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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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Oetting among four UI faculty to win top teaching award
Thomas Oetting, MD, clinical professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, is one of four University of Iowa faculty members to have won the 2017 President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence in recognition of their years of outstanding teaching, Iowa Now reports. Oetting directs the residency program for the Department of Ophthalmology.

Pediatric Center in Cedar Rapids joins UI Health Care
Pediatric Center P.C. in Cedar Rapids, a general pediatric private practice that has served eastern Iowa patients and families since 1994, has joined University of Iowa Health Care, The Loop reports. Pediatric Center includes six board-certified pediatricians who see patients at two clinic locations in Cedar Rapids.

UI looking to combine its foundation, alumni association
UI President Bruce Harreld announced yesterday that he is looking to create a single organization out of the university’s separate foundation and alumni association, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. Harreld wrote in a message sent yesterday that due to “their overlapping missions and aspirations, a unified, comprehensive organization will allow us to better serve the university for decades to come.”


“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

—Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), 16th President of the United States

From Iowa City to China: Hamburg Inn plans massive expansion
Michael Lee, the man who bought the Hamburg Inn No. 2 last year, said plans are in place to open 30 Hamburg Inn locations throughout the state, the Press-Citizen reports. Restaurants are also slated to open in two of China’s biggest cities—Shanghai and Beijing—this year.

Iowa farmland values inch higher
Iowa farmland values inched nearly 1 percent higher the past six months, the first increase since September 2013, the Press-Citizen reports. The hike offers a glimmer of hope that the ag downturn could be hitting bottom.

Multiple violations found days before fatal blaze killed 3
Building inspectors found multiple fire code violations at a Northern California building just three days before a blaze erupted, killing three, The Associated Press reports. Officials found the building lacked fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and a working fire sprinkler system, among other violations.

7 students, instructor killed in Japan avalanche while mountaineering
Seven high school students and a teacher were killed in an avalanche yesterday while mountain climbing at a ski resort in Japan, ABC News reports. About 62 students and teachers from seven high schools were in Tochigi Prefecture, about 100 miles north of Tokyo, when the avalanche hit.

A positive outlook may be good for your health
When facing a health crisis, actively cultivating positive emotions can boost the immune system and counter depression, The New York Times reports. Studies have shown an indisputable link between having a positive outlook and health benefits like lower blood pressure, less heart disease, better weight control, and healthier blood sugar levels.

Facebook brings Stories, its Snapchat clone, to main app
Facebook today widely released Facebook Stories, a clone of rival Snapchat’s popular feature, also called Stories, CNet reports. It lets people post a string of videos and photos that disappear after 24 hours.

Reality show contestants in wild didn’t know show was canceled
Twenty-three contestants entered into the wilds of the Scottish Highlands last March to live for a year, cut off from society, CNN reports. By the end, “Eden” producers hadn’t told the 10 remaining participants the show had been canceled in August. The group has now emerged a year later to a very different world.

Ex-Hawkeye football player Duzey gives NFL ‘one more shot’
The best Pro Day story that emerged from the Iowa Football Performance Center came from the former Hawkeye tight end whose last college catch came 28 months ago, the Press-Citizen reports. Two serious knee injuries later, Jake Duzey’s shot on making the NFL relies on getting picked up as a free agent.


Learn more about dozens of upcoming events on The Loop.

  • The Partial Hospitalization Program offers a support group for Adult Children of Alcoholics and Other Dysfunctional Families from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Wednesday on 5 Boyd Tower (Elevator A, Level 5). Questions? Call 384-8765.
  • The Operations Excellence office will conduct a two-day Lean Improvement Model for Health Care Training Course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Thursday in the Nursing Clinical Education Center (Elevator BW, Level 4). To register and learn more, contact
  • Attend “Informed Consent in the Digital Age,” from 2 to 3 p.m. tomorrow in the HP Smith Auditorium, W256 GH (Elevator BW, Level 2). Register at Questions? Contact
  • Attend the Hardin Open Workshop “EndNote Basic (online version)” from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, in the East Information Commons of Hardin Library. To register and view a complete list of courses, visit
  • Attend the Distinguished Biomedical Scholars Lecture series from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, in the Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110A MERF). Christine Seidman, MD, professor of medicine and genetics, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, will present “Genetics of Cardiomyopathy: Getting to the Heart of the Matter.” Questions? Contact Sonya Housholder at 335-8587 or
  • Attend events of the 2017 College of Public Health Research Week from Monday, April 3, through Friday, April 7. For information on the week’s details, visit or find the link on The Loop. Questions? Contact
  • Attend the “DISC Workshop” from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 14, in Melrose Conference Room 1 and 2 (Elevator L, Level 5). This class will help you understand your own DISC behavioral style. Payment is required. To register, go to Employee Self Service > My Training > Enroll in Courses > DISC Workshop, or visit Questions? Contact


  • The National Weather Service will conduct a statewide tornado drill between 10 and 11 a.m. tomorrow. The purpose of the drill is to ensure that Iowans can adequately receive a tornado warning and can practice any actions that would be taken in the event of a real tornado. Weather permitting, a test tornado watch will be issued around 10 a.m. followed by a test tornado warning at about 10:30 a.m. Backup testing days are March 30 and 31. For more information, visit The Loop.
  • UI Health Care is expecting The Joint Commission at any time between now and mid-April for our hospital accreditation follow-up survey. Two surveyors are anticipated and will be welcomed for their one-day visit. Because the visit will be unannounced, we must be prepared at all times. For more details, visit The Loop.
  • The UI College of Public Health is hosting the Great Plains Emerging Infectious diseases Conference on Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, at the UI College of Public Health Building. Posters from all disciplines are welcome. The deadline for poster submissions is Friday, March 31. For information, to submit your proposal, and to register, visit Questions? Contact
  • 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.
  • Lost and Found: Did you lose your wallet? Misplace your glasses? Find a cell phone? Our Information Desk staff accept found items and help track down things that aren’t where they should be. Questions? Call 384-8591 or visit the Information Desk in the Main Entrance Lobby (Elevator E, Level 1).


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  • Healthy adults age 65 to 80 who have no history of neurological or psychiatric conditions and are not currently physically active are invited to participate in a research study that involves completing regular exercise sessions over a 12-week period. Compensation is provided. Questions? Contact the Health, Brain, and Cognition Lab at or 353-2278.

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