A Day in the Life at UNMC

Putting off vision care leads to (surprise!) impaired vision

Staring down the business end of the neodymium yttrium aluminum garnet laser.

When you’re having problems with your eyesight, there are probably worse places to work than on a university campus that has just opened a state-of-the-art eye care facility. And I’ve always had problems with my eyes. I remember when I first realized my eyes were bad. I was an entertainment reporter for a small newspaper in upstate New York, and I’d been sent to review an opera. To help the uncultured, the opera was translated via subtitles. As the mezzosoprano belted out the Italian aria,… Continue Reading

It's my M3 and I'll cry if I want to

A few years ago, Oregon Health & Science University Ph.D. candidate Katy Van Hook wrote a blog that struck a nerve. She called it Forget baseball, there is DEFINITELY crying in science. Van Hook, who has since earned her doctorate, was talking about the fact that she was so stressed out by the life of a student at an academic medical center that she occasionally broke down and bawled in her mentor’s office. I’ve cried in front of my boss, the director of my graduate… Continue Reading

Dr. Mathews, a man for all (sports) seasons

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Monty Mathews, M.D., assistant professor of family medicine, is on duty. He’s not wearing a white coat. He’s not wearing scrubs. He’s wearing a baseball cap, emblazoned with a Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks “O.” The doc is on duty on a soccer sideline, Caniglia Field, on the UNO campus. He stands with trainers, with coaches, with players (the subs), looking out onto the field. On the green faux-grass, Division I college soccer is being played, bodies slamming, tendons straining, lungs screaming. Mastodons vs. Mavs. A young boy,… Continue Reading

B&F is going to pump(kin) you up!

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Look at the Jack-o-lantern above. Spooky and brand-compliant! The world’s scariest walrus. We bring you this picture, and others, because Business and Finance recently held a pumpkin-carving contest. No, scratch that. Business and Finance held a PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST. This was not your average Halloween contest. This wasn’t just a zigzag smile in an orange gourd. These people really went all-out. Consider a few of the contenders … Imagine you thought you’d entered a pumpkin-carving contest, and found out you were going up against THIS…. Continue Reading

Man Raising Awareness for Organ Donation Stumbles Upon UNMC

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Don Erickson was walking down Leavenworth Street on Thursday morning when he looked up and saw three words that made him stop. Lied Transplant Center. You see, Erickson wasn’t just out for a stroll in Omaha. The 55-year-old is on a trek across the country. By foot. He’s walking the approximately 3,300 miles to raise awareness for organ donation. A good friend’s brother died after complications from a grand mal seizure. Because of the Y on the man’s driver’s license and his family’s verbal yes,… Continue Reading