Jan. 11, 2016

KUMed Central

Cow art moooves into its new home: This cow, titled "I've Looked at Cows From Both Sides Now" and also known as the bistate cow, moved into Dykes Library Jan. 7. The bi-state cow spent the past several years in the Wyandotte County Historical Museum before its owners, Jack and Karen Holland, loaned it to the library. View photos.

EVC Diversity Award and other diversity updates

This month, the EVC Diversity and Inclusion Cabinet at KU Medical Center will celebrate its one-year anniversary. As part of the work of this cabinet, the EVC Diversity and Inclusion Award has been resurrected and plans are in place to conduct a diversity climate study on all KU campuses. Read Dr. Girod's full message.

Welcome to our new employees

KU Medical Center welcomed its newest hires Jan. 4. Meet our new additions.

Stuff that might interest you

New ticket system to request IR services: Information Resources (IR) is moving to a new ticket tracking system, effective Jan. 12. With the new system, IR will be able to add more services to its catalog of services and consolidate services into a common platform while offering a better and easier user experience. Read more.

HEB construction update: View the Health Education Building progress report for week ending Jan. 8.

A Healthy U survey: KU Medical Center has successfully completed the first year of A Healthy U, the campus wellness program for faculty, staff and students. To make the 2016 program even better, all employees are encouraged to take the survey sent Jan. 4. Deadline to complete the survey is Jan. 15. If you did not receive the survey, please contact Carrie Brown.

The Jayhawk Way: The next round of The Jayhawk Way, KU Medical Center's professional development program, begins Feb. 9. The Jayhawk Way guides faculty, staff and students in defining their professional goals and passions, sharpening the skills necessary to reach their goals and effectively communicating in an interprofessional community. Read more.

Toastmasters: In an effort to provide additional opportunities for employees to attend meetings, Toastmasters will hold meetings on the first and third Wednesday and second and fourth Thursday of each month beginning in February. Wednesday meetings will be noon-1 p.m. and Thursday meeting will be 1-2 p.m. Meeting locations can be found on the Toastmasters website.

Doctors as Educators: Registration is now open for the Doctors as Educators spring program, a 13-session course from Feb. 1 to April 25 that teaches doctors the theory and skills required to become excellent teachers in medical education. All current KU clinical and basic science faculty are invited to participate. Erica Howe, M.D., assistant professor, is the course instructor. For course description and registration information, visit the website.

From a cotton seed to a potential cancer drug: Researchers, Liang Xu, M.D., Ph.D., and Kristi Neufeld, Ph.D., at The University of Kansas Cancer Center have identified a byproduct of cotton that could be a potential drug in the fight against colorectal and other cancers. Read more.

A record number of cancer screenings: Working with the Kansas Masonic Foundation and the Midwest Cancer Alliance, KU Medical Center doctors screened nearly 2,000 people across Kansas for cancer in 2015. Read more.

Support MCA's Kitchen Therapy: Support Midwest Cancer Alliance's free Kitchen Therapy cooking and nutrition program for cancer patients and others with chronic diseases. Shop at Whole Foods Market at 91st Street and Metcalf in Overland Park on Jan. 13, and Whole Foods will donate all of their Community Giving Day proceeds to Kitchen Therapy. Call 913-588-4719 for more information.

Safety corner: Many locations on campus require the use of liquid nitrogen, which is often used to store cells in research laboratories and to remove skin lesions in clinical settings. Because of its extremely low temperature and its ability to displace oxygen in the air, there are a number of things you should know when working with this material. Read some safety tips provided by the environment, health and safety office.


Jan. 13 & 20: Free Wellness Wednesday Fitness Yoga class, 12:15-1 p.m., Kirmayer Fitness Center. Register and click on the Group Fitness tab.

Jan. 15: "2015 World Series Lessons in Life & Business," by Gina Danner, CEO of NextPage and leadership consultant, noon-1 p.m., SON Auditorium. Sign up. This is the first presentation of the "Stories of Leaders: How They Do or Did It" campus-wide leadership series. Read more.

Jan. 18: Shuttle service will be fully operational for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Parking will follow normal parking regulations. Contact Kevin Rowald with questions.

Jan. 26: "Work-Life Policies at KUMC: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?" WIMS event, noon-1 p.m., Lied Auditorium. Human Resources will discuss KU Medical Center policies of interest to faculty, staff and trainees. Sign up.

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


The KU Diabetes Institute has been approved as a Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet Affiliate in collaboration with Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, one of nine clinical centers in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. TrialNet represents a network of researchers exploring ways to prevent, delay and reverse the progression of Type 1 Diabetes. The KU Medical Center team will be led by David Robbins, M.D., director of KU Diabetes Institute, with Angela Lennon, M.D., assistant professor in pediatrics, as the co-investigator.


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