Division Dialogue

Division Dialogue

March 2009

A Message from Vice President John A. McDonald, M.D., Ph.D.

John A. McDonald, M.D., Ph.D.

State Board of Nursing lauds Orvis Program as “Model

I just returned from a meeting of the State Board of Nursing, who voted to approve the Orvis School of Nursing for a full four year accreditation. The reviewers were very complimentary, stating that the program had become a model for the state. They also praised the thorough integration of the students into the governance of the school, the high quality and maturity of the students, their community service, and the strong support of Renown Regional Medical Center. The students, staff, faculty and all their loyal supporters deserve our congratulations for a remarkable turnaround effort over the past four years under Dr. Patsy Ruchala’s leadership. Well done to all.

Looking Ahead

The university is fortunate in having new facilities completed or under construction that will create vacant space. These include the Mathewson IGT Knowledge Center, Joe Crowley Student Union, Davidson Math and Science Building, Center for Molecular Medicine and hopefully, a new Health Sciences facility housing undergraduate medical education and nursing. Currently, the division of health sciences is spread not just across campus, but literally across Reno and the state. Where possible, we hope to bring several of our academic units and centers in closer proximity. As a first step, I have asked the leaders of the School of Community Health Sciences, School of Social Work, CASAT, Center for Program Evaluation and the Sanford Center for Aging to consider their space needs for the next 6 years. As space becomes available and is renovated, the provost will be reviewing plans for relocation of academic units. Developing plans for relocation that are backed by an analysis of their positive impact on our core missions is our responsibility. I ask faculty, staff and students to contribute their thoughts and energy to this request.

Economic Stimulus

Last week a number of faculty here and in Las Vegas met to discuss possible involvement in NIH challenge research. These areas of inquiry provide one opportunity for funding research in a variety of behavioral and outcomes research. Our office is ready to provide assistance to any faculty member who has an interest aligned with one of these challenge areas.

Finally, below are suggested talking points related to proposed cuts in the university budget. These points are an outgrowth of the town hall meeting held by President Glick to inform our advisory board members. You may find them helpful in discussing this issue of grave concern to Nevada’s future.

MAKING THE CASE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION IN NEVADA:

POINT: This economic downturn has taught many lessons and, particularly for Nevada, it has shown we must continue to diversify and transform our economy. In the 21st century, education is the critical infrastructure for a strong, diversified and innovation-driven economy.

  • The New Economy is a global, entrepreneurial, and knowledge-based economy in which the keys to success lie in the extent to which knowledge, technology, and innovation are embedded in products and services. (Source: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, The 2008 State New Economy Index)
  • However, Nevada ranks 45th in the nation when it comes to fostering technology and science business. (Source: Milken Institute, 2008 State Technology and Science Index report)

POINT: The workforce of the future must be characterized by more college graduates, not less.

  • However, Nevada ranked 47th in the nation for percent of adults with bachelor’s degrees or higher (19.5 percent). (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)

POINT: A college degree can contribute an additional $1 million in career-earning potential.

  • The average gap in earnings between adults with bachelor's degrees and those with high school diplomas is about $23,000 a year. Over a typical career, spanning from 21 to 65 years old, this equates to more than a $1 million. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau) This increased earning potential contributes to the state’s economy and tax base.

POINT: However, Nevada is 50th in the nation in the likelihood of a 19-year-old being enrolled in college.

  • Data shows only 26.3 percent of 19 year olds in Nevada are enrolled and the national average is 41.8 percent. (Source: Public Policy Analysis of Opportunity for Postsecondary Education, September 2008)
  • Nevada is also 49th in the nation for college participation for students from low-income families.

