UNMC for the record

September 11, 2020

Image with caption: Angela Hewlett, MD

Angela Hewlett, MD

Dr. Hewlett elected president of Musculoskeletal Infection Society

Angela Hewlett, MD, associate professor of infectious diseases and director of the UNMC Orthopedic Infectious Diseases Service, was elected president of the Musculoskeletal Infection Society (MSIS) at the MSIS Annual Scientific meeting in August. The MSIS is a multidisciplinary professional organization dedicated to advancement of knowledge in the field of musculoskeletal infections. MSIS members include orthopaedic surgeons, infectious diseases specialists, research scientists and others with an interest in the clinical management of patients with complicated bone and joint infections as well as basic and clinical research. The annual scientific meeting includes multiple interactive symposia and abstract presentations, presented by internationally recognized experts in the field. Dr. Hewlett has served on the MSIS Executive Board since 2018.

Blood drive set on campus for Sept. 22

The next UNMC Campus Blood Drive is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. inside a Nebraska Community Blood Bank bloodmobile parked in front of the Durham Research Center. The Nebraska Community Blood Bank has an electronic scheduling system. Donor can schedule an appointment for the drive here. (Enter sponsor code NMRT or call 1-402-486-9414.) Donations will require an appointment, and the deadline to sign up is Sept. 16. For assistance, call Peter Pellerito at 402-559-5253.

Faculty Senate to meet on Tuesdays in 2020-21

The UNMC Faculty Senate will no longer meet on the first working Monday of the month. Instead, the group will meet on the first working Tuesday of the month, September through June, at 5 p.m. in the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center (Buffett- LVL Ground 0-12103) and via Zoom. See the full schedule on the Faculty Senate website.

Wellbeing Partners to hold webinar on remote learning

For parents in the UNMC community who have child in remote learning, The Wellbeing Partners will hold a webinar on Sept. 23 from noon-12:45 p.m. on addressing the challenges of remote learning.

Claire Brown, youth wellness coordinator for The Wellbeing Partners, will discuss the challenges of remote learning and offer ways to make it easier for you and your child. Topics will include:

  • How to add easy and engaging active breaks to your child's day.
  • How to help your child balance their screen time between learning and entertainment.
  • How to support your child's mental health during this time of remote learning.

Find more information and register for the free event.

UNMC was a member of The Wellness Council of the Midlands, which joined with the Live Well Omaha to become The Wellbeing Partners.

Retirements announced

Linda Sykora, from the UNMC Department of Medical Laboratory Science in the College of Allied Health Professions, retired in July after more than 40 years of service at UNMC.

Sykora, who began working at UNMC on Jan. 13, 1980, was the longest-tenured employee whose retirement was reported by the department of human resources this month. Other retirees or those planning to retire include:

  • Mary Peterson, UNMC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, retiring Oct. 8 (start date July 23, 1990)
  • Richard Lutz, MD, Munroe-Meyer Institute, retiring Sept. 16 (start date Aug. 1, 2000)
  • Mohammad Siahpush, PhD, retired Sept. 1 (start date Aug. 15, 2007)
  • Janet Bartek, UNMC College of Dentistry, retired Aug. 22 (start date July 13, 2009)


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