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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

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People | September 12, 2022

This longtime Rebel and physical education program coordinator is helping UNLV shape up inside and outside of the classroom.

Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine graduates line up to cross the commencement stage
Campus News | December 30, 2021

A collection of 2021 headlines highlighting medical school milestones, a steady stronghold on diversity and research rankings, student success, and media mentions featuring faculty experts.

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Campus News | July 9, 2021

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

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Campus News | August 10, 2020

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

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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.

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Campus News | November 1, 2019

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

Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences In The News

Nuclear Newswire
November 12, 2021

ANS is hosting a virtual Graduate School Fair on Friday, November 19, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (EST). The goal of the event is to help prepare the next generation of nuclear professionals and to keep early career and seasoned experts at the top of their game.

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.

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.

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.

July 2, 2021

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

Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences Experts

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Recent Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences Accomplishments

August 11, 2022
Zaijing Sun and Krishnakumar Nangeelil (both Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) and their collaborators, Cai Qingseng and Scott Lassell of the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the North Carolina State University, published an article titled “Investigation of Heavy Metals in Cottonseeds with Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA…
July 9, 2022
Zaijing Sun (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) and his collaborators,  Biswajit Biswal of South Carolina State University, and Andrew Duncan of Savannah River National Laboratory, published an article, “ADA: Advanced Data Analytics Methods for Abnormal Frequent Episodes in the Baseline Data of ISD” in the journal of Nuclear Engineering and…
May 9, 2022
Francis A. Cucinotta (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) wrote  "Flying Without a Net: Space Radiation Cancer Risk Predictions without a Gamma-ray Basis," which appeared in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences (Impact Factor =5.9). For the first time cancer risk predictions are made independent of human epidemiology data from…
April 13, 2022
Zaijing Sun, Krishnakumar Divakar Nangeelil, Peter Dimpfl, and Christina Hall (all Health Physics & Diagnostic Sciences), along with colleagues from other institutions, recently presented papers at the On Methods and Applications of Radioanalytical Chemistry (MARC-XII) in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Sun, Nangeelil, Qingseng Cai and Scott Lassell…
March 23, 2022
Zaijing Sun (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) recently gave a talk, "Nuclear Activation Analysis" at the Clark County School District (CCSD) seminar series "Science Speaks in Nevada." The seminar series is organized by the Nevada State Science Teachers Association, which provides one-hour session seminars with local STEM experts designed to…
March 11, 2022
Janice M. Pluth (Health Physics & Diagnostic Sciences) and Chad L. Cross (Epidemiology & Biostatistics), along with colleagues at UC Berkley, recently published the article "Cellular DNA Effects of Radiation and Cancer Risk Assessment in Cells with Mitochondrial Defects" in the Journal of Radiation Research and Applied Sciences. The…