Data from 1993 to 2007 showed only 12.2 percent college participation for students from low-income families. (Source: Public Policy Analysis of Opportunity for Postsecondary Education, February 2009)

THE IMPACT TO DATE:

  • The University has already implemented and/or planned reductions totaling more than $21 million.
  • Our objective was to implement reductions in a manner that minimizes damage to our instructional budget, academic offerings, research program and the long-term trajectory of the University. However, reductions of this magnitude have done harm to our academic program and mission, and any further reductions will impact students and academics in a much deeper fashion.
  • More than 140 positions have been eliminated and dozens of programs and services have been reduced or eliminated.
    • From the Mining Engineering program to the Oral History program to the Athletics program to the Marching Band, many programs have been asked to identity funding sources to replace previous general fund allocations.
    • Many programs are being eliminated such as the Equestrian Sciences Program and others that contribute to student success, such as Student Career Services and the Writing Center.
  • The Governor’s proposed budget would mean a 36 percent across-the-board budget reduction totaling $76 million. Under this scenario, we are no longer talking about positions or programs. This proposal would require dismantling whole colleges or schools. Thus far, we have been able to make reductions without a deep reduction in academic programs, but any further reductions will impact students and academics in a much deeper fashion.

IMPACT OF FEDERAL STIMULUS PACKAGE:

  • Within the Federal Government’s stimulus package is a crucial Stabilization Fund for education. There are guidelines that must be met before the State of Nevada is eligible to receive the stabilization funds. According to the guidelines, the state must demonstrate “maintenance of effort.” This means that the State must fund education at the same level it provided in 2006.
  • The State’s funding for education is still $260 million below the 2006 level. We are working with our state leaders, encouraging them to increase education’s funding to make the State of Nevada eligible for the stabilization funds within the Federal stimulus package.

DOING MORE WITH LESS:

  • University enrollment has continued to steadily grow each semester.
  • The University’s spring enrollment figures show that, while student enrollment increased 1 percent, full-time equivalents increased 5 percent which means about 500 more students made the choice to take full course loads. This is positive in that it indicates the “culture of completion” – a significant campus initiative to encourage retention and graduation – is taking hold. However, it demonstrates that the University will serve substantially more full-time students with fewer resources.

News from Division of Health Sciences Units

Division of Health Sciences Forms “Relay for Life Team”: Team Members Needed

All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to join the “Health Sciences Hoofers” for the American Cancer Society “Relay For Life®” event held on campus on April 24-25. Members of the team will be walking on the track at Mackay Stadium beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 24, throughout the evening until 6 a.m. Saturday morning. We are hoping to have enough volunteers to complete one hour increments of the 12 hour event. Join the team or make a donation and help us support the fight against cancer!

Fighting cancer is a team effort. The impact we can make together is much greater than what any of us could do alone. By supporting our team, you will be a part of a life-changing event that celebrates the lives of those who have battled cancer, remembers loved ones lost, and empowers all of us to fight back against a disease that takes too much. Vice President John McDonald will serve as captain for the team and Jessica Younger jyounger@unr.edu will be coordinating the logistics.

Division Receives Scholarship Contributions

The Orvis School of Nursing and the School of Medicine received significant scholarship contributions this month. The first was an additional $100,000 added to the previously established Smiley Klaich Bayless Scholarship in Nursing Endowment. The Kirk Addison Fay Medical Scholarship Endowment was also established and is new for the medical school. “This scholarship was established through the disposition of an estate,” said Stefanie Scoppettone, Ph.D., director of development, Division of Health Sciences. “Kirk Addison Fay was born in the Bay Area, but also spent part of his childhood in Reno where he attended Reno High School and later the University of Nevada, Reno. His bright entrepreneurial spirit led him to successful endeavors back in the San Francisco area. He had a strong appreciation for those in the medical field and this scholarship is being established in his memory.”

Grants, Publications and Research Activities

Lorraine Bonaldi-Moore, R.N., MBA, MSN, assistant professor, Orvis School of Nursing had two articles published in the Nevada Nurses Association publication. In the November 2008 edition, she wrote “Breast Cancer: Educating the Educator” and “Professionalism in Nursing” in the February 2009 edition.

Amy Ellwood, MSW, LCSW, professor of family medicine and psychiatry has co-authored two chapters in A Clinician’s Guide to Systemic Sex Therapy with Gerald Weeks, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy at UNLV.

The chapters are entitled “Assessment Within the Intersystems Approach” which addresses the biphasic assessment process and taking a sexual history and “Treatment Principles, Strategies and Techniques” which covers treatment from the first phone call to treatment of specific sexual dysfunctions and treatment concerns of sexual minority clients. Ellwood and Weeks are two of three board-certified sex therapists in Nevada.

