UNMC for the record

August 23, 2013

Image with caption: Duy Ha, president of the Graduate Student Association, speaks with UNMC Chancellor Harold M. Maurer, M.D., at Wednesday's event.

Duy Ha, president of the Graduate Student Association, speaks with UNMC Chancellor Harold M. Maurer, M.D., at Wednesday's event.

An estimated 100 students and their family and friends attended the UNMC Graduate Studies' first matriculation ceremony on Aug. 21. (For more photos from the event, click here.) Like white coat and pinning ceremonies, the event symbolizes the beginning of the students' entry into their chosen Ph.D. programs. The students were congratulated, welcomed and received advice and wisdom for success. Harold M. Maurer, M.D., UNMC chancellor, told the students that making a research discovery is one of the most exciting things in the world. "Research is the underpinning of the academic mission. If you make a discovery you are the only one in the world who has done that. It's tremendously exciting. It's not easy to do. There are a lot of frustrations along the way. You have an opportunity to really do something substantial here."

Kim Michael, associate professor of radiation science technology in the School of Allied Health Professions, has been elected to the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography board of directors. Michael will serve as an at-large board member. Additionally, Michael recently authored the chapter "Premature Birth: Rule Out Germinal Matrix Hemorrhage" in the latest edition of the textbook "Clinical Guide to Sonography; Exercises for Critical Thinking."

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Physical therapy education faculty members Betsy Becker, Katherine Jones, Ph.D., and Pat Hageman, Ph.D., presented two studies at "What a Difference an X Makes: The State of Women's Health Research," the fourth annual conference of the Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR) held at the Pew Trust Conference Center in Washington, D.C., in July. The conference featured researchers, clinicians, and health experts discussing the study of sex differences on the development of chronic diseases with the goal to improve the health and lives of women. They presented two studies related to community-based interventions for physical activity and exercise; one study focused on women with cancer, and the other focused on overweight and obese rural women.

Sarah Keim Janssen, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UNMC Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy, received the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from Chadron State College. The award, which will be presented on Oct. 5 during Chardon State's homecoming festivities, honors alumni 40 or younger at the time of nomination who have shown exceptional service to the college through volunteer effort, have distinguished themselves in their chosen career and have demonstrated active involvement in their community.

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