Noteworthy News

Noteworthy News

April 2014

Honors and Awards

Dr. Ross Berkeley, Department of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Ross Berkeley, Department of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Berkeley honored with service award from AAEM

Ross P. Berkeley, M.D., FACEP, FAAEM Associate professor and residency program director, Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Las Vegas campus, was the recipient of the Mitchell Goldman service Award from the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM). The award recognizes individuals who made an outstanding contribution by supporting AAEM’s educational mission by teaching at oral board review courses.

Gerontology programs receive Program of Merit designation

The Gerontology Minor and the Gerontology Certificate programs each earned renewal as Programs of Merit from the national Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. The awards were presented at the association’s annual meeting in February. The programs are coordinated through the Sanford Center for Aging under the direction of Susan Harris, Ph.D., coordinator for the Gerontology Academic Program.

Artown event will benefit NRAP program

Nevada Recovery and Prevention Community (NRAP), part of the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) will be one of the recipients of an upcoming fundraising benefit entitled, Doors to Recovery. This community art project will exhibit doors that artists have transform into inspirational art objects during Artown in July. The doors will then be auctioned off at a benefit on August 9 at the Museum of Art.

Emergency medicine residents receive awards

Jeff Hall, M.D., PGY2 EM resident, was awarded Runner-up Resident Presenter at the 2014 National Emergency Medicine Clinical Pathological Case (CPC) semi-finals competition held at the CORD Academic Assembly in New Orleans. Also, Meaghan Mercer M.D., PGY2 EM resident, was the recipient of the Resident of the Year Award from the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM).

McClendon named to Community Foundation of Western Nevada committee

Jennifer McClendon, Ph.D., MSW, assistant professor, School of Social Work, was named to the steering committee for the Youth Network Initiative of the Community Foundation of Western Nevada and served as a facilitator for the recent You’N-I community event.

Dandolu accepted to national leadership program for academic medicine

Vani Dandolu, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., chair and residency program director, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, Las Vegas campus, has been accepted as a member of the 2014-2015 class of Fellows in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program, part of the International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics. Her selection places her among the very best and brightest of today’s and tomorrow’s women leaders in academic medicine, dentistry and public health.

Dr. Yi Zheng, Dr. Drin Chow
(left, Dr. Yi Zheng, right, Dr. Drin Chow)

Residents receive commendation from Senator Heller

A patient at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Reno recently wrote to Senator Dean Heller (R-NV), to share his experience at the hospital and praised the excellent care that he had received from two internal medicine residents, Drin Chow, M.D., (PGY3) and Yi Zheng M.D. (PGY2). In response to the letter, Senator Heller presented the doctors with special commendation for the excellence in patient care.