Daniel Spogen, M.D., chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine in Reno, and his assistant Angela Dulaney, co-presented recently at the Association of Departments of Family Medicine national conference in New Orleans on the subjects of “The Family Medicine Track,” “Dilemmas in Family Medicine” and “Achieving Mission Alignment.”

Sanford Center for Aging Issues Report on Nevada Seniors

Nevada elders drink and smoke more than seniors nationally. They eat fewer fruits and vegetables. They are twice as prone to suicide. And, they live in a state that is one of the most shorthanded in terms of health-care professionals. These findings come from the latest edition of the state fact book on the health of older adults, Elders Count Nevada, 2009. The 80-page report was prepared and published by the Sanford Center for Aging at the University of Nevada, Reno in collaboration with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, the state Health Division and the Division for Aging Services.

The biennial statistical summary of the health and welfare of Nevada’s elders hit the front page of the Reno Gazette-Journal on Feb. 7, and the Associated Press ran a summary on its state and regional wire that night. Here’s the press release that sums up the findings of Elders Count Nevada 2009.

Sanford Center for Aging Director Larry Weiss, Ph.D., participated in several media interviews related to the report, including this one that aired on KNPR-Las Vegas on Feb. 17.

Volunteers Contribute to a National Call of Service

High Sierra AHEC and the Youth Health Service Corps Program partnered with The Arbors, a specialized assisted living facility designed to care for individuals living with Dementia and/or Alzheimer's, to coordinate community participation in a nationwide call to service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In Reno, the community involvement was a success as 65 volunteers participated in the “Art as a Form of Expression for the Memory-Impaired" event. Volunteers of all ages worked with 34 residents by implementing art projects that assisted in the stimulation of cognitive responses for the memory impaired. The art projects also strongly encouraged life-enrichment activities that promoted communication and caregiver-resident relationships.

Trisha Pearson, health ecology student, School of Community Health Sciences, served as the event planner. “I think it’s important to give back to the community,” Pearson said. “The event was well received by the residents, even if they can’t express it, they really do appreciate it.”

High Sierra AHEC will be planning another community event next year and would like to increase the number of volunteers in the community. For more information on how you can be a part of the Renew America Together Campaign, please visit USAservice.org or contact Andrea Gibbins at (775) 827-2432.

CASAT Serving Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs in the Pacific

Six nominated substance abuse prevention programs from Palau, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands participated in the Service to Science Academy hosted by the Western Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (WCAPT), housed in the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT). By facilitating the Service to Science Academy, it is CSAP’s Western CAPT’s intent to assist the building of an evaluation infrastructure within the Pacific Jurisdictions.

The academy provided an avenue for intensive assessment of evaluation practices and creation of individualized action plans that are inclusive of evaluation-oriented follow-up technical assistance (TA) while assisting with broadening the base of evidence-based programs, practices and policies of innovative substance abuse prevention programs. The event was conducted in Tumon Bay, Guam February 19-20, 2009.

Nominations Open for 4th Annual Healthcare Heroes

Nominations are now open for the Fourth Annual Healthcare Heroes Awards sponsored by Anthem and Nevada Business magazine. If you know of outstanding healthcare professionals, help them get recognized. The categories include: administrator, humanitarian, educator, technology/research, care provider, community partner, entrepreneur, non-profit, innovator, lifetime achievement. Deadline for nominations is March 17.

New Changes in Course Listings

Student, faculty and advisors should note that beginning in summer 2009 the HCS prefix for CASAT courses in addiction treatment or prevention services will change to CAS. Additionally, all courses in HE (Health Ecology) have been changed to CHS.

