Jan. 26, 2015

KUMed Central

Interprofessional training day

Interprofessional training at KU Medical Center brought together more than 1,000 first-year students and 100 faculty from 13 programs on three campuses to learn about the importance of communication and teamwork in patient care. View photos.

Welcome to our new employees

KU Medical Center welcomed its newest hires Jan. 20. Meet our new additions.

Stuff that might interest you

New executive director: Jamie Caldwell has been named the new associate vice chancellor for research administration for KU Medical Center and executive director of the Research Institute, Inc. Read more.

Weeding project: A process, called weeding, has been in the works at Dykes Library to clear out unused items. Aproximately 50,000 bound journals have already been recycled or preserved, and the next phase will be to evaluate the book collection. In total, about 300,000 items will be evaluated after the project is completed. Read more.

Ask the EVC: A question was submitted via the Ask the EVC channel about the cost of Mac computers versus PCs. Read the full question and answer.

Coaching programs: If you made New Year's resolutions and you need help sticking with your commitment to exercise, quit smoking, eat better or lose weight, HealthQuest, the state's health and wellness program, can help. HealthQuest offers a variety of award-winning coaching programs, from Virtual Coaching to their newly enhanced Lifestyle Coaching program to support your efforts to become healthier in 2015. Read more.

Project Eagle turns 25: Project Eagle, a program at the KU School of Medicine, is marking 25 years of helping at-risk children and their families in Wyandotte County. Read more.

MS Society video: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society released a video highlighting research being done by Jessie Huisinga, Ph.D., at the Landon Center on Aging. Watch video.

KU designation: KU-Lawrence is applying for designation as an Innovation & Economic Prosperity university. This prestigious national designation is awarded only to universities that have demonstrated excellence in innovation and economic development initiatives. Share your candid opinions about KU's innovation and economic development activities through a five-minute confidential online survey. Deadline is Jan. 31.

Pledge of Allegiance: Tim Hornik, a doctoral student in the therapeutic science program in the Department of Occupational Therapy Education, led the Pledge of Allegiance during President Obama's Jan. 22 visit to KU. View photo.

Supporting heart research

A $1 million gift from two former KU faculty members will help advance cardiovascular research at KU Medical Center's Cardiovascular Research Institute. Read more.

In the news

The New York Times profiled a gene therapy clinical trial being conducted by Hinrich Staecker, School of Medicine researcher, aimed at regenerating hair cells in the ear, giving hope to the hearing impaired. Read more.

Fox 4 talked to Amber Long, director of Kirmayer Fitness Center, on the best ways to stick with fitness goals and obtain a healthy lifestyle this year. Watch video.



Jan. 28: Next round of Jayhawk Way training, KU Medical Center's professional development training program. Open to all faculty and staff. Read more.

Jan. 28-29: The Community Blood Center is experiencing a critical shortage of blood supply with less than one day of inventory on the shelves.

Laura Long, Midwest Cancer Alliance, had open heart surgery a few weeks before her 38th birthday. Blood loss during the procedure required a transfusion. "I can't tell you how grateful I am to the O+ Samaritan who decided to give blood. It saved my life," she said.

You can help people like Laura by donating at the onsite blood drive, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Francisco Lounge. To sign up, click here and use code uofkansas. Read more.

Feb. 1: Nomination deadline for the Faculty Award for Scholarship in Community Engagement and KU Medical Center Community Partnership Award, sponsored by the Institute for Community Engagement. Read more.

Feb. 4: Nomination deadline for the 2015 Alumni Awards, sponsored by the KUMC Alumni Association. Read more.

March 18: Next onsite biometric screening event, Francisco Lounge. Once you have your biometric numbers, complete the mandatory Health Assessment Questionnaire, which will earn you 10 credits towards your HealthQuest rewards. Read more.


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Last modified: Jan 26, 2015