Sept. 21, 2015

KUMed Central

 New employees

Welcome to our new employees! Meet our new additions.

Details on active shooter drill

By now you should be aware that KU Medical Center will hold a Run, Hide, Fight active shooter preparedness exercise at Dykes Library from 7 a.m. to noon on Sept. 24 in collaboration with our campus police department, Kansas City, Kansas, police and fire departments, county offices and the hospital. Read complete details on what to expect this day.

Changes to 2016 benefits

Employees can expect changes to their 2016 health insurance benefits, such as copay and deductible rates, premium incentives earned under the HealthQuest program and a new vision insurance vendor. A summary of benefits' changes is available on the open enrollment website. Open enrollment is Oct. 1-31.

Stuff that might interest you

Conflict of interest deadline: Faculty, unclassified staff and research collaborators should have received their FY2016 Annual Conflict of Interest (COI) disclosure certification from KU-Lawrence. You are expected to complete your COI certification within 30 days of receipt. Read more.

Employee engagement survey: You are invited to take part in the annual employee engagement survey: Every Voice Counts. The survey is open until Sept. 30 and will take 15-20 minutes to complete. Your feedback, which is anonymous, will help us improve KU Medical Center. Take survey. Email Tom Field with questions.

A Healthy U lunch 'n learn recording: If you were unable to attend the Sitting is the New Smoking Lunch 'n Learn, you may access the Camtasia recording. John Thyfault, Ph.D., shares various studies showing the benefits of reducing sedentary time as well as the benefits of activity for prevention of diabetes and other chronic diseases. Access the presentation here. Email to get credit for this event.

Using saffron to treat pancreatic cancer: A just-published research study by Animesh Dhar, Ph.D., associate professor of cancer biology, and Shrikant Anant, Ph.D., professor of molecular and integrative physiology, finds that the crocetinic acid in saffron may inhibit the pancreatic cancer cell growth. Read more.

Congressman Yoder visit: Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder was on campus Sept. 14 to discuss current Alzheimer's research taking place on our campus and to tour the KU Alzheimer's Disease Center. View photo.

Chamber carnival: The KCK Chamber is hosting Carnival KCK, a business event designed to highlight what makes Kansas City, Kan., a great place to live, visit and do business. As a member of the Chamber, all KU Medical Center employees and students are invited to this event, 3-7 p.m., Sept. 24, Memorial Hall. Read more. RSVP here.  

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Sept. 22: School of Health Professions dean candidate town hall, 2–3 p.m., Wahl Hall East Auditorium.

Note: There will also be a SHP dean candidate town hall, 1:30–2:30 p.m., Sept. 30, Wahl Hall East Auditorium, and 1:30–2:30 p.m., Oct. 6, Rieke Auditorium.

Oct. 1: Employee Fall Cookout, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Murphy Courtyard. View flier for menu and more information.

Oct. 1: Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences open house, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., 4th floor Student Center. Enjoy food, beverages and giveaways. Contact Lisa Coke for more information.

Oct. 6: Open enrollment informational meeting, 9:30 a.m., Battenfeld Auditorium. Learn about the 2016 plan changes. Vendors will be on hand to answer questions. Add event to your calendar.

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

Oct. 23: Save the date for the A Healthy U finale, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. You won't want to miss our special guests! More information to come .


September 21–25 is National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week! A postdoc has a terminal degree, such as a Ph.D., and is pursuing a period of additional advanced training under a faculty mentor. Learn more about our 94 postdocs at KU Medical Center. Read more.


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