Get To Know

School of Social Work

The School of Social Work is dedicated to educating students for competent, responsive and ethical social work practice. Students learn practical approaches and innovative ideas from a diverse faculty, committed to social work practice, research and education. Through teaching, research and outreach, the foundation of the school is to promote positive change and social justice for diverse communities, families and individuals. Established in 1974, the School of Social Work’s baccalaureate program offers course work and field studies that prepare individuals, committed to the elimination of poverty, oppression and injustice, for entry-level generalist practice. The baccalaureate program prepares individuals for social work licensure at the BSW level and/or entry into graduate school. The school has been proactive in meeting the educational needs, particularly in rural areas, with its 3 +1 collaborative program with Great Basin College, which has graduated 23 BSWs since its inception in 2005. In addition, many courses in the curriculum have been developed for online and distance learning to facilitate and encourage statewide participation. The master’s level program (MSW) prepares individuals for advanced generalist social work practice. Both the baccalaureate and master’s programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Outreach and applied practice is an important foundation of the social work curriculum. Through the field practicum experience required at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, social work students contributed a total of 28,250 hours of service to communities throughout Nevada and across 45 different social service agencies during the 2007-08 academic year. The school is also experiencing increased growth in their program as there is high demand for the profession. Employment for social workers is expected to grow faster than the national average for all occupations through 2016. Job prospects are expected to be favorable, particularly for social workers who specialize in the aging population or work in rural areas. Denise Montcalm, Ph.D., serves as director for the school.

Note: The National Association of Social Workers honors social workers across the country with National Professional Social Work Month in March. This important observance is an annual opportunity for us to reflect on this helping profession’s history, celebrate the important work that is being done and reflect on the incredible contributions our social workers make to the lives of their clients. and congratulating them during Professional Social Work Month for choosing a noble profession with such an important purpose and possibility.

Upcoming Events

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

The University of Nevada School of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education will be hosting the Sixteenth Annual Alimentary Update 2009. This CME conference is scheduled for March 26-27, 2009 at Harveys in South Lake Tahoe. Among the distinguished faculty presenting at this year’s conference is John Gray, M.D. Dr. Gray is a clinical gastroenterologist with Gastroenterology Consultants in Reno and is chairman of the Statewide Nevada Task Force to Increase Colon Cancer Screening. His presentation is entitled: The State of Colon Cancer Screening. Please visit the Office of Continuing Medical Education’s Web site for the complete agenda and registration information and a complete calendar of CME activities.

A limited number of complimentary registrations are available for students and residents. Students and residents interested in attended should contact the CME office at (775) 784-4782 by March 13th to reserve their spot. Students who receive complimentary registrations will not receive CE/CME credit or be reimbursed for travel.

Race, Identity and Shame is Topic of Psychiatry Grand Round on March 18

Nicole Pavlatos, M.D., VA Sierra Nevada, Health Care System, will speak on “Race, Identity, and Shame” on March 18 at 4:00 p.m. at the Pennington Medical Building, Room 16 in Reno. Parking permits will be available in Room 16 of the Pennington Bldg. at the time of the Grand Rounds. Designated parking will be in the Green zone at the back of the Pennington Bldg. The Grand Rounds can be seen via Pic-Tel in Las Vegas at the University of Nevada School of Medicine Patient Care Center, 1707 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 210B. Call (775) 682-8459 with any questions. Division of Health Sciences faculty are invited to attend.

University Veterans Coalition to Meet on March 26

Join the University Veterans Coalition on Thursday, March 26 for a presentation on “Atomic Veterans: Invisible Injuries in an Unknown War” led by Marie Boutte, Ph.D., associate professor and medical anthropologist, School of Community Health Sciences. The presentation will be followed by a veteran-led discussion on the issue. The meeting will take place at the Joe Crowley Student Union, Room 356. Attend any or all segments: networking at 8 am, presentation at 9 am and business meeting at 10 am.

'Revitalize Your Teaching' Workshop Planned for April 9

Save the date for the “50 Ways to Leave Your Lecture: Revitalizing Your Teaching” brown bag workshop on April 9 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Pennington 214 with pictel to the Las Vegas pediatrics conference room. Trudy Larson, M.D., professor with the Department of Pediatrics in Reno, offers this interactive faculty development workshop designed to invigorate your teaching materials. RSVP via phone at (775) 784-6777 or via email.

Parkinson's Disease Conference Set for April 21

The Nevada Geriatric Education Center, a joint program of the School of Medicine and the Sanford Center for Aging, in partnership with The American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc. will be presenting a one day conference on “PARKINSON’S DISEASE: SHARING WISDOM” on April 21,2009, 8:30 am to 4 pm. This conference will provide participants (healthcare professionals, patients and caregivers) with current information on treatment and therapies for Parkinson’s disease. It will also provide the opportunity to strengthen the alliance between patients, their families and the medical community. The conference will be held at the Joe Crowley Student Union Ballroom (4th Floor) Building CSU 087 on the UNR campus map. CEU’s have been submitted for several professions. For more information and details contact Diann Jones at (775) 682-8470.

