Bios

Upcoming Speakers


Ali Khan, M.D.

Ali Khan, M.D.
Dean, College of Public Health, UNMC

"Ebola"
November 4, 7pm @ The Slowdown

Ali S. Khan, MD, MPH is a former Assistant Surgeon General and current Dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Khan’s vision is for the College to play an integral role in making Nebraska the healthiest state in the Union.

He served at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for 23 years before retiring as the Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR). In that role, he managed the $1.5B public health security program and was responsible for all of CDC's public health preparedness and response activities. He provided strategic direction, support, and coordination for these activities across CDC as well as with local, state, tribal, national, territorial, and international public health partners.

Dr. Khan joined the CDC and U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps in 1991 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer and over the past decades has led and responded to numerous high profile domestic and international public health emergencies, including hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, Ebola hemorrhagic fever, monkeypox, avian influenza, Rift Valley fever, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the Asian Tsunami (2004), and the initial public health response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

In 1999, Dr. Khan served as one of the main architects of the CDC's public health bioterrorism preparedness program, which upgraded local, state, and national public health systems to detect and rapidly respond to bioterrorism. As the deputy director of this novel program he led the creation of the critical agent list that was the basis for all biological terrorism preparedness, published the first national public health preparedness plan with key focus areas to improve local and state capacities, and initiated pilots of syndrome-based surveillance. These preparedness efforts were crucial in limiting the scope of the first anthrax attack during which he directed the CDC operational response in Washington, D.C. More recently, he has focused on advancing our nation’s health security by developing methods to improve public health knowledge exchange, integration, and delivery; use of social media for crowd sourcing data, sharing information, and soliciting volunteers; risk-based approaches to build robust public health systems and resilient communities; new metrics such as the national health security index – a composite measure of sate preparedness; and emergency management programs globally.

Dr. Khan's professional career has focused on emerging infectious diseases, bioterrorism and global health security. He founded the Public Health Matters blog and has been personally engaged in guinea worm and polio eradication activities. While directing global infectious disease activities, he designed the laboratory component of the CDC's field epidemiology and training program. He also helped design and implement the CDC component of the $1.2 billion, 5-year President’s Malaria Initiative. He co-founded a novel center at the CDC to champion a one health strategy and ensure health security from a myriad of zoonotic, vector-borne, and food-borne infectious diseases.

Dr. Khan received his medical degree from Downstate Medical Center in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY, and completed a joint residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor before joining the CDC. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Physicians. He has a Master of Public Health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, where he was an adjunct professor and directed the emerging infections course. He has over 150 peer-reviewed publications, textbook chapters, editorials and brief communiqués. He has consulted extensively for multiple U.S. organizations including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, numerous ministries of health and the World Health Organization.


Previous Speakers 


Geoffrey A. Talmon, M.D.
 

Geoffrey A. Talmon, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology, UNMC

"The truth about stiffs: the straight dope on dead bodies"
October 14, 7pm @ The Slowdown

Department Affiliations
Associate Professor
Director, Tissue Sciences Facility
Director, Residency Program

Education and Training
BS, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 1999
MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2003
Residency, Anatomic/Clinical Pathology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2007
Fellowship in Surgical/Medical Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, 2008

Jeff Snell, Ph.D.
 

Jeff Snell, Ph.D.
Clinical Neuropsychologist at QLI.

"Under Construction: The Human Brain"
September 22, 7pm @ Vega

Chris Bingcang, M.D.
 

