Sept. 8, 2014

KUMed Central

Erica Hupka and Kelly Morken
Are you prepared for an emergency? Thanks to the efforts of Kelly Morken (right), associate director, and Erica Hupka (left), emergency management specialist, who operate our Emergency Management Department, KU Medical Center can answer yes to this question. Read how Kelly and Erica strive to cultivate an all-hazards prepared campus and more about National Preparedness Month in September. 

Welcome to our new employees

KU Medical Center officially welcomed its newest hires Sept. 2. Meet our new additions.

Stuff that might interest you

New onsite urgent care: The University of Kansas Hospital has opened an urgent care clinic at the Occupational Health Clinic. Urgent care staff will treat a wide range of non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries to employees. Read more.

Military & Veterans Affairs initiative: The Institute for Community Engagement is in the process of creating a Military & Veterans Affairs initiative for our service members, veterans and family members at KU Medical Center. Read more.

Frontiers seeks applications: Faculty members and researchers may apply for grants of up to $20,000 to conduct pilot studies for clinical and translational research. Read more and see the complete request for applications.

WIMS annual awards: The Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) organization recently held its annual Awards Dinner at the InterContinental Hotel in Kansas City, Mo., where they presented their annual awards. Read more. You may also view photos of the event.

National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week: The purpose of the week, Sept. 15-19, is to raise awareness and appreciation for postdocs. KU Medical Center will celebrate its 100-plus postdoctoral scholars with a special lunch celebration and other activities. Details about the week and the events calendar can be found on the postdoc events website.

Miracle Marathon: Support the Children's Miracle Network Miracle Marathon! This is a marathon anyone can do - it is virtual and on demand, and it raises money for our KU Pediatrics Department. The goal is to have each department on campus create their very own Miracle Marathon team. Read more.

TEDMED 2014 conference: KU Medical Center faculty and staff can tune into the TEDMED 2014: Unlocking Imagination event, Sept. 10-12. TEDMED, a part of the well-known TED Conferences, focuses on the intersection of medicine and healthcare. Read more.

Rewriting the book on chemotherapy-resistance in cancers 

KU Cancer Center's Jeremy Chien, Ph.D., assistant professor and assistant director for translational research, is helping determine which cancer cells eventually become resistant to chemotherapy - as part of the effort to develop more effective and targeted forms of treatment. Read more. 

Helping children with diabetes stick with their treatment 

Susana Patton, Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics, will develop a new program to help families keep up with diabetes treatments that have been medically shown to work but can be a burden to maintain. The work will be funded by a new $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Read more.

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.


Sept. 15: Annual fire drill for the Taylor building at 9:05 a.m. If you are not in this building, you do not need to do anything. Contact Kelly Morken at 913-945-7985 with questions.

Sept. 17: Deadline to complete compliance training and sign your appointment letter. Read more.

Sept. 20: Employees can buy tickets to the KU vs. Central Michigan football game for $15. Download flier.

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


Russell Swerdlow, M.D., Gene and Marge Sweeney Professor of Neurology, Alzheimer's Disease Center, was named a 2014 Chancellor Club professor. Read more.

Marty McLaughlin, executive director, Office of Academic Affairs, is featured in the 2014-15 Women of Distinction calendar. Read more.

Kevin Rowald, associate director, parking services, has been certified by the Certified Administrator of Public Parking, his industry's premier professional credential. Read more.


After 53 years of dedicated service, Mary Schlegel, executive assistant, is retiring. Please join the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in honoring Mary at a reception Thursday, Sept. 11, 2-4 p.m. in the Varghese Learning Center, 2006 Sudler Hall. Stop by and wish her well.


Who am I? He was the first chairman of the Department of Surgery and was considered the leading surgeon and authority on amputation in Kansas City in the 1930s and 1940s. He was also author of the book, Operations of General Surgery. Email your answer.


Last modified: Sep 11, 2014