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Monday, October 24, 2016

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UI Carver College of Medicine student receives hemophilia scholarship
UI Carver College of Medicine first-year medical student Isaiah Reeves received the Soozie Courter Hemophilia Scholarship Program award, The Loop reports. The scholarship recognizes Reeves’ academic excellence in pursuing a higher education and sharing his inspiring story of living with hemophilia. Reeves hopes to become a pediatric hematologist/oncologist.

Six decades later, UI apologizes to former ‘Miss SUI’
After 60 years, the first black student to be named “Miss State University of Iowa” (the University of Iowa’s previous name), finally received official recognition and honor, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. Dora Martin Berry was 17 when fellow students elected her in 1955, but UI administration then didn’t recognize her, and events at which the campus queen would traditionally appear were canceled.

Iowa City earns repeat perfect score for LGBTQ inclusivity
For the third straight year, Iowa City has received a perfect 100 rating in the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, the Press-Citizen reports. The campaign, the largest LGBTQ civil rights organization in the nation, gave Iowa City the perfect score for its inclusive laws, policies, and services.

Today in History

It was on this day in 1945 that the United Nations was “born.” The original U.N. declaration was signed by 26 nations in 1942, in the midst of World War II. The U.N. was seen as a means of better arbitrating international conflict and negotiating peace than was provided by the League of Nations.


NTSB to investigate bus crash that killed 13 in California
An investigation is looking into a tour bus and tractor-trailer collision outside of Palm Springs, California, early yesterday that killed at least 13 passengers and injured dozens, NPR reports. Authorities said the bus crashed into the back of the truck so forcefully that it traveled some 15 feet into the truck’s trailer.

Tilting, sinking San Francisco high-rise raises alarm
The 58-story luxurious Millennium Tower in downtown San Francisco has residents and officials concerned, The Associated Press (AP) reports. Engineers confirm that the tower, completed seven years ago, so far has sunk 16 inches, has a 6-inch lean at the top, and shows no immediate sign of stopping.

AT&T CEO pledges journalistic independence for CNN
AT&T made news when it acquired Time Warner for $85 billion, CNN reports. The acquisition, pending regulatory approval, includes CNN. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson assured journalists and media CEOs that CNN would remain independent as a news organization under the new management.

France moving more than 6,000 migrants and refugees, destroying huge camp
French authorities have begun the complex operation of closing down a huge makeshift camp in Calais, and relocating the more than 6,000 migrants and refugees to other sites in France, the AP reports. Hotels and even castles are among the hundreds of buildings officials have converted to migrant housing. Leveling the camp will be a weeklong operation.

New guidelines to prevent sudden infant death syndrome released
The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidelines to prevent sudden infant death syndrome, HealthDay reports. Included is advice that infants should sleep in the parents’ room, but not the parents’ bed, for at least the first six month of life, and, ideally for the first year. Guideline authors believe that this alone could reduce the risk of sudden death by as much as 50 percent.

Police facial recognition databases log about half of Americans
A report from Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology says that about half of all American adult faces are now searchable in police databases, NPR reports. All it takes is a driver’s license.

Bill Murray honored as he accepts Mark Twain Prize for humor
Bill Murray, 66, who got his start in improvisational theatre and comedy on “Saturday Night Live,” was honored last night when he received the coveted Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the AP reports.

Seattle, Arizona NFL players not sure how to react after 6-6 tie
The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals ended last night’s game with a 6-6 tie, leaving players and fans not knowing how to react, the AP reports. Both teams’ kickers missed chip shots in overtime. It was the first tie in the NFL since 2014, and the first tie without a touchdown scored since 1976.


Learn more about dozens of upcoming events on The Loop.

  • Early voting for the Nov. 8 election is available until 4 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow through Friday in the Fountain Lobby (Elevator C, Level 1). Eligible voters may register at the site. In-person early voting is also available every day during normal business hours at the Johnson County auditor’s office. Questions? Visit the auditor’s website ( or call 356-6004.
  • Attend Writing an Effective and Integrated NIH Biosketch from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow in 2189 MERF. A researcher’s biosketch is an increasingly important element of grant applications to the NIH. For questions or to register, contact
  • The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics will present a Frontiers in Pediatric Research seminar at noon today in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). Guest speaker is Sue O’Dorisio, MD, PhD, of University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Box lunch will be served. Questions? Contact for additional information.
  • Staff, guests, and patients are invited to an open AA meeting from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday in 5024 Boyd Tower (Elevator A, Level 5).
  • Stop by the UI Children’s Hospital Safety Store (Elevator B, Level 3) through Halloween (Monday, Oct. 31) for free reflective trick-or-treat bags and fun giveaways for your kids. Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Questions? Call 356-3543.
  • Attend Communication Basics from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Damasio Conference Room, S724 GH (Elevator C, Level 7). Register at Employee Self Service > Personal Tab > My Training > Enroll in Courses > Communication Basics. Questions? Contact


  • The Epic system will be unavailable for about 20 minutes starting at 1 a.m. tomorrow. The Emergency Notification System will inform users when downtime begins and ends. For more information, visit The Loop. Questions? Contact the HCIS Desk at 356-0001.
  • The 2016 Employee Flu Campaign has been extended to Friday, Oct. 28. Vaccinations are available from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the University Employee Health Clinic (Elevator A, Level 1). You must have a ReadySet™ account and complete your flu survey to participate. For more information and a complete schedule of times and locations for flu vaccinations visit The Loop or The Point.
  • On Nov. 11, the name of the children’s hospital will change to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. The new brand identity standards, logos, and templates can be found at Any items containing the name UI Children’s Hospital and/or the UI Children’s Hospital logo must be used or destroyed by Nov. 11. For more information, including how to order lab coats and business cards using the new brand identity, visit The Loop. Questions? Contact Cheryl Hodgson at
  • The University of Iowa will host its first giving day, One Day for Iowa. Donors from around the world can choose among colleges or programs, including UI Hospitals and Clinics, UI Children’s Hospital, UI Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the UI Carver College of Medicine. To donate, visit and select the college or program you’d like to support.
  • Check out UI Health Care leadership blogs. Get news and learn what’s on their minds. Read Nursing at Iowa; Holden the Line on Cancer with George Weiner, MD; Making the Rounds with Dale Abel, MD, PhD; Our Stories by Theresa Brennan, MD; and The Short Coat Podcast. Go to The Loop, click on “Social,” and print/post these blogs in your area.


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  • Subjects age 18 to 25 or 55 to 70 are invited to participate in a research study to learn about advanced driving safety systems and using a driving simulator. A valid driver’s license and a one-time commitment of about 90 minutes is required. Compensation provided. Questions? Contact Driving Safety Research at or 353-5288.

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