Christopher Bingcang, M.D.
Otolaryngologist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"Vocal Cords in Action"
September 9, 7pm @ The Slowdown

Kenneth Be
 

Kenneth Bé
Head of Paintings Conservation at the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center 

"Where Art Meets Science: The analysis of a Painting"
August 19, 7pm @ The Slowdown

James B. Temme
 

James B. Temme
Associate Professor and Director of the Division of Radiation Science Technology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"Where Art Meets Science: The analysis of a Painting"
August 19, 7pm @ The Slowdown

Sara A. Myers, PhD
 

Sara A. Myers, Ph.D.
Assistant professor in the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

"Biomechanics"
August 12, 7pm @ The Slowdown

Jay A. Irwin, Ph.D, & Sofia Jawed-Wessel, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Midlands Sexual Health Research Collaborative

"No More Sex in the Dark : Shedding light on sexuality, anatomy, and gender"
July 8, 7pm @ The Slowdown
 

Zangrillo

Amanda Zangrillo, Psy.D., BCBA-D
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Munroe-Meyer Institute’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders 

"Autism" - Download the PowerPoint
May 6, 7pm @ The Slowdown


Christopher M. Fisher, Ph.D., & Jason D. Coleman, Ph.D., MSPH
Midlands Sexual Health Research Collaborative

"Sex Science Café Series: Better Boinking"
April 1, 7pm @ The Slowdown
   

Matthew Zimmerman
 

Matthew C. Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Director, Free Radicals in Medicine Program, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology

“Nanomedicine and Cardiovascular Disease”
March 4 @ 7pm
Slowdown, Omaha, NE
Vinay Mehta M.D.
 

Vinay Mehta M.D.
Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates, P.C

"Why can’t I breath – athletes and vocal cord dysfunction"
February 24 @ 7pm
Brewsky’s, Lincoln, NE
Steven Wengel
 

Steven P. Wengel, M.D.
Chair of the UNMC Department of Psychiatry

"Bipolar Disorder"
February 4 @ 7 pm
The Slowdown, Omaha, NE

Michelle-Aizenberg
 

Michele Aizenberg M.D.
Assistant professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Director of the Brain and Spine Cancer Center at The Nebraska Medical Center.

“The Science of Brain Surgery”
January 14, 7pm @ The Slowdown

Christopher M. Fisher, Ph.D., Sofia Jawed-Wessel, Ph.D., MPH, Jay A. Irwin, Ph.D., & Jason D. Coleman, Ph.D., MSPH
Midlands Sexual Health Research Collaborative

"Sex Science Café: Meet the Local Sexperts"
December 3, 7pm @ The Slowdown
 

Dr. George F. Engelmann
 

George F. Engelmann, Ph. D
Professor of Geology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha

“Saints and Sinners and Dinosaur Bones”
November 5, 7 pm @ The Slowdown

Joesph Brown PhD.
 

Joseph Brown, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha

“Why We Fear the Wrong Things”

Oct. 8, 7pm @ the Slowdown

Ronald Attanasio
 

Ronald Attanasio, DDS
Professor and Director of the TMD & Orofacial Pain Clinic at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Dentistry

“Snoring and Sleep Apnea”
06/17/13 @ Courtyard Marriot in Lincoln, NE

Iqbal Ahmad
 

Iqbal Ahmad, Ph.D.
Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at University of Nebraska Medical Center

"The Science of Regenerative Medicine"
09/03/13 @ The Slowdown

 Michael Summers
 

Michael Summers, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep & Allergy

"The Science of Sleep"
08/06/13 @ The Slowdown

 Jason Glanzer, PhD
 

Jason Glanzer, Ph.D.
Research Associate in the College of Dentistry,University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"Breakthroughs in Cancer Research"
06/17/13 @ Courtyard Marriot in Lincoln, NE
"Cancer research in the genomic age" 
04/11/12 @ red9

 Susser
 

Gary Susser
Trial attorney

"Hope for Stem Cell Cures vs Unjustified Stem Cell Tourism"
06/11/13 @ The Slowdown

 David Crouse
  

 David A. Crouse, Ph.D.
Emeritus professor of Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures Board President

"Hope for Stem Cell Cures vs Unjustified Stem Cell Tourism"
06/11/13 @ The Slowdown

 David Holt
 

David Wayne Holt, MA 
Program Director for Clinical Perfusion Education program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"The Heart-Lung Machine:  The Mystery, The Science, The Art"
05/07/13 @ The Slowdown

 Karin Campbell
 

Karin Campbell
Joslyn Art Museum’s Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art

"Marie Curie: She Liked Flowers, Too"
04/16/13 @ The Slowdown

 David Kriegler
 

David Kriegler 
Instructor of Astronomy and Physics at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO)

"The Science of Space: Asteroids and Comets"
03/12/13 @ The Slowdown

 Sean V. McGarry, M.D.
 

