A Day in the Life at UNMC

From refugee to M.D.: Dr. Nguyen and his family come to America

Dr. Quan Dong Nguyen’s first step toward becoming an American began when his father went in to report to the new communist government and disappeared for the next 42 months. During the early 1970s, despite the Vietnam War, Dr. Nguyen’s family lived a relatively normal life in South Vietnam. But after the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, when Dr. Nguyen was 8 years… Continue Reading

Finding Ph.D. possibilities off the academic track

Looking for a job while you have an advanced degree sounds a lot like looking for a job without an advanced degree. “I beat my head against the wall until something gave,” said Austin Jelcick, Ph.D. And, as Dr. Jelcick said, “When you have your Ph.D., there can often be this odd chasm you have to cross,” in that you always seem to be either… Continue Reading

Here’s Lookin’ at U

One of the most well-read things we do here, at UNMC Today, is our Lookin’ at U, which features a closer look at your fellow UNMC employees. People love it! But it’s frustrating to come across someone who would be incredibly fascinating and fun for everyone to read about, only to have that person say, “Nah ….” When this happens, we’re all missing out! So,… Continue Reading

How Dr. Lyubchenko’s lab invited the dean to a pizza party

Yuri Lyubchenko, Ph.D., professor of pharmaceutical sciences in the College of Pharmacy, said this quietly, almost with wonder: “It has been a really good year.” It has. Already this year his lab has been awarded a $620,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and another from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for more than $1 million. “It’s unexpected,” Dr. Lyubchenko said. “It’s some… Continue Reading