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Employee Newsletter November 21, 2005 : Vol. 30, No. 7

News in brief

KU campus ministry changes name

The United Methodist campus ministry at KU announced a name change and intentions to identify with its roots at its weekly worship Nov. 1. The new name is Wesley KU – a nod to the denomination's founder, John Wesley, who was a campus minister.

The Rev. Gayla Rapp, campus minister, said the change was made to help the ministry establish a more recognizable identity on the campus and to help United Methodists across the state connect with the organization.

Weight Watchers to hold open house on campus

Weight Watchers will hold an open house at noon Dec. 1 in the Crimson and Blue room at Watkins Community Health Center. There is no commitment needed. If people decide to join, the next session of meetings will begin Dec. 8 and run for 13 weeks. Weight Watchers is giving one week free for this session. The cost of the session is $144 for the 13 weeks. All weigh-ins begin at 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays, and meetings begin at noon on Thursdays in the Crimson and Blue room at Watkins.

Researchers may have found treatment for kidney cysts

KU researchers, using the Internet search engine Google, have discovered a substance that contributes to the uncontrollable growth of kidney cysts.

New treatments and preventive measures may be the result, providing relief to the more than 600,000 Americans and an estimated 12.5 million people worldwide who suffer from Polycystic Kidney Disease.

The researchers, led by Jared Grantham, university distinguished professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center, are advising patients with PKD to not take any supplement or product that contains forskolin, a popular health food supplement made in India, because it may aggravate their condition.

Grantham and his team have been attempting to identify forskolin, a fatty-like chemical in the cysts of PKD patients, for more than 12 years until they plugged the molecular formula into the Google search engine.

Lawrence Campus Phone System Outage Scheduled

On Saturday, Nov. 19, the University phone system will be down for maintenance between 6 and 7 a.m. The actual outage will last approximately 15 minutes. The outage will affect all 864 and 812 exchange numbers as well as elevator phones and emergency (blue light) phones on campus. During the maintenance window, University phones will not be able to make or receive telephone calls. Normal telephone service should be restored no later than 7 a.m. Questions about this maintenance outage should be directed to Networking and Telecommunications Services, 864-9300.

Copyright 2005, an official employee publication from the Office of University Relations.


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