Sept. 22, 2014

KUMed Central

 Welcome to our new employees! Meet our new additions.  

Long time employees recognized 

Gov. Sam Brownback joined with the Kansas Department of Administration on Friday, Sept. 12, to honor more than 100 state employees who have served the state for more than 40 years. Congratulations to Thomas Pazdernik, Ph.D., Gloria Schroder, William Godfrey, M.D., and Barbara Petersen on 40 years with KU Medical Center! Read more and view photos.  

Stuff that might interest you 

Emergency Preparedness Week challenge: KU Medical Center conducts fire drills in each building annually. Tell us why fire drill training and building evacuation is important to do. Email your answer. The best answer will be revealed in KUMed Central and the winner will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card. And don't forget to bring your completed home emergency plan to Fred the Preparedness Dog on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Preparedness Planning event from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Lied Atrium. If you turn in your plan, you'll have a chance to win two AMC movie tickets.

Responses to town hall feedback: In his Sept. 10 newsletter, Dr. Girod followed up on some of the feedback received about the most recent town hall. Due to space constraints, he couldn't address all the feedback, but you can read more responses here.

Murphy Courtyard website and giving site: You can now view construction progress via a webcam on the Murphy Courtyard website. As mentioned in last week's issue, you can support courtyard updates through a new giving site.

Medical Alumni Academic Societies featured: The Learning Communities Institute has spotlighted KU's Medical Alumni Academic Societies. The eight societies enhance student-faculty interaction, enhance student-student interaction, provide a structure for student advising, promote a sense of community for students and faculty, and encourage the development of professional attitudes and behaviors among students. Read more.

New hope for sickle cell disease

Kenneth Peterson, Ph.D., professor and vice chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, working with researchers at the High Throughput Screening Laboratory on the KU campus in Lawrence, has come up with a list of compounds that can help negate the effects of sickle cell disease. Read more.

Riding to help pediatric cancer survivors

The annual Tour de BBQ bicycle event is supporting the Survivorship Transition Clinic, which helps childhood cancer survivors make the transition to adult oncology care. Read more.

Just for fun

Congratulations to Kathryn Einsel, who made the closest guess on the number of light bulbs in the School of Nursing atrium.

Find out how many light bulbs there are and how much money the university will save by switching to LED bulbs


Sept. 22-26: Emergency Preparedness Week - take part in one or all of the scheduled activities so you can be well prepared and win cool prizes, too. View activities.

Oct. 10-11: Mark your calendars for KU Medical Center's alumni reunion weekend. Read more.  


Ann Davis, Ph.D., M.P.H.
professor of pediatrics, has been appointed the sole director of the Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition. Read more.

Natabhona Mabachi, Ph.D, M.P.H., assistant professor of family medicine, made a presentation recognized as the Best Research & Scientific Oral Presentation. Read more.

Michael Kennedy, M.D., associate professor of family medicine, is the 2013-14 recipient of the School of Medicine's Rainbow Award, which honors physicians and community mentors who display outstanding attributes of professionalism and excellence in medicine. Read more.


Bernice Jackson, business manager in Continuing Education and Professional Development, died July 30.


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.

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