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Nominations open for Chancellors Club Career Teaching Award

Nominations are being sought for the 2010 Chancellors Club Career Teaching Award.

The award recognizes the teaching contributions of a faculty member over a period of 20 years or more. To be eligible faculty members should be within five years of intended retirement.

The annual award includes an $8,000 stipend. Nominations are due by May 14. The winner will be announced at the Chancellors Club dinner in early November.

Nominations are invited from students, faculty, staff and alumni. Letters of nomination should be sent to the Office of the Provost, 250 Strong Hall, and must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae, and by departmental (if applicable) and school endorsements.

HR offers session on planning retirement during recession

The human resources departments at the Lawrence campus and KU Medical Center are co-sponsoring “Which Way is Up: Mapping Your Retirement Strategy in a Post Recession Economy,” with Edward Grzybowski, chief investment officer, TIAA-CREF.

Sessions will be held:

2:30–4:30 p.m. April 21

KU, Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

9–10:30 a.m. April 22

KU, Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

10–11:30 a.m. April 23

Wahl Hall West Auditorium, KU Medical Center

Grzybowski will lead a discussion of the current economic and market landscape and offer practical insights on how investors can stay focused on their long-term destination retirement — despite the inevitable uncertainties along the way.

Governor to help kick off KU Hospital women’s health program

Gov. Mark Parkinson and First Lady Stacy Parkinson launched a statewide women’s heart initiative April 10 at Cedar Crest, the governor’s mansion in Topeka.

The initiative is “A Change of Heart — for Kansas,” a program developed by KU Hospital to improve women’s heart health.

“A Change of Heart — for Kansas,” was inspired by the fact that one out of four women die from coronary vascular disease, yet, according to cardiology experts, only half of the women in the United States are aware of their risk for heart disease. The hospital’s specially designed heart health assessment empowers women with the tools needed to reverse these trends and make individual lifestyle changes to improve their heart health.

Of the more than 500 women who have taken the heart health assessment at KU Hospital since 2008, 88 percent were determined to have at least one or more risk factors for heart disease.

Page said the program’s goal is to help Kansans live longer and reduce the heart mortality rate, especially among women. A research project to measure the effectiveness of the campaign will be part of “A Change of Heart — Kansas.”

KU ScholarWorks climbs in institutional repository rankings

KU ScholarWorks, the institutional repository for research published at KU, has moved up in the worldwide rankings of the top institutional repositories, going from 173 in July 2009 to 91 in January 2010, according to “The Ranking Web of World Repositories” published online by the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, the largest public research body in Spain.

The ranking measures the “global visibility and impact of the scientific repositories,” according to CSIC.

In the same time period, KU ScholarWorks moved from 43 to 23 for institutional repositories in the United States, according to data compiled from the site. The jump in rankings reflects the growing numbers of researchers using KU ScholarWorks, both as an online repository for their own published scholarship and as a means of accessing that scholarship.

KU ScholarWorks tracks the number of downloads and views for each item, broken down by year and country, allowing researchers to see where interest in their work lies in a way that traditional publishing does not. Greenberg reports that the results he has seen go beyond the number of hits on a Web site.

Visit KU ScholarWorks online at More information on the CSIC rankings can be found online.

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