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School of Medicine-Wichita appoints director of pediatrics

Robert Wittler

Robert Wittler, professor of pediatrics, has been appointed program director for pediatrics at the School of Medicine-Wichita, effective July 1.

His chief responsibility will be providing leadership for the pediatric residency program.

Wittler has served in several leadership roles for the Department of Pediatrics during the past 15 years. In addition to his current role as associate program director, he was the pediatric clerkship director. He has also served on the United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 2 Exam Test Material Development Pediatrics Committee since 2004 and as chair of this committee since 2009 in addition to other roles.

KU Libraries archivist earns award

The Kansas City Area Archivists Fellow Award was presented to Letha Johnson, archivist with KU Libraries, at the organizationís spring luncheon and annual meeting hosted by the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department. Johnson was chosen for her leadership, service and commitment to the Kansas History Day Program.

The award is intended to recognize individuals deserving of special recognition.

Johnson has worked for a decade to develop and sustain the Kansas History Day Program. She began her involvement in 2001 while working at the Kansas State Historical Society. As co-coordinator, she administered the National History Day program in Kansas, developed teacher resources, conducted student and teacher workshops, made numerous presentations at conferences, oversaw the organization of state districts and ran the state contest. Since 2009, Letha has served as executive director and state co-coordinator for the Kansas History Day Foundation, a volunteer organization that now administers the program.

Professor named water conservationist of the year

Jerry deNoyelles, deputy director of the Kansas Biological Survey and professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, was named the 2010 Water Conservationist of the Year through the Conservation Achievement Program of the Kansas Wildlife Federation. He received the award in a special ceremony at the federationís annual meeting Feb. 26 in Great Bend.

The programís awards honor Kansans who have devoted themselves to conserving the state's natural resources.

deNoyelles has served the people of Kansas for more than 35 years through environmental research and water conservation education. He has conducted a broad range of aquatic research, educated thousands of students and worked to bring attention to important statewide water-related issues.

At KU, deNoyelles was instrumental in establishing the Environmental Studies Program and served as its director for five years. He has taught more than 20 classes in biology, ecology and environmental studies. He developed an extensive experimental pond facility at the KU Field Station to study the effects of pesticides and other chemicals on people and aquatic environments. At the time the facility was developed it was one of the largest in the United States.

deNoyelles has helped create the Applied Science and Technology for Reservoir Assessment Initiative within the Kansas Biological Survey and has played a crucial role in educating legislators and other policy makers about the deteriorating condition of Kansas reservoirs. His work with state and federal agencies and university researchers has brought action at the state level to address problems of reservoirs.

Research center welcomes international visiting scholar

Kyung Mee Kim

Kyung Mee Kim is an international visiting scholar at the Research and Training Center on Independent Living for the spring and fall 2011 semesters.

Kim is an associate professor in the Department of Social Welfare at Soongsil University in Seoul, South Korea, where she teaches disability studies. She has been involved in the rehabilitation and independent living field for more than 20 years and has had numerous opportunities to work with consumers with disabilities in identifying, developing and shaping on-going disability research.

Kim received a doctorate from KUís School of Social Welfare in 2003 and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Research and Training Center on Independent Living from 2003 to 2004.

While in Kansas, she is researching supported living for people with developmental disabilities and plans to develop suggestions for alternatives to current Korean disability policy. Sheís gathering information in part through visits to both urban and rural residential models in the Lawrence area.

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