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Monday, April 13, 2009 More faculty and staff news:
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UI research team receives grant to study eye disorder
High: 55 Low: 32 A University of Iowa Health Care research team recently received a $16 million grant from the
Cloudy National Institutes of Health to study the cause of idiopathic intracranial hypertension and to test a
potential new treatment. Idiopathic intracranial hypertension is a disorder of elevated pressure inside
the cranium, or skull, with an unknown cause. Untreated, it may cause blindness.
School officials propose more cuts
Iowa City School District officials will recommend another $1.86 million to $2.41 million in cuts and
adjustments, officials said last week. Any teacher cuts must be announced before April 30, according
to state law. The current recommendations will be discussed at tomorrow’s school board meeting.
Passenger lands plane after pilot dies
A passenger landed a twin-engine plane at Southwest Florida International Airport—saving five
people—after the pilot died in flight yesterday. The passenger who took control has been licensed for
single-engine planes for 20 years, but is not certified to fly the King Air plane, a large luxury model.
Today in history Florida boat crash kills five
Five people were killed and seven seriously injured when a pleasure boat crashed into the rear of a
docked tug boat near St. Augustine last night, authorities said. The crash happened on the Intracoastal
On this day in Waterway near the Palm Valley Bridge. All seven of the injured were taken to area hospitals.
1997, 21-year-old Report: U.S. tells GM to prepare for bankruptcy
Tiger Woods won The Treasury Department is directing General Motors to lay the groundwork for a bankruptcy filing by
the Masters June 1, The New York Times reported yesterday. GM is operating under emergency government loans.
The company has been told by the autos task force that it must cut costs and reduce debts in order to
Tournament by a continue to receive aid. The task force has given GM 60 days to come up with a restructuring plan.
record 12 strokes.
Pirates vow revenge on U.S., French
Pirates in Somalia vowed revenge today after the U.S. military killed three pirates and freed a U.S. ship
captain who had been held hostage. The pirates told a Somali journalist they were angered by U.S.
action, as well as a French raid Friday that killed two pirates and one hostage and freed four hostages.
Blaze kills 21 in Poland
A fast-moving fire tore through a three-story building housing homeless people in northwestern Poland
today, killing at least 21 people and injuring 20 more, officials said. The blaze broke out at a shelter in
Kamien Pomorski, where 77 people were registered as residents. Officials say the death toll may rise.
Woman jumps into bear enclosure
Police say a woman jumped into a polar bear enclosure at Berlin Zoo and was bitten several times. A
zoo spokesman said keepers pushed the bear away and pulled the woman out of the enclosure. The
woman was taken to a hospital for treatment. Police did not say why she jumped in with the bear.
Space station module name to be revealed
NASA will announce tomorrow the name it has chosen for a new space station module with help from
comedian Stephen Colbert, who has campaigned for weeks to have it named for him. The space agency
said it will reveal the official name of Node 3 on tomorrow’s episode of “The Colbert Report.”
‘Hannah Montana’ debuts at the top
Miley Cyrus and alter-ego Hannah Montana have double-teamed their way to a No. 1 box office debut.
“Hannah Montana: The Movie” opened with $34 million in ticket sales over the weekend. The movie
is an installment of the Disney Channel series about an ordinary teen living a double life as a pop star.
Cabrera takes Masters win in playoff
Angel Cabrera won the Masters in a playoff round yesterday. The Argentine became the first from his
country to win the title and avenged the defeat of his countryman, Roberto De Vicenzo, who in the
1968 Masters infamously signed an incorrect scorecard and lost his chance at a playoff and history.
MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS ON BACK
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▪ It’s National Library Week. Celebrate by visiting the Patients’ Library and checking out new book titles and audio books.
Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. on weekends.
