McGoogan News

From the archives: Who was Wittson? The man behind the building

By John Schleicher

Cecil L. Wittson, M.D. (1907-1989) was born in Camden, South Carolina.  He received his BS degree from the University of South Carolina in 1927, and his MD degree in 1931.  Wittson interned at Roper Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina, from 1931-1932, then held various posts at Central Islip State Hospital iwittson_cecil_a_196xn New York.  He received post graduate training at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in psychiatry and neurology from 1935-1938.  In 1948, Wittson received certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  During World War II, Wittson rose to the rank of Commander in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Navy Reserve, serving from 1940-1946.

After World War II, he came to Nebraska where he became director of the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute in 1950, a position he held until 1964.  That year, Wittson was named Dean of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.  He became President of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1969, and in 1971 this title was changed to Chancellor.  He retired in 1972 and became Chancellor Emeritus.  After his tenure at UNMC, he served as Director of Medical Programs with Henningson, Durham, & Richardson Consulting Architects and Engineers, in Omaha.  In 1981, he retired to his native South Carolina and in 1985, he moved to Lakeland, Florida, where he died at the age of 82 in 1989.

wittson-hall-arch-drawConstruction on the Basic Science building began in 1967, and upon his retirement in 1972 the building was named after Wittson, the first Chancellor of UNMC.  A new medical library was added to the top of the building and opened in 1970, now the McGoogan Library of Medicine.

For more information on Dr. Wittson, see the new exhibit located in the 3rd floor passageway between Wittson Hall and University Tower.

3D Printing in Healthcare Panel October 6

During UNeMed’s Innovation Week, members of the UNMC Makers Club will facilitate the 3D Printing in Healthcare Panel. Expert panelists will discuss the potential of 3D printing in biomedical applications, what is possible today, and all that might be possible tomorrow.

Plus, during this event, you can register to win a free 3D printer to be given away during the Innovation Awards Ceremony and Reception on Oct. 6. (Must be present to win.)

Join us on Tuesday, October 4 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm in DRC 1002 (auditorium). Free lunch will be provided for the first 80 people. This event is co-sponsored by the McGoogan Library of Medicine.

ClinicalTrials.gov Final Rules

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today issued a final rule (link is external) that specifies requirements for registering certain clinical trials and submitting summary results information to ClinicalTrials.gov. The new rule expands the legal requirements for submitting registration and results information.  At the same time, the National Institutes of Health has issued a complementary policy (link is external) for registering and submitting summary results information to ClinicalTrials.gov for all NIH-funded trials, including those not subject to the final rule. A news release includes links that provides summaries and a table to better understand the changes.

Important elements of the final rule include:

  • Providing a checklist for evaluating which clinical trials are subject to the regulations and who is responsible for submitting required information;
  • Expanding the scope of trials for which summary results information must be submitted to include trials involving FDA-regulated products that have not yet been approved, licensed, or cleared by the FDA;
  • Requiring additional registration and summary results information data elements to be submitted to ClinicalTrials.gov, including the race and ethnicity of trial participants, if collected, and the full protocol;
  • Requiring additional types of adverse event information; and
  • Providing a list of potential legal consequences for non-compliance.

 

Post from Midcontinental Region News. Used with permission.

Services spotlight: Writing assistance

The library often receives questions or requests for writing assistance. There are services across campus that can assist you, in addition to online resources from the library.

The Writing Center at the McGoogan Library of Medicine, staffed via University of Nebraska Omaha, is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to work with a writing consultant on any writing project. This free service is appropriate for writing assignments, application essays, business letters, or other projects. Please see The Writing Center site for more information and to book an appointment. Online consultations are also available for all of those at UNMC’s campuses across Nebraska and distance students. The Writing Center is sponsored by Academic Affairs.

The Research Editorial Office provides UNMC faculty members with proposal development and grant and manuscript editing support. This editorial service requires a UNMC cost center code.

The library provides resources and guides to help you in your writing:

Who in the library…faculty & staff profiles

Karen Foster
Library Acquisitions Technician
Collection Development and Metadata

Tell us about your job in the library.

I order books, journals, equipment and office supplies for the McGoogan Library.  I process the invoices for payment for these items and maintain records of the payments.  I also register and process the payments for Library staff members attending meetings, conferences, classes and webinars.

When would you most likely meet or talk with me?

I would most likely meet or talk with you when I am contacted about possible donations of book and journals to the Library.

What do you like about working in the library?

I like doing my part to make materials available to our patrons that will help them in their work and studies.  I like working with other Library staff so resources can be accessed both electronic and print.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I enjoy reading and traveling outside of work.  I like to spend time with my family, especially my nieces and nephews.