Omaha World Herald

Nebraska billionaire Walter Scott has died at the age of 90. The Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation that Scott founded said Scott died Saturday. The foundation did not mention a cause of death. Scott was the past top executive of Peter Kiewit Sons Inc. construction firm. He helped oversee Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate and donated to various causes, particularly construction projects around Omaha. Scott served as a board member of Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate from 1988 until his death.

Dr. Siobhan Wescott had been named the inaugural holder of the Dr. Susan and Susette LaFlesche Professorship in Public Health.  An Alaskan Athabascan, Dr. Wescott grew up just outside Fairbanks in a tiny 400 square foot cabin with an outhouse.  She has always been a staunch advocate for Alaskan Natives and American Indians, especially when it comes to issues of health equity and educating the next generation.  She has cultivated a nationally recognized voice, especially through her work with the American Medical Association. 

In this two-part interview with Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM, Dr. Wescott discusses the childhood that shaped her, the importance of education in her family, and what she hopes to accomplish for the Native American communities.

More information on the good doctor can be found at


Nebraska Medicine and the University of Nebraska Medical Center are notifying patients and employees whose personal information may have been compromised in a data security breach last fall. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the breach may have affected up to 219,000 people in Nebraska and other states. Health system officials said in a statement that an investigation begun in late September found no evidence that peoples’ personal information from the breach had been used to commit fraud or identity theft. System technology employees discovered the problem on Sept. 20.

Kearny Hub

Hundreds of new COVID-19 cases are reported in Nebraska. Officials confirmed 934 new cases yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 71-thousand-666. The recent surge in coronavirus cases in Nebraska prompted one expert to predict that the number of deaths linked to the virus could nearly quadruple by the start of 2021. Dr.

Omaha Children's Museum

This week we talk about how viruses can jump from one species to another with Omaha Public School science teacher, Ms. Lostaglia-Hoskovec and  Dr. Theodore Cieslak from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Six Feet of Science: Bugs and Bees (episode 1)

Apr 25, 2020

In our first episode of Six Feet of Science, kids ask about viruses and honey bees. This week, we have a real life beekeeper and a doctor to help answer these curious questions! We owe a big thanks to Dr. Theodore Cieslak and Carol Fassbinder-Orth from the Bountiful Blossoms Bee Co. for their expert explaining.

ABC News

Gov. Pete Ricketts is warning that Nebraska could be dealing with the coronavirus outbreak for the next nine to 12 months, and he's urging the public to take precautionary steps to keep it from spreading. Ricketts says the number of known cases in Nebraska has risen to three, but there aren't yet indications that it's spreading within communities. The three people diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, are a 36-year-old Omaha woman and her father and brother.

Health officials say two family members of an Omaha woman with COVID-19 have now tested positive for the disease. The Douglas County Health Department said the family members with the disease caused by the new coronavirus have been quarantining themselves at home since Friday when the 36-year-old woman was diagnosed. The woman remains hospitalized in the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit on the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus. There are now three cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska.

KIOS Panel Discussion on Malaria & Treatment

Mar 6, 2020

Join us for a panel discussion this Friday night 8:00 at Outrspaces, 1258 South 13th Street in Omaha's Little Bohemia neighborhood. The discussion will include the surprising history of this infectious disease and will explore new University of Nebraska Medical Center research into combating malaria worldwide. The event is open to the public and features experts heard in this month's episode of KIOS' podcast Made in the Middle. Doors open 7:30 - Event begins 8:00 $10 suggested donation

Another one of the Americans who were exposed to a new virus on a Japanese cruise ship and were being monitored at an Omaha hospital has been released from quarantine. The University of Nebraska Medical Center said Tuesday that another patient had been cleared to leave quarantine by testing negative for COVID-19 three times. Earlier this week, four other people left quarantine at the Omaha hospital. Ten more people who were evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship earlier this month remain.

