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., contact Lori Kelly at or 384-2611.
  • Help Phones with blue and white signage are located throughout UI Hospitals and Clinics to assist guests with wayfinding questions or address their concerns. Guest Services staff answer the phones and provide information 24/7. Escort or wheelchair assistance is available from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. These phones remain house phones.
  • Are you interested in joining a UI car or van pool? Does your car or van pool have an opening, or are you interested in getting a new UI van pool started for your community? To learn more about the UI Carpool, Employee Van Pool, and the Emergency Ride Home Programs; Zipcar; and My Van Pool, visit
  • 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.
  • Lost and Found: Did you lose your wallet? Misplace your glasses? Find a cell phone? Our Information Desk staff accept found items and help track down things that aren’t where they should be. Questions? Call 384-8591 or visit the Information Desk in the Main Entrance Lobby (Elevator E, Level 1).


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  • English-speaking children age 4 to 9 with an expressive/receptive communication delay or spoken-language impairment are invited to participate in a research study of grammar learning. Two to four visits of 45 to 90 minutes will be scheduled at your convenience. Compensation is $20/visit. Questions? Contact the Grammar Lab at 335-8113 or

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