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06 JULY 2000 • Volume 2 • Number 27

Rawitch assumes academic affairs post

Allen B. Rawitch, PhD, professor of biochemistry and microbiology at KUMC for the past 25 years, has accepted the position of vice chancellor for academic affairs. He was selected after an extensive review of candidates from around  the country.
After receiving his doctorate in biological chemistry at UCLA, Dr. Rawitch taught at Kent State University before coming to KUMC in 1975. He has been consistently recognized for teaching excellence. He received both the KU Chancellor’s Award for outstanding classroom teaching and a W.T. Kemper Fellowship Award for Teaching Excellence in 1998, as well as six awards since 1991 from Student Voice, a student-based teaching awards program. He will continue to teach at KUMC.

Allen B. Rawitch, PhD

In addition to his teaching and administrative posts, Dr. Rawitch has devoted on-going research to the study of polypeptide and protein hormones, and has been a strong proponent for building KUMC’s research capabilities. He said he is looking forward to working with institutional research at KUMC and furthering a research relationship with the Stowers Institute.

KUMC invited to math/science workshop for teachers

KUMC has the distinction of being the only medical center in the world invited to speak at a workshop for high school mathematics and science teachers. The workshop, held in Chicago June 27, was sponsored by the National Science Foundation to enhance high school curricula by demonstrating the importance of applied mathematics to the solution of real-life problems. The best examples from among all science and engineering departments at universities across the country and abroad were presented at the workshop.
Dr. Ivan Osorio, director of KUMC’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, and a colleague, Mark Frei, Flint Hills Scientific, LLC developed a formula and prototype device to accurately predict impending epileptic seizures within several minutes of their occurrence. Their presentation to the workshop focused on how they used mathematics, medicine, engineering, computer science and physics to develop the hardware and software for the prototype.

Angels for literacy

Inspired by Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network, first-year medical student Moneera Haque wanted to bring the concept home to KUMC. So last year she founded the Jayhawk Angel Network, a student organization within the KU Student Governance Council. On Friday the group was able to make its first donation: a check for $502 to the KC Reads program. 

Gathered around Pediatrics’ Big Bird are, from left to right: Anne Flaherty, director of student resources, wellness & diversity; Dr. Harty; Moneera Haque; and Dorothy Knoll, PhD, executive dean of the School of Medicine.

KC Reads offers free books to families, provides volunteers to read to youngsters and helps teach parents techniques for reading to their children. The program has 16 sites around the city and will reach approximately 15,000 children this year.
“Our goal is to prepare children for kindergarten by increasing their pre-literacy skills,” says Jean Harty, MD, program director for KC Reads.
The Jayhawk Angel Network’s donation will support the KC Reads early literacy program and help purchase books.

Go Royals

Get out and root for the home team on Saturday, July 15 as the Royals take on the Milwaukee Brewers as part of KUMC Night at the Royals. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a pre-game picnic featuring JayDoc and JayNurse, an  on-field youth parade of KUMC families, a visit from Sluggerrr and a drawing for catcher of the first pitch. Elwanda Richardson, office specialist in Health Careers, will sing the national anthem. 

The game starts at 7:05 a.m. Tickets are $10.50 and will be on sale outside the cafeteria on July 6,7 and 10 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Hat box program seeks donations

Georgina Peacock, MD, first year resident in pediatrics, learned to like hats after being diagnosed with cancer last year and under-going chemotherapy treatments. “Losing my hair,” said Dr. Peacock, “was like cleaning up after (brush-ing) a dog. 

Georgina Peacock, MD
models a hat available to cancer patients.

So I decided to be proactive against something that was happening to me and shave my head.” She started to wear hats to protect her newly-shaved head and wanted to help other cancer patients by collecting hats for them. She began by soliciting physicians and nurse practition-ers. The program got a big boost last March when a local Boy Scout took on hat collection as his Eagle Scout project, delivering 2000 hats.
The hats are free and avail-able to any cancer patient from a large box in the Cancer Center. Donations of hats or money to purchase hats may be made directly to the Cancer Center or by contacting Dr. Peacock at

Front & Center . . .

