May 16, 2016

KUMed Central

2016 SOM commencement photo

Commencement 2016: Students from the KU Schools of Health Professions, Medicine and Nursing were awarded their degrees at ceremonies May. Read more about three of the many exceptional students from KU Medical Center who graduated this year.

View photos of the School of Health Professions ceremony, the School of Medicine ceremony and the School of Nursing ceremony.

Pictured: Graduates from the School of Medicine

KU announces promotions and tenures for 2016

Congratulations to all of our newly promoted and tenured faculty, which were named in an announcement May 11. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has approved promotion and the award of tenure for 70 individuals at the Lawrence and Edwards campuses and 66 individuals at the KU Medical Center campuses. Read more.

Welcome to our new employees

KU Medical Center welcomed its newest hires May 9. Meet our new additions.

Stuff that might interest you

Construction progress reports: View the Health Education Building progress report and the Parking Garage 5 progress report for the week ending May 13.

Aflac coverage: Open enrollment is May 15 through June 15 for Aflac's short-term disability and critical illness and accident coverage. Short-term disability insurance will pay a percentage of your salary if you are hurt or ill and cannot perform the duties of your job. Critical illness and accident coverage can help you and your family cope with and recover from the financial stress of a critical illness or unexpected costs associated with a covered accident. Sign up for information sessions June 8, 9 and 14.

Campus-wide Leadership Series: All employees are invited to attend the final leadership series, "There Is No I in Team," noon-1 p.m., June 15 in Battenfeld Auditorium. Bill Self, KU men's basketball head coach, and Joe Carter, baseball legend, will talk about their mentors, journey to fame and team philosophy. Sign up.

Green Commute Challenge: Sponsored by the Mid-America Regional Council's RideShare and Air Quality programs, the Green Commute Challenge encourages commuters to drive less during ozone season. Join the KU Medical Center team as we compete against other KC organizations. The contest runs June 1 to Aug. 31, and provides points and prizes for carpooling, riding the bus, bicycling, walking and telecommuting. Sign up now or email with questions.

Safety corner: If you work with human blood and/or other potentially infectious materials, KU Medical Center is required to provide you annual training on bloodborne pathogens. The environment, health and safety office has created a user-friendly online training, which can be found on the new TLC training site. Read more.

In the news: Daniel Aires, M.D., Stiefel Professor and director of dermatology, was featured in a news story on KCTV-5 highlighting a clinical trial for an injectable chemotherapy. The treatment, which has been developed for use in humans eventually, has proven successful in pet dogs with cancerous tumors. Watch story.

A Healthy U recording: The recording of the Sitting is the New Smoking Lunch 'n Learn program is now available on the A Healthy U website. John Thyfault, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular and integrative physiology, shared several studies about the impact physical activity has on type II diabetes and other diseases; discussed how exercise should not solely be associated with weight loss; and covered the correlation of fitness, age and activity; and more.

Topping out ceremony: KU Medical Center held a topping out ceremony for the Health Education Building. Leadership signed the final beam, which was then raised and put in place at the very top of the building. The building is scheduled to open in July 2017. View photos.

Rosedale's Bike-In Movie: Mark your calendar for Rosedale's 6th Annual Bike-In Movie, 7 p.m., May 19, Boulevard Drive-In Theatre. This year's movie will be The Princess Bride and is free to bicyclists, pedestrians and bus riders. Read more


May 18: Free yoga class sponsored by A Healthy U, noon-12:45 p.m. (note new time), Kirmayer. Register and click on the Group Fitness tab.

May 18: Rosedale Farmers Market, offered by A Healthy U, 3-5 p.m. in Murphy Courtyard.

May 18: REDCap training, 3-4 p.m., Dykes Library. Training will focus on the basics of building and maintaining projects, including longitudinal projects and surveys. Sign up.

May 20: Cambridge Garage will be closed for cleaning. Employees assigned to Olathe I can park in that garage. All other permit holders can park in Bluff Garage or any surface lot.

May 23: The two lanes of southbound traffic on Cambridge Street will be reduced to one lane during normal business hours through June 10. This disruption is part of The University of Kansas Hospital's Cambridge North Tower pedestrian bridge construction. Read more.

May 26: School of Medicine Faculty Advancement Series: SOM Curriculum Vitae, noon-1 p.m., Clendening Auditorium. Dianne Durham, Ph.D., associate dean of faculty affairs, will review and discuss the CV template. Add to your calendar


Joseph McGuirk, D.O., professor and medical director of the blood and marrow transplant program, was named the recipient of the Schutte/Speas Professorship of Hematology/Oncology. Read more.

Heather Nelson-Brantley, BSN, RN, clinical instructor, and Elaine Domian-Williams, Ph.D., APRN, clinical associate professor, received the Daisy Awards. The awards are given annually to one undergraduate and one graduate faculty member in the KU School of Nursing and honor extraordinary nursing faculty


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