Oct. 5, 2015

KUMed Central

Kelly Dale and Sandra Smith walking

A Healthy U: For the past four months, Kelly Dale, residency coordinator in surgery, and Sandra Smith, medical administrative assistant in general surgery, have walked their way to better mental health by doing the Health Walk Trail during their lunch hours. The 30-minute walks give Kelly and Sandra a break from work, a mental boost and chance to socialize. Read more.

New dean for KU School of Nursing

Sally Maliski, associate dean for academic and student affairs at the UCLA School of Nursing, has been named dean of the University of Kansas School of Nursing effective Jan. 1, 2016. Read more.

Welcome to our new employees

KU Medical Center welcomed its newest hires Sept. 28. Meet our new additions.  

Stuff that might interest you

Health Education Building construction update: The excavation of soil and bedrock and the installation of structural foundations is slated to start Oct. 12 and will last approximately six weeks. This will cause increased noise and vibration levels, especially in the areas that have bedrock. As a reminder, check the Health Education Building construction website for updates.

Flu clinics begin Oct. 13: Flu Stop Clinics will again be offered this year at no charge to staff. The University of Kansas Hospital requires all staff to receive an annual flu vaccination, including university employees who treat or are around patients. The vaccination is still voluntary but strongly encouraged for other university employees. Voucher and employee ID is required. Read more.

Open enrollment webinars: The State Employee Health Plan has various webinars available that provides information about 2016 open enrollment and benefits. View webinars.

A Healthy U finale and community event: A Healthy U is bringing two dynamic guest speakers, who have graciously donated their time. Jordan Metzl, M.D., sports medicine physician and fitness instructor, and Cynthia Lair, nutrition specialist and cookbook author, will share their extensive exercise and nutrition knowledge. There will also be informational and vendor booths, healthy snack samples and a boot camp at the finale event Oct. 23. In addition, A Healthy U is partnering with the Rosedale Development Association on its fun, family-friendly Healthy Halloween event Oct. 24. All employees and their families are invited. Read more on both events.

Jessie Ball Lecture: Fifty-eight first-year Doctor of Physical Therapy students received their DPT pins as part of the Jessie Ball Lecture Oct. 1. Michael J. Mueller, PT, Ph.D.,division director of research in physical therapy at Washington University in St. Louis, delivered the lecture, which is named after Ball, a beloved faculty member at KU Medical Center for 28 years. Read more and view photos.

Prostate Cancer Dream Challenge: A team of faculty and students from the Department of Biostatistics was among the top finishers in the Prostate Cancer Dream Challenge. The worldwide competition was designed to encourage teams to develop prognostic models that predict survival, disease progression and toxicity of chemotherapy treatments in prostate cancer patients. Read more.

Fall cookout: Faculty and staff enjoyed beautiful fall weather and good food at the annual Fall Employee Cookout Oct. 1 in the Murphy Courtyard. View photos.

Puppy love: Layla and Meeko from Loving Paws Animal Therapy Program Inc. provided stress relief for students Sept. 28. View photos.


Oct. 6: The fifth School of Health Professions dean candidate town hall is canceled.

Oct. 14: Diversity and Inclusion Cabinet meeting, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Wahl Hall East. Open to everyone. Agenda is posted here. Add the meeting to your calendar.

Oct. 18: Deadline to submit photos for the 2015 Rural Kansas Photo Contest. Read more.

Oct. 22-23: The 12th Annual Gilbert S. Greenwald Symposium on Reproduction and Regenerative Medicine with keynote lecturer Bert W. O'Malley, M.D., National Medal of Science recipient; Tom Thompson Distinguished Leadership & Service Professor and Chairman, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine. Read more.

Oct. 27: Complete your compliance training by midnight Oct. 27 to avoid loss of computer access. If you are part of the group that completed training after receiving the email on Sept. 18, you will receive credit for your completed modules. Read more.


Kenneth Peterson, Ph.D., professor in biochemistry and molecular biology, has been named this year's recipient of the Chancellors Club Research Award. Read more.

Lou Loescher-Junge, interim associate dean for the School of Health Professions, has been named a Fellow of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. Read more.


Oct. 4-10 is National Midwifery Week. A certified nurse-midwife is a registered nurse who has completed advanced education to provide specialized health care, prescribe drugs and order tests. Learn more about our nurse-midwives. 


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