May 4, 2015

KUMed Central

Community Engagement award winner
Community Engagement Awards: The Argentine Healthy Food Initiative, a research, education and outreach program led by the Department of Family Medicine's Natabhona Mabachi, Ph.D., assistant professor, and Kim Kimminau, Ph.D., associate professor, received the Community Partnership Award. This award recognizes KU Medical Center faculty and community partner, the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association, for their efforts to increase nutrition literacy and healthy eating in the Argentine community.

Gary Doolittle, M.D., professor of medicine and Capitol Federal Masonic Professor, was named the 2015 recipient of the Faculty Award for Scholarship in Community Engagement. Read more and view photo.

Pictured: Natabhona Mabachi, Ph.D., Ann Murguia, executive director of the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association, and Ryan Spaulding, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for community engagement .

KU announces tenure, promotions

Congratulations to all of our newly promoted and tenured faculty, which were named in an announcement May 1. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has approved promotion and the award of tenure for 67 individuals at the Lawrence and Edwards campuses and 46 individuals at KU Medical Center. Read more.

Welcome to our new employees

KU Medical Center officially welcomed its newest hires April 27. Meet our new additions.

Check out the employee orientation video featuring a few of our dedicated employees that is now being shown in new hire training.   

Stuff that might interest you

Murphy building construction: May 11-June 3, crews will begin replacing the stairs from the Murphy building that lead outside to the courtyard. During construction, Murphy Courtyard will be open but the affected area will be fenced off. Contractors will keep the noise level to a minimum so employees and students are not disrupted. Once construction is complete, the exit from the Murphy stairwell to the courtyard will be reopened. Contact Ben Perry, Facilities Management, at 913-588-9006 with any questions.

Barb Petersen to retire: After 41 years of dedicated service to the University of Kansas, Barb Petersen, senior executive assistant to the executive vice chancellor and formerly to the executive dean of the School of Medicine, is retiring July 6, 2015. A search for her successor is in place, and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Read more.

Clinical integration town hall link: Tammy Peterman, RN, executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer, and Steve Stites, M.D., senior vice president of clinical affairs, provided a clinical integration update to employees of the university, hospital and physicians group. A Q&A followed. View recording.

Murphy Courtyard opening: The official opening of the newly renovated Murphy Courtyard space took place April 27. Many faculty, staff and students came out to celebrate and enjoy the new green space. View photos.

Military and veterans honor cords: Last year, KU Medical Center began recognizing graduating student veterans and faculty veterans attending graduation by bestowing them with red, white and blue honor cords to wear during Commencement. Eligible students and faculty can pick up their cords now. Read more.

AAFP Top 10 Award: The KU School of Medicine received the American Academy of Family Physicians Top 10 Award for its consistent contributions to building the family physician workforce. The award marks the fifth consecutive year the school has received the honor. Read more and view photo.

Communicative Disorders program: The Kansas Senate honored the KU Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders May 1 for its 50th anniversary of accreditation by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Read more and view photo.

In the news

The Kansas City Business Journal named Doug Girod, M.D., executive vice chancellor, one of the 100 most powerful people in KC business. Read more.

KCTV5 interviewed Jennifer Klemp, Ph.D., associate professor, Breast Cancer Prevention Center, about the debate on genetic testing versus family history for breast cancer. Watch video.

The Kansas City Star interviewed Richard Barohn, M.D., and Jeff Statland, M.D., about their research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy and treatment of patients with neuromuscular diseases. Read main article. Read Dr. Statland's article.

Honoring patients for 'teaching' future docs

A program at the KU School of Medicine-Wichita is honoring patients for the impact they have had on the education of the medical students who help care for them. Read more.


May 7: Food is Medicine student organization and Schenker Farms are hosting a lunch and learn to provide information about the Community Supported Agriculture program. Chipotle will be provided and Schenker Farms will bring samples of produce, 12-1 p.m., Rieke-B008 Orr Major. Add event to your calendar.

May 8-9: Bluff garage will be closed Friday at 10 p.m. and reopen Sunday when the cleaning is complete. The gates to Olathe I and Olathe II garages will be raised. Contact Kevin Rowald in Parking Services with questions or for more information.

May 12: Advances in Genome Science - learn how Next-Generation Sequencing is transforming health care and assisting researchers in establishing clinical utility, 8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in Hemenway. Speaker will be Emily Farrow, Ph.D., director of laboratory operations, Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine at Children's Mercy Hospital. Breakfast and lunch will be provide. Download flier.

May 28: Mark your calendar for the next EVC town hall, noon-1 p.m., School of Nursing Auditorium. ITV and live stream will be available. More information, including the topic, to come. If you have a topic or question you would like Dr. Girod and leadership to address, submit it here.


James Kindsher, M.D., professor, anesthesiology, was featured as one of the 20 top anesthesiology professors in the United States on the Medical Technology Schools blog. Read more.

Larry Long, Ph.D., senior director, student counseling, was awarded the University of Missouri-Kansas City's School of Education's Alumni Achievement Award. Read more.

Rosann O'Dell, clinical assistant professor, health information management, has recently published a children's book titled, While the Moon Plays. Read more.


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