Changing Faces of Medicine Exhibit on Display at Northwest Reno Public Library

The Changing the Face of Medicine traveling exhibit is still on display at Northwest Reno Public Library. Celebrating the accomplishments of America’s women physicians, the exhibit focuses on ways that women have influenced and enhanced the practice of medicine and is sponsored by the Savitt Medical Library. The exhibit is accompanied by a five-week public lecture series featuring several faculty members from the School of Medicine. Trudy Larson, M.D., professor of pediatrics will speak on March 12 and Cheryl Hug-English, M.D., MPH, medical director of the UNR Student Health Center will talk on March 19. All talks will run from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Terry Henner, M.A., library director, Savitt Medical Library and Gina Sella, M.A. education outreach coordinator, were responsible for bringing this exhibit to Reno.

Our People

Yan Wins Regents’ Rising Research Award

Wei Yan, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Physiology & Cell Biology, School of Medicine, was selected as one of the recipients of the Regents' Rising Researcher Award. This award is bestowed upon one faculty member at each Nevada research institution in recognition of their early-career accomplishments and potential for future advancement and recognition in research. In addition to Dr. Yan, the 2009 honorees included Dr. Frank van Breukelen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Dr. Alison Murray of the Desert Research Institute.

Yan’s research area addresses spermatogenesis, with applications for male infertility and

contraception. He accomplished this work during his tenure-track years at the School of Medicine and it was published in the international top tier journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA). His creativity, hard work and discoveries lead to recent funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the form of R01 and R03 awards. In addition, Yan has published 18 other refereed articles in highly respected journals. His interactions with University of Nevada School of Medicine and UNR scientists as director of the

NIH COBRE molecular and transgenic research facility core, provide new tools and stimulus for many research projects.

Clements-Nolle Selected as Division of Health Sciences Outstanding Teacher

Kristen Clements-Nolle, Ph.D., assistant professor, School of Community Health Sciences, was selected as the 2008-09 Division of Health Sciences Teaching Award winner. With the honor, she was put forth as the nominee from the division to compete for the Donald Tibbitts Distinguished Professor Award Committee at the university level. “She teaches things in a way that a person will remember, long after taking her class. She is knowledgeable in a lot of things and helpful if a student doesn’t understand something,” said the student who nominated Clements-Nolle for the award.

Members of the Division of Health Sciences Teaching Award committee evaluated and reviewed teaching portfolio’s of each nominee and observed their classroom teaching, as well. Susan Ervin, M.S., R.N., assistant professor, School of Nursing was named runner up for the award.

CASAT Faculty Complete Major Resource Publication for Addictions Professionals

Gary L. Fisher. Ph.D., professor, and Nancy A. Roget, M.A., director, Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies, are the editors of the recently published Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery, a comprehensive resource for pre-service and in-service addiction prevention and treatment providers and allied professionals in the fields of criminal justice, counseling, social work, public health, nursing, medicine, other health care professions, education, and family studies. The volume contains nearly 350 entries by experts in the addictions field. Comprehensive coverage of the following topic areas are included: the neurobiology of addiction, classification of substances, models of addiction, socio-cultural perspectives, family and community factors, prevention theories and practices, treatment, engagement and intervention, professional issues, the criminal justice system and substance abuse, assessment and diagnosis, behavioral addictions, public policy, recovery, relapse prevention, special populations, health-related issues, workplace and school, and research and evaluation issues.

This resource includes a Reader's Guide that lists topic categories with specific entries, cross-references at the end of each entry to help readers locate related information in other entries, and Further Readings for those who wish to pursue topics in more depth. In addition, the encyclopedia includes an Appendix listing 58different drugs with corresponding relevant entries. The book is published by SAGE Publications, Inc ©2009; ISBN: 9781412950848

Marin Gillis, LPh, Ph.D., director of the Division of Medical Humanities and Ethics, School of Medicine, was invited by the Nevada Arts Council to be a guest presenter at this year’s Oasis 2009 Conference in Reno. March 5-6. Dr. Gillis presented the University of Nevada School of Medicine’s education and outreach projects in the arts and healthcare.

