Breathing new life into diversity
Many of our colleagues have spent the last few months preparing to breathe new life into our diversity efforts. We strive for diversity because it is essential to each of our four mission areas. It strengthens our ability to recruit and retain talented faculty, staff and students; enhances the way we teach our students and conduct research; and fosters our ability to better serve our community. Read more.
Stuff that might interest you
National Nurses Week: Did you know there are an estimated 3.1 million registered nurses in the U.S.? Monday, May 6, is National Nurses Day, and kicks off a week of celebrating nurses and all they do. Read more.
KUMC in the newsKansas City Public Television did a feature on the University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center's focus on diet and exercise as a means of preventing the disease. Russell Swerdlow, M.D., professor, Alzheimer's and Memory Program; Jeff Burns, Edward H. Hashinger professor, neurology; and William Brooks, Ph.D., professor, neurology, were interviewed. Read more.
Redefining concussion guidelines More than one million athletes experience a concussion in the United States each year. Gary Gronseth, M.D., professor, neurology, was on the American Academy of Neurology panel that wrote a new set of guidelines for athletes, released earlier this year. Read more.
Second life and weight loss
A study by Debra Sullivan, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, used Second Life's three-dimensional, virtual reality environment to study both weight loss and maintenance. Read more.
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May 7-8: Informational sessions about the new short-term disability benefit. Read more.
May 15: Creating Performance Goals and Expectations: this class will help you strengthen leadership skills and improve professional performance. Open to faculty and staff. Read more.
BRAG IT UP!
Michael Parmely, Ph.D., professor, microbiology, molecular genetics and immunology, has been named as chair of the department.
Ubolrat Piamjariyakul, Ph.D., RN, associate professor, nursing, and Steven Simpson, M.D., professor, pulmonary and critical care medicine, have been awarded Health Outcomes Research grants from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City.
Giulia Anna Bonaminio, Ph.D., associate dean, Office of Medical Education, is a fellow of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program at Drexel University College of Medicine.
Read more on the accolades.
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, and each week in May, we'll feature a related trivia question.