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Thursday, July 30, 2015

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Grobe to receive American Heart Association Award
Justin Grobe, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology, was selected by the American Heart Association as the recipient of the 2015 Harry Goldblatt New Investigator Award, The Loop reports. The award recognizes a new independent investigator working in hypertension or cardiovascular research who has contributed to the understanding of the causes of hypertension and related cardiovascular disease.

Mason bids farewell to UI community
Sally Mason, PhD, the 20th president of the University of Iowa, will officially retire from the presidency
Aug. 1, Iowa Now reports. She served as UI president for eight years. Jean Robillard, MD, vice president for medical affairs at the UI will assume the role as interim president on Aug.1.

Megabus leaving Iowa City for Coralville
Megabus is moving its bus stop from Iowa City to Coralville’s new intermodal facility in the Iowa River Landing near Interstate 80, The Gazette reports. It will be part of the express bus service’s daily route from Omaha to Chicago beginning Aug. 17.

Did You Know?

July is National Cord Blood Awareness Month. Blood from umbilical cords acquired soon after a baby is born contains a small number of the adult stem cells that mature into healthy blood cells. These can be used later in the child’s life to treat or cure some types of diseases.

Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Iowa National Guard soldiers going through prestigious training
More than 2,000 Iowa National Guard soldiers are going through training at the U.S. Army’s Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana, KWWL reports. The Iowa soldiers are from the 2nd Brigade 34th Infantry Division. The Iowa unit is one of only two National Guard units across the country to receive this training.

Branstad’s chief of staff resigns
Matt Hinch, Gov. Terry Branstad’s and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynold’s Chief of Staff, announced yesterday that he is resigning for a career in the private sector, the Press-Citizen reports. His last day in the governor’s office will be Aug. 7. Hinch, 35, has been serving in his current role since October 2013.

University of Cincinnati officer indicted in shooting death of Samuel Dubose
Officer Ray Tensing was indicted yesterday by a grand jury in the July 19 shooting of motorist Samuel Dubose during a routine traffic stop, The New York Times reports. Tensing, 25, was indicted on a murder charge punishable by life in prison, and a voluntary manslaughter charge.

MH370 search: Wing debris on way to France
A wing part washed up on a remote island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, The Associated Press (AP) reports. Flight MH370, from Malaysia to Beijing, China, vanished on March 8, 2014. Malaysia’s prime minister announced today that the debris found on the island will be sent for investigation to Toulouse, France, the center for European aviation.

New York City Health Department investigating Legionnaire’s outbreak
The New York City Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in the South Bronx, the AP reports. The department said yesterday that 31 cases have been reported in the area since July 10. Two patients reported to have the illness have died.

Yahoo unveils Livetext, allowing people to text using silent videos
Yahoo unveiled a new video texting app yesterday called Livetext, CNet reports. The twist for this service is that the videos don’t have sound. The app will be available for free beginning today on phones running Google’s Android and on Apple’s iOS.

Kanye West, Sam Smith, The Who headline iHeartRadio Music Festival
Kanye West, Sam Smith, Janet Jackson, and The Who are some of the A-listers set for the iHeartRadio Music Festival this fall, the AP reports. The festival, in its fifth year, will be Sept. 18–19 in Las Vegas.

Philadelphia Phillies agree to trade Cole Hamels to Texas Rangers
The Phillies agreed to trade Cole Hamels to the Rangers, ESPN reports. Hamels becomes the first pitcher in major league history traded during a season immediately after throwing a no-hitter.


  • Attend the summer concert series at noon today at the Rooftop Café (Elevator F, Level 8). Today’s performance is by Shinbone Alley an instrumental and vocal group.
  • A “Difficult Conversations” class will be held from 8 a.m. to noon tomorrow in W414 GH (Elevator BW, Level 4). Staff are encouraged to attend. To register, log on to Self Service/Personal Tab/My Training. Questions? Contact Steve Richmond at or 353-8211.
  • The Blood and Marrow Transplant Program hosts a support group for patients and caregivers with multiple myeloma and plasma cell disorders the first Tuesday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hope Lodge conference room (750 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City). Questions? Please email or call 384-9102.
  • All are invited to Kickoff to Kinnick, a 5K run/walk finishing on the field in Kinnick Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 13. The event benefits UI Children’s Hospital. Questions? Email Mitch at or visit


  • The Marketplace Dining Room (Elevator C, Level 1) has been remodeled, and has a new menu to go with its new look. Check out the “build-your-own” menu to customize burritos, salad, and nachos. Toppings include pork carnitas, ground beef, yellow rice, cheese, plus other fresh toppings. The “build-your-own” option is available only during lunch hours: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Marketplace is also open 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and from 2 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. on weekends and holidays.
  • 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 on Friday.
  • If you’re reading the paper version of Noon News, then get in The Loop. Noon News is now found on The Loop and can easily be read on your phone or tablet. Visit


View additional research studies at

  • Men age 49 to 69 who are right-handed, native English speakers, and with no history of neurological and psychological conditions are invited to participate in a research study examining memory and language. Compensation is $15 per hour. Questions? Contact Kristi at 335-6919 or email
  • Caregivers of people with dementia living at home are invited to participate in a research study. Study participants will use an iPad mini to record videos of them dealing with problem behaviors. A nurse visits the home but no clinic visits are required. The study lasts three months. Questions? Email or call 335-3488.
  • Individuals age 45 to 66 who speak English only and with 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. Questions? Email
  • Individuals age 18 and older with urinary complaints are invited to participate in a research study to better understand thoughts, opinions, and experiences related to symptoms. A one-time 60- to 90-minute visit to the Urology Clinic is required. Compensation provided. Questions? Email or call 356-1111.
  • The College of Dentistry is seeking participants age 18 to 80 for a study on soft tissue grafting around implants. Participants must need an implant that requires a gum graft. Eligible participants must not be current smokers, have any severe infectious diseases, have hemophilia or leukemia, currently receiving treatment for cancer. They must not have uncontrolled diabetes, or be pregnant. Questions? Contact or call 335-6763.
  • Women age 45 to 60, native English speakers, who have no history of neurological or psychological conditions are invited to participate in a research study examining memory and language. Compensation of $15 per hour provided. For more information, contact Kristi at 335-6919 or
  • 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.

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