Oct 31, 2014

KCUMB Hosts Alumni During Annual AOA OMED Conference

More than 280 KCUMB alumni joined their colleagues from across the country Oct. 25-29 during the American Osteopathic Association’s 119th Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition in Seattle.

In addition to participating in continuing medical education sessions and networking with others, KCUMB alumni stopped by the University’s booth in the main exhibit hall to get an overview of all the ways we are fulfilling our mission of “improving the well-being of the communities we serve.” View our conference photo gallery.

KCUMB also hosted a special alumni reception Oct. 27 at Chihuly Garden and Glass, where the 2014 Alumni Association Awards were presented in front of approximately 275 people in attendance. View our reception photo gallery.

Next year, OMED will serve as a joint conference of all the major specialty colleges. The event is scheduled for Oct. 17-21 in Orlando, Fla.

Oct 30, 2014

Administration Building Renovations, Dybedal Center for Research Improvements Underway as Campus Master Plan Progresses

Administration Building interior demolition
KCUMB continues to move forward with projects included in our Campus Master Plan, with work now shifting to the Administration Building and the Dybedal Center for Research.

With all employees moved out of the building and the successful auction of furnishings, interior demolition of the Administration Building is currently in progress and will continue through the end of the year. The building interior is being removed down to structural features and will be replaced with a state-of-the-art, modern work environment, with plenty of open space for collaboration, meeting rooms and a welcome center for campus visitors. Construction crews have already removed truckloads of material that will be re-used or donated to local charities.

Construction of new research laboratory space in the Dybedal Center for Research is also underway. The work includes a large laboratory, a confocal microscope room, a cell culture room, and adjacent animal holding and procedure rooms. Select upgrades to the building lobby and utility improvements for other laboratory spaces are being performed in conjunction with this work, which will be ready for occupancy in January.

For more information on other aspects of the Campus Master Plan, visit www.kcumb.edu/Future.

Oct 28, 2014

Alumni Association Honors Six During Annual Awards Ceremony

Thousands of KCUMB alumni make immeasurable impacts on their communities daily. Whether it's through patient care, service to civic groups, professional leadership or other means, their actions reflect positively on themselves and their alma mater.

On Oct. 27, the KCUMB Alumni Association honored six deserving individuals by naming them as award recipients. Those recognized during KCUMB's alumni reception at AOA in Seattle were:

Alumnus of the Year Award (Two Recipients)
Leonard Calabrese, D.O. (COM '75)
Robert Juhasz, D.O. (COM '81)

Alumni Achievement Award
Donald Tarr, D.O. (COM '59)

Young Alumni Achievement Award
Nathan Hall, D.O. (COM '10), M.S. (COB '06)

Alumni Service Award
Ronald Holt, D.O. (COM '93)

Star-Spangled Banner Medallion
Marshall Walker, D.O. (COM '72)

View our reception photo gallery.

Oct 27, 2014

Kansas City Business Journal Profiles New College of Biosciences Dean

The Kansas City Business Journal featured our own Robert White, Ph.D., in an Oct. 24 story, “Newsmaker: KCUMB’s White Answers When Opportunity Knocks.” A member of KCUMB’s faculty since 2010, Dr. White was named dean of the College of Biosciences in August. Dr. White shared his research interests, particularly in regard to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, as well as his desire to grow the College of Biosciences by adding additional degree programs.

Oct 3, 2014

Presentation Highlights the Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in Medical Education

We were fortunate to hear a presentation Oct. 3 by Marc Nivet, MBA, Ed.D., regarding ways in which the medical profession – medical schools, in particular – can better achieve excellence in research, education and patient care by becoming more inclusive of students from differing racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Dr. Nivet, chief diversity officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges, gave an informative presentation, "Diversity and Inclusion in Academic Medicine: From Fairness to Excellence," to first- and second-year osteopathic medical students, faculty and staff in the Academic Center on the KCUMB campus. In addition, he met with members of the campus leadership to discuss strategies at improving inclusivity on our campus.

Dr. Nivet is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and a former president of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators. He currently serves the academic medical community on a variety of boards, including the National Institutes of Health's National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration's Bureau of Health Professions National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Medical College Roundtable, among others.

Oct 2, 2014

AOCA Inducts KCUMB President as a Fellow

The American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists honored KCUMB’s president and chief executive officer during its annual convention Sept. 28-Oct. 1 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Dr. Hahn, an anesthesiologist, was one of six osteopathic physicians awarded fellowship in the AOCA on Sept. 30.