McGoogan News

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.

McGoogan scavenger hunt

To celebrate National Medical Librarians month, the McGoogan Library invites you to have some fun and join your colleagues on an electronic Scavenger Hunt. There are six questions which will test your skills in finding information through the library’s website. Answer all the questions and be placed in a drawing for one of two $25.00 Amazon gift cards.

The hunt will be open through October 31 at midnight. We have included hints, so get to work, have some fun, and thank you for your participation!

Follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R938MXQ

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.

October 13 publishing seminars

On October 13, the McGoogan Library will present an inside look at the publishing process from those who know it best — the publishers and editors.

Last year, a single event was held with multiple publishers. Now it’s time for a deep dive on these topics. Multiple sessions will be held, which will delve in to specific issues and provide more content and discussion opportunities.

Experts from Elsevier will be on hand to offer in-depth information on the publishing process, including the review process, how to get your paper noticed, book publishing, and publishing issues and trends.

Office hours will also be held, giving you the opportunity to have one-on-one discussions with the presenters.

Register for the sessions in which you are interested or watch the live-stream webcast from anywhere. (The archived links will be made available to registrants.) If you can’t attend in-person or online, you can register to receive the archived videos.

Registration is now open.

9am – 10am: Overview of the book publishing process

  • In today’s world, why write a book?
    • Discover the lesser known opportunities that publishing a book can offer to both your scientific community and career. Explore the benefits of writing a book throughout the early, middle and late stages of your scientific career. Learn the steps of the publishing process from submitting a proposal to choosing the right publisher.

 11am – 12:30pm: Introduction to scholarly publishing/how to get published (meal provided for in-person event)

  • The session will provide an overview of the scholarly publishing process, including best practices to get a paper published.  Topics to be addressed in this session will include but are not limited to the following:
    • Overview of the scholarly publishing landscape
    • Examination of the editorial process (Submission to Acceptance/Rejection)
    • Navigating the peer-review process
    • Publishing ethics
    • Promoting one’s research

2pm – 3pm: Trends & issues within scholarly publishing

  • This presentation will provide an overview of the scholarly publishing landscape including an examination of several associated topics and trends affecting the higher education and its associated stakeholders from institutional administration to early career researchers.  Targeted topics to include but not limited to:
    • Open Access Publishing
    • Predatory Publishing
    • Research Data
    • Reproducibility

3:15pm – 4:45pm: Office hours

5pm – 7pm: Introduction to scholarly publishing/how to get published for students and early career professionals (meal provided for in-person event)

  • Knowing the best way to structure your scientific paper, identify the most appropriate journal, and understand the peer review process is critical to getting your work published.  Attend this workshop and learn best practices from Elsevier’s publishing experts.  Topics to be addressed in this session will include but are not limited to the following:
    • Overview of the scholarly publishing landscape
    • How best to structure a manuscript for submission
    • Targeting the “right” journal for submission
    • Overview of the editorial process (Submission to Acceptance/Rejection)
    • Responding to reviewer comments
    • Publishing ethics
    • Promoting one’s research

Speakers are:

  • Megan Ball – Acquisitions Editors (Books), Elsevier
  • Vindra Dass – Publisher, Health Sciences, Elsevier
  • Helene Caprari – Publisher, Health Sciences, Elsevier

For more information or to ask questions, please contact Heather Brown at hlbrown@unmc.edu.