Accomplishments: Division of Health Sciences

August 7, 2019
Kimberly Tomas and Soumya Upadhyay (Health Care Administration & Policy) presented at the 2019 Academy Health annual research meeting in Washington, D.C., in June. Their poster presentations were titled:  The Impact of Patient-Provider Communication and Electronic Cigarette Harmfulness: the Role of Race/Ethnicity Hospital Cultural Competence: Competitive Advantage and Financial Performance The Association between Adoption Levels of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Patient Safety and...
June 7, 2019
Janet Dufek (Integrated Health Sciences) along with Mohamed Trabia (Engineering) and Jessica DeBerardinis (Mechanical Engineering) co-authored “A Viscoelastic Ellipsoidal Model of the Mechanics of Plantar Tissues,” which appeared May 30 in the online version of the Journal of Biomechanics. The study evaluated geometric and material variables of a proposed ellipsoidal model of plantar tissue stiffness and damping, and produced results that showed reasonably accurate reproductions of ground...
April 15, 2019
Jennifer R. Pharr (Environmental and Occupational Health) recently co-authored an article titled "Accessibility and Accommodations for Patients with Mobility Disabilities in a Large Healthcare System: How are we doing?"  The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accessibility of and accommodations for patients with mobility disabilities in clinics of a large health care system in the South Atlantic division of the U.S. to determine if accessibility was different based on clinic type, and to...
January 10, 2019
Jeremy Meronuck (Health Sciences) received the UNLV Outstanding New Advisor award from the Academic Advising Leadership Team within the office of the vice provost for undergraduate education. The award acknowledges demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students for recipients who have served as an advisor for no more than three years.
January 8, 2019
Melaney Jones (Health Sciences) has been named recipient of the Excellence in Advising – Advising Administrator award from Region 9 of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising. The accolade recognizes individuals who may provide direct academic advising services to students, but whose primary responsibility is as an administrator or director of an academic advising program. Region 9 includes advisors from Nevada, American Samoa, California, Guam, Hawaii, and Northern Mariana Islands...
November 1, 2018
Rachell Ekroos (Nursing) and colleague Lauren Traveller (Southern Utah University) presented preliminary data from the Forensic Nursing Representation in Online News Reports research project at the International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice. Through descriptive statistics and quantitative text analysis, the purpose of the study is to describe the representation of forensic nursing and forensic nurses in online news media reports.  
November 1, 2018
Karl Kingsley and Joseph Cinelli (both Dental) published the manuscript "Assessment of Dental Pulp Stem Cell (DPSC) Biomarkers Following Induction with Bone Morphogenic Protein 2 (BMP-2)" in the Journal of Advances in Biology and Biotechnology with Erica Nguyen (UNLV undergraduate student).
April 23, 2018
Samantha Coogan (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) has been named president-elect for the Nevada Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Coogan’s many responsibilities will include organizing and leading quarterly and annual meetings, providing guidance about legislative policies, fundraising, advocating that dieticians receive order-writing privileges within clinicals settings, and elevating awareness about the organization throughout the state. Her three-year term as the organization’s...
July 6, 2017
John Mercer (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) was the featured guest an episode of the Science of Ultra Podcast: Shoes and Biomechanics. This podcast is focused on featuring researchers who "study the topics relevant to training and performance in ultra marathons."
July 5, 2017
Brian Schilling (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) completed the management development program hosted by Harvard Graduate School of Education. The 13-day program uses real-world case studies, small group discussions, and interactive presentations to enhance management skills and foster more strategic, forward-thinking leadership. Schilling was one of 94 applicants invited to participate.
July 5, 2017
Dr. Karen West (Dental Medicine) was invited to speak at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University College of Dentistry to the faculty and students about competency assessment and the process of accreditation in the United States. During the May visit, the dean also provided leadership training as well as a lecture to the Saudi Arabia Dental Education Society in Riyadh comparing the Saudi Arabia and United States accreditation processes.
March 16, 2017
Saruna Ghimire and Karen Callahan (Environmental and Occupational Health) recently published an article, "Nutritional Assessment of Community-Dwelling Older Adults in Rural Nepal," in the Public Library of Science with Binaya Kumar Baral from the Department of Biochemistry in the Nepal Medical College and Teaching Hospital.