Accomplishments: Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

October 9, 2019
Soumya Upadhyay (Health Care Administration & Policy) and Max Gakh (Environmental & Occupational Health) recently published an article, "Health-Information Seeking and Intention to Quit Smoking: Do Health Beliefs Have a Mediating Role?" in the journal Tobacco Use Insights. This study aimed to examine the relationship between seeking health information and intending to quit smoking and to determine whether this relationship is mediated by health beliefs.
October 2, 2019
Philip Danquah (Environmental and Occupational Health) and Amanda Annan (Health Care Administration and Policy) presented a scientific poster at the 2019 Nevada Public Health Annual Conference last month at Whitney Peak Hotel in Reno. The poster was titled "Dapivirine Vaginal Ring Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Awareness, Perceptions, and Uptake among College Women: A Systematic Review." Danquah also moderated the scientific presentation session at the conference.
September 20, 2019
Carolee Dodge-Francis and Noehealani Bareng-Antolin (both Environmental and Occupational Health), along with Nicole Bowman from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, gave a presentation on “Indigenous Evaluation: Foundations, Building Relations & Educational Applications” at the Hawaii Pacific Evaluation Conference in Honolulu this month. 
September 16, 2019
Ann Vuong (Environmental and Occupational Health) co-authored an article on "Concentrations and Loadings of Organophosphate and Replacement Brominated Flame Retardants in House Dust from the Home Study During the PBDE Phase-Out" in the journal Chemosphere. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, a class of flame retardants and endocrine disruptors, have been substituted in new products by organophosphate (OPFR) and replacement brominated flame retardants (RBFR). OPFRs and RBFRs readily migrate from...
September 6, 2019
Saruna Ghimire and Francisco S. Sy (both Environmental and Occupational Health) published an article on the "Decline in Telomere Length by Age and Effect Modification by Gender, Allostatic Load and Comorbidities in National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1999-2002)" in the journal PLOS ONE. This study aimed to assess the decline in telomere length with age and evaluate effect modification by gender, chronic stress, and comorbidity in a representative sample of the United States...
August 30, 2019
Mark Buttner and Patricia Cruz (both Environmental and Occupational Health) received a 10-month, $1 million award through the Nevada department of health and human services to conduct molecular microbiological environmental monitoring.
August 26, 2019
Karen E. Callahan (Environmental and Occupational Health) was invited to be a speaker at the Cancer Control in Nevada event at Roseman University earlier this month. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the event promoted innovation, research, and clinical trials in the state. Callahan gave a presentation on colorectal cancer in Nevada. 
August 23, 2019
Paula Frew (Environmental and Occupational Health), along with researchers from Atlanta, recently published an article, "Typologies of Decision-Makers in the ICU: A Qualitative Study of Patients With Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and Sepsis and Their Surrogates." The article presents the results of 42 semi-structured interviews conducted with patients and their surrogates. Interviews were analyzed using grounded theory and the constant comparative method. Four typologies of decision-...
August 22, 2019
Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health) co-authored an article on the "Implementation of National Policies for a Total Asbestos Ban: A Global Comparison" in The Lancet Planetary Health.  The researchers aimed to investigate associations between government ratification of the ILO and UN international Conventions, government effectiveness, and implementation of a national total asbestos ban. The study confirmed that adoption of both the C162 Asbestos Convention and the Basel...
August 21, 2019
Karen E. Callahan, Chad L. Cross, and Francisco S. Sy (all Environmental and Occupational Health) published an article on "Low Colorectal Cancer Survival in the Mountain West State of Nevada: A population-based Analysis" in the journal PLOS ONE.  The study provides baseline information critical to clinicians, public health professionals, and all relevant stakeholders as they attempt to discern why Nevada’s outcomes are vastly divergent from its neighboring Western states and make plans for...
August 21, 2019
Philip Danquah (Environmental and Occupational Health) recently was accepted into the Stanford Postdoctoral Recruitment Initiative in Sciences and Medicine (PRISM) postdoc interview opportunity.  As part of the program, postdocs will work alongside top scientists and at the same time develop their professional skills, explore career options, and prepare for independent careers. Danquah is a doctoral student.
August 20, 2019
Paula Frew and Laura Randall (both Environmental and Occupational Health) were recently published in AIDS Education and Prevention for research conducted with other researchers. The research focused on Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino men who have sex with men living with HIV and their habits related to HIV antiretroviral treatment (ART). The research team found that more than half of the men involved in the research reported following their doctor's instructions, but just over a...