Rev. Gloria J. Moore, a dietetic technician in the cafeteria, recently received a Master of Divinity degree from Central Baptist Theological Seminary.

John Alley, third year medical student, right, manned the health screening tent at the American Heart Association’s annual walk on May 24.

A sundial donated by KUMC Auxiliary member Ann Nelson, left, and her husband Stanley Nelson, MD, professor emeritus of Anatomy and Cell Biology 
(not pictured), was installed in the Auxiliary’s garden last week by Eleanore Johnson and her husband Donald Johnson, MD, professor emeritus of physiology. The inscription on the sundial reads, “The sun rejoices at the morning’s birth.”

Ruth Heaton, director of Nursing Resources, left, presents a plaque to Shirley Osborn, nursing administration coordinator, who is retiring after 40 years of service to KUMC.

For Sale: 
Moving sale, Saturday, July 8,  8 a.m.-5 p.m., misc. furniture, tumbling mat, oak stereo cabinet, kitchenware, clothing, humidifier, small 50s table and chair set, antique tin ceiling tiles and much more.  6001 Alhambra, Fairway, KS.
Lexington Ash dining room set,  like new, was $4800, asking $2750; Everett studio oak piano and bench, $1,800; super single oak bed with bookcase headboard, waterbed and regular mattresses included, $100; more items for sale also.  913-897-0932.

1990 Dodge Spirit LE, 4 cyl., runs great, good gas mileage, 133K mi., $2200. 816-561-3145.
1983 Chevrolet Conversion van, good shape, runs good, new front tires, exhaust, brakes, $1200. 816-322-4036.
1994 Honda Accord EX, black, 4-dr, moon roof, aluminum wheels, $8800 OBO. 816-767-1757.
For sale: wonderful 3BR, 1BA bunga-low within walking distance of KU Med. Natural woodwork/floors, fp, sunporch, lots of light, great shape, new roof, furnace/ac. Fenced yard, 
1-car garage. Low 90s. 816-561-9531.

Study Subjects Wanted: 
Persons with mental retardation and aggression, destructive behavior and/or self injury wanted for drug study. May also have autism. Ages  6-65 years. No seizures for the past year. Contact Dr. Jennifer Zarcone, ext. 8-6473.
Healthy adult subjects, 18-50 years old, to participate in non-invasive study of memory and learning. Involves 1-hour visit to the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab for the recording of event related brain potentials (ERPs or brain waves). For more information, contact Jennifer Vavold, 8-5997.
Students who attended school in Kansas City, KS who were in grades 4, 5, 6 and 7 last year, are needed for study comparing two tests that tap their thinking skills. Testing can be conducted in any one of several locations including, but not limited to: here at the KU Medical Center, a local library, school where summer school is being held or at child’s home if there aren’t too many distractions. If you would consider allowing your child  to participate please e-mail <> or call Teresa Cathers at extension 8-6499.


Monday, July 10
• “Epidermal Growth Factor and c-myc in cpk-induced Murine Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease,” final oral examination for the Ph.D. in Anatomy for Justin Lynn Ricker, 1 p.m., Lied Auditorium. 
• Prostate Cancer Screenings, KU Med Cancer Center, call 588-1227 for appointment.
• Grief Loss Support Group, 6-7 p.m., KU Med Radiation Oncology Conference Room.

Tuesday, July 11
• Cognitive Therapy Addiction Treatment, 1-2:30 p.m., KU Med Family Medicine.
• Head & Neck Cancer Survivors Group, 6-7 p.m., KU Med, 5th floor, Room 5003.

Wednesday, July 12
• KUMC Interfaith, noon-1 p.m., KU Med, 2023 Wescoe.

Thursday, July 13
• Burn Patient Family Support Group, 6-7 p.m., KU Med Burnett Burn Center Waiting Room. 

Jog Needs Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the second annual Jayhawk Jog, a 5K and 10K run at Shawnee Mission Park on August 5. 
To volunteer, call the Alumni Association at 800-KUHAWKS or 913-248-U4KU in Kansas City.

Donald Hagen, MD - Executive Vice Chancellor KUMC
Irene Cumming - CEO and President KU Hospital
Ken Arnold - Editor

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