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Department of Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences News

The Department of Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences within the School of Integrated Health Sciences provides a high-quality educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of health physics and medical physics; nuclear medicine; comprehensive medical imaging; radiochemistry; and radiography.

Current Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences News

Campus News | July 9, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.

A portrait of UNLV's new president Keith Whitfield on campus.
Campus News | August 10, 2020

As summer heats up, so do the accomplishments on UNLV’s campus.

The first baseman readies to make a play as a UNLV batter takes a swing
Athletics | May 6, 2020

With seasons derailed by the coronavirus, spring athletes take matters into their own hands to stay ready for whenever competition resumes.

People preparing to cut ribbon on new Fertitta Complex
Campus News | November 1, 2019

A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

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Campus News | June 27, 2019

Formerly called School of Allied Health Sciences, the renamed unit has also launched new department of brain health.

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People | August 1, 2018

A member of the UNLV School of Medicine's inaugural class reflects on past adversities that led to success.

Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences In The News

nuclear-news
July 15, 2021

Women were more likely to develop lung cancer than men, suggesting a greater sex-based vulnerability to harmful radiation.

Scientific American
July 14, 2021

Although meant to minimize risks to human health, the proposed new limits would still be exceeded by any conceivable near-future crewed voyage to Mars.

TVN
July 3, 2021

As particles from the sun and high-energy cosmic radiation stream constantly into their bodies, astronauts are always in danger. Radiation can cause serious health problems if it is not controlled.

msn
July 3, 2021

Left unchecked, radiation can trigger all sorts of health issues, most notably boosting an astronaut's danger of developing cancer. So, when NASA plans missions, the agency uses a radiation exposure cap to determine how long astronauts can stay in space.

Space.com
July 2, 2021

The proposed guideline would give all astronauts the same radiation limit, regardless of age and sex.

nuclear-news
July 1, 2021

A blue-ribbon panel has endorsed NASA’s plans to revise its standard for exposing astronauts to radiation in a way that would allow women to spend more time in space.

Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences Experts

An expert in how environmental and man-made radiation affects the body.
An expert on the use of lasers in diagnosing and treating brain tumors.

Recent Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences Accomplishments

August 5, 2021
Francis A. Cucinotta (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) published "A Proposed Change to Astronaut Exposures Limits is a Giant Leap Backwards for Radiation Protection" in the journal Life Sciences in Space Research. The paper provides a detailed critique of a National Academy of Sciences report in support of revising astronaut radiation...
August 3, 2021
Zaijing Sun (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) and his colleagues published an article "A Study of the Organic and Nonorganic Food Ingredients with Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis" in Radiation Science and Technology. 
July 29, 2021
Christina Hall (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) gave a presentation entitled "Using Spanish Moss as a Bio-indicator for Air Pollution in the Low Country of Savannah River Basin "at the 66th Annual Conference of Health Physics Society in Phoenix. The study indicated the correlations between the concentration of heavy metals in Spanish Moss...
May 19, 2021
Zaijing Sun (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) was invited and presented his research, "Nuclear Activation Analysis: Theory and Applications," in the INES seminar series of the department of engineering physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In the talk, he discussed some recent studies conducted by the Health, Environment, and...
April 16, 2021
Zaijing Sun (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) has been elected to the executive committee of the Education, Training, and Workforce Development Division (ETWDD) of the American Nuclear Society. His three-year term will begin June 17. The ETWDD provides communication among the academic, industrial, and governmental communities through the...
April 12, 2021
Alexander Barzilov (Mechanical Engineering), Artem Gelis (Chemistry), and Zaijing Sun (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) gave recruitment presentations and answered questions about corresponding nuclear-related programs at the 2021 ANS Virtual Student Conference last week. UNLV is among the 11 top-tier universities invited to have university...