A Day in the Life at UNMC

We Are (UNMC) Family

Even though I’m a writer, I have no words for what happened in Newtown, Conn., last Friday. What I do know is that the first thing I thought of when I heard the news, probably like many of you, was my family. How much they mean to me. And how quickly all that can be taken away. I have a husband, a 2-year-old daughter and another baby on the way. But they are not my only family. During the week, I spend just as much… Continue Reading

Holiday sounds from Wittson Hall

Robert Binhammer, Ph.D., had started to sweat and it wasn’t because of his red, green and white holiday sweater. The legendary anatomy professor was on edge because it was 11:59 a.m. on Tuesday – one minute before the annual Wittson Hall holiday carol event that Dr. Binhammer has led for decades – and the student who volunteered to provide piano accompaniment had yet to appear. As more than 100 students settled into the Wittson Hall Amphitheater seats, cookies and sodas in hand, ready to sing… Continue Reading

Curling up with a rare book

Ask John Schleicher, associate professor and head of special collections at the McGoogan Library of Medicine, what he’s got in the rare book room. And the answer is: “How many things do you want to see?” Oh, he’s got stuff. A fourth edition (1730) of Optiks, written by Sir Isaac Newton. Yeah, that’s right – the guy of the apple-bonking incident fame. A book from 1517, its binding sewn by hand, its illustrations of military surgery (there’s some dude getting his leg sawn off). Medieval… Continue Reading