May 11, 2015

KUMed Central

Team KU 5k team 
Team KU: The Kansas City Corporate Challenge games have begun and Team KU is currently in 17th place in our division. Bob Spaniol, Stacy Winckler, Donna Stevens and Kelly Dunn represented Team KU in the 5k event. View event results.   

A Healthy U kick-off and 2015 program

We are officially launching the A Healthy U program with a kick-off event, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., May 14, in the Murphy Courtyard. As Dr. Girod, executive vice chancellor, said in his May 5 newsletter, we hope to equip you with information, like the benefits of walking meetings and opportunities to make healthier choices. Read more and register for the kick-off event. Read more about the 2015 program.

Stuff that might interest you

Accelerated payroll schedule: Due to the upcoming holidays, fiscal year end and budget load in the next two months, the university's payroll schedule has been accelerated for pay periods ending May 23, June 6 and June 20. Read more.

New bike lockers: As part of our efforts to make engaging in physical activity easier on campus, we have installed additional bike racks across campus. Now riders can also store their bikes in our newly created indoor bike locker area in the Olathe II garage. Read more.

Construction: Wednesday, May 13, 6 a.m.-2 p.m., two westbound lanes will be closed in front of the Research Support Facility on 39th Street. During this time, there will only be one open lane for traffic. Contact Nan Josephson, facilities management, at 913-588-9001 with questions.

Grantham Symposium: A distinguished group of researchers were among those who attended the Jared J. Grantham Symposium at KU Medical Center May 4. Peter Igarashi, head of the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, and Gregory Pazour, professor of molecular medicine at the University of Massachusetts, were guest lecturers at the symposium. The Kidney Institute hosts the Jared J. Grantham Symposium to honor the career of renowned nephrologist Jared Grantham M.D. View photo.

April birthdays: As part of C.A.R.E., the employee recognition program, Human Resources is hosting monthly birthday celebrations. View photos of employees who celebrated birthdays in April.

In the news

The NIH Common Fund has awarded a $408,000 grant to Peter Smith, Ph.D., senior associate dean for research, to support a program studying genetic disorders in children. The program was recently the subject of a front page story in the Lawrence Journal World. Read article.

Commencement 2015

The Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions are holding commencement ceremonies on May 16, 2015. Read about three of the many exceptional students who will graduate this year from KU Medical Center.

In honor of those graduating in the Class of 2015, students enjoyed a free lunch at the annual Grad Grill event. View photos.


May 14: A Healthy U kick-off event, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Murphy Courtyard. Enjoy yoga, Walk @ Work organized walks, healthy snack samples and informational booths. Register and read more.

May 15: Deadline to submit your photos for The Landon Center on Aging's "Images of Aging" photo contest designed to showcase the many faces of older adults. Read more.


Marcia Pomeroy, director, K-12 Initiative, Office of Cultural Enhancement and Diversity, and Saturday Science, Math and Technology Academy were inducted into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame April 24. Read more.

The Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center at The University of Kansas Hospital and KU Medical Center achieved re-certification as a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence. The center is one of 26 centers nationwide to earn the designation. Read more.


Patricia Thomas, M.D., professor in pathology and laboratory medicine died May 6. 


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Last modified: May 11, 2015