Arnold retires after more than four decades at UNMC

May 05, 2020

Image with caption: From left, Steve Hinrichs, M.D., chair of the UNMC Department of Pathology and Microbiology, Lora Arnold and Samuel Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., Havlik-Wall Professor of Oncology

From left, Steve Hinrichs, M.D., chair of the UNMC Department of Pathology and Microbiology, Lora Arnold and Samuel Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., Havlik-Wall Professor of Oncology

Lora Arnold, assistant professor in the UNMC Department Pathology and Microbiology, retired from UNMC on April 30.

Arnold, a native of Cozad, Nebraska, was at UNMC for 43 years and also received her master's in pathology and microbiology from the university in 2007.

She joined UNMC in 1977 as a medical technologist in the division of clinical chemistry, becoming technical coordinator in 1987. In 1993, she began participating in research in chemical carcinogenesis and toxicology, first as an instructor and then as an assistant professor -- work she continued until her retirement.

"In addition to being an outstanding researcher, Lora has mentored and cared for numerous graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and guests who came to study and work in our department, and they have gone on to prominent positions in academia, government and industry in their respective fields," said Samuel Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., Havlik-Wall Professor of Oncology in the department. "All who have worked with Lora appreciate her knowledge, skills, and especially her organizational abilities to keep complex programs well coordinated, particularly challenging when multiple institutions and different countries are involved in the projects."

Arnold retires, Cohen said, with a prominent national and international reputation in toxicology, including more than 90 publications and five book chapters related to a variety of chemicals, especially inorganic and organic arsenicals, and numerous presentations at national and international meetings.

She has been active in the Society of Toxicology, holding leadership roles in the Regional Central States Chapter, and served as senior counselor for the Society of Toxicology Carcinogenesis Specialty Section.

"Lora is an outstanding, exceptional individual and she will be sincerely missed after she leaves the UNMC campus," Dr. Cohen said. "We wish her well in her further pursuits."


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Puttappa Dodmane
May 07, 2020 at 2:12 PM

Lora, congratulations. It was great working with you and learned so much from you. Thank you so much for continuing to help me over the years. Best wishes for your retirement from Sajana and me.

Mary Haven
May 06, 2020 at 9:38 PM

Lora, congratulations. I so enjoyed working with you for many of those years. You have been such a success. You were always extremely competent and organized. Good luck in your retirement. Have fun!!!

Theresa Larson
May 05, 2020 at 1:12 PM

Congratulations Lora! You will be missed.

Miriam McCann
May 05, 2020 at 11:31 AM

Congratulations and very best wishes, Lora!

João Lauro V. de Camargo, M.D., Ph.D., UNESP, Brazil
May 05, 2020 at 10:46 AM

Lora, congratulations on your nice productive career, and the well deserved retirement! Thanks for the support you provided to students from my lab that spend a period under you and Dr. Cohen. João de Camargo, M.D., Ph.D., Brazil.

Marilynn A. Larson
May 05, 2020 at 10:27 AM

Lora, Wishing you much happiness and health in your retirement. I am glad to have known you and I will miss you. All the best to you and Congratulations!

Peter Iwen
May 05, 2020 at 8:42 AM

Lora, It has been a pleasure to know and interact with you all these years and I want to wish you a long, safe, and healthy retirement! Congratulations!

Mike Sitorius
May 05, 2020 at 8:36 AM

Lora, Congratulations!! What an outstanding career here at UNMC. I am so happy for you and do hope you enjoy your retirement. WELL DONE from a fellow Cozadian.

Catherine Mello, UNMC Alumni Director
May 05, 2020 at 8:23 AM

Congratulations on your retirement! What an impressive and committed career you've had. Enjoy what comes next!

M. Elizabeth Blackburn
May 05, 2020 at 8:16 AM

Lora - Sending the most sincere Congratulations! I am jealous! It has always been such a pleasure to work with you. Enjoy every minute and do everything you want to do! Beth

Barb Mattson
May 05, 2020 at 7:30 AM

Congratulations Lora on a well deserved retirement. You will be missed! Barb Mattson

Michelle Varney
May 05, 2020 at 6:29 AM

Congratulations on your retirement Lora! Enjoy!