Weather Monday, August 13, 2007 Today, mostly sunny with a slight chance of showers. High in the upper 80s; low in the lower 70s. Tomorrow, mostly sunny. High around 90 and a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Letendre named dean of College of Pharmacy Donald E. Letendre, professor of pharmacy and dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island, will become the new dean of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy effective Sept. 25. Letendre earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky and began his academic career as assistant professor at the University of Kansas. Six new principals at area schools A slew of principals who are retiring or accepting positions elsewhere created six opportunities for local education enthusiasts. Five area elementary schools and one junior high will kick off the new school year this month, complete with brand new principals, reported the Press-Citizen. IC renters: Fire equipment violations threaten safety Fifty-one percent of nearly 250 properties bordered by Bowery, Governor, Burlington, and Gilbert The biggest streets—one of Iowa City’s densest rental neighborhoods where four suspicious fires burned last adventure you can weekend—had broken, missing, poorly placed, or substandard fire extinguishers and smoke ever take is to live detectors, according to Inspection and Housing Services reports analyzed by The Gazette. the life of your U.S. slipping in life expectancy rankings dreams. A baby born in the U.S. in 2004 will live an average of 78 years—a life expectancy that ranks 42nd, down from 11th two decades earlier, according to numbers from the Census Bureau and the —Oprah Winfrey National Center for Health Statistics. Andorra, a tiny country in the Pyrenees mountains, had the longest life expectancy (83½ years), followed by Japan, Macau, San Marino, and Singapore. Rescue workers proceed, hope to find miners alive A camera lowered into a collapsed coal mine in Utah revealed equipment but not six missing miners yesterday. Officials are planning to drill another hole in a third attempt to locate the men. Three killed in church shooting A gunman opened fire in a Neosho, Mo., church yesterday, killing a pastor and two deacons and wounding several others, authorities said. One of the victims was the Rev. Kernal Rehobson, who led the local congregation of predominantly Micronesian worshippers, police said. Karl Rove to leave White House Karl Rove, President Bush’s chief political strategist who critics call “Bush’s brain,” plans to leave the White House at the end of August. A criminal investigation put Rove under scrutiny during the investigation into the leak of a CIA operative’s name but he was never charged with any crime. Recently, he refused to testify before Congress about the firing of U.S. attorneys. Taliban free two hostages Two women among the 23 South Koreans kidnapped by the Taliban were freed today on a rural roadside in Afghanistan and then driven to a U.S. base, the first progress in the three-week-old hostage drama. Spotting international Red Cross officials, the women broke into tears. Rush Hour tops box office The buddy cop comedy and sixth summer “threequel” Rush Hour 3 rushed past last week’s The Bourne Ultimatum, topping this weekend’s box office with $50.2 million, according to estimates. Half staff By order of Governor Chet Culver, the flag is lowered to half staff today in honor of Marine Sgt. Jon Bonnell, Jr., 22, of Ft. Dodge, Iowa, who died on Aug. 6 while serving in Iraq. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS: An open meeting for patients, their families, visitors, and hospital staff will be held at 8 tonight, Conference Room G, 7 JCP. RASMAS TRAINING: Risk and Safety Management Alert System improves the overall recall process, response time, and safety of our patients and staff. Staff who have been involved in RASMAS previously are invited to a refresher training session. Working through the recall process using RASMAS will be covered. Reserve your spot for a session by e-mailing email@example.com or calling 356-8103. Choose to attend from: 8 to 8:30; 8:30 to 9; 9 to 9:30; 9:30 to 10; 1 to 1:30; 1:30 to 2; 2 to 2:30; or 2:30 to 3, tomorrow or Friday. PREPARE YOUR HAIR FOR BACK TO SCHOOL at the Fourth Floor Salon’s Back to School event, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow, E424 GH. Ten percent off regular priced items (in stock items only, no special orders) and shampoos and conditioners from Nioxin, Redken, and Biolage. OPI nail colors for fall and a new men’s line from Aveda also available. Register for door prizes. Proceeds support programs that benefit patients and their families through Volunteer Services. UI WELLNESS LIFESTYLES: Learn more about Lifestyles, a 10-week weight management program conducted by UI Wellness, from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. tomorrow, 1117 MERF. Program components will be discussed and questions answered. Lifestyles is facilitated by a health educator, exercise specialist, and dietitian. Participants receive a course binder, 10-punch fitness pass, and pedometer. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call 353-2314, or visit www.uiowa.edu/hr/oe/worklife/wellness/. CRAFT AND BAKE SALE: The Preemie Project is having a craft and bake sale from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday, Pappajohn Lobby. A large selection of pies, cakes, and cookies will appease your sweet tooth, and learn to cook your own goodies by purchasing The Preemie Project Cookbook. An assortment of handcrafted items (tote bags, scrub caps, children’s items) will also be available. Donations of preemie and newborn diapers, wipes, shampoo, lotion, formula, and other care items are appreciated. All proceeds from the sale will support infants at UI Hospitals and Clinics. For more information, contact Jane Fredericks at 338-1514 or email@example.com. BLOOD DRIVE: DeGowin Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in the Pappajohn Pavilion Atrium (by Elevator I). Especially needed are blood types O Negative, B Positive, A Negative, and O Positive. Donors will receive this year’s “What Can You Do?” t-shirts. For more information, call the DeGowin Blood Center at 356-2058. GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is offering breast cancer grants to support basic, translational, clinical, or population research in the area of breast cancer. Any faculty or staff member at The University of Iowa is eligible to apply. The maximum award limit is $40,000. Guidelines are available at www.uihealthcare.com/depts/cancercenter/research/funding/index.html. Application deadline is Friday. BABYSIM AT STATE FAIR: Visitors can participate in an interactive, guided intervention that illustrates what a team of healthcare providers might do to assist an infant in crisis by checking out the Department of Anesthesia’s “BabySim” from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Iowa State Fair Varied Industries Building. For more information, call Barb at 353-7559. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS INVITED: Women ages 40 to 60 with no history of neurological disorders are invited to participate in an event-related potential (ERP) study—a measurement of the electrical potentials of the brain. Your brain waves will be recorded while you perform a simple computer task. Participation involves one visit, lasting two to three hours. Compensation provided. For more information, call Joel or Jason at 356-3775. RESEARCH STUDY: People ages 18 to 75 who have chronic constipation are invited to participate in a research study to compare two ways of managing constipation. Compensation is provided. For more information, e-mail Jessica Paulson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 384-9756. VOLUNTEERS INVITED: Adults ages 21 to 80 may be eligible for a research study that includes 17 visits over the next month; vision, thinking, and pencil-and-paper tests; questionnaires; and playing on Nintendo Wii or other video game consoles. Compensation provided. For more information, call 335-4667.