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kinesiology and nutrition sciences Accomplishments

Aug 11, 2017
Brach Poston (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) and Merrill Landers (Physical Therapy) received an R15 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, through the National Institutes of Health, for their study “Long-Term Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in Parkinson's Disease.” The project will determine the influence of transcranial direct current stimulation on long-term motor learning, transfer of motor learning, and cortical function among patients with Parkinson’s disease. The $420,000 grant will fund their work for the next three years.

Jul 24, 2017
Donovan Conley (Communication Studies), Janet Dufek (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Jennifer Rennels (Psychology) have been named Graduate Faculty Fellows for the 2017-18 academic year. The Graduate Faculty Fellows Program allows UNLV faculty and the Graduate College to work together on projects each academic year. The program brings faculty expertise and insight into the Graduate College as well as builds and sustains close relationships between the college and the departments and programs it serves. Congratulations to this year’s fellows, who will begin their one-year appointment in August.

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 3, 2017
Kara Radzak (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) received the 2017 National Athletic Trainers’ Association Foundation's New Investigator research grant for her study titled “An Evaluation of the Prevalence and Effectiveness of Care Provided by Athletic Trainers in a Military Population.” The work will characterize the care provided by athletic trainers to cadets within Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs, evaluate the estimated direct costs, and identify health care needs within ROTC battalions that could be addressed by athletic trainers. As the primary investigator, Radzak will oversee work conducted within ROTC programs at UNLV,  Indiana University, Auburn University, Penn State University, University of Central Missouri, and University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Jun 20, 2017
Forty undergraduates recently were awarded scholarships through the office of undergraduate research's summer undergraduate research funding (OUR SURF) program. These scholarships support undergraduate research, scholarship, entrepreneurial, performance, or visual art projects in the summer months. A total of $39,000 in funding was contributed by the following 11 colleges/programs: Allied Health Sciences Community Health Sciences CSUN Engineering Fine Arts Honors Liberal Arts Nursing OUR-UNLV Provost's office Sciences A full list of recipients is available online. To learn more about their projects, attend the Summer Undergraduate Research Forum on Aug. 9.  

May 23, 2017
James Navalta, Christine Recinto, Theodore Efthemeou, and P. Tony Boffelli (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) authored “Effects of Nasal or Oral Breathing on Anaerobic Power Output and Metabolic Responses,” which appeared in the recent issue of the International Journal of Exercise Science.    

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.

May 4, 2017
Kara Radzak, Michelle Samuel, Courtney Alley, and Chris Blonk, all of the athletic training program (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) along with alumnae Chloe Kipnis, '16 MS Kinesiology, attended the 2017 Far West Athletic Trainers Association (FWATA) meeting, during which Radzak, Samuel, and Blonk served as instructors for a laboratory session focused on tourniquets, hemostatic agents, and airways. Alley and Kipnis gave presentations pertaining to their thesis findings during the peer-reviewed poster session. The FWATA Research and Grants Committee awarded first place to the UNLV-based research team of Kipnis, Samuel, Dick Tandy (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), Kristyne Wiegand (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Radzak for their poster presentation titled “The Acute Effects of Different Foam Rolling Timing Durations on Hamstring Flexibility.”

May 3, 2017
The Athletic Training Program (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) announces that all 13 students in its 2017 graduating class have passed the board of certification examination during their first attempt. Once the degrees are conferred during this month's commencement ceremony, the students will achieve their athletic training certification and eligibility for state licensure. The athletic training program has maintained a 98 percent first-time pass rate average since 2010, outpacing the national average of 81 percent.