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UNMC scientist dies Saturday in gliding accident

UNMC scientist dies Saturday in gliding accident

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Mike Boska, Ph.D., whose expertise in magnetic resonance imaging research benefited countless scientists at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, died Saturday (May 13) in a one-man glider accident near the Blair, Neb., airport. He was 59.

Dr. Boska served as professor in the UNMC Department of Radiology, director of the bioimaging core and vice chairman of radiology research, and worked to develop improved disease detection methods.

“Mike was a good friend, trusted colleague and a great scientist,” said Craig Walker, M.D., professor and chair of the UNMC Department of Radiology.

“The loss is tremendous on multiple levels,” said friend and collaborator, Howard Gendelman, M.D., professor and chair of the department of pharmacology and experimental neuroscience.

“We learned from an early age that the world stands on three pillars – the pursuit of knowledge, kindness to others and hard work with devotion to cause.

“Mike captured all three, then took each of them two steps forward – through his wholeness in wisdom, his zest for life and his breaking boundaries through adventure.”

A resident of Glenwood, Iowa, Dr. Boska joined UNMC in February 2000, and collaborated with many on campus, most notably the neuroscience community as his research focused on the development and application of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS) methods. He was co-investigator on numerous grants and was an active published scholar.

In 2012, he was named one of UNMC's Distinguished Scientists.

“Mike was enthusiastic about his role as director of UNMC’s small animal MRI imaging facility where he found creative ways to help researchers answer challenging bio-imaging questions,” said Paula Turpen, Ph.D., director, research resources in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. “I thoroughly enjoyed working with Mike over the years and hearing about his soaring adventures. Mike was a great guy and he will be sorely missed.”

As a pilot, he had flown hang gliders with and without power for nearly 40 years. 

A celebration of life service will be Friday (May 19) at 11 a.m. at the Malvern Community Center in Malvern, Iowa, followed by a luncheon. A memorial has been established at the Glenwood State Bank to fund a scholarship for a UNMC graduate student.

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