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health sciences Accomplishments

Apr 23, 2018
Samantha Coogan (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) has been named president-elect for the Nevada Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Coogan’s many responsibilities will include organizing and leading quarterly and annual meetings, providing guidance about legislative policies, fundraising, advocating that dieticians receive order-writing privileges within clinicals settings, and elevating awareness about the organization throughout the state. Her three-year term as the organization’s president begins June 1.

Jul 6, 2017
John Mercer (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) was the featured guest an episode of the Science of Ultra Podcast: Shoes and Biomechanics. This podcast is focused on featuring researchers who "study the topics relevant to training and performance in ultra marathons."

Jul 5, 2017
Brian Schilling (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) completed the management development program hosted by Harvard Graduate School of Education. The 13-day program uses real-world case studies, small group discussions, and interactive presentations to enhance management skills and foster more strategic, forward-thinking leadership. Schilling was one of 94 applicants invited to participate.

Jul 5, 2017
Dr. Karen West (Dental Medicine) was invited to speak at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University College of Dentistry to the faculty and students about competency assessment and the process of accreditation in the United States. During the May visit, the dean also provided leadership training as well as a lecture to the Saudi Arabia Dental Education Society in Riyadh comparing the Saudi Arabia and United States accreditation processes.

Mar 16, 2017
Saruna Ghimire and Karen Callahan (Environmental and Occupational Health) recently published 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) received 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.