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Jan. 31, 2012

At A Glance

Two UI Mock Trial teams finish in top eight at Champaign tournament

The University of Iowa Mock Trial (UIMT) program competed Jan. 21-22 in Champaign, Ill. Two teams were sent to the tournament and both placed in the top eight out of 32 teams that attended. In addition to two top finishes, several members received individual awards for outstanding performances.

Seniors Katy Kinney and Kelly Grogg captained team 1425 and finished in third place. Kinney was awarded an outstanding attorney award. Freshman Amber Mahoney and sophomore Abby Simbro received outstanding witness awards.

Seniors Melissa Osman and Will Mattessich led team 1424 and finished in seventh place. Mattessich was the recipient of an outstanding attorney award. Junior Jacob Bogolia, also from team 1424, received an outstanding witness award.

The UIMT program is currently ranked 18th in the nation. For more information visit


UI receives estate gift to support diabetes research

A $554,000 gift to the University of Iowa Foundation from the estate of Marvin F. Hall of Joplin, Missouri, will establish the Marvin F. Hall Family Diabetes Research Fund in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

John Stokes, executive vice chair for the UI Department of Internal Medicine and director of the UI Division of Nephrology, says the gift will provide an essential tool for UI scientists who are looking for answers to important questions surrounding diabetes.

Melvin Richards, Marvin Hall's nephew and consultant for the estate, says the family is proud to support diabetes research at the UI. Richards, a 1966 graduate of the UI Carver College of Medicine, says that diabetes directly affected the family and that it was important to his uncle to do what he could to help others who have diabetes.

Marvin Hall, who died in 1987, earned his medical degree from the UI in 1937. After completing his residency, he moved to Joplin, Missouri, where he served as radiologist for St. John's Hospital and later established a private practice.


Public invited to tour new cancer clinic at UI Hospitals and Clinics

The public is invited to an open house for the new cancer clinic and infusion suites recently opened at UI Hospitals and Clinics. The open house will run from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, and offers an opportunity to tour the facility and talk with staff.

The clinic is located on the first and second floors of the west end of the Pomerantz Family Pavilion. Free parking in Hospital Ramp 4 is available for the people attending the event, refreshments will be served, and visitors may sign up for door prizes.

Designed with input from staff and patients, the new $12 million clinic brings Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center physicians and researchers together and creates a more comfortable and efficient atmosphere for patients.

To learn more about the clinic, visit


Hawkins Drive to be closed overnight Feb. 13-22

Hawkins Drive will be closed overnight -- from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. -- every day starting Monday, Feb. 13, through Wednesday, Feb. 22, from the Hawkins Drive/Evashevski intersection to just north of Hospital Parking Ramp 3. 

Southbound traffic via Hawkins Drive will not be able to access the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Main Hospital Entrance during this time and should follow the detour signage via Riverside Drive to northbound Hawkins Drive. Access to the Main Hospital Entrance will remain open for northbound traffic.  

The closure is necessary to perform work related to the West Campus Transportation Center project.


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