A Day in the Life at UNMC

A Day in the Life: Experiencing ‘China Nice’

By Lisa Spellman, UNMC public relations   China might have 1.3 billion of the nicest people in the world. At every point during my 10-day trip with the UNMC delegation to this beautiful country, I was met with enthusiastic smiles, heartfelt hospitality and the warmest welcome, all of which I eagerly reciprocated. It’s no wonder UNMC’s Asia Pacific Rim Development Program has been so successful. From Gang Pei, Ph.D., president of Tongji University in Shanghai, to Le Kang, Ph.D., president of Beijing Institutes of Life… Continue Reading

A day in the life: Justin’s story

By Kim Bainbridge, Munroe-Meyer Institute Justin Harold Bainbridge was born on June 23, 1989, at 1:30 a.m. Around seven and a half hours later, while my husband Jeff was out buying me a bouquet of flowers, our pediatrician told me that he was 99.9 percent sure that Justin had Down syndrome. I can remember what the doctor was wearing. I can remember where he sat when he began speaking. I can remember pinching my arm, telling myself to wake up, that this was a dream… Continue Reading

When in a strange land, laugh

Comedian Yakov Smirnoff rose to stardom by summing up the incredulous, wide-eyed experience of being an immigrant in America with the catchphrase, “What a country!” Likewise, many of UNMC’s international students can weather culture shock the way successful fishes out of water always have — with a sense of humor. Raheleh Miralami, a UNMC graduate studies student from Iran, has been through it. She’s been in this country for a couple of years now, so she’s a veteran. But she wishes someone might have given… Continue Reading