Division of Research Rebel with a Cause Award Winners

May. 6, 2021

 

The Division of Research is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Rebel with a Cause Award. These four individuals are being recognized for their willingness to go above and beyond in their work. 

Jordan Haines came to UNLV as an undergraduate student in 2015. She started as a student worker and is now the Program Coordinator for the Office of Sponsored Programs. Her job includes HR coordination, on boarding, and making sure the office is supplied with everything it needs. Jordan says her favorite part of the job is identifying challenges and overcoming them. The one thing she loves most about UNLV is its inclusivity.

“Everyone is so warm and welcoming here,” says Jordan. “It truly feels like a community of family.”

When she’s not working, a favorite hobby of Jordan’s is traveling. She loves to see the world and experience new cultures and cities. 

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Linda Loverro is the Vivarium Manager for the Office of Research Integrity. She manages the two lab animal facilities on campus.

“One of the facilities is 30+ years old and the other is almost 3 years old,” says Linda. “I organized them to be very user friendly for my staff and the lab personnel who use the facilities on a daily basis.”

Linda has worked at UNLV for 4 years and says her favorite part of the job is maintaining the variety of lab animals onsite and educating staff and students on lab animal practices. The facilities support research projects in 15 separate labs.
Linda has 27 years of experience. A fun fact about her career is she started as a wild animal keeper at the world-famous Bronx Zoo in her home state of New York and transitioned into lab animal management a few years later. 

She is thankful for the UNLV facility staff and student workers who braved the pandemic with her.

“Our facilities are a 24/7 in-person operation, so there was no remote working,” states Linda. “Four student workers, and my full-time assistant stayed on their normal schedule, which allowed us to stay within regulations during the past year and we continue to do so. I’m grateful that we all managed to stay healthy!”

Outside of work Linda enjoys Bird IDing and watching on the many outdoor trails and wetlands located in the Las Vegas area. 
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Ask Stephanie Page about working at UNLV and you’ll immediately feel her passion for her job! She is the Associate Director for Pre-Award in the Office of Sponsored Programs. She has worked at UNLV for a total of nine years over two different time periods. After spending 4 years at a private university Stephanie realized she missed the research intensity and team environment at UNLV and when a new position opened in OSP in 2019 she was thrilled to return. 

Her days are hectic, but Stephanie says it’s the perfect work environment for her.  

“My task lists are never-ending, my emails can be overwhelming and I get interrupted all day long, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.” says Stephanie.

Like many of us, Stephanie spent the past year working from home during COVID-19 and it unexpectedly changed the way she does her job. 

"Without even realizing it I went from a paper and folder environment to doing almost everything electronic. I am proud to say I saved a part of a tree working from home!”

Stephanie says the best part of working at UNLV is celebrating success. She says every day here brings something different, from new challenges to exciting rewards.

Stephanie was featured in the UNLV (Remote) Interview this month. Read more about her: at https://www.unlv.edu/news/article/remote-interview-stephanie-page

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Michelle Tomasino manages incoming clinical research trials at the university level. She helps assess and negotiate budgets, facilitate contract language with UNLV Counsel, determine study feasibility, and works with clinical research coordinators to ensure the study is in compliance with UNLV standard operating procedures. 

“The greatest part of my job is getting a first-hand look at the interventional research that has been or will be making an impact in our community,” says Michelle. “From interventions targeting subjects with Chron's Disease to interventional drugs targeting specific COVID populations, I am grateful that I am able to understand the research from the beginning and support seeing it to the end. Starting in April, I will be able to visit and talk with the research subject participants who are part of these clinical trials, it’s a critical component that reminds me why I love what I do!”

Michelle has been at UNLV for 4 years. Her favorite part is working with the many UNLV faculty and staff who are instrumental in bringing clinical trials together. She says members within the research division including, the Office of Sponsored Programs, General Counsel, the Office of Research Integrity, School of Medicine, and the Controller's Office have been supportive and wonderful to work with.  

“This always has been a MAJOR TEAM effort.  I am thankful I get to work with people who are passionate in executing this big change at UNLV.”
Michelle has created a foundation by partnering with the community to help support our research. She says these partnerships, critical support for the schedule of assessments within each clinical trial, include Desert Radiology, Sunrise Hospital, UMCSN, LMC Pathology, CPL Laboratories, and Quest Diagnostics.

Michelle loves to hike and says one of her family’s favorite activities is visiting national parks. She says although their trips slowed down during the pandemic they are looking forward to their next vacation soon. Currently it's a tie between Yellowstone and Sequoia National Parks and she's open to any suggestions on which is better!