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Monday, August 31, 2015

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UI Health Care staff flu vaccination program has started
All UI Health Care faculty, staff, students, and volunteers are to participate in this year’s staff vaccination program. Flu vaccine injections are available now through Oct. 30 in the University Employee Health Clinic (UEHC; Elevator A, Level 1). UEHC hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The FluMist® vaccine will be available in mid-September. Visit The Loop or The Point for more information.

Third and fourth UI presidency candidates announced
The third finalist is Joseph Steinmetz, PhD, executive vice president and provost at the Ohio State University. The fourth finalist is Bruce Harreld, MBA, managing principal at Executing Strategy, LLC. Steinmetz’s public forum is from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. today, and Harreld’s public forum is from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. tomorrow. Both forums will be in the Second Floor Ballroom at the Iowa Memorial Union. Steinmetz’s and Harreld’s CVs can be viewed on the UI Presidential Search site.

North Liberty party marks end of summer construction on Highway 965
North Liberty officials and area businesses put on a block party yesterday to celebrate the end of a stressful summer of road construction on the stretch of Highway 965 from Penn Street up to Pheasant Lane, KCRG reports. The project widened and flattened roadways and added sidewalks.

Today in History

On this date in 1985, Richard Ramirez, the serial killer known as the “Night Stalker,” was captured and nearly killed by a mob in East Los Angeles, after his photo appeared on TV. He was convicted of 13 murders and five attempted murders over 14 months.


Hotel owners ordered to pay $1.2 million in harassment case
Operators of the Quality Inn and Suites in Peosta, Iowa, were ordered to pay more than $1.2 million to two former employees who claimed another hotel worker, a relative of a hotel ownership shareholder, repeatedly sexually harassed them, the Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports.

Obama renaming Alaska’s Mount McKinley
President Obama leaves for Alaska today for a three-day tour to call attention to the way climate change is already damaging Alaska’s stunning scenery, The Associated Press (AP) reports. Obama made waves this weekend when he announced the name of America’s tallest peak, Mount McKinley, would return to Denali, its traditional Athabascan name that means “the great one.”

Suspect in ambush of Houston-area deputy due in court
Shannon J. Miles, 30, appeared briefly in state District Court today in the fatal shooting of Darren Goforth, a 10-year veteran of the Harris County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office, the AP reports. Goforth, 47, was pumping gas Friday night when Miles allegedly approached him from behind and fired 15 shots, even after Goforth had fallen. Miles is being held without bond.

‘Supergiant’ gas field found in Mediterranean Sea off Egypt
Italian energy company Eni says it has unearthed a “supergiant” gas field in the Mediterranean Sea covering about 40 square miles, CNN reports. Found in the deep waters off the northern coast of Egypt, Eni claims the gas field is the largest ever in the Mediterranean and possibly the world.

Dr. Oliver Sacks, author of ‘Awakenings,’ dies at age 82
Neurologist Oliver Sacks, MD, who wrote the 1973 book “Awakenings” about hospital patients who had spent decades in a kind of a frozen state until Sacks tried a new treatment, died yesterday, the AP reports. His book was the basis of the 1990 movie in which Sacks was portrayed by Robin Williams.

Apple schedules new product event for Sept. 9
Apple announced plans for a new product event on Sept. 9 in San Francisco, where the giant tech company is expected to show off new iPhones and other gadgets, the AP reports.

Hit movies moving from Netflix to Hulu with Epix deal
Netflix said yesterday it will let its distribution deal with Epix expire, which covers popular movies from the studios Lionsgate, MGM, and Paramount, CNN reports. The move will occur the end of September.

Tokyo wins Little League title, beating Lewisberry 18-11
With more than 42,000 fans cheering against them yesterday, the Tokyo players found themselves down eight runs in the first inning of the Little League championship against Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, the AP reports. But the Japanese team sparked a record rally of 22 hits in an 18-11 comeback to win the title.


  • 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).
  • Attend the next Hardin Open Workshop, “NCBI: Searching for Gene, Nucleotide Sequences, and Protein Information,” from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, in the Hardin Library East Information Commons. To register, visit
  • The Obesity Surgery Support Group will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, in 4638 John Colloton Pavilion (Elevator H, Level 4). Tony Sanchez, MD, will speak about fatty liver disease. The support group is free and open to anyone who has had bariatric surgery or is considering it. Registration is not required. Questions? Contact Chris Melichar at or call 356-1887.
  • The ICTS Clinical Lecture Series invites you to hear investigators from the UI College of Dentistry share their experiences with recruiting and retaining low-income, high-risk populations for several clinical trials from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, in SW44-K GH (Elevator BW, Level 4). Questions? Contact or call 356-4640.
  • The 7th annual FRYFest is seeking volunteers to assist with the event on Friday, Sept. 4. Interested? Contact Tom Walljasper at 384-1745 or
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs to manage stress and chronic conditions and promote wellness begin soon. Choose from four options September through December. Classes are held at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Attend a required informational session to register. Questions? Visit or email Sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry.


  • Construction has started at the south entrance of Parking Ramp 1 to replace the parking lot gates and card readers. Entrance and exit to the ramp will be maintained at all times during the project, which is expected to last until Friday, Sept. 4. Work will then begin to replace the access control equipment in the northern entrance to Parking Ramp 1. The north entrance will be closed for about two to four days. The projects will not impact Lot 50 permit holders.
  • Will you be traveling with young children? The Safety Store (Elevator C, Level 4) now has in stock portable sleep products such as play yards that accommodate children from newborn to age 5. Stop by and see which products fit your travel needs. Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Questions? Contact Lauren O’Donnell at
  • Visit the Emergency Medical Services Learning Resources Center website for CPR and all other course listings. Registration is now available online. For more information, visit The Point or
  • Help guests find their way across UI Hospitals and Clinics. Call Concierge Services at 356-1900 to order the Finding Your Way brochure. Download a two-sided mini-map to give to patients with instructions about how to get to their next destination. Go to The Point and click on “Administration and Staff” to locate the map link.


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  • English-speaking children age 4 to 9 who do not yet use past tense reliably are invited to participate in a 12-week intervention research study testing ways to teach children grammar. Scheduling will be done at your convenience (time and location). Compensation of up to $300 is available, as well as free intervention therapy. For more information or to schedule a screening appointment, call 335-8113 or email
  • Healthy adults age 65 to 80 who have no history of neurological or psychiatric conditions and are not currently physically active are invited to participate in a research study that involves completing regular exercise sessions over a 12-week period. Compensation is provided. Questions? Contact the Health, Brain, and Cognition Lab at or 353-2278.
  • UI Health Care research coordinators seeking volunteers may send announcements to Noon News at Coordinators must send an email to request a study be removed from the rotation when the study is full or complete. Notices considered for publication are 50 words or less and include the IRB ID number and expiration date. Studies rotate by the last date published in Noon News; each appears approximately once a month.

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