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                              Thursday, April 1, 2010                                                                           More faculty and staff news:
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                              Today is Census Day
Tomorrow                      Don’t forget to complete and mail back the 2010 U.S. Census form, which you should have received in
High: 74 Low: 52              the mail by now. The once-in-a-decade census provides key information for our representative form of
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                              government. It establishes how many seats a state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and
                              the data is used to determine how federal money is allocated to state and local governments.
                              Judge dismisses suit against UI law school dean
                              A federal judge this week dismissed a lawsuit against the dean of the University of Iowa College of
                              Law alleging political bias, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. Teresa Wagner, an employee in the
                              law school’s writing center, sued Dean Carolyn Jones in her individual and official capacity. Wagner
  Today in history            argued that she was passed over for a faculty position because of her conservative political views.
                              Sutliff Bridge decision coming next week
                              The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting next Wednesday night to discuss
                              the fate of the historic Sutliff Bridge, which was badly damaged from the 2008 flood, the Cedar Rapids
On this day in                Gazette reports. The county can accept federal funds to repair the bridge or take most of that money
1996, fast-food               and spend it on another project. If the bridge is not rebuilt, what is left of it would have to be removed.
chain Taco Bell               US aid going to keep partner nations in Afghanistan
played an April               The Pentagon is implementing a $350 million program to boost partner nations’ military equipment
Fool’s Day joke               and counterterrorism training. The program is part of a plan to encourage U.S. allies not to pull their
                              troops from the war in Afghanistan, the Associated Press (AP) reports. An initial $50 million package
by placing ads                reportedly is aimed at six small countries: Georgia, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.
in several U.S.               Flooding overwhelms Rhode Island
newspapers                    Rhode Island has been hit with the worst flooding in 200 years, leading President Barack Obama to
announcing that               issue an emergency declaration for the state, the AP reports. National Guard troops have been deployed
they had                      to help flood-ravaged residents in Rhode Island, as well as Massachusetts and Connecticut.
purchased the                 US Navy captures pirates
                              U.S. naval forces say they’ve captured five pirates after exchanging fire with them, sinking their skiff,
Liberty Bell in               and confiscating a mother ship, the AP reports. The U.S.S. Nicholas came under fire earlier today from
Philadelphia “to              pirates in an area west of the Seychelles, a group of islands east of mainland Africa.
reduce the                    Vatican: Pope has immunity in abuse trials
country’s debt”               A top Vatican legal official said today that Pope Benedict cannot be called to testify at any sexual
and renamed it                abuse trial because he has immunity as a head of state. The pope has been accused by victims’ lawyers
the “Taco Liberty             of being ultimately responsible for a cover-up of sexual abuse of children by priests, Reuters reports.
Bell.” Thousands              Yemeni prison blast springs 40 prisoners
                              A bomb exploded in a prison in the southern Yemeni province of Dalea today, injuring four inmates
protested the sale            and allowing around 40 prisoners to escape, Reuters reports. Those who fled the police jail belonged to
until it was                  Yemen’s southern secessionist movement, which opposes the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
revealed as a                 ‘Chexting’ is the new buzzword
hoax.                         Prepare for the latest technology-derived buzzword in popular culture: chexting. It refers to cheating on
                              one’s spouse by arranging liaisons via text messages. Chexting can lead to big trouble—just ask golfer
                              Tiger Woods and TV celebrity Jesse James, husband of actress Sandra Bullock.
                              Jennifer Hudson to promote Weight Watchers
                              Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson has signed on to become the new spokesperson for Weight
                              Watchers. The announcement was made today, and the ads will start rolling out on Sunday.
                              Dayton, North Carolina to play for NIT title
                              The University of Dayton Flyers will face the University of North Carolina Tar Heels in the
                              championship game of college basketball’s National Invitation Tournament tonight in New York City.

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▪ Now through April 12, all Matrix and Kenra customers at Fourth Floor Salon will be entered into a drawing to win a 22-inch
  flat-screen television. Stop by the salon for more details.
▪ Today is the final day to submit a nomination for the Ben Pardini Interdisciplinary Teaching Award, which honors the late
  Ben Pardini, PhD, MPAS, a UI Health Care teacher, researcher, and clinician. Nominees should be non-physician members of
  the health care community who share Pardini’s passion for teamwork, education, service, and patient care. Nominations
  should be no more than one page and submitted to by the end of the day.
▪ An Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting for patients, families, visitors, and hospital staff is at 7:30 tonight, Conference
  Room G (Elevator F, Level 7).
▪ It’s an Easter Egg Extravaganza tomorrow at Wild Rose Gifts. Customers making a purchase (excluding stamps) will receive
  an Easter egg with a coupon for a free gift while supplies last. Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.
  to 6 p.m. weekends. Proceeds support programs that benefit patients and their families.
▪ Tune in to an interview about Donate Life Month with Sue Witte, LSW, airing at 7:30 and 9:50 a.m. tomorrow on the
  AM-800 KXIC “University of Iowa Health Care Today” program.
▪ The Department of Spiritual Services will offer Good Friday Services at 12:15 p.m. tomorrow in the Activities Gym,
  1701 JPP (Elevator J, Level 1).
▪ All UI Health Care physicians, nurses, staff, and faculty are invited to the annual Scope and Gavel Ball, held by the UI Carver
  College of Medicine student government. The event will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. tomorrow at The Summit restaurant in
  Iowa City and is intended help establish good relationships between medicine and law professionals. Admission is $5 and all
  proceeds will go to Dr. Christopher Buresh’s earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. Questions? E-mail
▪ Hardin Library is offering “Master EndNote,” a free workshop for UI faculty, clinicians, staff, and students, from 1 to 2 p.m.
  Monday at the East Information Commons in the library. E-mail or call 335-9151 for details.
▪ “Beyond NCBI,” a practical, hands-on overview of the important bioinformatics databases containing information on
  nucleotide sequences, protein sequences, domains, and structures, metabolic pathways, genomes, and genetic diseases via
  gateways such as KEGG, Ensembl, PDB, Swiss-Prot, GenBank, OMIM, etc., will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. on Monday at the
  East Information Commons in Hardin Library. For more information, e-mail or call 335-9151.
▪ Register by Monday to attend the UI Children’s Hospital Safety Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 22 at the Quality Inn and
  Suites, 2525 N. Dodge St. in Iowa City. Children six years old and younger along with their caregivers are invited to the free
  event to learn about a variety of health and safety topics, including burn prevention, bike safety, and booster seat safety.
  Hosted by the UI Hospitals and Clinics Burn Treatment Center staff and supported in part by Children's Miracle Network. To
  register, call 353-7972 or e-mail
▪ Beginning April 28, UI Carver College of Medicine will host a three-day conference focusing on the links between medicine
  and writing. Featured presenters include UI musicians David Gompper and Stephen Swanson; Professor of Narrative
  Medicine at Columbia University Sayantani DasGupta, MD; Iowa Writers’ Workshop Director Sam Chang; and memoirist
  Nick Flynn. CME credit available. Full program and registration at
▪ The American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure, a fully supported bicycle ride of various distances, will be held June 26
  and starts at College Community Schools (Prairie) in Cedar Rapids. Sign up today as an individual, join the UI Health Care
  team, create your own team, or volunteer to help at or by e-mailing

▪ Facilities Management-Utilities Group will be closing the MERF to MRC tunnel beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday and ending
  at 6 p.m. on Sunday in order to do structural testing. Barriers will be placed in the tunnel at MERF, MEB, EMRB, and MRC
  to restrict access. Questions? Contact UI Carver College of Medicine Facilities at 335-8061 or 335-7248.
▪ Personal mail should be deposited in U.S. mailboxes located throughout the main level of UI Hospitals and Clinics.

More studies listed at
▪ English-speaking adults ages 18 to 99 with normal hearing are invited to participate in a research study on language
  development and comprehension in the Departments of Otolaryngology and Psychology. The study involves auditory tasks
  and/or tracking of eye movements and will be one or two visits each lasting one to two hours. Compensation available. Call
  335-0692 or e-mail
Contact Noon News at 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.

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