News from Division of Health Sciences Units
New Faculty and Staff
Grants, Publications and Research Activities
Message from Vice President Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.
Division of Health Sciences continues to grow
The health care sector of the economy is the fastest growing—perhaps the only growing—part of the U.S. economy, which probably explains why the Division of Health Sciences is one of the fastest growing units at UNR. We have passed the 2000 student mark and the demand for our many health professions programs, undergraduate and graduate degrees, minors, and certificates shows no end of declining.
This demand brings both excitement and responsibility.
We are excited that so many students want to be what we are and do what we do. We are excited that Nevada will be better served as these students move into many different health professions and serve their clients, patients and communities. We are excited that so many students recognize the quality and value that we have to offer in oureducational programs.
But we are also aware of the awesome responsibility we have to teach, train, mentor, supervise, advise and support these students.
We seek to be the kind of faculty and staff members to whom students turn when they are in need. We want to bring passion to our teaching and mentoring that will spark the same passion in our students. We need to instill the concept of lifelong learning in our students so that they continue to learn long past the time they leave our influence. We have the paradoxical task described by this anonymous aphorism, “The teacher should influence his or her students to be independent of the teacher’s influence.” And we seek to connect our students to their communities, defined in many ways. Ultimately that is where they will work and thrive.
I welcome everyone—students, staff and faculty members—to the 2013-14 academic year and wish you the great success.
News from Division of Health Sciences Units
School of Social Work names new director
Goutham M. Menon, Ph.D., has been selected as the new director of the School of Social Work, following a national search. Menon comes from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he’s been an associate professor since 2006. He completed his MSW in 1988 at the Madras School of Social Work, at the University of Madras, India. In 1997 he completed a doctorate in social work at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include technology in human and social services; online/distance education; minority mental health, international social development and social work education.
Menon said Nevada’s social work program has been doing well, with a stable student population and faculty and will offer him the opportunity to build on that base.
Goutham M. Menon
“We are looking to expand access to students across the state, so this move is a good fit for me,” Menon said. “Our faculty is positive and willing to explore and develop these opportunities.” According to Menon, the social work workforce has historically been low in Nevada. Working in consultation with faculty, he intends to grow that pool of new professionals by reaching out to prospective students through traditional classroom settings for the School of Social Work’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and expanding its offerings of on-line and hybrid degrees. (read more)
Biotech start-up launched by School of Medicine researchers
The core focus of DxDiscovery is the development of medical diagnostics tests for infectious disease using highly optimized monoclonal antibodies. Tom Kozel, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and co-founder and CEO of the new company, and David AuCoin, Ph.D., co-founder and professor of microbiology, are both School of Medicine faculty members who have each successfully commercialized some of their research, already in use around the world. (read more)
Minarik selected as 2013 Division of Health Sciences Teaching Award winner
Melanie Minarik, Ph.D.,MPH, lecturer, School of Community Health Sciences, was selected as the 2013 Division of Health Sciences Teaching Award winner. In addition to receiving a commemorative plaque and a $500 faculty development award from the division,she was will be put forth as the nominee from the division to compete for the Donald Tibbitts Distinguished Professor Award Committee at the university level.
"The committee was impressed with the diverse range of active learning techniques Dr. Minarik uses to engage her students both in the classroom and online. The careful thought given to planning her classes to ensure student participation was evident,” said Kristen Clements-Nolle,chair of DHS Teaching Award committee.
Kimberly Baxter, M.S.N., R.N, F.N.P., assistant professor and associate director of undergraduate programs,Orvis School of Nursing was named first runner up for the award. Members of the Division of Health Sciences Teaching Award committee evaluated and reviewed the teaching portfolio of each nominee and observed classroom teaching, as well.
School of Medicine and High Sierra AHEC host Summer of Discovery program for teens
The School of Medicine, in partnership with the High Sierra Area Health Education Center,hosted from June 23 to 28 the annual Summer of Discovery program for 8th, 9th and 10th grade students on the school’s Reno campus. With a call to those who “love science and microscopic creepy crawlies” the medical school and AHEC hosted interested teens and challenged them to come and experience using forensic science, view their own DNA and conduct experiments. The one-week camp provided 36 Nevada high school students the chance to become excited about science and their ability to be successful in science. The program’s goal is to increase the number of science courses students take throughout high school and help them learn about the career and educational opportunities in science at the college level.
Project Echo presents at autism training program
The Project ECHO Nevada team had the opportunity to present at the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd Edition (ADOS-2) Multidisciplinary Training Program. ADOS-2 is a state of the art, evidence based tool for diagnosing autism spectrum disorders. This training program was offered to multi-disciplinary teams from agencies across the state (such as Nevada Early Intervention and school districts) in order to increase their expertise in diagnosing autism. The program was presented by the Nevada Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Training Program (NvLEND) with funding from the Nevada Title V, Maternal and Child Health.
