McGoogan News

Making and 3D Printing in Healthcare speaker series (Updated: recording available)

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The McGoogan Health Sciences Library is launching a new “Making and 3D Printing in Healthcare” speaker series, which will promote researcher-led prototyping using Jim and Karen Linder Maker Studio resources.

The inaugural speaker, Gregory Bennett, DMD, will discuss additive manufacturing techniques, materials and their application to dentistry on Nov. 16 at noon. He also will lead a discussion of research in 3D printable biomaterials. The presentation will be virtual, and attendees can preregister online.

Dr. Bennett is an assistant professor of adult restorative dentistry at the UNMC College of Dentistry, where he conducts research and provides education in computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) and digital dentistry at the undergraduate and graduate level. Dr. Bennett is a graduate of the Oregon Health & Sciences University School of Dentistry. He completed a one-year general practice residency at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and then served more than five years in the U.S. Navy. Dr. Bennett is a fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and is a strong advocate for digital dentistry in its many forms.

Student Author Open Access APC Drawing

Attention student authors! The McGoogan Health Sciences Library is pleased to announce publication support for student research. The winner of our Student Author Open Access Drawing will receive funds to cover article processing charges (up to $3000) for one open access journal article. These funds will be made available for one UNMC student to support dissemination of their research in an open access journal or a hybrid journal.    


  • The drawing is open to UNMC students who are enrolled in any UNMC program during all or part of the time from October 25 to December 3, 2021.   
  • Students who have faculty appointments are not eligible.  
  • Journals may be fully open access or hybrid/partial open access.   
  • Papers must be 1) Ready for submission to this journal today, or 2) In the peer review process with this journal, or 3) Accepted to this journal and able to be processed as an open access article.   
  • The student author(s) must be able to claim sole authorship. Jointly-authored student papers are acceptable. In the case of a jointly-authored paper, all students must meet eligibility requirements and one prize will be awarded.   
  • It is expected that student authors will collaborate with others, including faculty members. Such assistance must not be sufficiently extensive for the faculty member to merit authorship on the paper.    
  • Submissions must include an abstract which follows ICJME recommendations.   
  • Submissions may not have been previously published or submitted for publication.   
  • Submissions will be judged based upon completeness of the entry and reason for pursuing open access.   

How to Apply   

Submit your entry between October 25 and December 3 at   

The 2021 winner will be contacted and their name will be announced on the library blog by approximately December 7, 2021.   

One submission is allowed per paper.    

All submissions will be used solely for the purpose of selecting a winner of the drawing.   

Questions? Contact Emily Glenn ( or Heather Brown (   

For more information:   

Conditions of Funding   

Funds may be used for open access publishing and processing fees, including open access article processing charges. Funds are not available for reprints, color illustration fees, non-OA page charges, permissions fees, web hosting for self-archiving, or other expenses not directly related to open access fees.    

  • Authors may not submit open access articles accepted by publishers who institute embargo periods.   
  • The funding limit is $3,000.   

Author Responsibilities   

  • Once the funding request is approved, the author should notify the library when the article is published or if the author withdraws it from consideration in that journal.   
  • Authors will be required to submit a scanned copy of the publication agreement.   
  • Authors must provide a copy of the publisher’s original invoice. Payment will issued to the publisher through the library’s business office.   
  • Authors must also provide a full bibliographic citation plus a full-text copy of the funded article for deposit in UNMC’s Digital Commons. 

C’RONA Pandemic Comix Panel Discussion (Updated: Recording available)

Update: Recording now available

In spring 2020, a multidisciplinary group, including artists and scientists, received funding from the Rapid Response Research Program of the National Science Foundation to develop comic books that would help youth understand the COVID-19 pandemic.

Next month, some of those creators will be coming to UNMC to talk about the project, a series called “C’RONA Pandemic Comix.”

On Nov. 3 at noon CT, the McGoogan Health Sciences Library will host a panel discussion in conjunction with the temporary exhibition of the comic series at UNMC.

Panelists will include:

  • Judy Diamond, professor and curator, University of Nebraska State Museum and University Libraries;
  • Bob Hall, writer and artist;
  • Judi gaiashkibos, executive director of the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs; and
  • St Patrick Reid, PhD, assistant professor, UNMC Department of Pathology and Microbiology.

The project built upon a decade of expertise in creating comics about the biology of viruses. In collaboration with virologists and artists, three comic stories about COVID-19 were developed during the pandemic and posted online during the last half of 2020.

The fictional narratives address fundamental issues in biology, virology and network science in order to help readers understand the complexities of living through a viral pandemic. The stories focus on three themes: the biology and social context of the COVID-19 virus; the relationship of wild animals, particularly bats, to the pandemic; and the impact of the pandemic on Tribal communities.

The stories are posted online and are published by the University of Nebraska Press as the book “C’RONA Pandemic Comics,” which includes essays for youth about the virus and the pandemic.

Registration for the Nov. 3 event is now open. A drawing will be held for five signed copies of the comic.

The comic panels line the Wittson Hall fourth floor corridor leading to the Sorrell Center and Bennett Hall skywalks. The comics featured are:

  • “C’RONA COMIX,”by Hall, Diamond and Liz VanWormer
  • “TRIBAL C’RONA COMIX,” by Henry Payer, Hall, gaiashkibos and Diamond
  • “C’RONA COMIX II,”  by Hall, Bob Camp, VanWormer and Diamond

The exhibition runs through Nov. 30. Unsigned copies of the book are available for free in the exhibition, while supplies last.

October issue of library newsletter available

A new issue of the Source, the McGoogan Library’s enewsletter, is now available. In this issue:

  • Message from the Dean
  • “Why Health Sciences Students Need the Humanities” Upcoming Presentation
  • C’RONA Pandemic Comics
  • Library and Partners Open House
  • Meet Our Partners
  • Wigton Heritage Center Tours and Upcoming Exhibits
  • Staff and Faculty notes

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Speaker to discuss the importance of the humanities (Updated: Recording available)

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The McGoogan Health Sciences Library is sponsoring “Why Health Sciences Students Need the Humanities,” a presentation by Deirdre Cooper Owens, PhD, of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, on Oct. 11, from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Dr. Cooper Owens is the Charles and Linda Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine and director of the Humanities in Medicine program. As the director of a medical humanities program and a historian, she understands the importance of the humanities.

Her presentation will touch on why humanities programs and education are necessary for students interested in health sciences: for instance, that the various humanities disciplines allow students to study the social, cultural, ethical and historical dimensions of how doctors, patients, and communities understand the lived experience of health and disease; that the humanities engender critical thinking and interdisciplinary approaches: and that subject covered in the humanities, such as aspects of history and race, and how that legacy of harm to underrepresented groups results in continued health disparities today, helps expand critical health science students critical thinking and compassionate learning. 

Dr. Owens is a distinguished lecturer of the Organization of American Historians. A popular public speaker, she has published essays, book chapters, and blog pieces on issues that concern African American experiences. Her first book, “Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology,” won the 2018 Darlene Clark Hine Book Award from the OAH as the best book written in African American women’s and gender history.

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