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Thursday, May 26, 2016

High: 86 Low: 66, Partly sunny
High: 79 Low: 64, Thunderstorms

Abel lab awarded AHA grant
Approximately $1M of a grant from the American Heart Association will fund the lab of Dale Abel, MD, PhD, The Loop reports. Lab members, in partnership with researchers at the University of Utah, will test the hypothesis that improving the efficiency of cardiac glucose metabolism may predict cardiac recovery in heart failure. The group will shift focus from the standard search for why a patient may worsen and thus hopefully discover new approaches in treatment.

Writer campaigns for County Supervisor in Iowa’s ‘City of Literature’
Jason Lewis, director of UI’s Carver College of Medicine’s Writing and Humanities Program, is campaigning for a seat on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, the Huffington Post reports. Lewis has drawn from his long-time role in the Iowa City Community to provide new “narratives” for challenges facing the county.

Weekend summer bus route in Cedar Rapids showcases food, pubs
The CR Loop, a new 70-minute bus route, features stops at local restaurants and pubs in Cedar Rapids, KCRG reports. The route will run from 4 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. People can hop on the CR Loop for a small fare–just $5.

Did You Know?

The small village of Giethoorn, Netherlands, has no roads.  The only access through the village is by water on four miles of canals or on foot.


Wind knocks over rail cars, topples trees in western Iowa
Seventeen double-stacked container cars are blocking two sets of tracks in western Iowa near the town of Westside after winds gusting up to 87 miles per hour came through the region earlier this morning, KWWL reports. Communities are also reporting damage to trees and power outages.

Is this the future of TSA passenger screening?
Yesterday the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) showed off its new experimental passenger screening lines at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, CNN reports. The lines are being tested only at the Atlanta airport, nowhere else in the country.

In historic Hiroshima visit, Obama to push for nuclear-free world
President Obama wraps up his trip to Asia tomorrow with a historic visit to Hiroshima, Japan, NPR reports. Obama will be the first sitting president to visit the city. He said he plans to “honor all those who were lost in World War II and reaffirm our shared vision of a world without nuclear weapons.”

Iraqi troops retake key town from ISIS in Falluja offensive
Iraqi security forces and supporting militias have retaken the key town of Karma from ISIS, the government’s first significant victory in its push to recapture Falluja, CNN reports. Iraqi security forces and Shiite militias known as the Popular Mobilization Units now control most territory east of that city.

UN health agency gets ok for revamp of emergency response
The World Health Organization is revamping how it responds to emergencies to become more reactive and more operational in “one of the most profound transformations” ever at the U.N. health agency, The Associated Press (AP) reports. Members agreed to the changes at the World Health Assembly in Geneva.

Microsoft cuts more jobs in troubled mobile unit
Microsoft said it will cut up to 1,850 jobs and take a $950 million hit to its books as it attempts to salvage its rocky entrance into the smartphone market, the AP reports. The company is still producing a limited line of smartphones, aimed at consumers and businesses who already use Microsoft programs.

Englert brings Art Garfunkel of Simon and Garfunkel to Iowa City
Art Garfunkel will perform at The Englert Theatre at 8 p.m., Jan. 14, 2017, the Iowa City Press Citizen reports. Tickets for the concert are set to go on sale at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at the box office and online.

Sharks head to 1st cup final after 5-2 win over Blues
The San Jose Sharks, a franchise notorious for falling short each postseason, will finally get the chance to play for the Stanley Cup, the AP reports. The first game of the Stanley Cup will be May 30.


  • Come to the Fourth Floor Salon’s Nautical Event until 4 p.m. today in the Fountain Entrance Lobby (Elevator C, Level 1). Shop for new products from Wet Brush, Chi, Matrix, and OPI. Sign up for the drawing, and receive a free gift with purchase (while supplies last). Proceeds support programs that benefit patients and their families through Volunteer Services.
  • Attend a course on effectively communicating in the workplace, to be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 16, in the Damasio Conference Room, S-724 GH (Elevator C, Level 7). To register, go to Employee Self Service > Personal Tab > My Training > Enroll in Courses > Professionalism Basics. Questions? Contact or 3-4459.
  • Come to “The Age of Aging – Can We Intervene?,” the 2016 Joe L. Parkin Memorial Lecture on Aging, at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 1, in the Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110A MERF). Brian Kennedy, president and CEO of Buck Institute for Research on Aging, will be presenting, with a lunch reception to follow. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit The Loop or email
  • Register for the 27th Annual Iowa Rheumatology Symposium to be held from 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Friday, June 3, at the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel. The symposium has been approved for both CME and CEU credit. To register, contact the UI Carver College of Medicine CME office at 335-8599. For more information, visit
  • The next training event for Service Excellence basics, “The Iowa Experience,” will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 14, and Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Sheraton Hotel. Sessions will be from 8 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m. on both days. Register at Employee Self Service: Click on My Training; enter “Service Excellence” in the search box; click on View Course. Questions? Contact Ami Gaarde at or 384-6599.


  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs to manage stress, chronic conditions (pain/illness), and promote wellness are available. Choose from several options June through August. An individual intake session is required. Classes are held at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Visit, or email Sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry.
  • In preparation for our next Joint Commission visit, a round-up of old equipment and other materials to be taken to UI Surplus is being held through tomorrow. Accepted items include old furniture, old office equipment, trash, paper, and recyclables. Computers, chemicals, and old medical equipment are not accepted. For questions and to request pink tags for pick-ups, page 3191 or call 356-2277.
  • May is Healthy Vision Month. Eye exams play an important role in detecting eye diseases in the early stages and ensuring people see their best. Take steps to make your vision last a lifetime. Schedule an eye exam by calling the UI Eye Clinic at  356-2852 and learn more about protecting your vision at
  • Have you heard about the Healthy Living Center available through your Self Service? Faculty and staff have access to a wealth of resources with topics ranging from parenting tips, budgeting ideas, and coping and resilience skills. Go to Employee Self Service, click on “My Health,” and then “Personal Health Assessment” or “Personal Wellness Modules.” It’s free, available 24/7, and is accessible via mobile devices.
  • The UI Health Care Office for Compliance will receive alerts when staff members view or modify their household member’s medical record in Epic without being directly involved in their care or without the appropriate release of information. A parent or guardian may access his or her child’s medical record via Epic until the child is age 12. Questions? Call 356-4232.
  • When you see a colleague going that extra inch, nominate him or her for a Service Star Award. Use our online nomination form (found on The Loop or The Point) or the standard nomination card. Email with questions or to request more cards.


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  • Women age 18 to 50 are invited to a clinical trial on a new treatment for Bacterial Vaginosis (BV). The study will look at the safety and effectiveness of a new vaginal gel. Participants will be asked to attend three study visits over a one-month period. Compensation is provided. Call 356-4848 or email

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