The goal of the ECHO presentation was to begin a dialogue for development of a tele-health system for statewide provision of services to children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Dissemination and support of best practices and leveraging of limited health care resources are the core values of Project ECHO. Erika Ryst, M.D., associate professor in the department of psychiatry and Debra Vigil, Ph.D., associate professor in the department of speech pathology and audiology are members of the NvLEND program and initiated the invitation.
The family of David Lupan, in front of the newly named auditorium in the Center for Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine, Reno.
Auditorium named for longtime faculty member
Sanford Center SOS program continues service to seniors
During the past year, 143 Senior Outreach Services (SOS) volunteers have served 257 low income, frail, homebound seniors age 60 and older who most often have no family support. Volunteers provided over 20,000 hours of service. The leverage on state-funded investment for volunteer services is 4.6-to-1 on the market rate of $18.82 per hour and 2.5-to-1 on the ADSD $10 hourly rate for volunteer time. Additionally, volunteers contributed out-of-pocket expenses for mileage costs, lunches and other items to help address client needs.
Medical school offers cancer screenings related to nuclear testing
High Sierra AHEC presents Health Care Heroes summer camp
High Sierra AHEC has partnered with Extended Studies to offer its fifth year of Health Care Heroes Summer Camp. In an effort to innovatively expose young students to health care careers, twenty five students in grades 6th through 8th participated in a variety of activities to include: dissections, ABO blood typing and a hospital tour with Renown. The event kicked off with a mass casualty incident working with REMSA. During camp they also had a chance to speak with local health professionals. (more information)
Medical school, UMC team up for science festival
Endowment honors School of Social Work co-founder Barbara Larsen
The late Barbara Larsen, associate professor emerita of social work, was co-founder of the School of Social Work at the University and served for several years as the school’s chair. During her 25 years of teaching, Barbara was a strong advocate for children and taught child law courses in addition to courses in social work. She was honored as a Senior Scholar Mentor in 1990. Barbara’s husband, College of Business faculty emeritus Larry Larsen, and her children, Lance, Kiersten, Erik and Gretchen, are honoring her by establishing the Barbara West Larsen School of Social Work Founder’s Endowment, a scholarship endowment to benefit graduate or undergraduate students pursuing degrees in social work. To learn more about supporting the School of Social Work and the Division of Health Sciences, please contact Christina Sarman, director of development, (775) 784-6009.
NAETC hosts HIV summit in Las Vegas
The Nevada AIDS Education and Training Center (NAETC), a program of Statewide Initiatives in the School of Medicine, presented a Las Vegas HIV Community Partners’ Summit on June 27. The program brought together representatives from all HIV service organizations in the Las Vegas Valley to discuss the provision and future of HIV care and services in the area. Trudy Larson, MD, NAETC Medical Director, and Patty Charles, DrPH, NAETC director, co-hosted the Summit with the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center.
Health Sciences System launches research and scholarly activity searchable database
The Health Sciences System Council of the Nevada System of Higher Education has designed a database that profiles the areas of expertise of faculty, staff and graduate students in the health sciences programs within the Nevada System of Higher Education. This dynamic and up-to-date database will facilitate greater collaboration and better position participants to identify and secure research grants and increase government and industry partnerships. The database website can now be found at www.nsheresearch.org.
Orvis nursing students launch community resource website
A group of Orvis School of Nursing students has launched a website, Resource Reno, as a class assignment to provide information on local community resources for families and individuals with limited income. “The website allows both professionals and individuals to connect with resources they may not have known about,” nursing student McKinnon Chappell said. “We’ve promoted the website to local hospitals and non-profit organizations.” (see more)
Residents shine on research day events
Medical residents from the University of Nevada School of Medicine showcased their research prowess during the school’s annual Resident Research Days held in Reno and Las Vegas on June 12 and 14, respectively. (see list of research and awards)
Medical students discuss career options with teens
The School of Medicine continued its partnership with Las Vegas high school this past spring with visits to East Career Technical Academy and Northwest Career and Technical Academy to discuss careers in health care with students. Several fourth-year medical students and standardized patients (patient-actors trained in a particular medical case to know how to respond to medical questioning and provide feedback to medical students) spent time over the course of two days at each school talking to high school students about the standardized patient program at the School of Medicine and how it is used in their learning process.
Students earn first-time scholarships, other honors
Undergraduate working in basic sciences earns high honor
Students connect with alumnus through interest group
Huntsman presents poster at national meeting
Richard Huntsman, Class of 2015, recently presented a poster at the annual meeting of the Society of Critical Care Medicine in San Juan, Puerto Rico and his abstract was published in Critical Care Medicine. He conducted his research, “Inconsistent calculation of resting energy expenditure when compared with indirect calorimetry warrants quality improvement measure,” during the summer between his first and second years as part of a special qualifications in nutrition program.
