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kinesiology and nutrition sciences Accomplishments

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.

Apr 3, 2017
John Mercer, Janet Dufek, James Navalta, Aaron Prado (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Nancy Lough (Educational Psychology) co-authored “A First Look into the Influence of Triathlon Wetsuit on Resting Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Variability.” The article, which reported little to no wetsuit influence, published in the March issue of Biology of Sport.

Mar 21, 2017
John Mercer (Kinesiology & Nutrition Sciences) presented 'Why Do We Run the Way We Run?' to faculty and students at two New Zealand universities, Massey University in Wellington and University of Auckland, Tamaki campus. He was also a guest speaker earlier this month on the Radio New Zealand Extra Time podcast on mechanics of running.

Sep 2, 2016
Kara Radzak (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) accepted an invitation to be a volunteer health care provider at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center for Team USA. During the latter weeks of August, she worked with athletes competing in men’s gymnastics, Greco-Roman wrestling, and paralympic swimming, triathlon, and shooting.

Aug 4, 2016
Julia Freedman Silvernail (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) received the 2016 Arthur Broten Young Scholar Award from the Western Society for Kinesiology & Wellness (WSKW). The society has bestowed the award since 1987 to full-time professionals during their first years of employment in a college or university related field of kinesiology and wellness. Freedman Silvernail is one of three national awardees for 2016, and the fifth UNLV faculty member to receive the honor. She earned the award for her research titled “Progression in Gait Symmetry Following Total Hip Arthroplasty,” which she will present during the WSKW’s annual conference in October.   

Jul 27, 2016
Kara Radzak (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) co-presented “Knee Mechanics across the Lifespan: Implications for Prevention and Care of Pathologies” during the Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association convention. The study, which was the featured presentation during the convention’s first day, focused on the expansion of athletic training beyond athletic populations and the increased understanding of factors affecting knee function across the lifespan. Radzak presented with two colleagues from the University of Hawaii, Manoa.