UNMC for the record, June 14, 2024

Steve Caplan, PhD

Scientists advocate for scientific research funding

Members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, including UNMC’s Steve Caplan, PhD, met with elected officials and staff on Capitol Hill in May as part of the organization’s annual Capitol Hill Day.

An article by ASBMB Today, the association’s member magazine, says 25 members from 20 states participated in 65 meetings in Washington, D.C., “to stress the importance of protecting and sustainably funding basic scientific research.”

ASBMB members urged an increase in the budgets for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy Office of Science in order “to sustain the U.S. scientific enterprise,” the article says.

Dr. Caplan, a professor in the UNMC Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, is a member of the organization’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee and participated in the meetings.

“Fundamental research is one of the most important things for our society,” Dr. Caplan said in the article. “I think it’s something that’s not understood and not appreciated enough.

“This is our opportunity to advocate — to educate the politicians and policymakers and help them better understand what research can do for society on an economic level and also how it brings advances to applied science that will drive growth and better health for the citizens of our country and the globe.”

-Jeff Robb, UNMC strategic communications

UNMC Bookstore, Sorrell Center C-store schedules

The UNMC Bookstore and the convenience store in the Sorrell Center will have some schedule changes the week of June 17.

UNMC Bookstore: The bookstore will be closed Tuesday, June 18, through Friday, June 21, for inventory. The staff will continue working behind the scenes to meet customers’ needs. Orders still can be placed online on the UNMC bookstore site but may take a few extra days to process.

Sorrell Center convenience store: It will be closed for inventory on Thursday, June 20, and Friday, June 21. Campus food vendors also will not be available in the Sorrell Center that Thursday and Friday.

-Jeff Robb, UNMC strategic communications

Food vendors on campus

Food vendors will be available on both the east and west sides of UNMC’s Omaha campus, serving from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. The current schedule is:

East end of campus (Sorrell Center, Alumni Commons area):

  • Monday – Taste of Heaven
  • Tuesday – Zemogs
  • Wednesday – Taste of Heaven
  • Thursday – Closed June 20 (regularly Taste of Heaven)
  • Friday – Closed June 21 (regularly Pim’s Thai Catering & Take Out)

West end of campus (Durham Research Center’s Maurer Commons area):

  • Monday – Taste of Heaven
  • Tuesday – Taste of Heaven
  • Wednesday – TBD
  • Thursday – Pim’s Thai Catering & Take Out
  • Friday – Taste of Heaven

Questions? Email Rick Boldt in the UNMC Office of Business and Finance.

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