Four of the Americans who were exposed to a new virus on a Japanese cruise ship and were being monitored at an Omaha hospital have been released from quarantine. The University of Nebraska Medical Center says two of them never tested positive for the new coronavirus and were cleared for release Monday. Two others left quarantine on Sunday after testing negative. Eleven more people who were evacuated from the Diamond Princess two weeks ago all tested positive for COVID-19. They will have to test negative three times, 24 hours apart, before they can leave quarantine.

Dr. David Warren is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Dr. Warren has been at UNMC for four years, and his lab has funding from the National Institute on Aging.

Dr. Warren’s lab at UNMC studies the brain systems supporting cognition, especially memory, and how those brain systems are affected by aging and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.  The lab’s research uses a variety of cognitive neuroscience methods including neuroimaging, neuropsychology, and neurostimulation.   

The good doctor stopped by for a chat with Mike Hogan about the work his lab does and how one can get involved in the research.  The war against diseases like Alzheimer's starts right here on the front lines!

For information about research opportunities with Dr. Warren’s lab at UNMC, please email or call 402-559-3158.

UNO's new Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Sacha Kopp, Ph.D., officially began his role on Monday, June 17.  As Senior Vice Chancellor, Kopp supports the chancellor in UNO’s academic mission with a commitment to academic excellence as well as student access and opportunities.

Dr. Kopp stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about his new role, UNO as a school, and the important role public radio has played in his life.

More information about him can be found at

Universities in Nebraska and Iowa are seeing an uptick in humanities courses in some medical schools.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the University of Nebraska at Omaha got the green light last month to offer a major in medical humanities. The subject areas include art, philosophy, ethics, religious studies, and the history of medicine among others. Faculty members at Creighton School of Medicine and the University of Nebraska Medical Center say studying humanities can promote empathy and help students learn to listen.

Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness month, a new study on mice provides further evidence that a diet high in omega-3 fats may delay the development and spread of breast cancer. 

Professor of Pathology and Microbiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Dr. Jim Talmadge,  chats with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about the results and what it can mean for breast cancer treatment.

More information can be found at

The University of Nebraska Medical Center recently released its Rural Health Care Workforce Report.

Earlier this month, UNMC released a new online toolkit that’s meant to make mentoring easier for providers.

This Friday, UNMC’s College of Dentistry will host its annual Children’s Dental Day at the college in Lincoln.

UNMC study looks at lives beyond the statistics

Jan 25, 2018

When Eric Meyer, Ph.D. candidate at UNMC’s College of Public Health, was writing up articles on the research he collected from a yearlong study, he noticed the emotions and feelings of participants weren’t coming through the way he wanted.

The search for a new chancellor for the University of Nebraska at Omaha has been put on pause indefinitely.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The next Omaha Science Cafe will focus on technological advances in eye surgery.

UNMC Parkinson's Therapy Potentially a Breakthrough

Mar 31, 2017

Parkinson’s disease affects nearly one million Americans and costs around 25 billion dollars a year in the United States alone.  It’s a progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there is currently no cure, but a UNMC research team has evidence their new drug therapy can bring about improvements in patients with Parkinson’s.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center is part of a seven-university consortium working on a three-year, $8.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to map the heart’s nervous system.

UNMC's Ice Rink is open through early February

Nov 29, 2016

The UNMC ice skating rink opened this past weekend and will remain open through February 5th.

Science Cafe focuses on agriculture, livestock, horticulture

Dec 8, 2015

Beef and bees are the focus of UNMC’s latest Science Café.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska Medical Center is unveiling its new initiative that will use driving and vehicle simulators and black box devices to study the neurological sciences by assessing behavioral health in a realistic environment.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center recently received the “Community Engagement” designation by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

UNMC Researchers Study Nicotine Dependence

Dec 12, 2012

Researchers at UNMC will study the genetic risk for nicotine dependence thanks to a $40,000 grant.

UNMC Officials Talk Health Care Reform

Nov 23, 2012

With the election past, UNMC is looking toward what impact the results will have on health care reform.

UNMC Enrollment is on the Rise

Sep 27, 2012

Enrollment at UNMC is at a record high this fall with 3,655 students, an increase of almost one-percent over last year.