18 NOVEMBER 1999 Volume 1 Number 36
Former KU professor bequeaths $75,000 for
distinguished radiology professorship
A former University of Kansas Medical Center professor and department chairman has
helped ensure the excellence of biomedical research at KU, by including in his will a
$75,000 bequest to create a new distinguished professorship.
Arch W. Templeton, MD, made the gift to the Kansas University Endowment Association to
support the Arch W. Templeton Distinguished Professorship in Diagnostic Radiology. The
professorship will help bring outstanding faculty to KUMC to further strengthen the
The Templeton Professorship will provide funds for salary support, laboratory equipment,
fellowship stipends and other vital resources for the work of a distinguished biomedical
researcher. The Templeton Professor will lead the department in primary research and
testing in the areas of imaging sciences, computer technology and advanced digital
electronicsresearch designed to yield benefits for patients and physicians.
Arch Templeton, MD
As professor and chairman of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology from 1967 to 1992,
Dr. Templeton fostered a strong commitment to research and led the department to a
position of national prominence. A well-known expert in his field, Dr. Templeton has
written nearly 175 papers, books and book chapters, and won numerous professional awards.
In June 1993, he was named a distinguished professor.
Having been professor and chair for 25 years, I have a lot of loyalties to the
department and the medical center, Dr. Templeton said. I believe theres
some ongoing leadership involved with being a distinguished professor, and I thought it
was most appropriate that I show my continued support by making this contribution.
Dr. Templeton currently teaches radiology at the Medical University of South Carolina in
Keep making those United Way pledges
United Way campaign activities may be over, but theres still plenty of time to
make a donation. The Wyandotte County United Way Campaign runs until the end of
November, said Shelley Bratton, coordinator of the combined KU Med and KUMC
campaign. So far, we have yet to reach last years dollar amount. We need to
meet our goal of increased campaign participation.
Thus far, the joint effort has raised $151,801 for the Wyandotte County United
Wayabout $9,000 under last years total. Countywide totals, however, are
exceeding last years performance by about 7.2 percent.
Wyandotte County has raised nearly $3 million, more than any county in the area,
including Johnson and Jackson Counties. said Bratton.
I would like to thank everyone for participating in this years campaign, but
please keep those pledges coming. Wyandotte County has increased its giving, and I would
like to see KUMC and KU Med do the same.
Donations from both KU Med and University employees may be turned in to 1028 Murphy
through Nov. 30.
A Research Day in the Life of KU Medical Center
Michael Welch, MD
Vice Chancellor for Research, KUMC
Last Fridays Faculty Research Day and Poster Session was, without a doubt, one of
my most exciting experiences since arriving at the University of Kansas Medical Center 16
months ago. A packed and enthusiastic audience in Rieke Auditorium was evidence of the
momentum for research that has been building in recent months, promising to propel KUMC
into national leadership.
Setting the stage for the day, Executive Vice Chancellor Donald Hagen, MD, said,
Never before in the history of the Kansas City community have we seen such growing
support for biomedical research. The citys Life Science Task Force has created a
strategic plan for building and supporting life sciences research. Chancellor Hemenway is
clearly including KUMC as a major part of the upcoming Capital Campaign. We now have our
own Strategic Vision for Research, a plan developed over many months by KUMC faculty. And
Executive Dean Deborah Powell has successfully recruited an outstanding chair of the
Department of Medicine and mobilized the funding to support the research agenda for the
Faculty Research Day can be traced to the early 1980s, when Executive Vice Chancellor
David Waxman, MD, and Dean of Research Billy Hudson, PhD, decided to showcase research at
KUMC. The event began as a full week of presentations and nationally renowned speakers.
