Dec. 1, 2014

KUMed Central

Employee service awards

Congratulations to our employees who celebrated service anniversaries this year. The employees pictured have 35 or more years of service. Front row: Janie Meeker, Arthur Dick, M.D., Capt. Donald Holland, Cynthia Berry, Annette Kramer. Back row: Stanton Rosenthal, M.D., Deanna Fox, M.D., Daniel Hinthorn, M.D., Herbert Lindsley, M.D., Carol Lindsley, M.D. View the complete list of honorees.

Welcome to our new employees

KU Medical Center officially welcomed its newest hires Nov. 24. Meet our new additions.

Stuff that might interest you

Biometric screenings: Start earning points toward the HealthQuest Rewards Program for 2016 by attending a free biometric screening Tuesday, Dec. 9. In three easy steps, you can save $480 on your health plan premium for Plan Year 2016. Read more.

Ask the EVC: A comment was submitted via the Ask the EVC channel about the wait time for shuttles when parked in the far lots. Read the Q&A.

Scholars Next Door: The School of Health Professions is highlighting some of their students in a special Facebook series called Scholars Next Door. Read interesting facts about a few of our students.

Open Access Fund: The Offices of KU Provost, KU Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Studies and KU Medical Center Vice Chancellor for Research have renewed support for an author's fund to encourage open access scholarship at all KU and KU Medical Center campuses. The "One University" Open Access Publishing Fund supports KU faculty, staff and student authors. Read more.

Brag it up

Peter Smith, Ph.D., has been named senior associate dean for research. In his new role, Smith will serve as a key advisor and will assist in matters relating to research, including operations, infrastructure, recruitments and evaluations. Read the full release here.

Phoebe Williams, Ph.D., RN, School of Nursing professor, was named the 2014 Kansas Nurse of the Year in Research by the state chapter of the American Nurses Association. Read more.

Stefani Buchwitz, senior coordinator, was awarded the Outstanding New Professional Award for the region, and David Yeoman, graduate assistant, was awarded the Graduate Rising Star Award for the state of Kansas. Both Office of Student Life employees received their awards at the regional NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Conference. Contact Ryan Gove for more information.

Pool Cool, an evidence-based education program that teaches sun safety for children ages 5-10, has been selected as the recipient for the 2015 Kansas Recreation and Parks Association Special Event Aquatic Branch Award. This program was presented as a collaborative effort between the Midwest Cancer Alliance and the Kansas Cancer Partnership and was presented at 22 Kansas City metro area pools this summer. Award winners will be recognized at the 2015 KRPA Annual Conference. Contact Ashley Adorante for more information.

In the news

Patrick Moriarty, M.D., director of clinical pharmacology, is lead researcher on an experimental antibody drug that could prove effective at lowering LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels for patients who have side effects with cholesterol-lowering statin medications. Read the U.S. News & World Report article.

Life after basketball

Former University of Kansas basketball star Tyrel Reed is enjoying his new life as a doctor of physical therapy student at KU Medical Center. At this point of his career, he'd rather be known as a good therapist than a former big-time basketball player. Read more.


Dec. 4: Clinical integration town hall for all employees, 7:30-8:30 a.m., SON Auditorium. Live streaming and a recording will be available. Read more.

Dec. 4: All faculty, staff, and students are invited to the 2014 Holiday Spectacular, hosted by Office of Student Life and Student Diversity Council, 5-7 p.m., Francisco Lounge/Battenfeld Auditorium. Cultural holiday foods from different countries will be offered from 5 to 6 p.m., and Doctors' Notes and Vitamin Beat (interprofessional band) will perform a holiday concert from 6 to 7 p.m. Contact Ryan Gove for more information.

Dec. 5: The university will hold its next computer equipment drop-off, 8:30-10:30 a.m. in Hixson Atrium. Make sure you bring the proper form. Read more.

Dec. 5: KU Med Store's holiday faculty and staff appreciation event, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Read more.

Dec. 8: Public information session with KU Police, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Support Services building. You may phone in from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Read more.

Dec. 18: Employee holiday party, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Beller Conference Room. Enjoy free food and giving opportunities. Read more and view the menu. Add the event to your calendar.

Jan. 20: Nomination deadline for the annual University Scholarly Achievement Award, which is presented to four mid-career scholars who have made significant scholarly or research contributions to their fields. Read more.

Feb. 4: Nomination deadline for 2015 Alumni Awards, sponsored by the KUMC Alumni Association. These awards are given to alumni and non-alumni from the KU Schools of Health Professions, Medicine and Nursing. For the awards criteria and nomination form, visit the website.


The next issue will be Dec. 15. Email Carrie Brown or submit news items here.


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