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health sciences Accomplishments

Mar 16, 2017
Saruna Ghimire and Karen Callahan (Environmental and Occupational Health) recently publushed an article, "Nutritional Assessment of Community-Dwelling Older Adults in Rural Nepal," in the Public Library of Science with Binaya Kumar Baral from the Department of Biochemistry in the Nepal Medical College and Teaching Hospital.

Mar 15, 2017
Amanda Sokolowsky, Erika Marquez, Erin Sheehy, Casey Barber, and Shawn Gerstenberger (Environmental and Occupational Health) recently authored "Health Hazards in the Home: An Assessment of a Southern Nevada Community," which appeared in the February issue of Journal of Community Health. The study focused on health outcomes in households with hazards including lead, domestic hygiene, carbon monoxide, damp and mold, excess cold and heat, and structural collapse in Henderson.

Dec 14, 2016
Abegail Reyes (Health Sciences Advising Center) wrote the state’s first Healthcare Associated Infection report, which has been published on the state of Nevada’s website. The report compares health care associated infection data from 30 Nevada hospitals during 2014 to the United States during the same year, and to the reduction targets set during 2013 by the U.S. department of health and human services.

Dec 9, 2016
Patricia Gatlin (Nursing) received an $8,400 research grant from Nevada Obstetrical Charity Clinic Foundation for a study titled  “Healthy Pregnancy through Exercise and Nutrition (H-Pen Study).” The study aims to implement and test the feasibility and efficacy of an individualized lifestyle intervention program (H-PEN) designed to maintain healthy weight gain and good glucose control among women during pregnancy. The goal is to reduce overweight gain during pregnancy, reduce the risk of gestational diabetes, or help control blood glucose levels among pregnant women with type 2 diabetes.

Nov 29, 2016
Jennifer Kawi (Nursing) recieved the March of Dimes Southern Nevada Chapter's Nurse of the Year award in the research category. The organization's local chapter hosts the annual event to honor nursing excellence and pay tribute to the tireless efforts of nurses throughout the community. Kawi is the first nurse in Southern Nevada to earn the award in the research category, and the second School of Nursing faculty member to earn the Nurse of the Year honor since 2015.

Oct 10, 2016
Abegail Cruz Reyes (Health Sciences) was named the Involvement Challenge Winner for 2015-16 by the UNLV Academic Advising Council. The award recognizes Reyes’ consistent above-and-beyond work habits during council functions and her superior knowledge of UNLV policy and procedures. The Academic Advising Council comprises center directors and advisors from 11 academic colleges. Reyes works in the Division of Health Sciences'  Advising Center.  

Aug 30, 2016
Barbara St. Pierre Schneider (Nursing) received a U.S. Department of Defense Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program grant to continue her research studying the effects of hypobaria (reduced atmospheric pressure) on skeletal muscle inflammation and regeneration after injury and hemorrhagic shock. The collaborative project comprises faculty from the University of Cincinnati Medical College, University of Central Florida, and Case Western University.  Findings will help uncover the effects of hypobaria on tissue recovery and will be relevant for wounded soldiers who undergo aeromedical evacuation. The four-year, $5.5 million grant is St. Pierre Schneider’s third from the Department of Defense under Award No. W81XWH-16-1-0150.

Aug 24, 2016
The physical therapy department received confirmation that 100 percent of its 2016 graduating class passed the national board examination on the first attempt, and that two of those students earned perfect scores. The department has maintained an average first-time pass rate of 96.7 percent since 2009.

Aug 23, 2016
Alona Angosta and Jennifer Kawi (School of Nursing) completed the Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP), sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The LANP has been preparing future leaders for more than 14 years. This structured professional development experience includes assessment and evaluation of leadership skills, identification of success strategies, and consultation to achieve long-term goals. The AACN recognizes associate professor Angosta and assistant professor Kawi as LANP Fellows.

Apr 15, 2016
Marianne Tejada (Nursing) has been selected to the Summer Genetics Institute, a tuition-free, one-month intensive research training program at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The program, sponsored by the National Institute of Nursing Research, seeks to increase the research capability among graduate students and faculty, and to develop and expand clinical practice in genetics among clinicians.