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kinesiology and nutrition sciences Accomplishments

Jun 14, 2018
Szu-Ping Lee, Ya-Ting Hsu (both Physical Therapy), and Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health), along with two alums, Marissa Toberman, '12 BS Kinesiology and '15 Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Betina Bair, '03 BA Communication Studies and '15 Doctor of Physical Therapy, co-authored “Gender and Posture are Significant Risk Factors to Musculoskeletal Symptoms during Touchscreen Tablet Computer Use.” The study, which noted that among all postural factors, sitting without back support was the most important risk factor for having musculoskeletal symptoms, appeared in a recent issue of the Journal of Physical Therapy Science.  

Jun 8, 2018
John Mercer and Tedd Girouard (both Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) spoke during a podcast hosted by FLO Cycling about becoming a better cyclist. Both shared information about how using laboratory technology such as VO2Max tests and blood lactate testing can improve a cyclist’s performance. The podcast aired during May.

Jun 8, 2018
Reimund Serafica (Nursing), Kelly Webber (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Brendan Morris (Electrical and Computer Engineering) received a Faculty Opportunity Award in the collaborative interdisciplinary research category for their project “Food App for Tracking and Identifying Dietary Biculturalism in Southern Nevada,” which will examine the feasibility of using a food app to determine the phenomena of dietary biculturalism.

Jun 5, 2018
John Mercer, Cordero Roche, and Karenn Beltran (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) represented UNLV and the department during the 8th annual Science & Technology Expo in May. They demonstrated research tools, including a force platform, cycle ergometer, electromyography, and hand grip dynamometer that are used in one of the department’s laboratories. Many of the expo’s 14,000 attendees took particular interest in using spring boots during a vertical jump test, and connecting to a program that enabled them to electronically participate in a bicycle race with people from around the world. Roche is a doctoral student, while Beltran is an undergraduate.

May 30, 2018
Dharini Bhammar (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) received a Developmental Research Program grant from the IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence for her research study “Reducing exercise-induced bronchoconstriction in obese asthmatic children.” Her work will establish the effectiveness of interval warm-up exercise for preventing exercise-induced asthma, and will uncover obesity-related mechanisms for breathing problems among obese asthmatic children. The study may provide recommendations for reducing exercise-induced asthma and increasing physical activity levels among obese asthmatic children.

May 4, 2018
The Athletic Training Program (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) reported that 13 of this semester’s graduating students passed the National Board Exam on their first attempts. This is the seventh time in eight years the program has reported a 100 percent first-time pass rate. The students are now eligible to become certified athletic trainers.

May 2, 2018
Janet Dufek and Jeffrey Eggleston (both Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) shared findings with Lower Extremity Review: Pediatrics from a pair of studies each led related to how walking patterns may help identify autism within children. Their comments appeared in an article titled “Autism Linked to Between-limb Asymmetries across the Gait Cycle” in the magazine’s February issue. Eggleston is a doctoral student.

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.

Apr 5, 2018
Arpita Basu (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) published an original research article in the prestigious Journal of Lipid Research. Data were obtained from the landmark Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) and its follow-up phase, the Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (EDIC) study, showing higher levels of serum LDL-related lipids can increase risks of atherosclerosis even in well controlled type 1 diabetes. This six-year study involved 417 patients, and interestingly, significant associations were observed largely in men. As the first author of the paper, Basu had the great privilege to work with senior endocrinologists and diabetes researchers and continues to work on other reports from this large study.

Apr 5, 2018
Sharon Jalene (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) earned the 2018 CSUN Faculty Achievement Award, which recognizes a faculty member’s outstanding dedication to students through advising, classroom instruction, mentorship, or special events. Jalene is a two-time past recipient of the CSUN Faculty Excellence Award, and the 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the School of Allied Health Sciences.