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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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Mannie Jackson to present distinguished lecture tomorrow
Everyone is encouraged to attend the UI Health Care Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture, “Embracing Respect, Understanding, Kindness, and Forgiveness,” by Mannie Jackson, former player and owner of the Harlem Globetrotters, at noon tomorrow at Prem Sahai Auditorium in MERF. Jackson, who was born and lived in a railroad boxcar as a youngster, went on to become the first African-American with controlling ownership in an entertainment and international sports organization. A reception will follow.

Students build ‘memory boxes’ for UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital patients
Two classes of industrial technology students from Clarksville High School traveled to UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital yesterday to deliver 13 “memory boxes” the students designed and built, The Courier reports. The beautiful wooden boxes were given to patients’ families to preserve their children’s memories.

Hawkeyes Move for Marrow 5K
Every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer, and 70 percent of patients who need a marrow donation don’t have a matching family member, The Loop reports. One way to help raise awareness is to participate in the Hawkeyes Move for Marrow 5K at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, at Lower City Park. Money raised will help cover the cost of recruiting and registering new potential marrow donors.

Health Tip

Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is common and spreads easily. Viruses, bacteria, allergens, and irritants can cause pink eye. Symptoms include redness or swelling of the white of the eye; increased tears; eye discharge that may be clear, yellow, white, or green; sensitivity to light; and crusting on the eyelids or lashes.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Senate votes to legalize fireworks in Iowa
Senate File 489, which would allow consumer-grade fireworks to be sold between June 1 and July 8 and between Dec. 10 and Jan. 3, was approved by the Senate, The Gazette reports. If the bill is passed by the House and signed by the governor, it would end about 80 years without legal fireworks in Iowa.

Sears has ‘substantial doubt’ about its future
Sears, once the monolith of American retail, says that there is “substantial doubt” that it will be able to keep its doors open, The Associated Press (AP) reports. Sears has been selling assets, most recently its Craftsman tool brand. Company shares, which hit an all-time low last month, tumbled 5 percent at today’s opening bell.

US, South Korea say North Korea’s latest missile test failed
North Korea’s latest missile launch ended in failure today as the U.S. sent a supersonic bomber streaking over ally South Korea in a show of force against the North, the AP reports. The U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement that the missile “appears to have exploded within seconds of launch.”

Titanic: Diving tours of wreck site to begin in 2018
Tourists will get the chance to glide along the RMS Titanic’s deck once again when London-based travel company Blue Marble Private begins dives to the ship’s wreck site in May 2018, CNN reports. The eight-day journey will set off from Newfoundland, Canada, and transport visitors to the ship’s final resting place after it sank on April 15, 1912. The first voyage, which costs $105,129 per person, is already fully booked.

OxyContin maker asks judge to toss case brought by city
Purdue Pharma, the maker of the pain medication OxyContin, has asked a federal judge in Seattle to throw out a Washington city’s lawsuit that seeks to hold the drugmaker responsible for allowing its pills to “flood the black market and into Everett,” the AP reports. The city’s lawsuit is seeking to hold Purdue accountable for the social and economic damages to the community due to illegal trafficking of the painkillers.

Google promises to keep ads off ‘hateful, offensive’ YouTube content
Google says it will improve its internal systems and give advertisers more control of where their spots appear, responding to complaints about the pairing of paid ads with offensive content, NPR reports.

Chuck Berry’s final studio album to be released in June
Chuck Berry’s final studio album, “CHUCK,” will be released on June 16, the AP reports. Berry, who wrote eight of the 10 new recordings for the album, worked on the album until 2014 and continued to oversee its production with the help of his family and friends until he died March 18 at age 90.

Jerry Krause, NBA Bulls’ GM during 1990s dynasty, dies at 77
Jerry Krause, the general manager of the Chicago Bulls during a 1990s dynasty that included six NBA championships with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way, has died, the AP reports.


Learn more about dozens of upcoming events on The Loop.

  • Faculty, residents, fellows, and advanced practice providers are encouraged to attend “From Surviving in Epic to Thriving in Epic,” from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, March 31, in E178 GH (Elevator BE, Level 1). Register at, and see more class times on The Loop. Questions? Contact Megan Kane, MD, at or 356-4633.
  • Come and celebrate the fifth anniversary of Hills Bank at UI Hospitals and Clinics with treats and prizes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, March 24, at our office in the Fountain Entrance Lobby (Elevator C, Level 1). #HillsBank #5yearanniversary
  • The UI Hospitals and Clinics Dialysis Program is sponsoring the 2017 Iowa Council of Nephrology Nurses and Technicians Spring Meeting, to be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Coralville. To register and to learn more about the conference, contact Sara Murph at 356-2723 or To see the brochure, visit
  • Attend “Informed Consent: Best Practice from Study Coordinators” from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 27, in Braley Auditorium, 01136 Pomerantz Family Pavilion (Elevator K, Lower Level). Register at Questions? Contact


  • Did you attend the Frontiers in Pediatric Research seminar at noon on Monday, March 20, to hear Mariana Baserga, MD present? Due to a technical malfunction, the names and ID numbers of those who attended were not collected by the scanner. If you attended the presentation, please contact
  • UI Staff Council function representative nominations are now open through 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, with the election occurring in April. Non-organized staff members are encouraged to nominate themselves or others that represent your function. For information about what functions have open positions, see the 2016–17 Staff Council roster for term end dates at Questions? Email
  • Performance appraisals for all UI Health Care staff (all regular appointment job records of 50 percent or greater time) must be completed by March 31. Some departments may have earlier deadlines. UI Health Care departments are responsible for ensuring that respective units meet the requirements of this policy. A new tool for staff performance appraisals is accessible through My Training within Employee Self Service, and search for “New Performance Review Tool Training.” Questions? Consult your supervisor or departmental HR representative.
  • Effective Monday, April 3, hours for the UI Health Care Badge Center (Elevator B, Level 1) will be 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • The UI Carver College of Medicine is hosting the third annual Cover Art Contest during the 2017 Health Sciences Research Week (April 18–20). All Research Week participants and UI Carver College of Medicine students, post-doc fellows, faculty, and staff are eligible to submit. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 3. For more information about the cover art contest and to register online, visit
  • The Ethics Consult Service is available for patients, family members, or health care professionals at UI Hospitals and Clinics who would like help addressing an ethical question or problem related to a patient’s care. Questions? Visit
  • 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.


View additional research studies at

  • Children in grades 6 or 7 are invited to participate in a study on math learning. Children will watch an instruction video and solve some math problems. Sessions are 45 to 60 minutes long. Participants will receive an Amazon gift card as compensation. Study is associated with the UI Communication, Cognition, and Learning Lab. Email for more information.
  • The UI Center on Aging has developed the Seniors Together in Aging Research (STAR) Registry. The STAR Registry is available to all UI investigators who are seeking older research volunteers for IRB-approved studies. For more information, contact Laura at 335-7569, email or visit

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