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Department of Environmental and Occupational Health News

The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health emphasizes the role of air, water, the home environment, and the workplace as critical determinants of health.

Current Environmental and Occupational Health News

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Business and Community | February 8, 2022

Working with a local nonprofit, public health professor Sheila Janofsky's class literally led students down a path toward learning: They evaluated walking trails in Southern Nevada.

Campus News | March 11, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

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Business and Community | December 31, 2020

As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.

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Research | May 28, 2020

Physical therapy professor Szu-Ping Lee relies on patients – particularly veterans and seniors – as well as clinicians to help guide his research on ways to improve mobility after limb loss.

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People | March 2, 2020

One of the best things about public health is its interdisciplinary nature, according to practitioner Jason Flatt, who says it allows him to tap into fields as diverse as sociology, medicine, nursing, and psychology.

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Business and Community | December 30, 2019

A collection of news stories from 2019 highlighting UNLV's impact in Southern Nevada and beyond.

Environmental and Occupational Health In The News

May 12, 2022

In 2019, a team of researchers in Las Vegas set out to show that drivers can be less likely to stop their cars for someone crossing the street in front of them depending on the pedestrian's skin color or gender. They ran a simple test - they sent a white woman, a white man, a Black woman, and a Black man to cross residential streets in suburban Las Vegas, where the speed limit was 35. They took note of which cars hit the brakes and which ones sped on by.

Nevada Current
March 22, 2022

By the end of the century, allergy season could start 40 days earlier and last 19 days longer due to climate change — potentially increasing the pollen count by 250% and making allergies far more intense, new research shows.

KSNV-TV: News 3
March 7, 2022

Every morning, UNLV lab supervisor Asma Tahir and her staff brace themselves as they count pollen.


Las Vegas Pride Magazine
September 27, 2021

Did you know that Las Vegas is home to more than 10,000 LGBTQIA+ people aged 50+?

Las Vegas Weekly
May 17, 2021

Spring brings so much beauty, and, for allergy sufferers, so much misery. Allergies are the most common chronic condition worldwide, with effects that can range from mild (sneezing, watery eyes) to more severe (an anaphylactic reaction).

Verywell Health
April 22, 2021

An increasing number of higher education institutions are requiring students to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before attending campuses in the fall. Among these are Rutgers University, Cornell University, Duke University, and Brown University.

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Recent Environmental and Occupational Health Accomplishments

May 19, 2022
Courtney Coughenour (Environmental & Occupational Health) was interviewed by Insider for an article on "What Causes Road Rage? Big, Expensive Cars." which highlighted a 2020 study by School of Public Health faculty.
April 24, 2022
Kavita Batra (Medicine), Brian Labus (Epidemiology and Biostatistics), Jennifer R. Pharr, and Emylia Terry (both Environmental and Occupational Health) published a study, "Assessing Psychological Impact of COVID-19 among Parents of Children Returning to K-12 Schools: A U.S. Based Cross-Sectional Survey," in the Healthcare journal. The purpose of…
April 20, 2022
Amruta Godbole, Sheniz Moonie, Ann Vuong (all Epidemiology & Biostatistics), Courtney Coughenour (Environmental & Occupational Health) along with Cai Zhang of Tongji Hospital and Aimen Chen of the University of Pennsylvania, published a paper on "Exploratory analysis of the associations between neonicotinoids and measures of adiposity…
April 19, 2022
Kavita Batra ('20 Ph.D. Public Health and Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine) with Farooq Abdulla (University Medical Center of Southern Nevada), and Patricia Cruz, Chad L. Cross, Neeraj Bhandari, Jennifer R. Pharr, and Mark P. Buttner (all Environmental & Occupational Health), co-authored an article, "Healthcare Utilization and Expenditures of…
April 19, 2022
Dieu-My Tran (Nursing), and Chad L. Cross (Environmental and Occupational Health), along with Iris Martinez, '21 BS Nursing, and Dr. Yumei Feng Earley, contributed to the article "MOBILE Intervention Pilot Study in College Students With Elevated Blood Pressure" recently published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. The study explored…
March 17, 2022
Andrew Thomas Reyes, Ehdzky-Ray M. Manzano (both Nursing), and Chad L. Cross (Environmental and Occupational Health) co-authored, “The Moderating Role of Resilience on Mindfulness, Experiential Avoidance, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Symptoms of College Student Veterans: A Cross-Sectional Study,” which is published in the Issues in…