At this years event, Eric H. Davidson, PhD, the Norman Chandler Professor of Cell
Biology at the California Institute of Technology and a key scientific advisor to the
Stowers Institute, truly excited and educated the faculty with his keynote address. His
remarks on fundamental genomics provided great clarity to a complex subject. Jim Calvet,
PhD, Department of Biochemistry, introduced Dr. Davidson, and I was especially touched by
his reflections on how Dr. Davidsons writings had influenced and inspired his own
Pre- and post-doctoral fellows were encouraged by the announcement of Executive Dean
Powell that $250,000 for Biomedical Training Grant Awards has been mobilized by KUMC to
replace previous funding that had expired. Dean Powell also announced the fellowship
awardees for the next academic year. And Cynthia S. Teel, RN, PhD, new chair of the
Faculty Assembly Research Committee, discussed the new goals of the Research Assembly,
including plans to coordinate and plan future Research Day events.
The principle honoree, Joan S. Hunt, PhD, Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, gave
the Chancellors Club Research address, Immunology of Pregnancy. The 1999
Research Awards were given to four outstanding young researchers who were judged by their
colleagues to have research worthy of recognition. Investigators Award Winners were:
Amy OBrien-Ladner, MD, School of Medicine, Department of Pulmonary Medicine,
Smoking Related Iron in Human Alveolar Macrophage Dysfunction.
Diane K. Boyle, RN, PhD, School of Nursing, Enhancing Nurse-Physician Collaboration
and Communication in ICUs.
Lisa Stehno-Bittel, PhD, PT, School of Allied Health, Department of Physical Therapy
Education, Calcium Regulation of the Nuclear Pore Complex.
Leslie L. Heckert, PhD, School of Medicine, Department of Molecular & Integrative
Physiology, Transcriptional Regulation in Development of the Sertoli Cell.
Attendees then moved to Stoland Lounge, which was packed with an impressive display of
scientific poster presentations. The entire day, capped by a reception in Hixson Atrium,
was a huge success. As these individuals and events clearly demonstrate, KUMC is adopting
an aggressive research agenda for the new millennium.
Nutrition for Y2K
Before you begin stocking up on non-perishables in case the worlds computers crash
on New Years Eve, get some food for thought at Nutrition for the Y2K.
The informational seminar on weight management and nutrition for the new millennium will
be offered Thursday, Dec. 9 from 7 to 8 p.m. at KU MedWest. The seminar is presented by
Nutrition Specialist Adrienne Moore Baxter, MS, RD, LD, of the University of Kansas
Medical Center Nutrition Information Service. KU MedWest is located at 7405 Renner Road in
Shawnee, Kan. To register, call ext. 1227.
Due to several recent staff transfers in the Mail Room and the difficulty of filling these
vacancies under the State of Kansas 90-day hiring delay, mail deliveries may run late
during the next few weeks. Mail can be picked up at the Mail Center window, G001 Delp. An
ID badge and signature are required to pick up mail.
Applications for tuition assistance for the spring 2000 semester are available to KU Med
nurses in the Department of Nursing office, second floor Wescoe. Applications must be
returned to the Department of Nursing Central Office no later than Dec. 3.
KU MedWest brought medical technology into the classroom last week as
a participant in Science Night at Clear Creek Elementary School in Shawnee, Kan. Assistant
Supervisor of Clinical Laboratories Dean Merkel, MT, left, offered students a look at
several aspects of laboratory blood work, including this display which compared the blood
of a healthy person to that of a leukemia sufferer. Viewing the samples are Jordan Cline,
lower right, and Angeline Lathrop, with mother Anita.
KU Med vacations
As previously announced, vacation time for KU Med (hospital) employees will be restricted
during this holiday season because of Y2K. Hospital employees should not plan to take
vacation time between Dec. 27-Jan. 16, as time off during this period will be allowed only
in extreme circumstances. Hospital staff will have a regular work day on Friday, Dec. 31.
The New Years Eve holiday will be observed on Dec. 23.
Our goal is business as usual, said Malcolm Cunningham, manager, financial
applications in HIS and a leading member of the KU Med Y2K Team. In case there are
any issues with Y2K, we want to be absolutely sure we can provide the high level of
patient care KU Med is known for, even under unusual circumstances.
On a related note, KU Med is currently converting to a new payroll system. Because of
this, maximum vacation accrual balances will not be adjusted until Dec. 31 (Originally,
this was scheduled to occur in September). Hospital employees must also use their 1999
Discretionary Day by Dec. 11.