▪ Wild Rose Books is hosting a technology event from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Pappajohn Pavilion Lobby,
Elevator I, Level 1. Check out computers, software, iPods, and more. Enter to win a Livescribe Pulse Smartpen. Educational
discount prices will apply for UI students, faculty, and staff on selected technology. For more information, call 384-5151.
▪ UI Women’s Health invites mothers of infants and toddlers to attend “Moms Supporting Moms.” The group meets from 10 to
11 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of every month in Melrose Conference Room 4, Elevator L, Level 5. For more
information, call 356-1278 or e-mail UIHCemail@example.com.
▪ Staff, guests, and patients are invited to a closed AA meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays in 5027 BT, Elevator A, Level 5.
▪ Hospital Human Resources will be closed this Friday and again on Friday, April 24. No calls will be answered and no ID
badges will be processed on these two days.
▪ The Crisis Center and the Employee Assistance Program are providing free training on suicide prevention to interested faculty
and staff. Training will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in 112 USB. To register, log on to your Employee
Self Service page and register through the “My Training” section. For more information, call 335-2085.
▪ Beginning this week, UI Heart and Vascular Center will be featured in TV, radio, newspaper, and online campaigns in major
markets in eastern Iowa. The Leading Edge campaign, initially launched last spring, features an additional focus on a
minimally invasive heart patient from Burlington. For more information, visit The Point.
▪ The 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Williamsburg vanpool has openings. Contact Racheal Niensteadt at 384-7447.
▪ The 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tipton vanpool has an opening. Contact Teresa Ahrens at 353-5595.
▪ Visit the Emergency Medical Services Learning Resources Center (EMSLRC) Web site for CPR and all other course listings.
EMSLRC course registration is now available online. For more information, visit The Point or www.uihealthcare.com/emslrc.
▪ If your department has items to send to surplus, remember to include the department MFK number on the surplus request
form. This will help process the items at Property Management.
▪ Wild Rose Gifts is going green in April. Great new selections, all environmentally safe. Hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday
through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. Proceeds support programs that benefit patients and their families.
RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS INVITED
▪ Individuals between the ages of 18 and 85 are invited to participate in a cognitive neuroscience study. Participants must have
undergone a life-threatening or life-changing medical condition such as heart attack or cancer. However, participants must be
free of any neurological conditions (stroke, head trauma). The study will consist of completing a questionnaire and will take
30 minutes to an hour. Compensation. For more information, contact Erik at 384-6084 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ Healthy female volunteers ages 25 to 40 who have given birth in the last five years are invited to participate in a research
project involving ultrasound of the uterus. Participants should have regular menstrual cycles (25 to 35 days apart), have no
history of infertility, and be off all methods of birth control for three months. The study involves a single 30-minute
appointment. Compensation. Contact Michelle Maifeld at 353-8491 or e-mail email@example.com.
▪ Adults ages 18 to 25 who have language learning or reading disabilities are invited to participate in a research study on sleep
and word learning. Participants will learn new words and take tests to determine their retention of the new words. The study
involves five visits of 90 minutes each. Compensation. For details, call Nichole Eden or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ Children ages 2 years, 4 months to 2 years, 8 months are invited to participate in a research study examining how children
learn words directly and through overhearing. The study involves one visit of approximately 60 minutes. Contact Elizabeth
Walker or Karla McGregor at 353-8980 or e-mail email@example.com.
▪ Volunteers are invited to participate in a research project studying the emotions of persons with a history of depression. We
are looking for volunteers between the ages of 50 and 90 whose symptoms of depression began after the age of 50. Subjects
will participate in cognitive tasks, interviews, questionnaires, and an MRI. The study will require three visits to UI Hospitals
and Clinics. Compensation. For more information, contact Erika Holm at 353-8514 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
View the most recent study announcements at www.uihealthcare.com/depts/clinicaltrials/volunteer.html.
Contact Noon News at email@example.com. Persons with a disability requiring reasonable accommodations in order to participate in
programs at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics may discuss their needs with Concierge Services in advance at 356-1900.