Christine Allmon and Michael Hollins are the featured speakers

Christine Allmon is program manager of the augmented and virtual reality at iEXCEL, and Michael Hollins is director of community and business engagement at iEXCEL. Together they will discuss iEXCEL at the Oct. 15 Omaha Science Café at 7 p.m. at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.

iEXCEL stands for Interprofessional Experiential Center for Enduring Learning and is a transformative program focused on creating a new model for health care education, training and research, using visualization, simulation and surgical and interventional skills. It will be housed in the Dr. Edwin G. & Dorothy Balbach Davis Global Center currently under construction at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Allmon previously worked for the Center for Drug Development and Nanomedicine in grant administration at UNMC. She holds a bachelor of science in public administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is currently pursuing a master of public administration. Allmon is involved in several community organizations in her hometown of Logan, Iowa, and enjoys volunteering during her free time.

Hollins previously served as chief creative officer for community and arts organizations such as KANEKO Arts & Culture Center and Pottawattamie Arts, Culture & Entertainment. Hollins holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in anthropology, philosophy and film studies and a master of arts in cinema and media studies from UCLA. He is engaged in community organizations such as the Nebraska Writers Collective, Autism Action Partnership, tbd. Dance Collective and Film Streams.

Science Cafés involve a face-to-face conversation with a scientist about current science topics. They are open to everyone (21 and older) and take place in casual settings like pubs and coffeehouses. Each meeting is organized around an interesting topic of conversation. A scientist gives a brief presentation followed by a Q-and-A period.

Pizza will be provided for the first 50 people. For more information about Science Cafes, go to www.unmc.edu/sciencecafe.

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