KU announces July employees of the month

Wed, 08/28/2013

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas has bestowed Employee of the Month honors for July 2013. Winners are as follows:

University Support Staff Employee of the Month

Who: Sandra Lollis

Start date: April 2011

Current title: Administrative associate senior, Facilities Services Zone 6

What that means: Lollis is a customer liaison, manages purchasing through the new electronic system, does data entry, and she serves as her work group’s time keeper, accountant and much more.

Notable: Lollis always willingly goes beyond the call of duty to get her work done and is innovative and enterprising. She handled the challenges and opportunities that came with the FO/Housing Maintenance merger with grace and a positive attitude. Changes at KU have required Lollis to learn all new operational procedures and a new computerized maintenance management system for work request documentation and completion.

University Unclassified Staff Employee of the Month

Who: Ken Nelson

Start date: May 1995

Current title: Manager, Kansas Data Access and Support Center

What that means: Nelson is responsible for the operation and management of DASC, which develops and makes available a core of databases from state and local government. The staff of DASC has also led the development of the state’s Geographic Information System (GIS) initiatives and policies, and Nelson heads the group responsible for GIS services and also computer services for the KGS. Nelson and his staff interact at all levels with other state agencies (including the departments of commerce and revenue, the Kansas Corporation Commission, and the Kansas Water Office), local government and private industry.

Notable: Under Nelson’s leadership, DASC has become recognized as a national leader in digital database distribution. Nelson is known for hiring and leading an energetic and organized staff. He also worked with the state GIS officer, legislative research staff and various legislators on passage of House Bill 2175 to create and coordinate mapping capability in the state of Kansas



This week, we featured Sukhindervir Sandhu and how he is using an undergrad research award to make discoveries. What exactly is he researching? Watch this video to learn how Sandhu is using virus-induced gene silencing to make plants act differently. Tags: #KUdiscoveries #KUresearch #Plants #Genes #Biology

KU student tricks monkey flower into growing protective ‘hair’ Thanks to a KU Undergraduate Research Award (see more at http://ugresearch.ku.edu/student/fund/ugra), Sukhindervir Sandhu, a KU junior in biochemistry, figured out which genetic button to push to get a monkey flower, or Mimulus guttatus, to grow protective trichomes, or plant hair. Sandhu was able to track it down to a gene called SKP-1. By silencing SKP-1, he discovered that gene regulates plant hair growth in monkey flowers.


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