Campus roundup

KU SCHOOL OF MEDICINE-WICHITA: The KU School of Medicine-Wichita's psychiatry and behavioral sciences department hosted a Childrenís Mental Health Day Aug. 8 to help raise awareness about mental health issues affecting children.

The event featured information booths from various community resources dealing with childrenís mental health and family issues, as well as moonwalks, dunk tanks featuring area school leaders, a fire truck to keep everyone cool, balloon animal demonstrations, face painting, various contests and more.

Money raised helped underwrite the event, start additional education programs, support research and expand clinical services for children.

KU MEDICAL CENTER: The KU Medical Center has recruited Buddhadeb Dawn as director of the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases to further enhance its ability to offer world-class cardiovascular care in the region.

Beginning Sept. 1, Dawn will serve as the division director of cardiology, as well as the vice chair for research in the Department of Internal Medicine. In these roles, he will help develop an infrastructure for cardiovascular research and assist in overall research efforts of the Department of Internal Medicine. In addition, he will help develop a Cardiovascular Research Institute at KU Medical Center. Dawn is widely recognized for his research using adult stem cells from the bone marrow as well as the heart to generate new, healthy tissue to repair the damaged heart after a heart attack.

EDWARDS CAMPUS: The Edwards Campus, with partner Johnson County Community College, hosted a successful Start2Finish 5k Run-Walk, July 25. The event, in its second year, drew 400 runners and walkers. Participants started at JCCC, traveled down Quivira Road, ending at a post-race event, which included Kansas Athletics, members from the Kansas City alumni chapter, KU Bookstores and more. This yearís event raised more than $12,500 to benefit undergraduate scholarships.

Focusing on adult learners, the Start2Finish program ensures that a studentís first class at JCCC counts toward a degree from KU. Start2Finish students begin at JCCC, graduate with an associateís degree and end up with a bachelorís from the Edwards Campus. Learn more about the joint program at iStart2Finish.org.


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