Feb. 1, 2016

KUMed Central

Kathy Davis

A Healthy U: After struggling with her weight for 40 years, Kathy Davis, Ph.D., associate professor in pediatrics and director of Pediatric Palliative Care and Ethics, experienced motivation and resolve like never before. She lost 114 pounds and feels better than ever! Read more.

Stuff that might interest you

HEB construction update: View the Health Education Building progress report for week ending Jan. 29. You may also check out a live camera view of the construction on the HEB construction website.

Cambridge North Tower expansion: The hospital board has voted to construct four additional floors at the Cambridge North Tower on top of the seven under construction. Read more.

Research Day: KU Medical Center and University of Kansas graduate students will participate in the Kansas Capitol Graduate Research Summit Feb. 2. The value and benefits of research performed at both campuses will be highlighted. View list of students and their research projects.

Black History Month: KU Medical Center will celebrate Black History Month throughout February. A variety of educational diversity-focused opportunities will be available to all faculty, staff and students. More information to come.

United Way campaign: This year's joint campaign with the hospital will be Feb. 8-22 with a goal to raise $250,000. Employees will receive an email with an e-pledge link and instructions Feb. 8. All donors are eligible for prizes, including early-bird incentives. Read more.

In the news: A Kansas City Star article on concussions spotlighted Michael Moncure, M.D., professor in surgery and director of trauma and surgical care for the hospital, and Jeff Radel, Ph.D., associate professor in occupational therapy education and research coordinator for KU's Center for Concussion Management. Read more.

Treating children where they live: Two specialty clinics operated by the KU School of Medicine-Wichita's Department of Pediatrics are filling regional gaps in care for young patients with asthma. Read more.

Blood drive results: Thank you to all of our donors for making January a record-breaking blood drive! The Community Blood Center collected 112 units of blood - the most units ever in a one-day drive on our campus - and welcomed 31 first-time donors. The next blood drive will be in March.

Expanded bus service: RideKC has expanded its regional transit service which now links the transit center on Johnson Drive in Mission to the KU Medical Center campus. View the RideKC bus schedule.

KU men's basketball tickets: KU Medical Center has partnered with Kansas Jayhawks Athletics to provide employees with tickets to select games. View flyer.

Brag it up!

Raj Mitra, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, has been promoted to be an associate editor of the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The associate editor for the journal is entrusted to make final determinations regarding scientific validity of articles and acceptance for publication.

Vince Loffredo, Ed.D., vice chancellor of student services, has been appointed to serve on the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) James E. Scott Academy Board. The board is comprised of 20 accomplished vice presidents for student affairs and provides advice and thought leadership on critical issues in student affairs and higher education.

Jean Peat, APR, communications manager for KU Cancer Center, has been named president-elect for the Greater Kansas City chapter of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Peat is one of 50 area communications professionals to have earned national accreditation in public relations and has received more than 25 PRSA PRISM awards for her work.

Heather Collins, assistant director of research and learning at Dykes Library, has been selected to receive the 2016 Association of College and Research Libraries Instruction Section Innovation Award for her work on the New Literacies Alliance project, an online platform that addresses the new literacies required for academic success and lifelong learning.


Feb. 3: Free Fitness Yoga class sponsored by A Healthy U, 12:15-1 p.m., Kirmayer Fitness Center. Register and click on the Group Fitness tab.

Feb. 7: Nomination deadline for the EVC Diversity and Inclusion Award. This award will recognize faculty, staff, departments and organizations in their efforts to develop and enhance a more culturally diverse and inclusive campus. Read more.

Feb. 8: Diabetes Institute Second Monday lecture for researchers, noon-1 p.m., Clendening Auditorium. John Miles, M.D., professor in endocrinology, metabolism and genetics, will present "Measuring Adipose Tissue Lipolysis and Meal Fat Storage with Tracers." Fruit and drinks will be provided. Add to your calendar.

Feb. 11: Welcome reception for Sally Maliski, Ph.D., RN, dean and professor of the School of Nursing, 3:30-5:30 p.m., School of Nursing Atrium. Open to everyone.

Feb. 16: Welcome reception for Abiodun Akinwuntan, Ph.D., MPH, MBA, dean of the School of Health Professions, 3:30-5:30 p.m., School of Nursing Atrium. Open to everyone.

Feb. 19: United Way Lunch 'n Learn, noon-1 p.m., Battenfeld Auditorium. Come learn about the United Way and how it benefits our community. Anyone who has donated to the campaign can fill out a raffle for prize drawings. Lunch will be provided to the first 25 attendees. Add to your calendar.


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Last modified: Feb 01, 2016