HP Scanjet 11CX flatbed color scanner for Mac, used very little, paid $1,000,
will sell for $150 OBO. Call Chris, 432-7079.
386 desktop computer with CD/ROM, works great, $75 OBO. Call 492-3874 and leave message.
Sony Trinitron TV, 12 yrs. old, $40; Ab Roller Plus w/instruction video, like new, paid
$90, will sell for $40. Call 531-6183.
JC Penney twin electric/adjustable beds w/remote control & massage function, rarely
used, paid $1,100 ea., will sell for $800 ea. Call 785-272-5300.
Ricky Martin tickets for Nov. 30 sold-out show at Kemper Arena, only $45. Call 384-4784.
Whitney piano, great starter for a beginner, good shape, dark wood finish, $700 OBO. Call
Full-sized aluminum tool box that sits in bed of truck, $200. Call 782-1165 and leave
1993 Ford Probe, 5-spd. manual, CD changer, A/C, exc. body & mech. cond., 71K
mi., $5,500 OBO. Call 493-8547.
1995 Eagle Vision Tsi, exc. cond., fully loaded w/leather, sun roof, automatic climate
control, antilock breaks, power seats, windows & locks, etc., 78K mi., $7,800 OBO.
1989 Mercury Cougar LS, exc. interior, runs great, power everything, $2,500 OBO. Call Jim,
1997 Mercury Tracer LS, 4-dr., auto, A/C, new brakes, CD player, like new, 49K mi., must
sell, $7,200. Call 432-4928.
1986 Cadillac Sedan de Ville, 4-dr., 53K mi., gold w/gold leather int., all elec., AM/FM
cassette, A/C works exc., wire wheels, Michelin tires, new spare tire (never used), very
clean, needs trans., make offer. Call 561-2491.
1985 Winnebago 27-ft. Chieftain, 454 Chevy engine, sleeps six, exc. cond., 80K mi.,
$15,000. Call 356-5952.
For Sale: 2BD town house, located within a mile of KUMC, well maintained,
reasonably priced, owner moving out of state. Call 989-7876.
Book fair will benefit KC READS program
Get a jump on holiday shopping and help support the KC READS program at the same time,
by visiting the Book Fair to be held in the Wyandotte Room, Main Cafeteria, Thursday, Dec.
2 and Friday Dec. 3. The fair will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Proceeds will be used to buy
books and provide support for KC READS.
KC READS volunteers visit the ambulatory pediatrics and mother-baby units to teach parents
the value of reading to their youngsters. They then provide books for families to take
home. The program was founded and is directed by Jean Harty, MD.
Friday, November 19:
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds,
Pharmacologic Management of Pediatric Depression: A Current State of the Art,
10:30 a.m., Clendening Amphitheater.
CenterNet National Institutes of Health Roundtable,
Hepatitis C, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1014 Orr-Major.
Outcomes Management and Research Seminar, Narrowing the
Quality Gap: Past and Future Quality Measurement and Improvement, 11:30
a.m.-1 p.m., Lied Auditorium.
Monday, November 22:
Alzheimers Disease Support Group, noon-1:30
p.m., Delp Cafeteria.
Grief-Loss Support Group, 3-4 p.m., Radiation Oncology Conference
Tuesday, November 23:
Cognitive Therapy Addiction Treatment, 1-2:30
p.m., Family Medicine.
Burn Patient Family Support Group, 6:30 p.m., Burn Center Patient
Wednesday, November 24:
Diabetes Self-Management Series, 9-11 a.m., 1107
KUMC Interfaith, noon-1 p.m., 3041 Wescoe.
Stroke Support Group, 2-3 p.m., Westwood City Hall, 47th &
National Stuttering Project (NSP) Support Group, 7-9 p.m., 1018
Thursday, November 25:
IN THE CENTER
Donald Hagen, MD - Executive Vice Chancellor KUMC
Irene Cumming - CEO and President KU Hospital
Ken Arnold - Editor
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