Accomplishments: Division of Health Sciences

November 13, 2020
Chad L. Cross (Environmental & Occupational Health) and Brianna Rivera (Epidemiology & Biostatistics) presented their research "Using hospital discharge records for characterizing patients and analyzing trends in West Nile virus cases in Nevada for 2013-2017" at the 2020 Annual Conference of the Entomological Society of America held virtually this week.  This analysis of West Nile Virus serves as a case study for using patient record databases as a means of indirect vector-borne disease...
November 5, 2020
Dr. Tanya Al-Talib (Dental) earned diplomate status from the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM), which designates her as having the technical skill, in-­depth knowledge, and professional judgment in providing oral appliance therapy to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. The ABDSM credential is widely recognized as the gold standard for excellence in dental sleep medicine. Dr. Al-Talib becomes the second licensed dentist in Las Vegas with this status, and fifth in Nevada. 
November 5, 2020
Dr. Marcia Ditmyer (Dental) co-authored two articles: “American College of Rheumatology Workforce Study and Demand Projections of Pediatric Rheumatology Workforce, 2015-2030,” which appeared ahead of print in Arthritis Care & Research; and “Modeling the Hepatology Workforce in the United States: A Predicted Critical Shortage,” which appeared ahead of print in Hepatology.
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...
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."