Sean V. McGarry, M.D.
Assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"The Science and Art behind Neurofibromatosis"
02/12/13 @ The Slowdown

 Rachal Mindrup
 

Rachel Mindrup
Professional artist and art instructor

"The Science and Art behind Neurofibromatosis"
02/12/13 @ The Slowdown

 Devin Nickol, M.D.
 

Devin Nickol, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"Field Epidemiology at Cedar Point: Teaching Outside the Classroom"
01/08/13 @ The Slowdown

Brian Hill, MS
 

Brian Hill, MS, DABR
Medical Physicist at Jaeger Corporation

"The Physics of Radiation and its Role in Our Lives"
12/04/12 @ The Slowdown

Rusty McKune
 

Rusty McKune, ATC
Sports Medicine Program Coordinator at The Nebraska Medical Center

"Sports Medicine"
11/15/12 @ red9
10/02/12 @ The Slowdown

Ally Dering-Anderson, PharmD, RP
 

Ally Dering-Anderson, Pharm.D., R.P.
Clinical Assistant Professor of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"The Great Debate: Immunizations"
11/13/12 @ The Slowdown

"High Expectations? Legalizing Marijuana, Some Things to Consider"
03/08/11 @ The Slowdown
10/28/10 @ red9

 Ann Seacrest
 

Ann Seacrest
Executive Director of MilkWorks

"Re-Thinking Infant Health"
09/27/12 @ red9

 Chris Helzer
 

Chris Helzer
Eastern Nebraska Program Director, Nebraska Field Office, The Nature Conservancy

"The science of Nebraska's prairies"
09/04/12 @ The Slowdown

Greiner
 
Carl Greiner, M.D.
Professor of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"The science of solving a crime"
08/07/12 @ The Slowdown

Bruce Gordon, MD, FAAP
 
Bruce Gordon, MD, FAAP
Professor and Division Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology & Stem Cell Transplantation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"Human Research Subjects"
06/05/12 @ The Slowdown

Howard Liu, MD
 
Howard Liu, M.D.
Assistant Professor of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"So That Others May Live: Perspectives on Suicide Prevention"
05/01/12 @ The Slowdown

Shawn Gibbs, PhD
 

Shawn Gibbs,  Ph.D.
Associate Professor of the Department of Environmental, Agricultural & Occupational Health in the College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"Environmental Hazards"
04/10/12 @ The Steel Grill
07/13/10 @ The Slowdown

Jennifer Larsen, MD
 
Jennifer Larsen, M.D.
Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"Biobanking"
04/03/12 @ The Slowdown

Christopher Kratochvil, MD
 

Christopher Kratochvil, M.D.
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Clinical Research and Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"Biobanking"
04/03/12 @ The Slowdown

Chandrakanth Are, MD
 

Chandrakanth Are, M.D.
Associate Professor in Surgical Oncology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"Cancer: Know your facts"
03/06/12 @ The Slowdown

Lindsay Novak
 

Lindsay Novak
Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner and Certified Professional Counselor

"In the Next Room: A History of Sex Medicine"
02/07/12 @ The Slowdown

Kristen Lucas, PhD
 

Kristen Lucas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies Department, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

"Workplace Dignity: Boosting Employee Performance and Well-Being with Better Communication"
02/02/12 @ red9

David Crouse, PhD
 
David Crouse, Ph.D.
Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Interim Dean for Graduate Studies University of Nebraska Medical Center, UNMC

"Radiation: Facts, Fantasies and Phobias"
01/10/12 @ The Slowdown

Andrew Jameton, PhD
 
Andrew Jameton, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Health Promotion, Social & Behavioral Health, College of Public Health, UNMC 

