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health physics and diagnostic sciences Accomplishments

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.  

Mar 7, 2016
Francis “Frank” Cucinotta (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) served as guest editor for the online journal Frontiers, which compiled multiple articles focused on experiences and opinions of scientists dealing with high-energy charged particles either for cancer treatment or space radiation protection. The journal, which contained two articles co-authored by Cucinotta, “Biological Effectiveness of Accelerated Protons for Chromosome Exchanges” and “Issued for Simulation of Galactic Cosmic Ray Exposures for Radiobiological Research at Ground-Based Accelerators,” ran in December.      

Dec 17, 2015
Frank Cucinotta (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) served as one of four editors for the recently published book Radiation Protection Dosimetry, which contains the proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Microdosimetry. Published by Oxford University Press, the book contains scientific works about ionizing radiation quality, molecular mechanisms, cellular effects, and their consequences for low-level risk assessment and radiation therapy.  

Oct 1, 2015
Gary Cerefice and Ralf Sudowe (both Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) and Alexander Barzilov (Mechanical Engineering) received a nearly $400,000 grant from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to establish the UNLV nuclear science and engineering fellowship program. Beginning fall 2016, the new four-year program will award at least four Ph.D. fellowships and two master of science fellowships to train students for careers in nuclear and radiation-related fields. The program’s goal is to expand the nuclear expertise and workforce available in Southern Nevada. The awards are designed to groom top-tier graduate researchers who can collaborate with faculty to develop and initiate new research efforts. As these efforts flourish, fellowship students will transition into research positions, the awards will be used to recruit new researchers, and the program will grow. The application cycle for the fellowship program is scheduled to begin January 2016.  

Aug 13, 2015
Murat Alp and Frank Cucinotta (both Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) are co-authors of “Irradiation of Neurons with High-Energy Charged Particles: An In Silico Modeling Approach,” which outlines the use of a stochastic computational model to study damage of irradiated neuronal cells. The study addresses the physico-chemical and patho-physiological pathways of cell injury caused by ionizing energy similar to radiation treatments in cancer therapy as well as cosmic ray exposure to astronauts during space travel. The article appeared in the Aug. 7 issue of PLOS Computational Biology.