Accomplishments: Division of Health Sciences

March 26, 2021
Arpita Basu (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), Du Feng (Nursing), Dr. Petar Planinic, Dr. James Alexander (both Medicine), and Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) co-authored “Dietary Blueberry and Soluble Fiber Supplementation Reduces Risk of Gestational Diabetes in Women with Obesity in a Randomized Controlled Trial,” which appeared in the Journal of Nutrition.  
January 25, 2021
Maria Aladjova (Health Sciences), Marlon Urquico (Liberal Arts), Peter Clancy (Sciences) and the College of Engineering Advising Center are the winners of the 2020-21 UNLV Academic Advising Awards presented by the office of the vice provost for undergraduate education and the Academic Advising Council leadership team. These awards recognize individuals and advising centers that go above and beyond to serve the students, faculty, and staff at UNLV, as well as recognizing their contributions to...
January 8, 2021
Manoj Sharma (Environmental & Occupational Health) and Kavita Batra (School of Medicine) published the article "Explaining handwashing behavior in a sample of college students during COVID-19 pandemic using the multi-theory model (MTM) of health behavior change: A single institutional cross-sectional survey" in collaboration with Robert Davis (University of Arkansas, Fayetteville) and Amanda Wilkerson (University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa).  The study underscores the need for handwashing...
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.