Accomplishments: School of Public Health

April 16, 2018
Francisco S. Sy (Environmental and Occupational Health) received the "Severino Koh Lectureship Award in Science" in recognition of his significant contributions in environmental and occupational health from the Philippine American Academy of Science and Engineering at its 38th annual meeting at the University of Arizona earlier this month. Dr. Sy, chair of the department of environmental and occupational health, gave the keynote address, "The Science of Eliminating Health Disparities".
April 9, 2018
Lung-Chang Chien and Ge Lin Kan (both Environmental and Occupational Health) co-authored "Disparity of Imputed Data from Small Area Estimate Approaches – A Case Study on Diabetes Prevalence at the County Level in the U.S." to assess concordance and inconsistency among three small area estimation methods — multi-level logistic regression, spatial logistic regression, and spatial Poison regression — that currently are providing county-level health indicators in the U.S. They used diabetes...
March 12, 2018
Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health) co-authored "Traumatic Life Events and Development of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among Female Factory Workers in a Developing Country," which has been published in the International Journal of Social Psychiatry. The study analyzed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among 607 lower socioeconomic status working females in Bangladesh. PTSD was found to be significantly associated with age, income, chronic pain, and a number of...
February 15, 2018
Qing Wu (Environmental and Occupational Health and Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) was awarded a new NIH R15 grant for $450,000 titled “Developing Model-based Bone Density Reference Values for African-American Women.” This grant earned a perfect score of 10.
February 13, 2018
David Howard (Medicine and Community Health Sciences) in January had two papers published on outcomes following sling surgery for stress urinary incontinence among female military beneficiaries. This was the first study that looked at the issue of outcomes following surgical management of stress urinary incontinence among the very large population of female military beneficiaries. One paper was published in the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology and one in the Journal of Women's 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...