KU School of Health Professions students, along with community volunteers, teach dance classes to children with a wide variety of special needs. The children range in age from 3-18 years old and have been diagnosed with a variety of special needs, including autism, developmental delays, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses. The dance classes offer the children a form of fun and therapy, introducing them to new experiences and getting them up and moving. View slide show.
Rainbow construction update
Due to a sanitary line break, the closure of Rainbow Extension has been changed to Friday, March 7, at 6 p.m. Additionally, east and westbound lane closures on Southwest Boulevard will occur at the same time for an unspecified period of time. Read more.
March energy awareness message
Can you imagine dumping five, one-gallon jugs of water down the drain every day? That is how many gallons of fresh water is wasted each day from a single leaky faucet. Read more.
Stuff that might interest you
Blood drive: As a result of the hospital and university combining their blood drives, we were able to collect 488 pints of blood in 2013 - enough to be recognized with the Community Blood Center's Community Star award. Be sure to sign up for the March 25 blood drive. Read more.
Campus calendar tips: You can stay up-to-date on KU Medical Center events, activities and programs on campus. The events calendar allows you to select your preferences, making it easier to view the events that interest you. Read more.
Research studies: Have you considered participating in a research study? Among the hundreds of studies underway at KU Medical Center, employees have recently been invited to participate in studies involving back pain; night eating; gait and balance; pregnancy; glycemic index in preschoolers; and caregivers of relatives with dementia. Some offer compensation for your time. Find these studies here or go to the Pioneers website for additional studies. While you're on the Pioneers site, register to be considered for current or future studies that interest you.
Newsletter subscriptions: Many great things are happening on all of the KU Medical Center campuses, but it might be hard to know what's taking place if you're not part of that campus. An easy way to stay current is to subscribe to campus news. Read more.
Corporate Challenge: We are gearing up for the 2014 Kansas City Corporate Challenge (KCCC) games and recruiting participants for Team KU. The University of Kansas-Lawrence, The University of Kansas Hospital, The University of Kansas Physicians and KU Medical Center will all participate as one team. Read more.
In the news
Nutrition labels are getting a makeover. The Kansas City Star talked to Jill Hamilton-Reeves, Ph.D., R.D., assistant professor in dietetics and nutrition. Read article. KMBC 9 News spotlighted Heather Gibbs, Ph.D., R.D., clinical assistant professor in dietetics and nutrition. Watch news clip.
Just for fun
March is National Women's Month, and each week in March, we'll feature a related trivia question.
Who am I? This artist studied at Johns Hopkins University under world famous medical illustrator, Max Brödel. She came to the KU School of Medicine in 1933, married the dean, Harry Wahl, M.D., and served as a medical illustrator here until 1971. Clue: visit the current exhibit in the Clendening Library Foyer, 1st floor Robinson. Email your answer.
Last week's question: Samuel U. Rodgers, M.D., was a former associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology who was known for reaching out to the underprivileged and has a local health center named after him.
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March 6: Civil leadership program, "The Civility Connection: Building a Culture of Safety, Respect & Professionalism." Two program options are available for faculty, staff, and hospital employees. Read more.
March 6: Culture Hour, sponsored by the Office of International Programs, noon-12:45 p.m., G005 Orr-Major. This is a casual forum for students, faculty, and staff to discuss insights, questions, and concerns about culture. Add to your calendar.
March 7: The university will hold its next computer equipment drop-off from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in Hixson Atrium. Make sure you bring the proper form. Read more.
March 8: Free cancer screenings, 9 a.m.-noon in Gardner, Kan. Open to everyone. Read more.
BRAG IT UP
Indranil Biswas, Ph.D., professor of microbiology, molecular genetics and immunology, has been named a U.S. fellow in the Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Program and will spend four months in India. Read more.
Carl Weiner, M.D., the K.E. Krantz Professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology, presented an award-winning abstract at the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine meeting. Read more.
The University of Kansas Hospital has been named one of America's 100 Best HospitalsTM, as measured by Healthgrades. Read more.
Emergency preparedness is your responsibility too. Disasters like floods, tornadoes, fires and winter storms can cause havoc in a community very quickly, but planning ahead can help you and your family recover more efficiently. Emergency Management encourages everyone to be prepared at home by making an emergency kit, developing a plan, and being informed. Follow these and other emergency preparedness tips.
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