February energy awareness message

Jose CiscerosStop the leaks!

When cold air infiltrates our buildings through open or leaking windows and doors, the heating systems have to work harder to make up for it. Leaking windows across campus could add up to $11,000 per year in utilities costs. Please report damaged weather stripping around windows and doors to Facilities Management at 913-588-7928 so we can reduce outside air from getting into our buildings. We also ask that you only use the auto door openers if necessary. We spend nearly $8,300 a year from excessive auto door opener use because we lose conditioned air.

Thank you for doing your part. Together we can make a huge difference in our utility expenses.

Picture: Jose Cisneros, facilities specialist, caulks a leaking window.

Call for judges and volunteers

This year's Student Research Forum needs judges and volunteers. Below is a schedule of events, which will all take place in Beller Conference Center in the Hemenway building.

Wednesday, April 2
Oral presentations: 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.
Poster presentations: 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.

Thurs, April 3
Banquet: 6 p.m.
Awards ceremony: 8 p.m.

Friday, April 4
Keynote speaker: noon to 1:30 p.m.

Judges will score student presentations and posters. There is an easy-to-use score sheet and training for all those interested in judging. Schedules will be accommodated as much as possible. If interested in being a judge, register here by March 3. Contact Michelle McWilliams if you have questions.

Volunteers will help the day of events April 2-4 to time student presentations, organize posters, and other tasks to help the events run smoothly. Sign-ups available for shifts of one hour or more at a time. Contact Maria Iliakova to volunteer.

Lecture on Age-Related Macular Degeneration

February is National Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month, so your eye care team at KU Eye Center invites you to attend the first of a three-part Century of Caring community lecture series on Thursday, Feb. 20, noon to 1 p.m. at the KU Eye Center, 7400 State Line Road, Suite 100, Prairie Village, KS 66208. Ajay Singh, M.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology, will discuss the symptoms and signs of AMD, its causes and treatment options.

Age-related Macular Degeneration, or AMD, is the leading cause of blindness in adults 65 and older, and currently affects more than 2 million Americans ages 50 and over. AMD is a deterioration or breakdown of the eye's macula, a small area in the retina which is the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. The macula is also the part of the retina that is responsible for your central vision, allowing you to see fine details clearly. Many people are not aware that they have macular degeneration until they have a noticeable vision problem or until it is detected during an eye examination.

Registration for this free seminar is required. Please call 913-588-6606 or email Deb Kephart to reserve your spot! KU Eye Center will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year — more details to come.

Last modified: Feb 02, 2014