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Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences News

The Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences within the School of Integrated Health Sciences provides a high-quality educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of kinesiology, nutrition sciences, and athletic training. Students receive rigorous classroom instruction aided by computer and multimedia instruction, and practical laboratory and clinical experiences.

Current Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences News

Campus News | February 3, 2021

A collection of news stories from the new year highlighting the experts and events 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.

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Research | August 7, 2020

Alumnus Andrew Nordin develops technique that provides clearest view yet of how the brain responds to obstacles when people are walking or running.

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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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Campus News | April 24, 2020

As instruction moves online, educators and students adapt

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People | April 17, 2020

UNLV sophomore Samuel Merrill urges fellow students to reach out to one another and professors online.

Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences In The News

Las Vegas Weekly
January 30, 2021

The pandemic has done a number on our stomachs. We’re mostly stuck at home—whether working remotely or just staying safe in quarantine. And it’s too easy to just snack all day.

WebMD
January 5, 2021

Can certain foods kick your body’s metabolism into a higher gear to help you lose weight? Many foods are touted as metabolism boosters, but how much and when you eat may be more effective ways to get the most impact from your workouts.

WebMD
January 5, 2021

What foods help you fuel your workouts, and what should you eat after physical activity?

WebMD
October 30, 2020

Which foods do you need to eat as you strengthen your muscles? Foods rich in protein give you fuel for muscle-building workouts, but experts say you need a variety of other nutrients like carbohydrates, fiber, and healthy fats too.

WalletHub
September 28, 2020

About ten million U.S. adults are vegan or vegetarian. Unfortunately, it’s not the easiest lifestyle to adopt, as finding meatless options at restaurants and supermarkets can be a challenge. Plus, even though some experts say forgoing animal products could save you at least $750 per year, certain specialty foods can be expensive. Despite the cost, though, synthetic meat sales have received a bump this year because of meat shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some meat eaters who switched to vegetarian or vegan options out of necessity may decide to stay once they’ve had a taste.

WalletHub
September 28, 2020

About ten million U.S. adults are vegan or vegetarian. Unfortunately, it’s not the easiest lifestyle to adopt, as finding meatless options at restaurants and supermarkets can be a challenge. Plus, even though some experts say forgoing animal products could save you at least $750 per year, certain specialty foods can be expensive. Despite the cost, though, synthetic meat sales have received a bump this year because of meat shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some meat eaters who switched to vegetarian or vegan options out of necessity may decide to stay once they’ve had a taste.

Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences Experts

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Recent Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences Accomplishments

March 2, 2021
Graham McGinnis (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) received a research award sponsored by the Regional Alliance of INBRE Networks (RAIN). The title of the award is "Circadian Regulation of Inflammatory Response to PM Exposure. This award is for two years and $20,000 in direct costs. The objective of the funded project is to investigate the...
February 16, 2021
Michael Wong, Dharini Bhammar (both Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) and Lung-Chang Chien (Epidemiology and Biostatistics), along with Nicholas Ross, '20 MS Exercise Physiology,  published a paper, “Respiratory and Perceptual Responses to High-Intensity Interval Exercise in Obese Adults” in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports &...
January 12, 2021
Dharini Bhammar (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) and Lung-Chang Chien (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) published a paper,  “Quantification and Verification of Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Adults with Prehypertension” in the journal Sports. The article shows that verification testing is feasible, validates the attainment of maximal oxygen...
December 10, 2020
Dharini Bhammar (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) published an article, "Effects of Obesity on the Oxygen Cost of Breathing in Children" in Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology. The co-author is Tony Babb from the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine. They reported that higher resting energy requirements, attributable to...
November 25, 2020
Bryson Carrier, Brenna Barrios, and James Navalta (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), along with Brayden Jolley of the Tulane University School of Medicine, recently published a manuscript, "Validity and Reliability of Physiological Data in Applied Settings Measured by Wearable Technology: A Rapid Systematic Review," in the journal...
November 4, 2020
John Mercer (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) gave a keynote presentation as part of the virtual Norseman Endurance Science Seminar 2020. The title of the presentation was "Swimming in Warm Water: The Consequences of Wearing a Wetsuit." Norseman is an iconic extreme triathlon and the purpose of this seminar was to share research on endurance...