Nov. 10, 2014

KUMed Central

Donna Peck
Since heart disease and diabetes run in her family, Donna Peck, assistant director of communications, knew she was high risk for both because she was obese. She decided to lose weight for her health, not her appearance. Read more. As part of A Healthy U, we will share stories to help inspire you in your wellness journey. 

United Way update

KU Medical Center, The University of Kansas Hospital and The University of Kansas Physicians raised more than $219,000 for this year's joint United Way campaign. Thank you to everyone who donated and supported this great cause! And a special thank you to the United Way Ambassadors who worked tirelessly on the campaign throughout October. Read more.    

Stuff that might interest you

Murphy Courtyard update: Phase I renovations to Murphy Courtyard are complete, and the courtyard is open to pedestrians again. However, access to the courtyard from Wescoe is still closed until further notice. Please take note of a few details regarding Murphy Courtyard. Read more.

Information session with KU Police: As part of re-accreditation for the Commission of Accredited Law Enforcement Agencies, the police department is hosting a public information session Dec. 8. Employees can stop by and meet the assessors, ask questions, and share feedback with the police department. Read more.

Sign up for MyChart: If you are a patient of The University of Kansas Hospital or The University of Kansas Physicians, you may access MyChart, the patient version of the electronic medical record. With MyChart, you can view lab results, verify your next appointment, communicate with your care team and much more. Read more.

Scholarly Achievement Award: Nominations are now being accepted for the annual University Scholarly Achievement Award, which is presented to four mid-career scholars who have made significant scholarly or research contributions to their fields. Read more.

American Indian song and dance demonstration: November is Native American Heritage Month, and in honor of the month, the American Indian Health Student Association hosted the American Indian song and dance demonstration Nov. 3. View photos from the event and watch a video of the Prairie Chicken Dance.

Alzheimer's Smart Aging class

The Alzheimer's Disease Center at KU Medical Center is sponsoring a 12-week "Smart Aging" class designed to take the knowledge gained by researchers at the center on lifestyle factors and other means to improve and maintain brain health and pass it on to members of the community. Read more.

Just for fun

Today's trivia question is in honor of Veterans Day.

Trivia: Name the World War II KU School of Medicine unit that served in Europe and Africa. Email your answer. Those who answer correctly will receive a free DVD on the history of this unit.

A special thanks to Nancy Hulston, archives director in the Clendening History of Medicine Museum, for providing the trivia. 

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Nov. 11 & 14: Flu Stop clinics free to employees; voucher required. Read more.

Nov. 12: Kurt E. Ebner Discovery Lecture, featuring Joe Lutkenhaus, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor in Microbiology, Molecular Genetics & Immunology, 4 p.m., SON Auditorium. Reception immediately to follow. View program.

Nov. 12 & 15: Sulyap, A glimpse of Philippine Culture presented by Sinag-tala Performing Arts Troupe in association with Human Resources will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 15, Battenfeld Auditorium. Download flier. The Sinag-tala Performing Arts Troupe will also perform a dance exhibition from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Nov. 12 in the SON atrium.

Nov. 14: Deadline for faculty to request updates to their Meet Our Experts profiles. Read more.

Dec. 4: Clinical integration town hall for all employees, 7:30-8:30 a.m., SON Auditorium. Dr. Doug Girod, Dr. Steven Stites, Bob Page and Dr. Kirk Benson will lead the town hall. Live streaming and a recording will be available.


Honor Paul Terranova, Ph.D., senior associate dean for research and graduate education, professor of molecular & integrative physiology and obstetrics & gynecology and former president of the KUMC Research Institute and vice chancellor for research, at a retirement reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Beller Conference Center in Hemenway. Parking is available in Lot 50 in front of the Hemenway building or in the Cambridge garage.


Click here for an online version of Advances, The University of Kansas Hospital's bi-weekly news publication.


Last modified: Nov 13, 2014