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Friday, February 5, 2016

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And the dance is on!
The 22nd annual Dance Marathon, which raises funds for pediatric cancer patients at UI Children’s Hospital and their families, begins tonight at the Iowa Memorial Union, The Daily Iowan reports. This year’s fundraising goal is $2.4 million, a 20 percent jump from last year. A regular highlight of the event are the kiddo graduations. This year, 19 children will graduate by being cancer-free for five years.

Black living-learning community group forming in fall
The Young, Gifted, and Black living-learning community will be open to African-American UI students beginning next fall, The Daily Iowan reports. The community will be located on one co-ed floor in Slater Hall, and will house about 40 students.

City High students learn on their feet with standing desks
Students in one City High English classroom have the option of sitting at traditional desks or using the new standing desks, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. The standing desks promote good health and can change the power dynamic in the classroom by allowing students to stand eye-to-eye with the teacher.

Did You Know?

Sea otters sleep on their backs as they float on water. They hold hands when they sleep to keep from drifting apart.


Iowa House panel removes age restrictions on handgun use
The House Judiciary Committee yesterday dispatched several bills regarding handguns, The Gazette reports. The bills would make possession and use of a firearm suppressor legal, limit the governor’s authority to restrict the use of guns and ammunition in declared emergencies, and would allow children of any age to possess a handgun while under the supervision of a parent, guardian, or firearms instructor.

Search for couple suspected in crime spree ends in shootout
The search for a Missouri couple suspected in a series of robberies and abductions across the South ended in a shootout in Santa Rosa County, Florida, today, leaving the man dead and the woman injured, The Associated Press (AP) reports. U.S. Marshals yesterday offered a $10,000 reward for the couple.

Despite Republicans’ calls, ABC declines to include Fiorina in debate
ABC announced yesterday that Carly Fiorina did not make the cut to appear at this weekend’s debate, despite calls from several prominent Republicans, CNN reports. The network said that Saturday’s debate, which will not have an “undercard” event, will feature the remaining Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and John Kasich.

11-year-old Afghan boy, hailed as hero for fighting Taliban, killed by militants
Afghan authorities say that an 11-year-old Afghan boy who had been praised for his bravery in leading security forces in battle against the Taliban was killed by the militants, CNN reports. Wasil Ahmad had commanded a police unit for 43 days as it fought to repel a deadly 71-day Taliban siege last year. Gunmen on motorbikes shot the boy at a market as he was buying food for his family.

After criticism, Brazil transferring Zika samples to US
After Brazil was accused of hoarding Zika-related disease data and biological material, Brazilian officials say they’re sending a set of samples to the U.S., the AP reports. U.S. officials said that Brazil shared fewer than 20 samples when experts say hundreds or thousands are needed to track the virus’ evolution and develop accurate diagnostics and effective drugs and vaccines.

Apple owes $626 million in damages after losing huge patent case
A jury has ordered Apple to pay $626 million in damages after finding that iMessage, FaceTime, and other Apple software infringed on another company’s patents, CNN reports.

Super Bowl ads sticking to the classic formats
This year’s Super Bowl advertisers are sticking to the classics in their efforts to win over Big Game viewers on Sunday, the AP reports. About 114 million people are expected to tune into the game.

BMX star Dave Mirra found dead from apparent suicide at 41
BMX bike star Dave Mirra, who once held the record for most X Games medals, was found dead at the age of 41, Sports Illustrated reports. Mirra finished his career with 24 medals, 14 of which were gold.


  • Friday prayers for those of the Muslim faith are held at 12:45 p.m. in the Pomerantz Family Pavilion, Melrose Conference Rooms 6 and 7 (Elevator L, Level 5).
  • Spiritual Services holds a Catholic Mass at 3:30 p.m. Sundays in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). Services are televised on Channel 4.5.
  • Sunday Alcoholics Anonymous open meetings are held at 7 p.m. in Boyd Tower Dining Room (Elevator A, Level 5).
  • Wild Rose Gifts sponsors the Lionne Designs Trunk show in the Fountain Entrance Lobby (Elevator C, Level 1). Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Lionne’s women’s and men’s jewelry is handcrafted in genuine metals, gems, and natural stones. Proceeds support programs that benefit patients and their families through Volunteer Services.
  • The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics will present a Frontiers in Pediatric Research seminar from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8, in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). Box lunch will be served. The speaker is Drucy Borowitz, MD, University at Buffalo. Questions? Contact
  • 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. on Thursday, Feb. 11, and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18. Both forums will be in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8).
  • Attend a course on effectively communicating in the workplace from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Damasio Conference Room, S724 GH (Elevator C, Level 7). The course explores good skills and techniques for in-person, telephone, and email communication. To register, go to Employee Self Service > Personal Tab > My Training > Enroll in Courses > Professionalism Basics. Contact or call 353-8211.


  • The UI DeGowin Blood Center needs O Negative blood donors. Call 356-2058 if you are eligible or have questions about eligibility to donate whole blood. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins will be accommodated as time permits.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FDA issued an advisory to all hospitals regarding a bacterial contaminant that has been identified in the water reservoir of heater-cooler devices on heart/lung bypass machines, and in rare cases may result in infection of the surgical site. UI Hospitals and Clinics is notifying patients who had major heart, lung, or liver surgeries since 2012 of potential exposure from the machine. Read more at or on The Loop.
  • Call for nominations recognizing individuals responsible for amazing and transformative work at the UI are open through today. Areas for nomination include discovery, creativity, entrepreneurship, and leadership development. Forms and criteria are available at
  • Patients’ Library and the Medical Museum (Elevator F, Level 8) hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 4 p.m. weekends.
  • Hills Bank and Trust Company is located near the Fountain Entrance (Elevator C, Level 1), with five ATMs throughout the hospital. The full-service branch is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and provides special UI checking, savings, and money market accounts.
  • Do you have anything to sell or are you looking to buy? Check out the Market on The Loop, where UI Health Care faculty and staff can post personal items for sale. While you’re there, read about staff news, upcoming events, and other internal announcements. Questions? Email or visit


View additional research studies at

  • People age 18 to 65 who have a history of Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) and are currently experiencing difficulty swallowing may be eligible to participate in a clinical research study evaluating an investigational drug for EoE. Participation includes up to eight visits. Questions? Call 384-9756 or email
  • Family members providing care to individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia at home in Iowa are invited to participate in a research study. The one-time survey regarding the relationships between staff at community-based agencies and family members may be completed online or by phone. Compensation provided. Call 384-1499 or email

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