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November 1, 2022

By Edidiong Idong-Bassey, Communications Assistant

A Northwest Missouri State University graduate student’s passion for nuclear medicine technology and new cancer treatments led her to co-author a manuscript that was published in the September issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology.

Diane Soulek, who is pursuing her MBA at Northwest, is employed as a senior nuclear medicine technician at the University of Iowa.  (Photo sent)

Diane Soulek, who is pursuing her MBA at Northwest, is employed as a senior nuclear medicine technician at the University of Iowa. (Photo sent)

Diane Soulek, who is pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at Northwest, collaborated with colleagues at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to publish “Practical Considerations for Implementing 177Lu-DOTATATE Neuroendocrine Tumor Treatment Programs,” an article focusing on on the cancer treatment program used to treat neuroendocrine tumors and the ability for doctors to apply the program to cancer treatments worldwide.

“I never thought I would have the opportunity to help publish a scientific manuscript, let alone be the lead author,” Soulek said. “I was fortunate to have a great group of co-authors. They are brilliant and have several publications already out in the literature. They guided me through this process and I am so grateful to them.”

Soulek has worked as a technologist for 22 years and is employed as a senior nuclear medicine technologist at the University of Iowa. In 2021, she decided to pursue a general MBA degree at Northwest, based on recommendations from friends who are Northwest alumni.

Soulek says Northwest’s MBA program has equipped her, above all, with the skills needed to handle issues related to employee compensation and satisfaction.

“My current class, compensation and benefits, really resonated with many of the struggles that any employer or employee is facing right now, especially in the post-pandemic work environment,” Soulek said. “How do we manage benefits and pay compensation? How can we navigate hybrid work environments while keeping companies financially stable and employees happy?”

She added, “I’ve been able to take away components that I’ve learned and have one-on-one meetings with our HR representatives, so that has a direct impact on our clinic.”

Soulek, who lives in Iowa City, Iowa, said the affordability and flexibility of Northwest’s MBA program appealed to her, and it allowed her to continue her full-time employment while earning a degree.

“It’s amazing and humbling to be able to interact with so many different people from different professions, whether it’s your instructors via Zoom or classmates from across the country and online discussions,” Soulek said. “If I ever have any questions, I don’t hesitate to contact my classmates. Instructors have been extremely responsive, friendly and respectful with their interactions. It’s been great.”

For more information about Northwest’s MBA program, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/graduate/mba/.


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