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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE YEAR ENDING ONE MILLENNIUM AND BEGINNING ANOTHER
 

Summary: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE YEAR
ENDING ONE MILLENNIUM AND BEGINNING ANOTHER
The first half of the fiscal year was dominated by extensive media and government
coverage of impending disasters that would result from computer and system failures, known
affectionately as Y2K; the second half was characterized by explanations of why government
and industry spent 300 billion dollars preparing for something that amounted to next to nothing.
Be that as it may, we as a department continued on our ownjourney, or mission, which seems to
be the catchword of the day. Although we have not developed a written mission statement, it
seems to me that we are meeting our missions in teaching, research and service. Perhaps at our
next retreat we can formalize what we do and develop a plan for the future.
Significant events continued in the department this past year. Dr. Larry Sullivan retired,
but agreed to stay on part time for one more year to teach renal physiology. We had a wonderful
open reception here at KUMC and a formal dinner at the Woodside Racquet Club in celebration
of his many years of outstanding service to the department. Richard Clancy will retire this next
January. Both of these losses mean significant changes in teaching by the department, and a
recruitment is underway for a renal physiologist to be hired by July 1,2001. In cooperation with
Urology, recruitment for a scientist who worked in prostate cancer was initiated. Leslie Heckert
chaired the search committee, and about five candidates were brought in for interviews. An offer
was made to Jon Svaren from Washington University, but he decided to take a position at the
University of Wisconsin. That search has been suspended. The department was successful in

  

Source: Albertini, David - Center for Reproductive Sciences, University of Kansas

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine