CDC specialists install disease surveillance system at UNMC

Members of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) electronic communications development team visited UNMC Wednesday to install portions of the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS) base module.

Jan 31, 2002

Bioterrorism report released; Dr. Hinrichs to coordinate university efforts

A UNMC physician will coordinate the University of Nebraska’s bioterrorism preparedness efforts. Steven Hinrichs, M.D., director of the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory (NPHL), was named to his new role Tuesday by NU President L. Dennis Smith, Ph.D. Dr. Smith also released a bioterrorism preparedness report that was prepared by a task force chaired by UNMC Chancellor Harold M. Maurer, M.D.

Jan 30, 2002

Meet UNMC’s new student senate president, vice president

Students have plenty on their minds between going to class, doing research and studying. But, UNMC’s Brock Wentz and Casey Johnston have additional challenges. The two medical students also hope to tackle such issues as tuition levels, the future of education and student involvement when they take office Thursday as president and vice-president of the UNMC Student Senate.

Jan 29, 2002

SPA releases its new Web site

With the goal of compiling helpful research resources in one convenient place, Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) announces the release of its updated and redesigned Web site ( The site offers a wide range of references relevant for faculty and staff who prepare and manage grants and contracts.

Jan 28, 2002

James Armitage, M.D., to be honored by Omaha Press Club

James Armitage, M.D., will join an illustrious group of local, regional and national figures when he is honored Feb. 4 by the Omaha Press Club.

Dean of the UNMC College of Medicine, Dr. Armitage will be recognized with the OPC’s most prestigious award — “The Face on the Barroom Floor.” He will be the 86th individual to receive this recognition, and the first physician ever to be honored.

Jan 28, 2002

Interim chair named for the department of cell biology and anatomy

James Turpen, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy, has been named the interim chair of the department of cell biology and anatomy. He takes the place of Thomas Rosenquist, Ph.D., who was recently named vice chancellor for research.

Jan 25, 2002

Apply now to showcase artwork in the Linder Library Lounge

The McGoogan Library of Medicine is now accepting applications from UNMC students, faculty, staff and patients who would like to display their artwork in the UNMC Art Showcase, located in the Linder Library Lounge. The protected showcase display holds a variety of media, including painting, pencil, photography and texture. A locked display case features three-dimensional artwork.

Jan 25, 2002

Plan to attend the Feb. 2 Health & Technology Day

UNMC and NHS employees, students and their families can receive discounted admission to UNMC’s Health and Technology Day Saturday, Feb. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Strategic Air and Space Museum. With an employee ID, admission to the museum and events is $5 for adults and $2 for children.

Jan 25, 2002

UNMC researchers study ways to protect humans against chemical warfare agents

UNMC researchers have received a four-year, $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to develop an efficient way to protect humans against the toxic effects of nerve agents used in chemical warfare. Nerve agents are chemicals related to the organophosphorus group of pesticides, which interfere with the functioning of the nervous system.

Jan 24, 2002

New strategic planning process to guide direction of NHS

In mid-November, NHS started a new strategic planning process with the assistance of an external consultant, The Tiber Group. See story for a list of strategic planning committee members and their goals.

Jan 23, 2002