Accomplishments: Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

November 6, 2019
 John Mercer, Boram Lim, Cordero Roche, and Andrew Craig-Jones (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) presented a symposium on their research “Physics and Physiology of Endurance Sports: Swim, Bike, and Run” at the 2019 Southwest American College of Sports medicine annual meeting. This was the first conference presentation for the three doctoral students under the guidance of Mercer.
November 1, 2019
Dharini Bhammar (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) published a paper titled "Quantification of Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Children with Obesity"  in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. This paper identifies methods of quantifying cardiorespiratory fitness in children with obesity that are less influenced by fat mass. 
October 31, 2019
Robert Salatto, Dustin Davis, Jacquelyn Sertic, Peyton Cater, Brenna Barrios, and Bryson Carrier (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) presented at the recent Southwest American College of Sports Medicine conference in Newport Beach, California. Their research relates to the validity of wearable technology devices in an applied setting. These students are advised by professors Arpita Basu and James Navalta.  
October 23, 2019
Tiffiany Howard (Political Science), Brach Poston (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Stephen D. Benning (Psychology) have published a paper on the neurocognitive process of radicalization given individual exposure to digital extremist propaganda. "The Neurocognitive Process of Digital Radicalization: A Theoretical Model and Analytical Framework," appears in the Journal for Deradicalization.
October 11, 2019
Kenneth Izuora (Medicine), Edwin Oh (NIPM), Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental), and Arpita Basu (Kinesiology & Nutrition Sciences), along with Aaron Calvano, '19 BS Kinesiology, published an invited review in Food & Function based on their ongoing collaborations on the role of dietary bioactive compounds in diabetes, insulin resistance, and inflammation.
June 28, 2019
Julia Freedman Silvernail, John Mercer, James Navalta, Richard Tandy (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) and Jennifer Pharr (Environmental and Occupational Health), along with Kristyne Wiegand, '19 PhD Kinesiology, co-authored “Running Status and History: A Self-Report Study," which appeared in the online version of Physical Therapy in Sport on June 5. The study’s findings revealed that 80 percent of the participants reported at least one injury, with the four most common being iliotibial...
June 26, 2019
Jennifer R. Pharr (Environmental and Occupational Health), Nancy L. Lough (Educational Psychology and Higher Education), and Mary Angela Terencio (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) published an article titled "Health and Sociodemographic Differences between Individual and Team Sport Participants" in the journal Sports. The purpose of the study was to identify differences in chronic diseases, conditions, or risk factors between individual and team sport participants. Terencio is a student.
June 24, 2019
Arpita Basu (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) co-authored a paper on the role of haptoglobin (Hp) phenotype in predicting risks of preeclampsia in women with Type 1 diabetes. Preeclampsia, a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy, is increased manifold in women with diabetes. Causes still remain unclear. The reported data show women with  Hp 2-2 phenotype had higher LDL and total cholesterol and subsequent onset of preeclampsia. Identification of Hp phenotype may lead to better managment of...
June 19, 2019
Arpita Basu (Kinesiology & Nutrition Sciences) was the lead author on a paper published in the Journal of Lipid Research. The report includes data from 30 years of follow-up from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases-funded Diabetes Control and Complications Trial and the Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications cohort. The findings reveal positive associations of serum apolipoprotein CIII and triglyceride-rich lipid particles with...
June 12, 2019
Graham McGinnis (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) received a Nevada IDEA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence grant for his study “Diurnal Regulation of Exercise-induced Interleukin-6 Production and Secretion.” The year-long project seeks to extend existing knowledge about how exercise leads to the production and secretion of the myokine Interluekin-6, and will investigate how time of day regulates the exercise-induced production of Interluekin-6 and the heart’s sensitivity to it. The...
June 11, 2019
Janet Dufek and Daniel Lidstone (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), along with John Harry, '17 PhD Kinesiology, and Jeffrey Eggleston, '18 PhD Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, co-authored “Weighted Vest Use to Improve Movement Control during Walking in Children with Autism,” which appeared in the May 15 issue of the Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. Based on the study’s results, the authors recommend that researchers and clinicians interested in evaluating...
June 10, 2019
Julia Freedman Silvernail, Brianne Borgia, and Kristine Wieland (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) co-authored “Joint Stiffness During Walking in Sedentary Young Adults,” which investigated gait and assessed whether differences in knee joint stiffness existed between normal and obese sedentary young adults. Professor Silver nail presented the study’s findings during the recent Osteoarthritis Research Society International conference, and the article appeared in the April issue of...