Congratulations to Rick Johnson, associate vice chancellor and chief of police, who has received the Superior Supervisor award. Rick is known for his ability to cultivate a positive work environment by being a good mentor, team builder, barrier remover, and innovator - all traits for which he was nominated. Read more.
Compliance window for 2015
Mark your calendars for the 2015 compliance window, which will be Aug. 18-Sept. 17. If you work on human subjects research, the university's compliance window is also the time to complete training in human subjects protection if your training is due this fiscal year. Read more.
Stuff that might interest you
Parking permit clarification: Drivers parking in campus lots or garages were required to register their vehicle by July 1. If you've registered your vehicle, you may remove the permit sticker since Parking Services is now using a high-speed license plate recognition system. For more information, contact Kevin Rowald at 913-588-5062 or go to the parking website.
SharePoint upgrade: KU Medical Center's SharePoint service is upgrading to SharePoint 2013 the weekend of Aug. 15. Among the new features and enhancements are improved search and navigation and easier task management. Read more and sign up for training.
Pipe repair: Wondering what was going on outside Robinson? The storm water drainage system that carries rain water from this area developed a blockage. Several tree roots had penetrated the clay pipe joints, and the pipe had been crushed when a new retaining wall was built. Facilities also discovered the original pipe installed did not slope correctly to the main storm line under Rainbow Blvd. All piping has been repaired and re-sloped to the proper specifications, thanks to the teamwork of facilities, landscaping, KU police, and the contractor.
Miracle Marathon: Commit to get healthy and help kids who are being taken care of right here at KU Medical Center by joining the Children's Miracle Network Miracle Marathon! This is a marathon anyone can do - it is virtual and on demand, and it raises money for our KU Pediatrics Department. Read more.
Robinson Scholars: Physical therapy students Stephanie Funk and Ali Pistora are in India for their turn as Robinson Scholars. View photos and read their blogs.
Healthy Communities Wyandotte: Do you want to know what kind of health improvement activities are taking place in Wyandotte County through the Healthy Communities Wyandotte (HCW) initiative? Then check out and subscribe to the monthly Action Updates newsletter. HCW's mission is to mobilize the community to improve health and well-being in Wyandotte County through increased communication, coordination, and culture change. For more information, visit the HCW website.
Repurposing a drug for abdominal cancer
KU Cancer Center's Nanotex Phase I clinical trial, led by Stephen Williamson, M.D., medical director of Cancer Clinical Trials, shows promise for treating abdominal cancers - with fewer side effects and higher survival rates for patients. Read more.
Aug. 11: No issue of KUMed Central.
Aug. 8: Annual fire drill for the School of Nursing at 10 a.m. If you are not in this building, you do not need to do anything. Contact Kelly Morken at 913-945-7985 with questions.
Aug. 15: 2014 School of Medicine Faculty Retreat, deadline to register is Aug. 7. The retreat will include presentations and discussions as well as mentoring awards, faculty committee reports and networking reception. Read more.
Events calendar: View a complete list of campus events and opportunities.
Marjorie Spurrier Sirridge, M.D., a Distinguished Alumna of the KU School of Medicine, died July 30.
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JUST FOR FUN
Congratulations to Laurie Scott and Terry Busch, who answered last week's trivia question correctly with George Howard Hoxie, M.D. View last week's question.
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