Aug. 25, 2014

KUMed Central

Nightingale ceremony

This year's incoming class of undergraduate nursing students participated in the "white coat" Nightingale Ceremony at Battenfeld Auditorium on Friday. It's the fourth year for the Nightingale Ceremony, considered an official entry for students to the School of Nursing. View photos.

Accelerated payroll

Due to the Labor Day holiday schedule an accelerated payroll is required for pay period ending Aug. 30. All time and absence must be submitted and approved by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. If necessary please make special arrangements to fulfill this request via delegation. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Galloway, payroll manager, at 913-588-5137.

Faculty honored

Joseph Fontes, Ph.D., Kenneth McCarson, Ph.D., and Moya Peterson, Ph.D., received the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award at the annual Teaching Summit in Lawrence on Aug 21. Read more.

On Aug. 15, Executive Dean Robert Simari, M.D., presented mentoring awards at the School of Medicine's faculty retreat to Lyle Baade, Ph.D., William Brooks, Ph.D., Lauren Aaronson, Ph.D., Andrew Godwin, Ph.D., John Bonino, M.D., and Paige Geiger, Ph.D. Read more.

Welcome to our new employees

KU Medical Center officially welcomed its newest hires on Aug. 25. Meet our new additions.

Stuff that might interest you

Power outage AAR: The After-Action Report for the power outage on Aug. 13 has been completed. In the report, sustainment and areas of opportunities are summarized, and we're pleased to report that several key items have already been resolved. Read more.

Pager warehouse moves from library to B314: The pager warehouse has moved to B314 in the hospital basement. It previously was located in Dykes Library. Call 913-588-2337, fax 913-588-7798 or visit the pager warehouse 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. if your pager isn't working or you simply need a new one. After hours, continue to call or visit the hospital switchboard (located in B450, 913-588-5000) for that service.

Upcoming fire drills: The Hoglund Brain Imaging Center's annual fire drill is Sept. 2 at 3 p.m., and Dykes Library fire drill is Sept. 3 at 9:15 a.m. If you are not in either of these buildings, you do not need to do anything. Contact Kelly Morken at 913-945-7985 with questions.

711 dial code: Effective immediately, the Federal Communications Commission has adopted use of the 711 dialing code for access to Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS). TRS permits persons with a hearing or speech disability to use the telephone system via a text telephone (TTY) or other device to call persons with or without such disabilities. Just dial 711 from a cell phone or 9-711 from a KU Medical Center phone to be connected to a relay operator. For more information, download the consumer guide.

Hawk Week photos: Hawk Week, the official student welcome, was Aug. 19-25 and included an array of activities to engage new students socially. View photos. Students also took part in Community Service Day and spent a morning volunteering at various Wyandotte County community organizations. View photos.

Thinking about taking the ice bucket challenge?: The ALS Association reported Sunday it has collected $70.2 million due to the ice bucket challenge. Donate $10 for the ice bucket option or $100 to bypass the chill. If you donate toward this cause, please consider supporting KU Medical Center's Neurology Department, which has put together a Walk to Defeat ALS team! Check out their team page. Richard Barohn, M.D., chair of the Department of Neurology, is highlighted in a Business Journal article that talks about the ice challenge phenomena.

Helping occasional smokers kick the habit

A research team in the School of Medicine has been approved for a $2 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to address tobacco use among African-Americans who do not smoke on a daily basis. Nikki Nollen, Ph.D., associate professor of preventive medicine and public health, will lead the research project at KU. Read more.

Graying prisoners

Linda Redford, Ph.D., director of the Geriatric Education Center and the Rural Interdisciplinary Training Program at the Landon Center on Aging at KU Medical Center, has developed and implemented programs to help prisons meet the needs of the country's aging prisoners. Read more.



Aug. 26: EVC town hall, 1-2 p.m., SON auditorium. Dean Simari will provide a School of Medicine update, and Dr. Girod will discuss budget enhancement requests. ITV and live streaming will be available. Read more.

Sept. 1: No issue of KUMed Central.

Sept. 4-5: Onsite blood drive, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Francisco Lounge in the Student Center. You can also donate in the Community Blood Center's mobile unit by the hospital's main entrance. To sign up, click here, "Find a Drive." and use code uofkansas. Contact Ryan Gove at 913-588-6681 with questions.

Sept. 5: The university will hold its next computer equipment drop off, 8:30-10:30 a.m. in Hixson Atrium. Make sure you bring the proper form. Read more.

Sept. 11: Miracle Jeans Day will benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which support KU Medical Center's pediatric department. By making a donation, you can "dress casual" on Sept. 11. Read more.

Sept. 20: KC Royals game and tailgate for faculty, alumni and students to benefit the JayDoc Free Clinic. All you can eat food and drinks at the tailgate are $15 and the game tickets are also $15. Read more.

Sept. 27: Register now for the Tour de BBQ - Kansas City's tastiest event on two wheels. Riders get to sample the best BBQ that KC has to offer along the ride, which begins and ends at Prairiefire at 135th and Nall in Overland Park. This year's Tour de BBQ will provide funds to support the Midwest Cancer Alliance Survivorship Transition Clinic. Click here to learn more and register.


John Dorsch, M.D., associate professor, Family and Community Medicine-Wichita, has been named a Health Care Hero by the Wichita Business Journal in the Health Care Educator category. Read more


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Last modified: Aug 25, 2014