UNMC's Baum one of '40 Under 40'

by John Keenan, UNMC public relations | November 28, 2018

Image with caption: Kacie Baum

Kacie Baum

Kacie Baum, UNMC's events and science outreach coordinator, was recently chosen as one of the 2018 recipients of the Midlands Business Journal's annual 40 Under 40 Awards.

The award honors 40 Greater Omaha, Council Bluffs and Sarpy County entrepreneurs, executives and professional men and women under the age of 40. Baum was honored at a breakfast on Nov. 2.

Baum, who has been at UNMC for 10 years, spearheads the university's science outreach efforts such as the annual Nebraska Science Festival and monthly Science Cafes -- both of which she conceived and created -- as well as numerous other events and collaborations.

She also helps organize groundbreakings, ribbon-cuttings and special events on UNMC's campus, oversees the annual UNMC United Way campaign and is active in several community organizations, including "Omaha Girls Rock," an organization that empowers girls through music education.

Baum said she was surprised both to receive the recognition and at the response from beyond the UNMC community.

"I've gotten letters from a senator, from people I don't even know," she said. "Friends that I do not work with would congratulate me on this. It really shocked me and humbled me to see how big a deal it was. I'm grateful people thought I was deserving of such an honor."

Baum joins past UNMC winners such as Melanie Stewart, Athena Ramos, Ph.D., Howard Liu, M.D., Geoff Talmon, M.D., Michael Dixon, Ph.D., and William Thorell, M.D., as a "40 Under 40" honoree.

"It's really cool that UNMC has had multiple winners," Baum said. "I think it's important to show that UNMC does a lot of work outside of what you might typically think. With our students and faculty here, it's great to see people doing things in the community being honored and recognized."

"We could not be more pleased for Kacie to receive this recognition," said Baum's supervisor, Bill O'Neill, the UNMC director of public relations. "Her work at UNMC -- specifically with the Nebraska Science Festival and the Science Cafes -- has been instrumental in bringing important science topics to Nebraskans, young and old alike, in lay-friendly and fun formats."

The Midlands Business Journal's "40 Under 40" issue, featuring Baum and other Omaha-area business leaders, is now available.


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Dave Crouse
November 29, 2018 at 8:57 AM

Well deserved, Kacie!! Congratulations!!

Emily McElroy
November 28, 2018 at 4:35 PM

Awesome news!

Heidi Kaschke
November 28, 2018 at 3:55 PM

Congratulations, Kacie!

Fran Higgins
November 28, 2018 at 2:07 PM

Yay, Kacie! Congrats!

Amy Jenson
November 28, 2018 at 2:06 PM

Kacie - you rock girl! Congratulations!

Katina Winters
November 28, 2018 at 12:20 PM

Congratulations, Kacie!

Candace Peteler
November 28, 2018 at 11:28 AM

Well deserved!! Congratulations!!!

Anne Lawlor
November 28, 2018 at 10:46 AM

Congratulations, Kacie! What a great recognition!!

Nicole Hackendahl
November 28, 2018 at 10:42 AM

This is wonderful!!! Congrats, Kacie!

Catherine Mello
November 28, 2018 at 10:38 AM

Congratulations, Kacie!

Greg Karst
November 28, 2018 at 10:21 AM

Congratulations, Kacie! It's great to see you being recognized for all of the awesome work you do for UNMC and the community.

Keith Swarts
November 28, 2018 at 10:12 AM

WOW! You are a champion. The TOP DOG! I have always enjoyed working with you. A real professional, always on top of things and a go getter. Congrats Kacie. You are most deserving of this honor.

Jen Bredehoft
November 28, 2018 at 10:01 AM

Very deserving!! Congratulations!

Laurey Steinke
November 28, 2018 at 9:47 AM

A well-deserved honor! Congratulations Kacie! It is always great to work with you.

November 28, 2018 at 9:45 AM

Congrats! They could not have selected a better person.

Melissa Gutierrez
November 28, 2018 at 9:37 AM

Congrats, Kacie!

Tyler Scherr
November 28, 2018 at 9:19 AM

Congrats Kacie - always a blast working with you!

julie sommer
November 28, 2018 at 9:11 AM

You Rock, Kacie!

Tom O'Connor
November 28, 2018 at 9:09 AM

Kacie is the "bomb!" Kudos to her on this awesome recognition!

Jo Giles
November 28, 2018 at 8:56 AM

Congrats, Kacie!!!! Such a well-deserved honor. Happy that you could join the UNMC 40 Under 40 group.

Emily Glenn
November 28, 2018 at 8:39 AM

Congrats, Kacie! You deserve the honor!

Carol Ann Brandt
November 28, 2018 at 8:37 AM

That's terrific news Kacie! Congratulations on the recognition. CA

Amy Lamer
November 28, 2018 at 8:21 AM

Congratulations, Kacie!

Tina Louise
November 28, 2018 at 8:21 AM

Congratulations Kacie! Way to go :)

Stacie Hamel
November 28, 2018 at 8:20 AM

So well-deserved, Kacie! Congratulations.

Nicole Gamerl
November 28, 2018 at 8:11 AM

Congratulations Kacie!

Robin Taylor
November 28, 2018 at 7:41 AM

Congratulations! No surprise to hear you were honored

carmen Sirizzotti
November 28, 2018 at 6:36 AM

Congratulations! Well deserved! Best wishes!