William A. Zamboni, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, was elected president of the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery at their annual business meeting earlier this year in Hawaii.

Student News

McKinley named 2008-09 Regents' Scholar

Eryn McKinley, Class of 2009, School of Medicine, is the graduate student recipient of the 2008-09 Regents’ Scholar Award from the University of Nevada, Reno. The Regents’ Awards are based upon distinguished academic accomplishments, leadership ability, and service contributions, as well as for the recipient’s potential for continued success. “Her continued service to the medical school and to the community is innumerable and impressive,” said Peggy Dupey, Ph.D., associate dean for admissions and student affairs, School of Medicine. “Most notable are the multiple leadership roles she held for the Student Outreach Clinic, a student-run clinic that provides care for the medically-underserved and homeless. She simultaneously served as Board Member, Secretary, and Clinic Manager. “

McKinley’s decision to pursue a career in Family Medicine is a reflection of her commitment to treating all realms of patients’ health, including the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual facets of human experience. She is passionate about providing long-term, compassionate care for families, with members of all ages and all backgrounds. The award will be presented to her at the Honor the Best program on May 13, 2009.

Undergraduate Student Social Work Association To Hold Fundraising Event on March 27

Members of USSWA (Undergraduate Students Social Work Association) will be holding a fundraising event, Kids Night Out, on March 27 at the Se7en Tea House, 148 West Street, from 3 pm to midnight. The show will feature music by: The Phenomenauts, Hyenas, Xenophobes, The Darlins, The Juvinals, Buster Blue, airplanegame, and the Cowbelleros. There will be raffles and a $3.00 donation is requested.

The association is trying to bring people together to bring about awareness towards and raise funds to help support homeless youth in the Truckee Meadows area with this event. Proceeds from this event will go to RHYME, an organization that assists homeless youth by providing them with housing, education, and other necessities. RHYME is part of the services provided by Children's Cabinet, along with SAFE PLACE. Safe Place gives youth the chance to stop feeling scared and alone and to get the help they need for many situations such as: family issues, drug/alcohol issues, running away, being homeless, thoughts of suicide, and any other unsafe situations.

Student Fundraiser planned for April 4 to Support International Clinic Trips

Twenty first-year medical students are volunteering to work in free medical clinics in rural India, Nicaragua and Ecuador this spring. In addition, one of the students will be participating in Duke University’s Global Health Fellows Program in Geneva, Switzerland. The entire Class of 2012 is rallying around their classmates to help raise funds to support the trip. The public is invited to attend a fundraising benefit to be held Saturday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the great room on the fourth floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union at the University of Nevada, Reno. The silent auction will feature items from local businesses, restaurants and vacations. Hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and entertainment will be provided.

Cost of the benefit is $25 per person, $20 per student or $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets will be sold at the door and credit cards will be accepted. Cocktail attire is requested.

Bierkamper Research Winners Announced

Two University of Nevada School of Medicine students were recognized recently for excellence in research at the 26th Annual George G. Bierkamper Student Research Convocation.

This year’s graduate student Bierkamper award went to Rosie Dixon for her research on “Chlamydial Infection Causes Loss of Oviduct Pacemaker Cells and Inhibits Oocyte Transport.” Dixon, a fourth-year graduate student, worked with Sean Ward, Ph.D., of the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology as her mentor.

Chad Watts received the medical student Bierkamper award for his presentation entitled, “Outcomes of Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction with Abnormal Bone Excision.” Watts, a second-year medical student, worked with Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D., of the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Ala. Read more

Nominations Requested for Cavanaugh Community Volunteer Award

Do you volunteer in the community? The Division of Health Sciences is seeking applicants for the Cavanaugh Community Volunteer Award, given to recognize an outstanding upper division student who has made a significant contribution to the community through volunteer work. This $1000 award is based on accomplishment as well as financial need. Application forms and complete award criteria are available in the Student Center, Sarah Fleischmann Building, Room 204B, or contact the Division of Health Sciences at askdhs@unr.edu, (775) 682-5930,for more information.


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