Accomplishments: School of Public Health

February 6, 2018
Innovation (Research & Economic Development), the university's research magazine, recently received a Bronze Award of Excellence from District VII of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). CASE Awards of Excellence showcase best practices in alumni relations, fundraising, public/government relations, advancement services, special events, and outstanding communications from districts across North America. The team members who produced the award-winning 2017 issue of...
January 30, 2018
Wenlian Zhou (Dental), Pearl Kim (Health Care Administration), Jay Shen (Community Health Sciences), Joseph Greenway (Center For Health Information Analysis), and Marcia Ditmyer (Dental) recently published an article, “Preventable Emergency Department Visits for Non-Traumatic Dental Conditions: Trends and Disparities in Nevada, 2009-2015," in the American Journal of Public Health, a top journal in the field of public health.    
December 7, 2017
Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health) co-authored "Geospatial Associations Between Tobacco Retail Outlets and Current Use of Cigarettes and e-Cigarettes among Youths in Texas," which has been published in the Journal of Biometrics and Biostatistics. The study analyzed students in grades 6, 8 and 10 from selected schools in four Texas counties from 2014-15 and the presence of at least one tobacco retail outlets (TRO) within half a mile of the school. The study observed a...
November 14, 2017
Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health) authored "Physical Inactivity Displays a Mediator Role in the Association of Diabetes and Poverty: a Spatiotemporal Analysis", which appeared in the November issue of Geospatial Health. This study examined the associations among physical inactivity prevalence, diabetes prevalence, and poverty percentage at the county level among 3109 U.S. counties in 48 contiguous states from 2004-11. The research team not only verified that physical...
October 31, 2017
Melva Thompson-Robinson (Community Health) received a Career Achievement Award from the University of Michigan. This is given to an alumnus who has shown outstanding professional and personal achievement throughout their career in their chosen field and/or public service in any field.
October 25, 2017
Qing Wu (Community Health Sciences and Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) recently was awarded a $448,313 research grant from the National Institutes of Health. The funding will support a project titled "Developing Model-Based Bone Density Reference Values for African-American Women."
October 18, 2017
Yingke Xu and Xiangxue Xiao (both Community Health Sciences and Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) recently received Top Young Investigators Awards from the American Society of Bone Mineral Research (ASBMR) for their work in Qing Wu’s lab within the UNLV Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine. Xu was awarded $1,000, while Xiao received a $500 travel grant. These first-year graduate students were recognized at the ASBMR annual meeting in Denver in September. They also made...
September 19, 2017
Jay Shen (Department of Healthcare Administration and Policy/School of Community Health Science), Catherine Dingley (Nursing), Pearl Kim (Healthcare Administration and Policy), Ji Yoo (School of Medicine) have been awarded a grant for the Tier III project of the Engaging Patients with Life-Limiting Illnesses on Receiving Palliative Care, funded by the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute. The project period is from August 2017 to July 2018. The community Co-Lead of the project is Nanette...
September 13, 2017
Sheniz Moonie (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) co-authored "Sleep Duration Associated with Cardiovascular Conditions Among Adult Nevadans," which appeared in the journal Sleep Medicine. UNLV's Timothy Bungum (Professor,  Environmental and Occupational Health) and Jennifer Pharr (Assistant Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health) were also co-authors on the piece. Moonie co-authored "Quality Improvement Interventions to improve Annual Papanicolaou (PAP) smear rates among HIV-infected...
September 1, 2017
Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health) co-authored "Geographic Variability in Gestational Weight Gain: a Multilevel Population-based Study of Women Having Term Births in Florida (2005-2012)", which appeared in the July issue of Annals of Epidemiology. This study examined the extent of geographic variability in gestational weight gain in Florida by analyzing Florida’s birth certificates (2005-2012) and ZIP code tabulation areas (ZCTAs; 2010 Census). The research team found that...
June 20, 2017
Forty undergraduates recently were awarded scholarships through the office of undergraduate research's summer undergraduate research funding (OUR SURF) program. These scholarships support undergraduate research, scholarship, entrepreneurial, performance, or visual art projects in the summer months. A total of $39,000 in funding was contributed by the following 11 colleges/programs: Allied Health Sciences Community Health Sciences CSUN Engineering Fine Arts Honors Liberal Arts Nursing OUR-UNLV...
May 15, 2017
Philip Danquah (Public Health) received the Professor Roosevelt Fitzgerald Outstanding Scholarship and Leadership Award in the graduate student category from the UNLV Alliance of Professionals of African Heritage earlier this month. In addition to working toward a doctoral degree in public health, he is a graduate assistant in the registrar's office.