Noteworthy News

Noteworthy News

April 2015

Honors and Awards

Young, Kenyon, Maskaly, Vogedes, Bevard
Luci Young, James L. Kenyon, Ph.D., Michael Maskaly, Linda Vogedes, Denise Bevard

Maskaly named Distinguished Classified Employee for 2015

Michael Maskaly, development technician IV, Department of Basic Science Research, School of Medicine was selected as the 2015 Distinguished Classified Employee of the Year for the University of Nevada, Reno. Maskaly is well known for his amazing skills keeping the University of Nevada School of Medicine Research and Clinical Departments' equipment in working order. He takes pride in helping everyone. He is very cooperative and always shows courtesy towards others. His nominators stated that Michael has always been concerned with the accuracy, timeliness, quality of work and has developed objects that researchers request to their specifications that are unique to their research. He has high regard for the School of Medicine and works toward making this a respected, safe and caring place to work for all of the employees. Congratulations.

Shonkwiler and Minarik awarded Regent's Service Program funds

Gwen Shonkwiler, Ph.D., director of evaluation and assessment, School of Medicine and Mel Minarik, Ph.D., lecturer, School of Community Health Sciences, submitted a proposal and received a $22,760 Regent's Service Program award for the Graduate and Student Assistants for Project Upstream Northern Nevada. The funds will be used for a 10 month graduate assistantship and will also pay a student worker to assist the University of Nevada School of Medicine's Student Outreach Clinic in implementing Project Upstream Northern Nevada.

Dandolu receives March of Dimes grant in Las Vegas

Vani Dandolu, M.D., chair of obstetrics and gynecology, School of Medicine, Las Vegas campus, received a chapter community grant award from the March of Dimes Nevada Chapter, to implement "Group Prenatal Care." The award is for $15,000 over a one-year period and will help implement the Las Vegas practice plan's program to significantly impact the health of mothers and babies in Las Vegas. The March of Dimes Nevada Chapter community grant program was very competitive with only 27 percent of submitted proposals funded.

Kenyon named 2015 Foundation Professor

KenyonJames Kenyon, Ph.D., professor of physiology & cell biology, director of Nevada INBRE and senior associate dean for research for the School of Medicine has been selected as one of the 2015 Foundation Professors. This is one of the highest honors that the university bestows on its faculty. He will be recognized and honored at the Honor the Best ceremony to be held on May 12 at 3 pm at the Joe Crowley Student Union Ballroom.

Mastick to be honored with E.W. Richardson Excellence in Teaching Award

Cynthia Mastick, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Medicine, Reno campus, has been named as the 2015 recipient of the School of Medicine's E.W. Richardson Excellence in Teaching Award. This award is presented annually to recognize outstanding faculty educators. Dr. Mastick's superb teaching record, continued dedication to her students, and key contributions to the curriculum reform process have earned her this honor. Dr. Mastick will be recognized at the University of Nevada School of Medicine's Deans Dinner to be held the evening of May 14th, 2015.

Dr. Barber named in "Guide to America's Top Surgeons"

Congratulations to School of Medicine surgeon Annabel Barber, M.D., professor of surgery, Department of Surgery, Las Vegas campus who was recognized in the "Guide to America's Top Surgeons."

Resident takes first place in trauma competition

Danielle M. Herder, M.D., 3rd year surgery resident and Captain in the US Air Force was selected as first place winner in the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma resident competition at the Society of Military Surgeons meeting held in Nashville, TN for her oral presentation "Analysis of coalition soldiers sustaining bilateral traumatic amputations with perineal involvement secondary to IEDs". She will proceed to compete in the Region 13 Committee on Trauma Resident Paper Competition, which will be held in October 2015.

Publications and Presentations

Kenton Sanders, chairman of the physiology and cell-biology department at the School of Medicine was featured and quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education article, "What It Means to Reach for Carnegie's Top Tier."

Dayue Duan, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pharmacology, School of Medicine, Reno campus, co-authored an article entitled, "Association Between High-density Lipoprotein Cholesterol and Renal Function in Elderly Hypertension: A Cross-sectional Study in Chinese Population" that was published in the April issue of Medicine (Baltimore) Journal 2015 Apr;94(14):e651. doi: 10.1097.

Dean Burkin, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology, School of Medicine, Reno campus, was published in Human Molecular Genetics2015 Apr 1;24(7):2011-22 for an article he co-authored entitled, "Sarcospan integration into laminin-binding adhesion complexes that ameliorate muscular dystrophy requires utrophin and α7 integrin."

Check out the podcasts that Scott Barnett, Ph.D. candidate at the School of Medicine pharmacology department has created as a community outreach effort to make science fun, interesting, entertaining and most of all approachable. They are the Beta Sandwich Podcast and the Poison Cast.

Rooman Ahad, M.D., assistant professor and pediatric neurologist, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Las Vegas campus presented "Pediatric- Seizures in Childhood and Young Adults" at the #Dare To Learn Epilepsy Conference of the Epilepsy Foundation of Nevada held April 25.

Rachel Blinn, MSW graduate student, School of Social Work, testified twice in front of the Nevada Legislature on the CARE Act that would help family caregivers receive much needed training. She was featured on KTVN Channel 2 news segment.

Amber Candido, graduate student, Behavior Analysis Program, Department of Psychology, was awarded the Russell J. & Dorothy Bilinski Fellowship through the College of Liberal Arts. Candido has served as a graduate assistant with the Office of Medical Education at the School of Medicine and has worked on projects related to the development, assessment and evaluation of training tools and programs. This fellowship will support her dissertation project that will involve a novel and collaborative approach to interprofessional education amongst medical students at UNSOM and nursing students at the ORVIS School of Nursing

Christine Braunworth, undergraduate senior, School of Social Work, was one of 16 awardees of a national grant from NATIVE Stand. The $10,000 grant will be used to fund a program at Pyramid Lake to connect traditional Western medicine to indigenous healing in helping youth choose healthy lifestyles. She was featured on Channel 4 News.

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