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

NLM Spotlight: ToxTutor Tutorial

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Are you looking to explore the basic principles of toxicology? Then the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has a resource for you! NLM just updated its online tutorial, ToxTutor. This tutorial is self-paced, and uses plain language and illustrations to provide a basic understanding of toxicology. The topics covered include dose and dose response, toxic effects, interactions, toxicity testing methods, risk assessment, and exposure guidelines.

Once you finish this tutorial, you will be better equipped to delve more deeply into TOXNET, a group of NLM databases that provide information on chemicals and toxicology. TOXNET includes resources on chemicals and drugs, diseases and the environment,  occupational safety and health, risk assessment and regulations, and more.

ToxTutor and TOXNET are produced by the NLM Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program. To learn more about this program, visit their website.