Accomplishments: Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

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 uptake, and can potentially reduce misdiagnosis of deconditioning in adults with prehypertension.
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 increased chest mass, can increase the absolute metabolic costs of exercise and hyperpnea in children with obesity.
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 Technologies. Technologies is an international peer-reviewed open access journal singularly focusing on emerging scientific and technological trends and is...
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 performance in extreme environments.
October 27, 2020
Lidio Lima de Albuquerque, Milan Pantovic, Katherine Fischer, Sharon Jalene, and Brach Poston (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Science), Mitchel Clingo (Medicine), and Merrill Landers (Physical Therapy), along with Zoltan Mari of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center, wrote "An Acute Application of Cerebellar Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Does Not Improve Motor Performance in Parkinson’s Disease," which appeared in Brain Sciences.
October 22, 2020
Dustin Davis and Arpita Basu (both Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) recently collaborated with Jeannette Crew, Dr. Petar Planinic, and Dr. James Alexander (all Medicine) to publish a comprehensive review in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Their review examined the last 20 years of observational and clinical studies on the effects of dietary bioactive compounds on maternal adiposity and inflammation in gestational diabetes mellitus. This project is part...
October 5, 2020
Courtney Coughenour, Maxim Gakh, Jennifer R. Pharr (all Environmental & Occupational Health), Timothy Bungum (Epidemiology & Biostatistics), and Sharon Jalene (Kinesiology) recently published an article on "Changes in Depression and Physical Activity Among College Students on a Diverse Campus After a COVID-19 Stay-at-Home" in the journal Journal of Community Health.  This study examined whether there was a change in minutes of physical activity and depression scores after a stay-at-home...
September 2, 2020
James Navalta and Robert Salatto (both Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) published a manuscript in PLOS ONE, "Concurrent Heart Rate Validity of Wearable Technology Devices during Trail Running." Collaborators included Jacob Manning and Mark DeBeliso (Southern Utah University), and former UNLV doctoral students Jeff Montes (Monmouth College) and Nathaniel Bodell (California State University, San Bernardino).
August 31, 2020
James Navalta (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) was interviewed on Instagram Live by Fabricio Voltarelli, graduate program in health sciences and faculty of medicine at the Federal University of Mato Grosso. The master's of kinesiology program at UNLV was discussed at length, with students and faculty from across Brazil attending the event.    
July 10, 2020
Jennifer R. Pharr (Environmental & Occupational Health), Nancy L. Lough (Educational Psychology and Higher Education), and Angela M. Terencio (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) recently published an article on "Sociodemographic Determinants of Physical Activity and Sport Participation Among Women in the United States" in the journal Sports.  Regular physical activity and sport participation have been shown to improve women's health; however, research has found that better health is...
July 9, 2020
Arpita Basu (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) led researchers Dustin Davis (Interdisciplinary Health Sciences), Rickelle Tallent, Anthony Salazar, and James Navalta (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), in publishing a clinical report on the role of dietary cocoa powder in reducing postprandial (after meal) levels of very low density lipoproteins and increasing levels of high density lipoprotein lipids in adults with type 2 diabetes given a high-fat breakfast. This is one of the few...
June 29, 2020
Kenneth Izuora, Amalie Alver, Chad Cross (all Medicine), Arpita Basu, Anthony Salazar (both Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), Antonina Capurro, Civon Gewelber, Shelley Williams, and Jeffrey Ebersole (all Dental) presented a poster, "Relationship between Plasma CRP and Fibrinogen Measured Using Dried Blood Samples and Vascular Complications in Type 2 Diabetes," at the American Diabetes Association 80th Scientific Sessions (virtual) this month. Alver and Salazar are students.