A Day in the Life at UNMC

Is there a sexpert in the house?

Sexpert. “It’s a funny word,” said Jay Irwin, Ph.D., associate director of the Midlands Sexual Health Research Collaborative (MSHRC), housed in the Department of Health Promotion, Social & Behavioral Health in the College of Public Health. It is a funny word. Nevertheless, Dr. Irwin has agreed to take it on as a mantle. At least that’s the way he and his fellow panelists are billed at periodic Science Cafes that tackle the subjects of sex, sexuality, gender issues and sexual health. They’re the sexperts. How… Continue Reading

Rocket men

Theirs is a dangerous hobby, in more ways than one. They’ve survived some close calls. Don Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor of pathology and microbiology, once noticed a highway patrolman driving alongside him for 10 miles, down I-80, trying to decide whether Dr. Johnson had an armored missile in the back of his pickup. Paul Paulman, M.D., professor of family medicine, realized, too late, that he probably shouldn’t be picking up someone at the airport with a bed full of rockets under his truck’s camper top…. Continue Reading

Answered prayers

By Lisa Spellman My nephew has a new kidney! Jeffery Spellman, the young man I told you about earlier this year, has a beautiful new, fully functioning kidney as of June 2. We are grateful and indebted to the incredible generosity of an unknown donor and their family and will always be praying for them. They will never know the magnitude of this gift. But we do. I do. And so do total strangers to whom I have spontaneously blurted out the good news. “My… Continue Reading