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NEWS IN BRIEF

Symposium to address bias, prejudice in health care

Thomas A. Gordon, a nationally known diversity consultant, will address the issues of bias and prejudice in health care during a “Shedding the Virus of Bias and Prejudice – A Practitioner’s Guide to Renewed Caring” symposium Sept. 14 at the Edwards Campus. Sponsored by KU HealthPartners Inc. and the KU School of Nursing, it is part of KU Medical Center’s Deep Discovery Series on the universal challenges faced by health care professionals who influence quality health care delivery and systems improvement.

For more information or to register for the symposium, call toll free (888) 404-5823 or visit www.ContinuingEd.ku.edu.

CLAS faculty sabbatical leave application deadline Sept. 21

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty who wish to apply for sabbatical leave for the 2008-09 academic year must submit an endorsed application — one original and one copy — to the College Office, 200 Strong Hall, by 5 p.m. Sept. 21. Self-nominations are due in the Office of the Provost by Sept. 14. Only the applications submitted to the College Office by Sept. 21 will be forwarded to the Office of the Provost by Nov. 1.

Selden to present inaugural lecture ‘Poison and Silk’ Paul Selden, the Gulf-Hedberg Distinguished Professor of Invertebrate Paleontology, will present his inaugural lecture, titled “Poison and Silk: Fossils and Evolution of Spiders and Their Kin,” on Sept. 20. The public lecture will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union.

Open house slated Sept. 22 to celebrate Danforth reopening

The public is invited to an open house from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Danforth Chapel.

The chapel, built in 1946, has been meticulously restored and expanded to include a bride’s suite and to make it fully accessible. Funding was provided through private gifts to KU Endowment. Among the many improvements are new flooring, walls, air conditioning, fixtures and restrooms. All the woodwork was restored and extensive landscaping was made possible by the Class of 2006. In addition, with help from the Class of 2007, the organ has been renovated.

For more information, contact Lisa Scheller, 832-7398, or Rosita McCoy, 832-7336.

Center for Sustainability joins national association

The KU Center for Sustainability has joined the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The association offers benefits to the center and KU through resources available on its Web site, including information on sustainability policies, examples of campus operational improvements and course syllabi of fellow members.

Numerous universities who are leaders in the sustainability field, including Harvard, Duke and Stanford universities, as well as several Big 12 institutions, are members of the association.

Class to focus on research process

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies is offering an intramural course titled ÒResearch Administration 101: A Guide to the Administration of Sponsored Projects at the University of Kansas.Ó

The sessions will address several issues related to research projects, including the grant proposal submission process, award spending and monitoring, intellectual property issues, the responsible conduct of research and how research funding is measured at KU.

The course is organized into 10 two-hour sessions. It begins Sept. 12 and meets from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday through Nov. 14 in Nichols Hall.

To enroll, or for more information, contact Susan MacNally in research integrity at sumac@ku.edu or 864-4148. The course is free.

Faculty, staff bus passes available

Parking and Transit and KU on Wheels have announced faculty and staff bus passes are now available at no charge. To obtain a bus pass, contact Parking and Transit with your name and department, and it will be delivered through campus mail.

Bus passes are required on most routes, but faculty and staff may ride the Park and Ride Express and the new Rec Center/JRP Circulator for free.

For more information about KU on Wheels routes and schedules, visit KU On Wheels. KU on Wheels brochures are available online, on any bus, at the KU Info desk in the Kansas Union and at the KU Parking and Transit office.

Kansas Union adds, expands ATMs

ATMs in the Kansas Union have expanded services. Several machines were added and are available 24 hours a day.

In addition to Capitol Federal, US Bank and Commerce Bank, which originally had machines in the union, there are now ATMs for Boeing Wichita Credit Union, 66 Federal Credit Union, INTRUST Bank, UMB Bank and Teleconnection.

Design and Construction Management and Slemmons and Associates Architects designed and completed the remodeling.

Audio-Reader hosting annual ‘For Your Ears Only’ sale Sept. 21 and 22.

Audio-Reader will be selling all things audio at its annual “For Your Ears Only” sale Sept. 21 and 22 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, buildings 1 and 2. Proceeds from the sale benefit Audio-Reader, a reading and information service for the blind and visually impaired.

Audio-Readers has received more donated audio equipment than ever before, including stereos, receivers, amps, speakers, turntables, CD players, recorders and VCRs. Among the other notable items: a Harman Kardon Citation V Classic Tupe Amp in mint condition and an autographed Louis Armstrong vintage record set of 1920s recordings called “Hot Jazz Classics” on Columbia records set C-28.

As in the past, there will also be thousands of vinyl records along with CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, books on tape/CD, musical instruments, TVs, video games, kids’ electronics and more for sale. For more information, visit KU Audio Reader.

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The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas, medical center campuses).