A Day in the Life at UNMC

A Day in the Life . . . The science of friendship

“Are you my friend?” That’s my son Tom’s pickup line. He uses it most often on the playground when he wants to connect with another kid. Needless to say, most kids think the question — coming in a slightly sing-song tone from a boy they’ve never met before — is a little weird. Most kids think my son is a little weird. My son is at Camp Munroe for the next two weeks. He’s 7, and this will be his first time at the camp… Continue Reading

Tammy and Olivia

Tammy Kielian, Ph.D., turned to the computer in her office and pulled up a picture of a young girl with glasses, with a sunbeam of a smile, the kind that reaches into your chest. It’s pixelized sunshine; a picture of childhood joy. “This is Olivia,” Dr. Kielian said. Dr. Kielian, a professor of pathology and microbiology in the College of Medicine, beamed a little herself. “She’s a pistol,” Dr. Kielian said, then stopped, and looked at the picture again. This is why she works now…. Continue Reading

Finding comfort from grief, one stuffed animal at a time

Aidan Curry was a “wild ride from the start,” recalled his mom, Jennifer Brock, a speech-language pathologist at UNMC’s Munroe-Meyer Institute, over a cup of coffee on a cold January day. He liked bugs and dinosaurs and animals in general. Stuff 2-year-old boys are wired to love. But his mom isn’t sure what he’d be into now. Trains? Spiderman? Batman? Sadly, she’ll never know. The blue-eyed blond toddler, known to his family as “Tots,” was killed in an auto accident just before Christmas in 2011…. Continue Reading