July 13, 2015

KUMed Central

Eddie Carrillo

A Healthy U: In 2012, Eddie Carrillo, a police corporal with the University of Kansas Police Department, and his wife made the decision to start eating better and feeding their children healthier meals. A few months later, Eddie also started running in support of a friend training for a 10K. What started out as a favor turned into a passion. The combination of healthier eating and running resulted in weight loss and increased energy! Read more.

Reminder on how Alertus works

A few employees questioned why Alertus did not activate during the tornado warning issued July 6. The tornado warning was issued by the National Weather Service for Johnson County. Our Kansas City campus locations use the AccuWeather Skyguard service, which specifically looks at our campus areas for tornadic conditions. If and when AccuWeather issues a warning, we will notify the campus to take shelter. Read more.

Welcome to our new employees

KU Medical Center welcomed its newest hires July 6. Meet our new additions.

Stuff that might interest you

Dykes Library offers free interlibrary loans: The A.R. Dykes Library of the Health Sciences is waiving the costs of interlibrary loan fees for all faculty, staff and students of KU Medical Center and The University of Kansas Hospital as of July 1, 2015. Read more.

Lync is now Skype for Business: Microsoft Skype for Business (previously called Lync) is a powerful way to instantly communicate with colleagues, students and other federated partners. With the click of a button, you can open a text chat, make a video call or participate in an online meeting. While the name and look have changed, the features and functionality remain the same with some updates. Read more.

Kansas outreach map: If you're doing research, education, clinical care or outreach work in Kansas, the Institute for Community Engagement wants to help promote your efforts. The institute maintains the university's Kansas outreach map (updated at the end of every fiscal and calendar year). This information helps local and state leaders and the general public understand the university's impact throughout the state. To update or have your FY2015 information added to the map, contact April Blackmon Strange. View the map here.

Double Up Food Bucks program: KU Medical Center is a partner in Double Up Food Bucks, a pilot program to help households using SNAP stretch their food dollars for fruits and vegetables at Price Chopper stores. Every dollar spent on locally grown produce earns customers an additional dollar of Double Up to spend on fresh produce. Cheryl Gibson, Ph.D., associate professor in internal medicine, will evaluate the impact of the Double Up Kansas City pilot. Read more.

New collaborative simulation center: KU Medical Center and The University of Kansas Hospital are teaming up to create a new simulation facility on the main campus. This innovative venture will enhance care for patients and families through education and training of future and current health care providers. The $2 million facility is expected to open in the fall on the ground floor of Sudler. Read more.

In the news: Joe Tash, Ph.D., professor of molecular and integrative physiology, was featured in an article on reproduction in space. Read more.

Exercise and brain health: A six-month trial led by Jeffrey Burns, M.D., professor of neurology and co-director of the KU Alzheimer's Disease Center, indicates that older adults can improve brain function by raising their fitness level. Read more.

FIM highlight: The student-run organization, Food is Medicine, was featured in the Edible Kansas City publication (starting on page 15) for its efforts in cultivating a healthier campus.

Nurse Academy: Students participated in the annual Nurse Academy presented by the School of Nursing and the The University of Kansas Hospital. The two-day event is designed for students interested in exploring careers in nursing. View photos.

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July 14: School of Nursing dean candidate town hall, noon-1 p.m., SON Auditorium. Note: The next SON dean candidate town hall will be July 28.

July 14: Retirement reception for Deanna Fox, M.D., associate professor, 10 a.m.-noon, Boley Conference Room, 1603 KU Hospital.

July 15: Deadline to sign FY16 appointment letters. Read more.

July 15, 22, 29: Free exercise classes sponsored by A Healthy U. Read more.

July 17: Deadline to submit nominations for the Amy O'Brien-Ladner Innovation Award, which recognizes women faculty whose innovation improves the environment for women in the professions of medicine and science. Read more.

July 22: Blood drive, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Francisco Lounge. Register to donate and receive a "buy one, get one free" single day admission to Schlitterbahn Water Park. To sign up, click here and use code uofkansas.

July 30: Onsite biometric screening event, Francisco Lounge. Once you have your biometric numbers, complete the mandatory Health Assessment Questionnaire. Read more.

Aug. 21: WIMS Healthcare & Justice Leadership Conference for men and women who want to hone their leadership skills. Read more.

Sept. 18-19: Earn CME/CNE credits and learn about adult stem cell therapy at the third annual Midwest Conference on Cell Therapy & Regenerative Medicine for physicians, scientists, nurses and other health care professionals, trainees, and the general public. Read more. 


Garold Minns, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine-Wichita, was named a 2015 Health Care Hero. Read more.

Sandra Billinger, Ph.D., PT, associate professor, and her University of Kansas R.E.A.C.H. Lab team had their paper examining physical activity on the acute stroke unit published in the July issue of the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. More.


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