Oct. 20, 2014

KUMed Central

New employees
Welcome to our new employees! Meet our new additions.  

Employee bonus 

Earlier this year, the Kansas Legislature approved a one-time bonus of $250 for all full-time permanent state employees who have been employed since Nov. 25, 2013. Read more.  

Ebola update 

A patient admitted Oct. 13 to The University of Kansas Hospital was tested for the Ebola virus. Test results from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed that the patient was negative for the virus. Thanks to our faculty and hospital personnel for handling the situation with care and professionalism. If you want more information about Ebola, watch an internal video by Dr. Lee Norman, chief medical officer, read the Q&A with Dr. Norman, or visit the CDC website.

Stuff that might interest you

Ask the EVC: A question was submitted about a new parking garage and how many spaces would be lost due to the construction of the medical education building and hospital expansion. Read the question and answer.

United Way update: As of Oct. 16, we have raised more than $117,000. We still have a long way to go to meet our goal of $288,882 - the amount we could raise if every employee donated $1 per pay period. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to date, and congratulations to our early-bird prize winners. Read more. Information Resources raised approximately $1,600 with a Pie in the Face event. View photos.

Meet the Experts: After four years, Dykes Library will bring the Meet Our Experts program to a close effective Nov. 14, 2014. Between now and Nov. 14, faculty may request updates to their Meet Our Experts profiles. Read more.

Kansas Medicine + Science: The new issue of KU Medical Center's magazine, Kansas Medicine + Science, is out. The cover story is on how researchers are testing a tiny microdevice that has the potential to restore function in damaged brains. There are also articles on speech pathology student Joshuaa Burbank, a Native American who hopes to return to the reservation to improve the lives of his people; how graduates from the KU School of Nursing are moving into decision-making jobs around the world; and much more. You can download the issue here.

Toastmasters: Did you know KU Medical Center has an onsite Toastmasters group? The mission of this group is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills. Read more. The next meeting is Oct. 22.

Dog therapy: A therapy dog from Loving Paws helped students de-stress before and after tests last week. View photos.

Share your news

Tell us what's going on in your area so we can spread the news more widely. Submit your news items by Wednesday. You can also email Carrie Brown with news items or feedback.


Oct. 20: TLT's 7th annual open house, 1-4 p.m., 4016 Varnes. Watch demonstrations on Google Glass, i<Clicker 7, and more. Meet the team and sample technologies. Snacks provided. Read more.

Oct. 22-23: KUMC Auxiliary Fall Bazaar, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., hospital main lobby, featuring Scentsy, Silpada, Laurie's Shoes, Jim the Watchman, and more.

Oct. 21-22: Flu Stop clinics free to employees with required flu voucher. Read more.

Oct. 21 & 28: Cybersecurity Awareness Month lunch 'n learns, noon-1 p.m., 1025 Orr-Major. Learn how to protect you and your family. Sign up here.  


The Office of Communications recently won two PRISM Awards from the Public Relations Society of America Greater Kansas City Chapter.
A video explaining an implant that appears capable of repairing damaged pathways in the brain won a Gold Award.
An infographic explaining how to become a primary care physician won a Silver Award.

The University of Kansas Hospital has won the 2014-15 National Research Corporation Consumer Choice Award for Kansas City for the third consecutive year. This is the only award where members of the community choose the individual hospital they feel provides the highest quality service. Read more.


Missed last week's issue? Click here for the Oct. 13 issue.


Last modified: Oct 20, 2014