Accomplishments: Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

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...
June 6, 2019
Samantha Coogan (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) received recognition as a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The fellow designation identifies academy members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, as well as in their communities, by their service to the dietetics profession and by optimizing the nation’s health through food and nutrition.
June 5, 2019
Jeffrey Montes, Richard Tandy, Jack Young, and James Navalta, (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) and Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy) co-authored “A Comparison of Multiple Wearable Technology Devices Heart Rate and Step Count Measurements During Free Motion and Treadmill Based Measurements.” Montes is a current Ph.D. student. The study, which examined the consistency of six popular wearable technology devices, appeared in the April 30 issue of the international Journal of Kinesiology...
May 31, 2019
Michelle Samuel (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) received the 2019 Special Recognition Award from the Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association (FWATA) for significant contributions of time and energy, and overall dedication to bettering and promoting the association within two or more states. Samuel has been an association member for 16 years and has held multiple committee and leadership roles. She received the accolade during the FWATA annual meeting and clinical symposium.  
May 31, 2019
Brian K. Schilling (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) secured a grant through the United States Special Operations Command to investigate the performance and physiologic aspects of simulated battlefield operations following fresh whole blood donation. The year-long study will help identify associated risks and benefits specific to fresh whole blood donation pre- and during missions among soldiers within the U. S. Army Special Forces.
May 3, 2019
Kara Radzak and Graham McGinnis (both Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) received funding from the Far West Athletic Trainers' Association research grants program for their study, “Relationship Between Chronotype and Injury While Undergoing Time Mandated Physical Training.” The year-long project will examine the relationship between circadian rhythms and musculoskeletal injuries during the acute and chronic phases of a mandated training regimen, such as early morning physical exercise required...