In response to the community's interest in recycling, the Wichita City Council adopted a solid waste and recycling plan that requires all trash haulers to offer recycling services for items such as paper, plastic, aluminum, and newspaper to their customers. However, this new plan which began Nov. 1, 2012, is not widely known.
The Wichita Initiative to Renew the Environment (WIRE), facilitated by Dr. Elizabeth Ablah, KU School of Medicine-Wichita associate professor, created a two-minute animated video to encourage citizens to take advantage of recycling opportunities that are now available and address misconceptions about recycling.
Created in 2008, WIRE is a community-based initiative that focuses on identifying and addressing environmental concerns in Wichita. Past projects include creating rain gardens to reduce pollution in the Arkansas River and collaborating with Wichita Public Schools to reduce air emissions from idling school buses.
All KUMC faculty and staff are invited to view "The History of Ophthalmology: From Antiquity to Lasers" exhibit. This exhibit will run from April 12 to July 19, in the Clendening History of Medicine Museum, first floor of the Robinson building, and will feature items such as ivory surgical sets from the late 19th century and the first laser used on the eye in Kansas.
The exhibit opening will be on Friday, April 12, at noon. Exhibit hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday after opening day.
The exhibit is sponsored by KUMC's Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine and the KU Endowment Association with cooperation of the Donald Kirk Piper M.D. Memorial Medical Museum, St. Joseph Medical Center and Dr. Bruce E. Hodges' Medicine's Hall of Fame and Museum.
Take part in the second annual Outpacing Melanoma 5K run/walk and Dot-to-Dot Kid Trot on Sunday, May 5, at 8 a.m., Corporate Woods Office Park, 9401 Indian Creek Parkway, Overland Park, Kan. Race fees range from $10 to $30, and proceeds will benefit our local community and The University of Kansas Cancer Center through the Richard A. Klover Melanoma Fund. Click here for complete race information or to register online.
Outpacing Melanoma is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research and increase public awareness by promoting early detection, screening and prevention in the fight against melanoma, an often neglected disease and the most deadly form of skin cancer.
Pictured on right: Jeff Wright, Vice President of Cancer Services, The University of Kansas Hospital, participated in last year's event.