Sept. 14, 2015

KUMed Central


Rural Kansas photo contest: Capture the essence of Kansas and submit your photos for the 2015 Rural Kansas photo contest now through Oct. 18. The contest is open to Kansas residents and employees. Read more. Pictured: First place winner in the Four Seasons category, Good Morning, Kansas, photographed by Gail Griffin. 

Welcome to our new employees

KU Medical Center welcomed its newest hires Aug. 31. Meet our new additions.

Stuff that might interest you

Updated pedestrian route map: Construction for the new Health Education Building starts today and the crosswalk in front of Orr Major will be permanently closed. View an updated map of alternate pedestrian routes. You can find updates to construction progress and a timeline on the Health Education Building website.

Hand washing campaign: The University of Kansas Hospital is holding a campaign contest to promote proper hand hygiene around the campus and offsite locations. University employees are invited to submit their creative ideas by Sept. 30. Read more.

July and August birthdays: As part of C.A.R.E., the employee recognition program, Human Resources is hosting monthly birthday celebrations. View photos of employees who celebrated birthdays in July and August.

The cost of eating healthy: A study by Susana Patton, Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics, finds that a healthy diet for families with children who have Type 1 diabetes can add up to $1,500 or more to a family's annual food budget. Read more.

Project Eagle open house: Project Eagle is hosting an open house to celebrate an expansion that includes two new classrooms and to thank supporters. The event will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 on its Children's Campus. Faculty and staff are invited to attend. During the open house, you can see the new classrooms, tour the Educare center and take in a short presentation. Read more.

Mabel A. Woodyard Fellowships: The Institute for Neurological Discoveries at KU Medical Center has announced the 2015 recipients of the Mabel A. Woodyard Fellowships in Neurodegenerative Disorders. Awardees include Heather Wilkins, Alex Karanevich and Scott J. Koppel. Read more.

JAHIMA highlight: The Department of Health Information Management (HIM) and KU's interprofessional education efforts are profiled in the Journal of the American Health Information Management Association. The main author was Rosann O'Dell, clinical assistant professor, HIM, with help from the entire HIM faculty. Read more.

Reach Out and Read receives grant: Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit program in partnership with KU Endowment at KU Medical Center, received a $25,000 award from the Hall Family Foundation to fund the purchase and distribution of a new book at the one-month well-child checkup. Read more. Reach Out and Read is also hosting a fundraising event, Books on Tap. Your ticket purchase will provide five books for a child served by the program. 

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We want to know what is going on in your department or area. Send us your news items or email Carrie Brown with your news or feedback.


Sept. 15: Sitting is the New Smoking Lunch 'n Learn sponsored by A Healthy U, noon-1 p.m., SON B018. Last day to sign up.

Sept. 18-19: Earn credits and learn about adult stem cell therapy at the Midwest Conference on Cell Therapy & Regenerative Medicine. Read more.

Sept. 21: Next wave of The Jayhawk Way employee development training begins. Read more.

Sept. 22: School of Health Professions dean candidate town hall, 2-3 p.m., Wahl Hall East Auditorium. Candidate's name will be released the day before.

Sept. 23: Rosedale Farmers Market sponsored by A Healthy U, 3-5 p.m., Murphy Courtyard. Add event to your calendar.

Sept. 24: Run, Hide, Shoot active shooter preparedness exercise. Watch for an informational email Sept. 15.

Sept 26: Register for the Tour de BBQ. Funds will support the The University of Kansas Cancer Center Survivorship Transition Clinic, a program for young adult survivors of pediatric cancer. Read more and register.

Oct. 2-3: Save the date for this year's alumni reunion weekend. Read more.

Oct. 6: Open enrollment informational meeting, 9:30 a.m., Battenfeld Auditorium. Learn about the 2016 plan changes. Add event to your calendar. Open enrollment begins Oct. 1. More information to come.

Oct. 7: EVC town hall, 12:15-1 p.m., SON Auditorium. Topics and ITV locations will be announced later. If you have a topic you want leadership to address, submit it here by Oct. 2.


Ignoring proper ergonomic techniques can cause musculoskeletal disorders. These types of injuries are preventable. Read more from the environment, health and safety office.


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