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health physics and diagnostic sciences Accomplishments

Apr 9, 2018
Frank Cucinotta (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) received the Radiation Research Society’s Failla Award, which recognizes his history of significant contributions to radiation research. The annual award will be presented during the society’s yearly meeting in September.

Jan 29, 2018
Frank Cucinotta (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) co-edited an e-book, “Charged Particles in Oncology,” which was published by Frontiers in Oncology. The publication addresses how the use of charged particles in cancer treatment, which allows for more sparring in normal tissues than X-rays, and protection of astronauts from space radiation share many common topics, and can learn from each other.  

Dec 19, 2017
Chad Hensley (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) received an appointment to the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) board of directors. Hensley, who is part of UNLV's radiography program, will work with other board members during the three-year term to ensure the JRCERT promotes excellence in radiology education through the accreditation process.

Sep 18, 2017
Frank Cucinotta (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) spoke during the National Cancer Institutes' workshop that addressed the biological consequences of radiation therapy in the development of new treatments. The workshop brought together leading experts to explore the potential of clinical dose-effect using biological measures that could provide innovative uses of radiation as a drug and pairing it with molecular targeted drugs, immunotherapy, and normal tissue mitigators. The discussion also examined uses of radiation alone for hypofractionation, systemic radiotherapy, and particle therapy. Professor Cucinotta spoke about the prospects for proton and carbon beam radiation to improve cancer therapies. While the assembled noted a need for greater understanding in how to best implement new treatments during this time of precision medicine, they also acknowledged the growing knowledge about cancer, normal tissue, and immune biology coupled with the technological advances in radiation oncology, including proton and carbon beam therapies, is ushering in a new era for radiation therapy.    

May 11, 2017
Yu Kuang (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences), Sharon Jalene (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Danny Young (Physical Therapy) are the recipients of this year's "Distinguished" awards from the  School of Allied Health Sciences. Kuang received the Distinguished Scholar Award, while Jalene received the Distinguished Teaching Award, and Young received the Distinguished Service Award. Each year the school acknowledges faculty who are exemplary in scope and quality, exceed expectations and assigned responsibilities, and demonstrate altruism.

Sep 21, 2016
The Department of Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences received confirmation that all spring 2016 graduates from the nuclear medicine program passed both national registry examinations on their first attempts. Students excelled in areas of patient care, radiation safety and protection, and radiation biology. The nuclear medicine program has maintained a perfect first-time pass rate for the past 10 years.

Aug 5, 2016
Francis Cucinotta (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) received a five-year, $3.02 million RO1 grant from the National Cancer Institute for a project titled “Biophysical Description of Age and Dose Dependent Changes to Dendritic Morphology that Impact Cognition following Radiation Cancer Therapy.” The project includes work being conducted at the University of California, Irvine.

Jun 15, 2016
Frank Cucinotta (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) received an invitation to attend the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ meeting in Beijing that convened to formulate plans for a space radiation research program. He was one of only two non-Chinese scientists invited to provide recommendations on possible research goals. 

Apr 29, 2016
Yu Kuang (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) received a $150,000 grant from the Nevada IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence funded by National Institutes of Health for his study “Metabolomics Lipid Profiling for Early Detection of Hepatocellular Carcinoma,” which aims to identify specific lipid molecular species as a multiplexing biomarker for early detection of hepatocellular carcinoma. He also received a $20,000 Faculty Opportunity Award - Innovation Technology for a study focused on hepatocellular carcinoma.    

Apr 1, 2016
The Radiography program (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) has been awarded an eight-year accreditation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) .This is the JRCERT’s maximum duration for accreditation. The JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry. Specialized accreditation awarded by the JRCERT offers institutions significant value by providing peer evaluation and by assuring the public of quality professional education in the radiologic sciences. The radiography program has maintained accreditation since 1961.