McGoogan News

From the archives: second lady visits UNMC campus

 By John Schleicher

The year was 1967; Lyndon B. Johnson was the President of the United States.  His Vice-President was Humbert H. Humphrey.  The President’s Committee on Mental Retardation had recently been established.

Mrs. Humphrey and Dr. Kugel at the meeting on the UNMC campus
Mrs. Humphrey and Dr. Kugel at the meeting on the UNMC campus

Among the members of the committee were Muriel Humphrey, wife of the Vice-President, and Robert Kugel, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at UNMC.  Dr. Kugel would become Dean of the College of Medicine in 1969, a position he would serve in until 1974.

A subcommittee chaired by Dr. Kugel met on the UNMC campus in February 1967.  They heard testimony about the state of mental retardation programs throughout a five-state area.  Nearly 150 people from around the five-state region attended the meeting.

The committee heard recommendations from members of the public one day, and then toured facilities in the region the following day.  Mrs. Humphrey’s itinerary included the mental retardation research center at the former Nebraska Psychiatric Institute (NPI).  The NPI was located in a building which is now the site of the Durham Research Centers.

The report issued by the President’s Committee on Mental Retardation in the summer of 1967 was titled “A first report to the President on the nation’s progress and remaining great needs in the campaign to combat mental retardation.”

UNMC Makers Club Open House on Friday, November 4

All UNMC students, faculty, and staff are invited to join the UNMC Makers Club at an open house event this Friday in the McGoogan Library’s Makerspace at 12:30pm-1:30pm. The UNMC Makers Club welcomes new members who want to learn to design and print their own 3D items and explore collaborative projects. No previous experience is necessary. Pizza will be available for the first 20 participants. Interested? Come by the library or contact 3dmakers@unmc.edu.

Former UNMC staffer to read from his graphic novel

By Elizabeth Kumru, UNMC public relations

Josh Howell hit writer’s block on his novel. He hit it hard – for more than a year.

Then a friend suggested he turn it into a graphic novel and the floodgates opened in ways he didn’t expect.

It’s starting to become a favorite at comic cons across the country. He hopes his hometown – Omaha – will embrace it as well.

Josh Howell with his new novel.
Josh Howell with his new novel.

Howell, 30, will read from his book, “The Fierce Are Fading,” 4:30 to 5:30 on Nov. 9 in the South Rare Book Room, McGoogan Library, 8th floor Wittson Hall. The reading is open to the public, no RSVP is needed.

Howell left his position as an administrative assistant in UNMC’s Department of Emergency Medicine on Oct. 21 to become executive assistant to the director of a non-profit start-up that will work with at-risk youth in Omaha.

His book features a strong female heroine, Riley Harper, who is a floater agent with the FBI on assignment to find a serial killer in Seattle. After her partner and lover, an officer in the local police department, goes missing, she disobeys orders and embarks on a mission to find him.

What she discovers is a massive shadow organization known only to a few as THE M.O.R.S. INITIATIVE to be behind the killings. Riley partners with a female assassin and a mental patient to hunt down the mysterious organization which seems hell-bent on using human genomics and teleportation to destroy the human race.

The book is distributed through Amazon in three different forms:

  • Novel – $12
  • Graphic black and white novel – $18
  • Color graphic novel – $45 – magazine size – which Howell sells at events for $30
  • Both versions are sold on Kindle for $9.99

Howell also sells a color pocket version of the book for $20.

“The book was well-received at the four-day New York Comic Con this month,” he said. He sold about 80 books from a small press booth at the convention that was attended by more than 180,000 people.

He also will be featured at upcoming comic conventions:

  • Midwest Comic Con in Des Moines, Iowa, on Nov. 5 – 6
  • Comic Con at Offutt AFB, Bellevue, Neb., on Dec. 2 – 5
  • Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo on April 21 – 23, 2017

Read a July 8 story about Joshua in UNMC Today.

Who in the library…faculty & staff profiles

Larissa Krayer
Digital Archivist
Special Collections

Tell us about your job in the library.larissa-krayer-21-small

I am the Digital Archivist for the Special Collections.  I collect, manage and care for both digitized and born-digital materials relating to the history of UNMC and the health sciences in Nebraska.  A big part of my job is preserving these files so that they can be accessed today as well as for years to come.  One of the ways I help to make these items accessible is by creating digital interactive exhibits which will be launching early next year.

When would you most likely meet or talk with me?

If you are interested in accessing our digital materials or interested in donating materials to the collections would be the time you’d most likely to talk to me.

What do you like about working in the library?

I love being able to work with history and especially being able to make it accessible and relevant to the public.  I enjoy being able to present artifacts and documents in new and interactive ways through exhibits.  But my favorite part is the challenge in working with digital materials as technology is constantly changing and evolving, so there’s always something new to learn and adapt to.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I volunteer and foster for Basset and Beagle Rescue of the Heartland.  I love to travel and enjoy exploring Nebraska and Iowa by visiting the many wonderful wineries and breweries.