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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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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.

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People | September 9, 2019

A new face at UNLV, this professor brings unique perspective of public health focused on neurodevelopment in children and chemical exposures during pregnancy.

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Research | June 20, 2018

Posture — not screen time — is biggest factor behind neck and shoulder pain, UNLV study finds.

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People | June 18, 2018

Commitment to a healthy lifestyle helps make Asma Tahir a good fit for the university’s pollen program.

Environmental and Occupational Health In The News

May 7, 2020

In late April, The American Lung Association issued its annual air quality grades, including a pretty bad one for Las Vegas (F), pegging it as the ninth-worst-polluted metropolitan area in the country. The Clark County Department of Environment and Sustainability immediately shot back that the area’s air quality is “good, despite the American Lung Association grade,” based on its compliance with all but one (ozone) of the EPA standards for air pollutants.

Las Vegas Sun
April 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t the first viral outbreak Brian Murphy has seen as a health care professional in Las Vegas. An HIV caregiver since the 1980s, he says there are lessons to be learned from past outbreaks, particularly the emergence of HIV/AIDS.

March 30, 2020

Public health experts at UNLV and Southern Nevada Health District hosted a live online discussion on Monday to talk prevention of COVID-19 and what the future may hold.

March 30, 2020

Las Vegas health experts discuss COVID-19 today at UNLV.

KSNV-TV: News 3
March 30, 2020

UNLV and the Southern Nevada Health District have teamed up for a virtual discussion Monday morning on the COVID-19 outbreak.

WCER Communications
October 23, 2019

University researchers and evaluators working with rural schools, the community-school model, and Native American communities in Wisconsin shared their expertise and latest evidence-based findings recently in a public hearing at the state Capitol focused on the critical intersection between education and health.

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Recent Environmental and Occupational Health Accomplishments

October 28, 2020
Timothy J. Grigsby (Environmental and Occupational Health) recently co-authored an article on "Psychometric Evaluation of the Perceived Context of Reception Scale among Hispanic and Somali Adolescents" in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. This study validates the psychometric properties and correlates of the perceived context of reception (PCOR...
October 28, 2020
Manoj Sharma (Environmental and Occupational Health) and Chia-Liang Dai (Teaching & Learning) presented two poster presentations at 148th virtual annual meeting of the American Public Health Association. The first one was, “Efficacy of Meditation-based Interventions on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among Veterans.” The second was “...
October 23, 2020
Jason Flatt, Francisco Sy, Chad Cross (all Environmental and Occupational Health), Timothy Bungum, and Sheniz Moonie (both Epidemiology and Biostatisics), along with Jennifer Keeley, '19 Master of Public Health, and Karen S. Gutierrez, '17 BS Biology,  recently published an article on "Mental Health Disparities among Sexual Minorities" in the ...
October 12, 2020
Jason Flatt (Environmental and Occupational Health) published the first national study on the health of intersex adults — an umbrella term for people born with differences in sex development in PLOS One. The work was also highlighted in the Bay Area Reporter and in Them.
October 5, 2020
Courtney Coughenour, Maxim Gakh, Jennifer R. Pharr (all Environmental & Occupational Health), Timothy Bungum (Epidemiology & Biostatistics), and Sharon Jalene (Kinesiology) recently published an article on "Changes in Depression and Physical Activity Among College Students on a Diverse Campus After a COVID-19 Stay-at-Home" in the journal ...
October 2, 2020
Kavita Batra and Manoj Sharma (both Environmental & Occupational Health) have published a comemntary entitled, "Alcohol consumption in COVID-19 pandemic:  Implications for alcohol education" in the August 2020 issue of the Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education in association with Vinayak Nahar of the University of Mississippi Medical Center.