UNR Orvis School of Nursing faculty members named to prestigious nursing program
Two University of Nevada, Reno Orvis School of Nursing faculty members recently were named to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s prestigious Leadership for Academic Nursing Program. Stephanie DeBoor, Ph.D., R.N., CCRN, assistant professor and associate director for graduate programs, and Christine Aramburu Alegria, Ph.D., R.N., FNP-BC, assistant professor and doctorate of nursing practice coordinator, were selected for this executive leadership fellowship designed to prepare a more diverse, younger pool of leaders.
School of Medicine faculty earn promotion, tenure
Congratulations to the following faculty who were promoted and/or received tenure this summer:
Scott honored by Women’s Fund
Physicians lend a hand at local summer sporting events
Less invasive surgical treatment for heartburn now offered
Martin earns MPH
Ezeanolue appointed to national committee
Hoaglund earns professional designation
Ruchala appointed to juvenile services committee
Judge Egan Walker appointed Orvis Nursing School director and professor, Patsy Ruchala, DnSc., RN, to serve on the Washoe County Juvenile Services Committee.
Brown inducted into American College of Psychiatry
Gregory P Brown, M.D., interim chair and residency training director of the UNSOM Psychiatry program in Las Vegas, and interim chair, was inducted into the American College of Psychiatry at their annual meeting in February of 2013. Dr. Brown is one of few psychiatrists in Nevada to have been awarded this honor.
Barker named Employee of the Month
Sherri Barker, office manager for the School of Social Works was named as employee of the month in July. Nominator Farah Rashdan noted, "She is an exemplary employee of the University. Sherri never hesitates to offer more than a helping hand when it comes to the students within the School of Social Work." "She has been able to not only troubleshoot issues that can directly affect our accreditation period, but she has taken an active duty of resolving those issues with pristine results." Rashdan said that perhaps Barker's finest quality is her empathy. "She is a constant reminder of what a magnanimous contributor is able to construct while changing others' lives for the better."
Diggins coordinates national outreach programAnn Diggins, director of recruitment and student services, School of Medicine, Las Vegas,coordinated an outreach program with the Association of American Indian Physicians held in Santa Clara, CA in July.
NEW FACULTY and STAFF
School of Community Health Sciences welcome two new faculty members
Erin Grinshteyn,Ph.D..has joined School of Community Health Sciences as an assistant professor in Health Administration and Policy. Grinshteyn earned her Ph.D. from UCLA; MS from Harvard School of Public Health in health policy and management; and BA from Brandeis University in sociology and minor in health, law and society. Her research interests are health policy with emphasis in relating to crime, victimization and mental health outcomes and would like to examine other interest including health outcomes as they relate to fear and the experience of violence. Also, Jeff Angermann, Ph.D, was hired as an assistant professor in environmental health. He earned his Ph.D. from UC Davis in agricultural and environmental chemistry and B.Sc in environmental toxicology. His research interests are arsenic toxicology; ion channel cell physiology; clinical exercise physiology hyperoxia; breast milk nutritional quality and algal biology.
Matles joins medical school as safety officer
The University of Nevada School of Medicine welcomes Steve Matles as its new safety officer in the Office of Compliance. He will have offices at the School of Medicine’s Las Vegas and Reno campuses. Read more: http://www.medicine.nevada.edu/news/steve-matles-joins-school-of-medicine-as-safety-officer.htm
RSVP Volunteer Coordinator named
Suellen Bacigalupi has been selected as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Washoe County, a program of the Sanford Center for Aging. Previously, she worked at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center for 31 years in a variety of positions from receptionist to human resources manager. RSVP Director Scott Trevithick said, “Suellen has both the relational skills and administrative background that make her a great fit to work with volunteers and our community partners at RSVP.”
Shigemitsu joins internal medicine in Las Vegas
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology adds new faculty and staff
Abbie Olszewski, Ph.D., has joined the faculty of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology as an assistant professor and Rachel Walden, M.S, has been named as director of clinical operation. Also joining the staff is Karen Braun, who will serve as office manager.
Orvis School of Nursing hires new full-time faculty
Andrew Brown, MSN, RN, FNP, APRN has been joined the faculty of the Orvis School of Nursing as an assistant professor.
Phillips joins practice plan HR team
School of Social Work hire three new assistant professors
McHardy joins OME
New staff join clinical practice
Ostezan joins development team
Division Dialogue is a service of the Division of Health Sciences, University of Nevada , Reno and is published quarterly. Faculty, staff, residents and students are encouraged to submit items of division-wide interest to Editor Richelle O’Driscoll. Copyright 2013 Division of Health Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno.