www.uihealthcare.com/noonnews Today High: 69 Low: 52 Noon News Thursday, September 16, 2010 More faculty and staff news: thepoint.healthcare.uiowa.edu Mostly cloudy Coralville gets flood funding Tomorrow Coralville will receive $3.6 million in flood relief funding from the I-JOBS program, Iowa Gov. Chet High: 75 Low: 55 Culver announced yesterday. The funding will help with an $8.7 million flood mitigation project on Partly cloudy Biscuit Creek and Clear Creek in Coralville, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. Medal of Honor recipient—an Iowa native—in the spotlight U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta has received a lot of attention since President Barack Obama informed him last week that he would become the first living recipient of the Medal of the Honor since the Vietnam War, The Gazette reports. The former Hiawatha resident and 2003 graduate of Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids earned the nation’s highest military valor decoration for the heroism he displayed when his squad was ambushed by a Taliban force in Afghanistan in October 2007. Bid on Fort Madison prison brings concern about jobs Walsh Construction of Chicago yesterday submitted the lowest base bid—$116.9 million—to build a new 800-bed maximum-security prison in Fort Madison, the Des Moines Register reports. The project—part of the state’s I-JOBS initiative—is expected to employ 300 to 500 construction workers in southeast Iowa, but some are worried that many of those jobs will go to out-of-state workers. Today in history U.S. home foreclosures increase Lenders repossessed 95,364 homes last month—up 3 percent from July and an increase of 25 percent from August 2009, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac reported today. More than 2.3 million homes On this day in have been repossessed since the recession began in December 2007; more than a million U.S. 1974, President households are likely to lose their homes to foreclosure this year, the Associated Press (AP) reports. Gerald Ford NYC looks to get tougher on smoking announced a New York City is pursuing a new policy that would ban smoking at public parks, beaches, and traffic- free pedestrian plazas. That means no smoking in Central Park, at Coney Island, or in the heart of conditional Times Square. It’s one of the most ambitious outdoor anti-tobacco efforts in the nation, the AP reports. amnesty program Karl heads toward the Gulf for Vietnam War Tropical Storm Karl dumped heavy rains on the Yucatan Peninsula in southeastern Mexico today. It is deserters and moving toward the Gulf of Mexico, where it was expected to pick up steam and become a hurricane, draft evaders. threatening Mexico’s central coast by the weekend, the AP reports. Pope’s visit stirs British anger Pope Benedict XVI began a four-day visit to Britain today, the AP reports. The British media has been particularly hostile to the pope’s visit in light of priest sex abuse scandals and the 12-million-pound ($18.7 million) cost of the pope’s visit to British taxpayers at a time of austerity measures and job cuts. Cobras strike fear in southwest China Residents of Shijiao township in southwest China have been on edge since 160 cobras escaped from an illegal breeding facility earlier this month, state media said today. People have found the snakes in their homes and on the streets. Most of the escaped cobras have been killed, but several remain at large. PlayStation 3 to show 3-D movies, get wand Sony’s PlayStation 3 game console will work as a Blu-ray disc player for 3-D movies and music videos, not just 3-D games, with a free software update download starting next Tuesday. Sony also plans next week to begin selling a motion-controller wand for the PlayStation 3 called Move. CBS has big plans for ‘Big Bang’ The stars of the hit TV show “The Big Bang Theory” are getting a big salary increase as CBS moves the show from Monday to Thursday nights in an attempt to launch a new block of comedy shows. Colts’ Sanders out with injury Indianapolis Colts defensive back and former Hawkeye Bob Sanders is out indefinitely with a torn right biceps. Injuries have plagued Sanders; he’s played in only eight games over the last two seasons. MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS ON BACK Produced by UI Health Care Marketing and Communications. Most stories obtained from local and national news sources. Please recycle! UPCOMING EVENTS ▪ An Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting for patients, families, visitors, and hospital staff is at 7:30 tonight, Conference Room G (Elevator F, Level 7). ▪ Wild Rose Gifts is celebrating bicycle safety tomorrow with free bicycle headlights or taillights with a $25 purchase. Product of the Day: kids high-visibility safety T-shirts. Hours: 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. ▪ CCOM Women Faculty – Join us for a networking and support event, Mentoring: Building Support Networks: Conversations with Faculty Women of Distinction, facilitated by Janet Fairley, MD, and Donna Hammond, MD. The sessions are from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday in 5181 MERF and from 7 to 8 a.m. Wednesday in 283 EMRB. To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 335-9103. Sponsored by the CCOM Office of Faculty Affairs and Development. ▪ Visit Which Wich in downtown Iowa City on Wednesday. A portion of the proceeds benefit University of Iowa Dance Marathon. For more information contact Michelle Altmaier at 335-8484 or e-mail email@example.com ▪ Register to win a two-day guided fishing trip for two in Red Wing, Minn. Prize includes two days of fishing with guide Marty Hahn, licenses and fees, a three-night stay, and three nights of dining. Raffle tickets are $20 each or two tickets for $30. All proceeds go directly to the Ronald McDonald House. Tickets available until Sept. 24; drawing will be held Sept. 26. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Katie Tunning, at 356-0013 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ▪ The 2010 Psychosocial Oncology Conference, Survivorship Begins at Diagnosis will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct.1 in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). The conference is sponsored by UI Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. For questions and registration information, please contact Tara Clark at 356-1730 or email@example.com ▪ UI Carver College of Medicine faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to submit nominations for the College’s Distinguished Mentor Award, which recognizes faculty members for mentoring and training individuals who have made significant contributions to science, medical education, and patient care. Deadline for submission is Oct. 15. For more information, including criteria and submission requirements, please visit www.healthcare.uiowa.edu/ccom/news/distinguishedmentor/. GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS ▪ Domestic hot and cold water service and steam service to General Hospital will be interrupted on Sunday for approximately nine hours beginning at 7 a.m. in order to replace main steam lines and relocate hot and cold water valves. Questions? Call Jeff Lathrop at 384-9575. ▪ Did you know — Hospital Dentistry still provides many services here at UI Hospitals and Clinics, including extractions, removal of wisdom teeth, placement of dental implants, dental reconstructive surgery, sleep apnea, dental restorations (fillings) and crowns, dental exams, and dental cleanings? Sedations and general anesthesia are available for your comfort. Located on Level 5 of Pomerantz Family Pavilion, Hospital Dentistry welcomes faculty, residents, staff, and their families. Call 356-2205 for appointments. ▪ Help patients, family members, and visitors find their way. As you travel the corridors during your work day, please stop and offer help to guests who appear to need assistance. Providing clear directions may be sufficient, but you can “make a difference” by walking with guests to ensure they reach their destinations. If you don’t know the directions, dial 101 from any hospital phone; ask a fellow staff member for assistance; or escort the guest to the nearest information desk. This kind of personal attention will exceed our guests’ expectations and improve their experience at UI Hospitals and Clinics. RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS INVITED More studies listed at www.uihealthcare.com/depts/clinicaltrials/volunteer.html. ▪ Children between 4 and 7 years of age are invited to participate in a research study about the relationship between cognition and language. The research involves school-like activities designed for children. Requires two one-hour visits to the UI campus. Compensation. Contact Amanda Owen at 335-8113 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. ▪ Adults age 55 to 90 are invited to participate in a research study involving tests of cognition (the ability to think, pay attention, learn, remember, and solve problems) and blood vessel function. Volunteers must have at least one of the following conditions: atherosclerosis, claudication, angina, previous heart attack, angioplasty, or stent placement. Compensation. Call Ashley Stillman at 384-9210 for more information. 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.