Thursday, December 1, 2011


World AIDS Day 2011 is about "Getting to Zero".

Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS-Related Deaths.

The global HIV response is at a pivotal moment, where huge strides forward are at serious risk and current approaches are reaching their limits. Only one third of the 15 million people living with HIV and in need of life-long treatment are receiving it. New infections continue to outpace the number of people starting treatment, while the upward trend in resources suffered a serious downturn this year.

"Zero New HIV Infections" and "Zero Discrimination" are equally as likely to spark high impact events from small scale community vigils to nation wide events using the universally recognized shape of zeros and the power of light to get life and death issues the attention they deserve.

Check out to read more about World AIDS Day, and about ongoing AIDS relief efforts around the world.

Monday, November 28, 2011

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day, internationally observed on December 1st of each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.

In recognition of this day, our campus is proud to again be hosting several panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The Quilt will be on display in the School of Nursing Atrium and the Hixson Atrium from 12:00pm on Monday, November 29th to 1:00pm Thursday, December 1st. Viewing is free and open to the public.

Each day this week, the Office of Student Engagement and the KUMC Student World AIDS Group will be co-sponsoring programs with various campus organizations as we explore 30 Years of Prevention, Treatment, and Care. Lunch or dinner will be provided each day.


Monday, November 21, 2011

World AIDS Day - Events All Week!

World AIDS Day is December 1.  We have events planned Monday through Thursday all week.  Come for any or all!  Everyone is welcome. 

Event Calendar 

All Week - AIDS Memorial Quilt                                                   

     Days: Monday - Thursday
     Place: SON Atrium and Hixon Atrium
     Organized by: OSE and SWAG

Monday, November 28 - AIDS Service Organization Panel

     Reception: 5:00-5:45pm
     Panel: 6:00-7:00pm
     Candlelight Vigil: following panel
     Place: SON Atrium/Auditorium

Tuesday, November 29 - AIDS History, Myths, and Truths

     Time: 12:00-1:00pm
     Place: SON Auditorium
     Speaker: Catherine Satterwhite, PhD

Wednesday, November 30 - The Unlikely Case

     Time: 12:00-1:00pm
     Place: WHE Auditorium
     Speaker: Sharon Lee, MD

And the Band Played On (movie)

     Time: Dinner starts: 5:00pm
     Movie starts: 5:30pm
     Place: Lied Auditorium

Thursday, December 1 - The Future of Prevention and Treatment

     Time: 12:00-1:00pm
     Place: WHE Auditorium
     Speaker: Julie Banderas, PharmD

Thursday, November 17, 2011

With enough money, we could get congress to agree that a horse is a vegetable.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Nominate an MPH professor for the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award!

I'm just copying an e-mail we all received here because I don't recognize any MPH professors in the list of previous winners.  Since we all know we have some great professors in the program, we encourage you to nominate the one you think is best!  

 Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award

The Chancellor selects faculty members in the schools of Health Professions, Medicine, and Nursing at the
University of Kansas Medical Center to be recipients of the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty members with excellence in teaching while at KUMC may be nominated by a faculty colleague, student, or alumnus.  Each nomination must include:

1.      Nominator's letter summarizing the faculty member's
               a.   worthiness for receiving this award;
               b.   formal teaching responsibilities; and
               c.   voluntary additional teaching (interdepartmental, etc.), if any;
2.      Nominee's curriculum vitae, indicating reception of other teaching awards, if any;
3.      Copies of past formal evaluations of the nominee's teaching made by students and residents; and
4.      Evaluations by faculty peers.

Additional letters in support of the nomination are not required but are recommended.  A maximum of five individuals’ letters will be accepted.  Nominations must be submitted by Friday, January 27, 2012, and directed to my attention, Office of Academic Affairs, 5015 Wescoe, Mail Stop 1040, University of Kansas Medical Center, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Kansas City, Kansas  66160.

I hope you will take this opportunity to nominate a member of our faculty.  Listed below are previous winners currently on faculty who are not eligible to receive it again.

Martha Barnard                                     Michael Parmely
Gustavo Blanco                                    Thomas Pazdernik
Wanda Bonnel                                      Brian Petroff
Diane Boyle                                         Janet Pierce
James Calvet                                       Allen Rawitch
Cheng Cho                                          Gregory Reed
Glen Cox                                             Pamela Shaw
Ivan Damjanov                                      Carol Smith
Winifred Dunn                                      Peter Smith
Dianne Durham                                    Donna Sweet
George Enders                                     Merrill Tarr
James Fishback                                   Cynthia Teel
Allan Fleming                                       Kimberly Templeton
Katherine Fletcher                                James Thomas
Linda Frazier                                        Anne Walling
Norberto Gonzalez                                Karen Wambach
Gary Gronseth                                      Judith Warren
Edna Hamera                                       Michael Werle
Vicki Hicks                                           Louis Wetzel
Daniel Hinthorn                                     Anita Wingate
Douglas Horbelt                                    Robert Wittler
Robert Klein                                         John Wood
Janice Loudon                                      Douglas Wright
David Meyers                                       Xiaoming Zhang
Garold Minns                                        
Michael Moncure                                  
Scott Moser                                         

Allen B. Rawitch, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
and Dean of Graduate Studies
5015 Wescoe, MS 1040
Ext. 8-1258

Seminar from the Good Samaritan Project This Thursday: How To Communicate With Patients About HIV and Sexuality

Student World AIDS Group, Health Professionals for Human Rights, and Students Educating and Advocating for Diversity would like to invite you to an engaging lecture: “How to communicate with patients about HIV and sexuality.”

We will be hosting Pamela Ford,case manager, and Joseph Catrett, prevention specialist, from the Good Samaritan Project. Through a mock case management interview with a HIV patient, they will cover how to address sensitive issues concerning history of the client and sexual activity. They will also discuss resources and services available to HIV clients. If you are interested in learning more, please join us!

Date: Thursday, Nov. 10th

Time: 12pm

Where: 1027 Orr Major

Delicious lunch provided by Vietnam Cafe.