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Alumnus invents heart surgery tool
I HEART from page 1 _
Surgeon Edward Raines of the
Nebraska Heart Institute in Lincoln
said he was more confident.
“Robert made me laugh because he
was so nervous,” Raines said. “He was
really afraid that the retractor would
break during the procedure.
“I didn’t share his nervousness at
all. I had a lot of faith in him.”
Raines used the adjustable retractor,
named the Hole-N-Ator, in 10 mini
mally invasive heart-valve replacement
surgeries at Bryan Memorial Hospital.
The difference between the tradi
tional retractor and the new device is
that the new one allows retraction in
two planes at one time, Hohlen said.
The heavy, stainless-steel tool is ben
eficial in this type of surgery because
only a small incision is made to the right
of the sternum. A portion of cartilage is
then removed from the rib cage, allow
ing the retractor to be inserted. A crank
opens the retractor’s prongs outward in
four directions lengthwise and cross
wise, spreading the holes open.
The retractor makes the operation
less painful, leads to a mote rapid re
covery and costs less, Raines said. He
said the exposure of the valve is “at least
as good or perhaps even better than the
traditional sternal splitting approach.”
Ator last July, after
designing a new retraptor fbrpic‘se
nior design project . ^
“f remember I finished the
Robert made me
laugh because he
was so nervous.”
tor two days before Thanksgiving,”
Hohlen said. “I was really excited to
show it to Dr. Raines.”
The retractor has received a lot of
attention by several manufacturers,
and is considered the preferred device
for minimally invasive — or internal
— valve surgery, Hohlen said.
Raines praised Hohlen for the creation.
“Robert was really ambitious to
come up with such a significant device
at his age, with little medical education,”
Raines said. ‘1 am really looking for
ward to working with him again.”
Hohlen first explored his interest
in medicine when he was a residence
hall health aide.
The Health Aide Program, directed
by the University Health Center,
teaches students living in residence
halls and greek houses to assist others
students jyith nupor emotional and
Aide Program and community health
nurse, invfegi Hohlen to speak with other
health aides last month to celebrate the
ROBERT HOHLEN, a UHL alumnus,
holds the retractor he designed.
program’s 40th anniversary.
“Robert was a very caring health
aide. He really grew from the time he
spent in the program,” Weed said. “He
is a great role model, and we are very
proud of him.”
Currently, Hohlen is concentrating
on finding a job, but he may not need
one depending on the success of his
invention, Weed said.
“He has the potential of being a
very rich man, but he isn’t in it for the
money,” she said.
Hohlen’s hard work in his senior
design class earned him more than an
A, but also a lot of success, achieve
ment, and confidence, he said.
“It is really exciting to see something
that started as an idea on paper come to
life,” Hohlen said. “I am happy the re
tractor can help other people.”
UNOd in lab
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OMAHA (AP) — A part-time Uni
versity of Nebraska at Omaha teacher
attacked and sexually assaulted while
working in one of the school’s computer
labs. .. ^ ..
The 30-year-old woman was talk
ing on the Internet with a person in
Coi^ectitUt when the attack occtj^^
Omaha Police Sgt. Jim Deignan. She
was alone in the room.
UNO security officers were appar
ently called to the scene by the person
in Connecticut, who became alarmed
when the conversation stopped abruptly,
Sidd Tim Fitzgerald, atmiversity spokes
man. He said the budding is open in the
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Security officers found the woman
within three minutes of the call. The at
tacker had left the building by that time.
Police did not have a suspect in the case.
UNO Chancellor Del Weber said
he believes the campus is mostly a safe
one. Faculty, students and staff with
safety concerns were encouraged to
use the campus’s escort service,
9 March Twentieth-Century
7:30 p.m. Gospel: As the People
Moved, They Sang
a New Song
Kimball Hall with
10 March Deacon William
7:30 p.m. Reardon, Master
Song Leader, and the
(2032 U Street)
---ii March The African
Dr. Bernice Johnson Reason 7:30 p m *
J o Quartet Tradition
“If You Don ’t Go, 12 March The Fisk Jubilee
'„ _ 7:30 p.m. Singers and the
Don’t Hinder Me ” African American
African American Sacred Song The Song Culture
and Migration Culture / of African-American
MARCH 9-^13, 1997 Education
St. Paul Methodist
Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon is a curator in the Church
Division of Community Life at the Smithsonian (1144 M Street)
Institutions National Museum of American History ^au^
in Washington, D.C. She has spent 20 years Chancel Choir,
researching the stories and songs of her youth and is William Wyman,
the founder and musical director of the gospel Director
group, “Sweet Honey in the Rock.” 13 March My Black Mothers
4:00 p.m. and Sisters in Song
Ail lectures are free and open to the public. Kimball Hall
Contact the Lied Center box office for ticket (public reception
information for the 15 March performance of following)
“Sweet Honey in the Rock.”
Sponsored by the University of Nebraska Press, Athletic Department, College of Arts Sc Sciences, College of
Fine Sc Performing Arts, Teachers College, and Office of Affirmative Action & Diversity Programs of the
University of Nebraska.
Nebraska farmers stay ahead
CROPS from page 1
tween Nebraska and countries experiencing
rapid population growth could also keep Ne
■' braska a^rld food leader.
China kid India have booming growth and
a growing middle class that demands more U.!§f*
products each year, he skd. Better trade agree
ments with those nations are necessities.
“The huge population growth is a tremen
dous challenge,” Fletcher skd, “but also a tre
State wheats com and soybean board lead
ers skd Nebraska must seize this opportunity
before other developing agriculture countries,
including Argentina and Brazil, take over part
of Nebraska’s world market share.
Norman ffusa, member of the Nebraska
"^jfeSoybean Board, recently accompanied Nelson
% V-^On a trade mission to South America. He found
Argentina and Brazil ripe to compete with Ne
braska in the world agriculture market.
Both have excellent land and a perfect grow
ing climate. Crops grow green and tall, with crop
yields that equal those in Nebraska, but both
countries are just beginning to explore fertiliz
ing and irrigating their crops.
Gerald Aschoff, member of the Nebraska
Com Board, skd the two countries, especikly
Argentina, could challenge Nebraska’s tradi
tional export markets, he said.
Husa said the com state must fight back with
"“reverse marketing,” or introducing countries
< yalue-added products in agriculture are non
traditional products made from traditional crops,
and the products have a higher value than the
original crop. Such products include food, etha
nol and other biofuels, he said, and would be
an incentive for countries to export fewer crops.
Although Brazil and Argentina may export
large amounts of grain, most are exported in
their original form. Nebraska has the edge on
new technology and businesses that develop
new uses for crop products, Husa said.
For instance, Crayola will soon market cray
ons made from 85-percent soybeans, many of
which were grown in Nebraska,
s-w “Kids can eat them,” he said, laughing.
Although such comments might strike the
funny bone, the new value-added products
should be taken seriously in Nebraska.
If Nebraska keeps its commitment to new
product development, research and free trade,
Nelson’s prediction will come true, he said.
The governor said Nebraska will lead the
world in agriculture products and research for
years to come.
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