Jan. 25, 2016

KUMed Central

New hires Jan. 19, 2016 
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Stuff that might interest you

Online W-2s available: Electronic W-2s are available in the Employee Self Service for employees who consented to receive their statement online. Printed W2s will be mailed by Jan. 29. You may find W-2 information and instructions along with tax statement calculations on the Payroll website.

HEB construction update: View the Health Education Building progress report for week ending Jan. 18. Construction photos are also available in each report.

Cambridge North Tower pedestrian bridge: Construction has begun on the two-story pedestrian bridge across Cambridge Street and 39th Avenue. The new bridge will link Cambridge North Tower to the Center for Advanced Heart Care. Construction will cause some noise and vibration. Read more.

Sign up for KUMC One Book: All employees are invited to participate in the KUMC One Book common reading experience. The 2016 book selection is Join the Club by Tina Rosenberg that features global stories illustrating how positive peer pressure can change people's behavior and inspire social change. You must opt in by Feb. 3. Read more.

Bridge conference calls: University telecommunications and networking will be deploying a new audio conferencing system early in 2016 to replace the current conference bridge. The new system will have 10 times the capacity of the current audio conferencing system. Read more.

Classrooms open for scheduling: TLT-Media classrooms, auditoriums and conference rooms are now open for scheduling through December 2016. To schedule a room, send an email request to tlt-media@kumc.edu or call 913-588-7326.

United Way: The 2016 United Way campaign will be Feb. 8-22. This will be a joint campaign with The University of Kansas Hospital and the fundraising goal is to raise $250,000. More information to come.

In the news: The Boston Globe highlighted Merlin Butler, M.D., professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of research and genetics at KU Medical Center, as the principal investigator for Beloranib, an experimental obesity drug with promising results in the treatment of Prader-Willi syndrome. Read more.

Quicker recovery from bladder surgery: A pilot study led by Jill Hamilton-Reeves, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, suggests a special nutrition regimen can lower infection rates for bladder surgery patients. Read more.

Sertoma Hearing Aid Project: The Department of Hearing and Speech has been selected as the national center for the Sertoma club's hearing aid recycling program, the Hearing Aid Project. The Hearing Aid Project provides recycled hearing aids to people who can't afford them. Read more.

WIMS scholarship: Each year, the Association of American Medical Colleges holds an Early-Career Women Professional Development Seminar. The Women in Medicine & Science (WIMS) organization has up to two scholarships available for School of Medicine women faculty to cover registration costs for the seminar, which will be held July 9-11. Application deadline is Feb. 5. Read more.

Race to Nowhere: The MS Achievement Center, the non-profit fundraising arm of the Comprehensive Center for Multiple Sclerosis Care, is hosting its 18th annual Race to Nowhere, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 27, in the Kirmayer Fitness Center. Racers will compete on stationary bikes in 30-minute heats to see who can ride the farthest while raising money. Gather your friends, family or coworkers and race against other departments. Read more.

Brag it up!

Carla Keirns, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of medical ethics in the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine, authored one of the top 10 most-read articles for 2015 in Health Affairs.

Lauren Little, Ph.D., OTR/L, assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy Education, received the Cordelia Myers American Journal of Occupational Therapy Best Article Award from the American Occupational Therapy Association. Read more.

Carol Bush, RN, MCA nurse navigator based in Wichita, was selected by Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine as Oncology Nurse Navigator of the Year. She was recognized on page 29 in the Winter 2016 issue.


Jan. 26: Blood drive, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Hixson Atrium. All participating donors will receive a $5 QuikTrip gift card. To sign up, click here and use code uofkansas. Contact Ryan Gove with questions.

Jan. 27: 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. 1: Register 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 KU clinical and basic science faculty are invited to participate. Sign up.

Feb. 4: Onsite biometric screening in Francisco Lounge. Obtaining your biometric numbers is the first step in an easy three-step process to save $240 on your health plan premium for Plan Year 2017 through HealthQuest. Read more. Walk-ins welcome.

Feb. 9: The next round of The Jayhawk Way, KU Medical Center's professional development program begins. Read more.

Feb. 11: Diversity and Inclusion Cabinet meeting, 8-9 a.m., SON Auditorium. Open to everyone. Agenda will be posted here. Add the meeting to your calendar.

Feb. 12: All employees are invited to attend the leadership series presentation, "Playing Well with Others," noon-1 p.m., SON Auditorium. Aram Demirjian, associate conductor for the Kansas City Symphony, will share his experiences and talk about the importance of working together as a team. Lunch will be provided to the first 125 participants. Sign up.

Feb. 13: KU Medical Center alumni, employees and friends are invited to the KU vs. Oklahoma basketball watch party, sponsored by the KUMC Alumni Association. Cheer on the Jayhawks in a private viewing area at Johnny's Tavern. Limited tickets are available for $15 and must be purchased in advance. Pizza and wings (while supplies last) and two drink tickets will be provided. Rock Chalk JayDoc t-shirts are available for $10 and must be ordered by Feb. 1. Read more


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