Publications and Presentations

  • Elissa Palmer, M.D., professor and chair, and Kelly O'Shaughnessy, JD, Nevada Rural Health Network Director, Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine, Las Vegas campus, presented a competitively selected workshop "Collaboration and Innovation in Creating a Network to Provide Professional Development and Graduate Medical Education Activities" at the Association of American Medical Colleges Western Group on Educational Affairs Conference last month.
  • Department of Pharmacology members participated in UNR’s day-long “Exploring Diversity and Equity in Higher Education Inaugural Conference” on March 28, 2014. Cherie Singer, Ph.D., interim associate dean of student affairs and associate professor of pharmacology, presented “Holistic Admissions Review: Digging below the Waterline of Metrics” during the Outreach and Pipelines session. Ruben Dagda, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology, presented “Promoting Networking and Mentoring Opportunities to Enhance the Recruitment of Minority Students in the STEM Sciences” during the Social and Cultural Capital session.
  • Julie Smith-Gagen, Ph.D., assistant professor, School of Community Health Sciences, co-authored an article in the March 2014 issue of the Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology on “Multiple primary tumors following stage II and III rectal cancer in patients receiving radiotherapy, 1998-2010.
  • Karmella T. Thomas, RD, LD, CDE, manager for the Wellness and Weight Management Clinic at the School of Medicine, Reno campus was interviewed on KRNV, Channel 4 regarding the 10th anniversary of the clinic. See the interview.
  • Meri Shadley, Ph.D., MFT, LADC, associate professor, academic coordinator, CASAT, was invited to provide a 20 hour training entitled “The Family Dynamics of Behavioral Addictions” at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy's "Best of the Best" Advanced Institutes in Baton Rouge LA. in March.
  • David AuCoin, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, Reno campus recently published a research article in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases entitled, "Development of a Prototype Lateral Flow Immunoassay (LFI) for the Rapid Diagnosis of Melioidosis”. The article focuses on optimizing the diagnostic test with samples collected from patients infected with Burkholderia pseudomallei, the causative agent of melioidosis
  • Vani Dandolu, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., chair and residency program director, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, Las Vegas campus, presented “Trend in apical prolapse repairs in commercially insured women in United States over 15 years” at the 40th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons and “Interstim devise insertion rates following peripheral nerve evaluation vs. stage one” and the 2014 Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction meeting.
  • Tania Das Banerjee, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, Reno campus, received a travel award from the Intersociety Council for Pathological Information to attend and participate at the Experimental Biology 2014 Conference.
  • Christina L. Smith, gerontology student, Judith A. Sugar, Ph.D., associate professor, School of Community Health Sciences, Scott Trevithick, M. Div., RSVP director, Patricia Swager, M.Ed., director of the Nevada Geriatric Education Center, Raina L. Benford, gerontology student, Brandi L. Bernard, M.A., Advising Center, Tami U. Brancamp, Ph.D., Speech Pathology & Audiology, and Susan G. Harris, Ph.D., coordinator, Gerontology Academic Program, co-authored a poster that was presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education in February on “Purposeful Connections: Community, Professionals, Students, and Faculty.”
  • Daniel S. Shapiro, M.D., professor and H. Edward Manville, Jr. Endowed Chair of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Reno campus, was the invited speaker for the Clinical Academic Seminar at the Centre for Infection Prevention & Management, Infectious Diseases & Immunity, Imperial College London, Hammersmith Hospital. His seminar was entitled "Biological Weapons of the Twenty-first Century." He is also an invited speaker at the New York City Branch Conference of the American Society for Microbiology and will be one of the two conveners for the session entitled "Laboratory Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases: Case Studies" at IDWeek ,the annual conference of the Infectious Disease Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the HIV Medical Association, and the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society, which will be held In Philadelphia during October 2014.
  • Dayue Darrel Duan, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pharmacology, School of Medicine, Reno campus, is travelling to China and Hong Kong in April as an invited lecturer at the School of Chinese Medicine Hong Kong Baptist University. He has also been invited as speaker and co-chair to the 16th South China International Congress of Cardiology meeting in Guangzhou and as an invited speaker at the 2nd Annual Junling International Symposium on Cardiovascular Translational Medicine in Nanjing.
  • Samrat U Das, M.D., FAAP,associate program director of pediatric residency program, School of Medicine, Las Vegas campus, presented his poster on "Individualized Curriculum" in the poster symposium session of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors spring 2014 meeting. Jack Lazerson, M.D., program director for pediatric residency program, was co- author.
  • Scott Earley, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology, School of Medicine, Reno campus and his lab associates will be presenting “TRPA1 Mediates NADPH Oxidase-Dependent Cerebral Artery Dilation” at the Experimental Biology Meeting in San Diego in April. Graduate student, Michelle Sullivan, in Dr. Earley’s lab received a “Cardiovascular Research Recognition Award” from the Cardiovascular Section of the American Physiological Society for the same work.
  • Ruben Dagda, Ph.D., assistant professor pharmacology, School of Medicine, Reno campus, and his lab associates will be represented in upcoming seminars: CMPP Graduate Student Monica Rice will be presenting posters at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular and postdoc Tania Das Banerjee will be presenting posters at the American Society for Investigative Pathology and will also receive a trainee travel award at the conference.
  • Charles St. Hill, M.D., assistant professor of surgery, School of Medicine, Las Vegas campus gave a free public lecture on the screening, diagnosis and treatment of liver disorders in patients with Hepatitis B and C on March 25 at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas as part of the department’s community outreach and education efforts.

New Faculty and Staff

Keese joins Las Vegas Department of Internal Medicine

Charlene Keese has joined the Department of Internal Medicine at the School of Medicine, Las Vegas campus, in role of administrator. She has both a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Health Administrations as well as being a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives. Charlene brings to the department a wealth of experience. She comes to us from University of Texas MD Anderson, where she functioned in many roles including: operations manager, associate administrator, and interim administrator. Additional thanks to Lorena Zepeda for her hard work and dedication during this period of transition.

Students at the AGHE
Students and faculty attending the AGHE conference: Left to Right: Christina Smith, Kathe Fanelli, Nicole Hagemen, Gabby Buma, Patricia Swager, Susan Harris, Judith Sugar, Peter Reed, Raina Benford, Callie Noble, Dawn Harris

Gerontology students and faculty attend national conference

Nine students from the Associated Students of Gerontology Club (ASG) traveled to Denver in February to attend the annual meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), with funding support from ASUN and the Gerontology Academic Program. Six of the students—Raina L. Benford, Gabrielle Buma, Kathe Fanelli, Christina L. Smith, Callie L. Noble, Polly Pollock, and their club advisor, Susan G. Harris, Ph.D., coordinator, Gerontology Academic Program, presented a poster at that meeting on “Careers in Aging from 5,000 Feet: UNR’s Associated Students of Gerontology Share Resources & Insights from Their 2013 Careers in Aging Week Events.”

Scholarship recipients were recognized by Washoe County District Board of Health

MPH graduate students, Tia Rudd and Tiana Ross, School of Community Health Sciences were named the 2013/2014 recipients of the Washoe County District Board of Health scholarships, established to support students studying public health at the University of Nevada, Reno. Matt Smith, chairman of the Washoe County District Board of Health and Kevin Dick, district health officer, recognized the student at the recent meeting of the Washoe County District Board of Health.


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