"What Climate Science Is Telling Us"
12/06/11 @ The Slowdown

Jack Becker, PhD
 
Jack Becker, Ph.D.
Executive Director & CEO Joslyn Art Museum

"Painting Life in 19th Century Philadelphia: Thomas Eakins and Dr. Gross"
11/08/11 @ The Slowdown

Marvin Bittner, MD
 
Marvin Bittner, M.D.
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical Microbiology, and Immunology at Creighton University

"Fizzle and Fret: 2009’s So-Called “Pandemic” Influenza and 2010’s Ambivalence About a “New” Influenza Vaccine."
10/04/11 @ The Sydney

Marion Ellis, PhD
 
Marion Ellis, Ph.D.
Professor and Graduate Chair in the Department of Entomology at UNL

"Colony Collapse Disorder: What's stressing our bees?"
10/06/11 @ red9

Shelly Schwedhelm, MSN, RN
 
Shelly Schwedhelm, MSN, RN
Director of ED, Trauma, and Emergency Preparedness Services at The Nebraska Medical Center

"Impact One"
09/06/11 @ the Slowdown

Daniel Anderson, MD, PhD
 

Daniel Anderson, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine

"Diet, Exercise, Inflammation, Genetics and Heart Disease. What are the Connections? What Can I Do About It?"
08/31/11 @ the Nebraska State Fair
06/02/09 @ the Slowdown

Robert Hutkins
 
Robert Hutkins
Khem Shahani Professor of Food Microbiology in the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL)

"Microbiology of cheese: The good, the bad, and the smelly."
08/09/11 @ The Slowdown

Alan Kolok
 
Alan S. Kolok
Interim Director of the Center for Environmental Health and Toxicology in the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"Biologically active compounds as pollutants: Strange goings-on in US waterways."
06/07/11 @ The Slowdown

Karen McGivney-Liechti, CNM, MSN
 

Karen McGivney-Liechti, CNM, MSN
Maternal Child Clinical Instructor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"'Delivering' CenteringPregnancy® to Nebraska"
05/05/11 @ red9

Athena Ramos, MS
 

Athena Ramos, MS
Program Coordinator of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"Health Disparities"
05/03/11 @ The Slowdown - Download the presentation (pdf)

James Wilson, PhD
 
James A. Wilson, Ph.D.
Physiological Ecologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO)

"From Tomorrowland to Today: Reflections on Energy and Transportation from Walt Disney"
04/06/11 @ The Slowdown

E. Charles Healey, PhD, CCC-SLP
 

E. Charles Healey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln  (UNL)

"Why Do Some People Stutter?"
03/31/11 @ red9

William Lydiatt, MD
 

William Lydiatt, M.D.
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Otolaryngology; Director of Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"Do Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll contribute to Head and Neck Cancer?"
02/16/11 @ The Slowdown

Mary Snyder, MD
 

Mary Snyder, M.D.
Plastic Surgeon for Monument Plastic Surgery

"Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: What's New, What's Hot and What Has Stood the Test of Time"
01/25/11 @ The Steel Grill

Robert Lindau, MD
 

Robert Lindau, M.D.
Head and neck surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"Head and Neck Cancer Is Not Just For Smokers Anymore"
01/27/11 @ red9

Lea Pounds
 

Lea Pounds
Instructor in the Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health in the UNMC College of Public Health

"Social Marketing in Health Care"
01/04/11 @ The Slowdown

Pierre Fayad, MD, FAHA, FAAN
 
Pierre Fayad, M.D., FAHA, FAAN
Reynolds Centennial Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Sciences at the College of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"Everything you wanted to know about strokes but were afraid to ask"
12/14/10 @ The Slowdown

Jack Turman, Jr, PhD, PT
 

Jack Turman, Jr., Ph.D., P.T.
Professor and Program Director in the Division of Physical Therapy Education in the School of Allied Health Professions at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"Arriving Early: The Problem of Preterm Birth in the USA"
11/11/10 @ The Lied Lodge & Conference Center
08/03/10 @ The Slowdown

Susan Swindells, MBBS
 

Susan Swindells, M.B.B.S.
Terry K. Watanabe Professor of Internal Medicine in the Section of Infectious Diseases and the Medical Director of the HIV Clinic at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"HIV/AIDS"
11/09/10 @ The Slowdown

