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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

Remember sculptor Claes Oldenburg who created UNLV's iconic Flashlight sculpture this month.
Campus News | August 3, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting university experts’ insights on and contributions to health, environment, and society.

People walk and job along a trail.
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.

medical worker in full protective suit making "LV" sign with hands
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.

Man on balcony with Las Vegas in the background.
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.

Environmental and Occupational Health In The News

USA Today
July 16, 2022

Just being a pedestrian is far more dangerous for Black and Hispanic Americans as compared to white Americans, a recent study found.

June 25, 2022

The shutdown of NYC public swim programs due to a lifeguard shortage is threatening to reduce access for families who don’t have access to private lessons — and worsen longstanding disparities in swimming ability and water safety.

New York Daily News
June 25, 2022

The shutdown of NYC public swim programs due to a lifeguard shortage is threatening to reduce access for families who don’t have access to private lessons — and worsen longstanding disparities in swimming ability and water safety.

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.


Environmental and Occupational Health Experts

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Recent Environmental and Occupational Health Accomplishments

September 29, 2022
Daidre Gamboa, Casey Barber, Erin Sheehy, Selam Ayele, and Shawn Gerstenberger (all Environmental and Occupational Health) published the article, "Lead-Based Paint and Other In-Home Health Hazards in Las Vegas, Nevada: Findings of the Las Vegas Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes Program," in the Journal of Environmental Health.  The outcomes…
September 15, 2022
Asma Awan, Siddharth Raich, Brittany Klenczar, and Manoj Sharma (all Social and Behavioral Health), and Miklo Alcala (Environmental and Occupational Health) presented two papers at Nevada Public Health Association’s Annual Conference on September 13 and September 14, 2022.  The papers were titled, “A model-based community-based participatory…
September 13, 2022
Emylia Terry (Public Health), Jennifer Pharr (Environmental and Occupational Health), Jason Flatt, and Krystal Kittle (both Social and Behavioral Health) presented a poster on "Problem Gambling within the LGBTQIA+ Community: A Community Needs Assessment Survey Approach" at the National LGBTQ Health Conference in Chicago, Illinois, in July. Terry…
September 7, 2022
Jennifer Pharr (Environmental and Occupational Health), Lung-Chang Chien (Epidemiology and Biostatistics), Max Gakh (Environmental and Occupational Health), and Jason Flatt (Social and Behavioral Health) presented on "State protection alignment index as a measure of structural stigma's impact on the mental health of sexual and gender minorities"…
September 6, 2022
Louisa Messenger (Environmental and Occupational Health) is a recipient of a 2022 Springer Nature Editorial Contributions Award for her editorial service to the Malaria Journal. Through their assessment of new submissions and rigorous management of the peer review process, Springer Nature's editors and editorial board members safeguard the…
August 31, 2022
Alireza Rezaee and Lung-Wen Antony Chen (both Environmental & Occupational Health), Ge Lin (Epidemiology & Biostatistics), Mark Buttner and Max Gakh (both Environmental & Occupational Health), and Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) published an article on "Air Quality Health Benefits of the Nevada Renewable Portfolio…