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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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UI team uses protein analysis to make diagnoses more accurate and target treatment
A UI research team has already put into practice the next big step in precision medicine: personalized proteomics, Iowa Now reports. Proteomics, the large-scale analysis of all the proteins in a cell type, tissue type, or organism, takes a real-time snapshot of a patient’s protein profile during a disease. Doctors can use this information to tailor diagnosis and initiate more precise treatment.

UI workers discover emerald ash borer
UI facilities workers discovered ash trees appearing to have symptoms of emerald ash borer infestation, KCRG reports. The Iowa Department of Agriculture yesterday confirmed the discovery. The UI estimates there are about 560 ash trees on campus, comprising seven percent of the total tree population.

Iowa City school board changing class start times again
The Iowa City school board voted unanimously yesterday to make classes begin at 7:55 a.m. for elementary school students and at 8:50 a.m. for secondary students, The Daily Iowan reports. The vote reverses last year’s decision that had high school students starting earlier than elementary students.

Health Tip

February is American Heart Month. Making small changes in your habits can make a real difference in your heart health.


Iowa lawmakers would end ‘sanctuary cities’
A bill aimed at eliminating so-called sanctuary communities in Iowa won approval from the House Public Safety Committee yesterday, The Gazette reports. Supporters of the bill claim that sanctuary community status makes communities less safe because they attract people who are in violation of immigration law. Bill opponents say the proposed law is unnecessary and redundant, and could cost millions of dollars.

Trump and Sanders come out on top in New Hampshire landslides
Trump won New Hampshire’s Republican primary yesterday with 34 percent of the vote, and Bernie Sanders received 60 percent of Democrats’ votes, NPR reports. Behind Trump, John Kasich had
16 percent, Ted Cruz had 12 percent, and Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio each received 11 percent. Hillary Clinton finished behind Sanders with 38 percent. Republican Chris Christie is reassessing his campaign.

Sears announces quick closure at least 50 stores
Sears announced yesterday that it plans to “accelerate” the closing of at least 50 unprofitable stores, CNN reports. Sears, which also owns Kmart, originally planned to close the stores over the next few months, but poor sales have sped up the timeline.

South Korea to shut down joint industrial park with North Korea
South Korea said today that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to its recent rocket launch, The Associated Press (AP) reports. South Korea is accusing the North of using hard currency from the park to develop its nuclear and missile programs. The park, which started producing goods in 2004, has provided 616 billion won ($560 million) of cash to impoverished North Korea.

India launches campaign for deworming millions of children
Millions of Indian children are getting deworming treatment in a massive national campaign to prevent parasitic worms from infecting them, the AP reports. Worm infestation can impair children’s mental and physical development. The treatment campaign is targeting 270 million children.

Obama signs executive order to improve government’s cybersecurity
President Obama signed an executive order yesterday establishing a federal privacy council to ensure that all the administration’s branches are using the best and most secure cybersecurity practices, CNN reports. Obama is asking for $19 billion to bolster cybersecurity in the federal government.

Alejandro Inarritu awarded best director for ‘The Revenant’ by Directors Guild
Alejandro Inarritu accepted the award for outstanding directorial achievement for “The Revenant” at the 68th annual Directors Guild Awards, CNN reports. Inarritu also won the award last year for “Birdman.”

Getting tickets to NCAA tourney in Des Moines will be a gamble
Tickets for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament sessions to be held in Des Moines on March 17 and 19 are selling fast, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. The tournament team selection is March 13.


  • February is American Heart Month. Show your support by making a donation of $1 or more and receive a red carnation from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Fountain Entrance Lobby (Elevator C, Level 1). All donations will be used to purchase post-surgery heart-shaped pillows for patients of the UI Heart and Vascular Center.
  • Spiritual Services is providing a brief prayer service with the distribution of ashes at noon in the Group Therapy Room (Elevator I, Level 1). Those wishing to just receive ashes may call the Spiritual Services office at 356-2610 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today to make their request. Additionally, a blessing of ashes for distribution will be held today in the Meditation Room C-101A GH (Elevator B, Level 1) from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and from 3 to 3:30 p.m. for all who wish to receive.
  • The university offers elder caregiving resources through private, individualized appointments at no charge. Appointments are available from 1 to 3 p.m. today in W462 GH (Elevator BW, Level 4). Don’t wait until there is a crisis; find out now what is available for your aging loved one or friend. To schedule your appointment, contact or call 335-1371. Visit to find out more about elder caregiving resources.
  • Attend the Hardin Open Workshop on PubMed from 1 to 2 p.m. tomorrow in West Commons of the Hardin Library. To register and view a complete list of workshops, visit
  • Come to the Fourth Floor Salon’s (Elevator BE, Level 4) “Blow Out Event” tomorrow and on Thursday, Feb. 25. Get 20 percent off one retail item, get 30 percent off two items, and get 40 percent off three items. Shop at our half-price table, too. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday. Proceeds support programs that benefit patients and their families through Volunteer Services.
  • All UI Health Care employees are encouraged to attend one of two forums being offered to learn more about the new Medicaid system, get questions answered, and learn how to help our patients understand the new process. Forums are from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18. Both forums will be in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). For more information on the changes to Medicaid and other resources, visit The Point.


  • All UI staff are invited to attend the next UI Staff Council Meeting from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. today in 2520D UCC. Questions? Contact
  • Parking Ramps 1, 2, and 4 are reserved for patients and their visitors from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. These facilities are available to employees between 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and all weekend. Employees who have clinic visits may park in Ramps 1, 2, and 4 if they put a special clinic-visit parking permit (generated by MyChart) on the dashboard of the car. Only employees holding staff parking permits may park in parking ramps. Parking restrictions will be enforced.
  • This is Patient Privacy Awareness Week. Visit the display in the Colloton Pavilion Lobby (Elevator F, Level 1) to learn more about patient privacy issues and to register for a Hawkeye-themed gift basket. Questions? Call 356-4232.
  • Now is the time to report your department’s community benefit efforts from FY15. The deadline to report is Feb. 19. Questions? Contact the Community Benefit Team at
  • The Office of the Ombudsperson is a confidential resource available to faculty, staff, and students. Ombudspersons Cynthia Joyce and Susan Johnson, MD, will help find answers to your questions, address your concerns, or direct you to other sources of help. Call 335-3608 or email


View additional research studies at

  • Mothers who are or are not prescribed a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) during pregnancy are invited to participate in a research study examining their newborn’s heart size and function. The study will take place during the baby’s hospitalization in the nursery and will be approximately 1 hour in duration. Compensation is provided. Questions? Contact
  • Healthy individuals age 65 and older are invited to participate in a study evaluating the effect of a drug that influences the neurotransmitter serotonin on decision-making. Subjects will undergo a medical assessment by a physician to ensure eligibility. Compensation provided. Contact Christopher Nguyen at or call 356-4704.

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