John Hibbing, PhD
 

John Hibbing, Ph.D.
Foundation Regents University Professor of Political Science

"Are Liberals and Conservatives Physiologically Different?"
10/05/10 @ The Slowdown
01/21/10 @ red9

Darwin Brown, PA-C, MPH
 

Darwin Brown, PA-C, MPH
Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"Let Food be Your Medicine: Chocolate, Wine and Salt"
09/21/10 @ The Steel Grill

James Jenkins, DDS
 

James Jenkins D.D.S.
Assistant Professor in the Adult Restorative Dentistry Department at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"Forensic Dentistry"
09/07/10 @ The Slowdown
05/20/10 @ red9

Eric Fung, PhD
 

Eric Fung,  Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacology, Department of Oral Biology, College of Dentistry, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence"
07/15/10 @ red9

Sandra Wells, PhD
 

Sandra Wells Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health in the College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"After the Smoke Clears: Facts and Fiction about Secondhand Meth"
05/04/10 @ the Slowdown

Thomas Tape, MD, FACP
 

Thomas G. Tape, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Chief of General Internal Medicine and Vice-chair for Clinical Affairs of the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

"What does health care reform mean to us?"
04/06/10 @ the Slowdown

Donald Klepser, PhD, MBA
 

Donald G. Klepser, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Nebraska, College of Pharmacy

"How much would you pay for a better future? The costs and benefits of scientific innovation"
03/25/10 @ red9
12/01/09 @ the Slowdown

Zac Triemert
 

Zac Triemert
Brewmaster

"The Science of Beer"
03/02/10 @ the Slowdown

Christopher Fisher, PhD
 

Christopher Fisher, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center

"Sex, Sexuality and Sexual Health"
02/09/10 @ the Slowdown

Courtney Fletcher, PharmD
 

Courtney Fletcher, Pharm. D.
Dean of the College of Pharmacy; Professor, Departments of Pharmacy Practice and Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center

"The Science of Personalized Medicine"
01/05/10 @ the Slowdown

Michael Feloney, MD
 

Michael Feloney, M.D.
Assistant professor of urologic surgery

"The Science of Sex"
11/19/09 @ red9
04/07/09 @ the Slowdown

Dmitry Oleynikov, MD
 

Dmitry Oleynikov, M.D.
Associate Professor of Surgery, Joseph and Richard Still Faculty Fellow in Medicine, and Director of the Center for Advanced Surgical Technology at UNMC

"Your Doctor is a Robot"
11/10/09 @ the Slowdown

Mellissa Helligso, MT, MFS
 

Mellissa Helligso, M.T. (A.S.C.P.), M.F.S.
Forensic DNA Analyst in the Molecular Diagnostics section of the Pathology/ Microbiology department

"CSI Omaha: the Fact behind the Fiction"
09/10/09 @ red9
07/07/09 @ the Slowdown

James Sorrell, MD
 

James Sorrell, M.D.
Associate professor of Psychiatry

"Why the human brain is primed for addiction, the effects of marijuana and why it has both the potential for medical benefits and misuse.”
09/01/09 @ the Slowdown

Bruce Buehler, MD
 

Bruce A. Buehler, M.D.
Professor of pediatrics and director of the Research Subject Advocacy Office

"Modifying our Genetic Blueprint, Nature versus Nutrition"
08/04/09 @ the Slowdown

Sanjay Singh, MD
 

Sanjay P. Singh, M.D.
Director of the Nebraska Epilepsy Center and Associate Professor in the Dept. of Neurological Sciences

"How the brain works"
05/14/09 @ red9 - Download the handout
02/10/09 @ the Slowdown - Download the handout

Kendra Schmid, PhD
 

Kendra Schmid, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of biostatics in the College of Public Health

"The Science of Attractiveness"
05/05/09 @ the Slowdown

William Thorell, MD

William E. Thorell, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

"High-tech brain surgery"
02/03/09 @ the Slowdown