Noteworthy News

Noteworthy News

August 2014

Honors and Awards

Dagda chosen to prestigious BRAINS program

Ruben K, Dagda, Ph.D., has been selected to be a participant at the 2014 BRAINS (Broadening the Representation of Academic Investigators in NeuroScience) symposium. BRAINS: Broadening the Representation of Academic Investigators in NeuroScience, is a national program to accelerate and improve the career advancement of neuroscience postdoctoral researchers and assistant professors from underrepresented groups. The program, funded by a R25 grant from NIH's National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), creates unique, life-transforming experiences for participants.

Residents and fellows honored for outstanding teaching

Congratulations to the 94 residents and who met the criteria for the Resident Teaching Honor Roll recognized as outstanding teachers by the Class of 2015.

Resident Teaching Honor Roll: July 2014

  • Emergency Medicine: Steve Elsbecker
  • Family Medicine - Las Vegas: Bill Chou, Leon McCook, Chris Mercado, Luis Olivas, Chrissy Quartuccio,
  • Family Medicine - Reno: Jeremy Bearfield, Bayo Curry-Winchell, Kacey Durant, Craig Laws
  • Internal Medicine - Las Vegas: Ayman Abdalla, Trung Huynh. Laren Maxham, Abdalla Oun, Fuzhan Parhizgar, Shannon Smith
  • Internal Medicine - Reno: Alhareth Ali Juboori, Drin Chow, James Cortez, Stephanie Garrett, Sabani Gautam, Benjamin Hansen, Justin Jo, Reece Jones, Vicor Lee, Andrew Liu, Marko Marbella, Terin Marinjak, Carly Nystrom, Stephanie Reinhardt, Daniel Sacks, Lindsay Sanders, Faisal Siddiqui, Yunwei Wang, Meghan Ward, Stephanie Wilch, Yi Zheng, Pluen Zie, Solina Ziu
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology: Jyoti Desai, Tiare Evans, Soyoun Lee, Yusria Malik, Amy McDonald, Carissa Sparrow, Wilfredo Torres
  • Otolaryngology: Alycia Spinner
  • Pediatrics: Ashley Bechtol, Alan Brown, Nikette Neal, Reem Shawar
  • Plastic Surgery: Joshua Goldman, Nancy Wong
  • Psychiatry - Las Vegas: Kahlid Abu Baker, Tarik Alshaikh Michael Barness, Patrick Benett, Ying-Chia Cheng, Jonathan Floriani, Kathryn Lowery, Robert Mendenhall, Biran Pierson, Anthony Quinn, Sid Sharma, Michael Tanner, Richelle Tsujimoto-Ryzewski
  • Psychiatry - Reno: Joshua Fitzgerald, John Tan; Surgery: Ethan Benning, Jason Bregg, Cameron Jennings, Maris Jones, Hasanali Khashwji, Christopher McNicoll, Fikre Mengistu, Jaclyn Munn, Ashley Pistorio, Cory Richardson, Mariangela Rivera, William Scott, Jeffrey Sorensen, Patricia Souchon, Matthew Swenson, Noreen Tiangco, Zachary Wan Wagoner
  • Surgical Critical Care/Acute Care Surgery: Douglas Fraser, Shawna Morrissey, Kimberly Syres

Grants, Publications and Presentations

CASAT receives workforce development grant

The Center for the Application for Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) was awarded the Career Healthcare Connections (CHC) contract for adult and dislocated workers totaling $271,626.23 per year for two years. Funded by Nevadaworks, Northern Nevada's local Workforce Investment Board, the CHC Program will build and strengthen Nevada's behavioral health workforce by: expanding career entry tracks; offering recruitment and screening activities as part of developing a career roadmap; providing stackable credits; and offering academic courses on important topical areas. This will be achieved by helping students move efficiently through the education, certification, licensing, and training processes necessary to enter the Nevada behavioral health workforce. Providing tuition assistance, sponsoring practicums, and offering trainings will reduce educational barriers while increasing career road maps, career on-ramps, and students' interest in the behavioral health field. In addition, this project will increase students' marketability to employers, thereby infusing the behavioral health workforce with younger workers. For more information on the CASAT's Career Healthcare Connection Program please contact Terra Hamblin, project manager.

Office of Traffic Safety awards grant to School of Medicine

Nadia D Fulkerson, MPH, project director, Center for Traffic Safety Research, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Las Vegas campus, received a grant for Risk Taking Behaviors and Vehicular Crashes; Date driven identification of behaviors and interventions from the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety and will be part Nevada's Highway Safety Plan.


  • Mary Hylton, Ph.D., associate professor, School of Social Work presented "The Role of Political Literacy and Social Empathy on Civic Participation" at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development held at Melbourne, Australia and also presented "Civic Literacy and Civic Engagement Among Social Work Students: Where Do We Stand" the Policy Conference 2.0 in Austin, Texas.
  • Heather Gough, Ph.D., assistant professor, School of Social Work presented two papers at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development held at Melbourne, Australia. She presented "Decolonizing Social Work Practice using Tribal Critical Race Theory" and "We talk, You Listen: Urban Debate as an Empowerment Strategy for Marginalized Youth".
  • Goutham M. Menon, Ph.D., director and professor, School of Social Work, presented "Social Media and Social Work Organizations" at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development held at Melbourne, Australia this summer. Dr. Dhrubodhi Mukherjee, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, was his co-presenter.
  • Maureen Rubin, Ph.D., assistant professor, presented "The Importance and Relevance of Inter-professional Education in a Global Context" at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development held at Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Darla Spence Coffey, President of the Council on Social Work Education, was her co-presenter.
  • Debra Glogovac, administrative assistant, Office of Faculty Development, School of Medicine, presented a poster on "Success through Reporting" and the Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA) conference of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) in Boston.
  • Melissa Piasecki, M.D., senior associate dean of academic affairs and professor, School of Medicine also facilitated a workshop at the AAMC GFA conference on "Sharing Sensitive Data: Tools and Strategies."
  • Jennifer Hagen, M.D., associate dean and associate professor, School of Medicine co-presented and orientation session on "Mentoring Programs" at the AAMC GFA conference in Boston.

Faculty and Staff

Reno Internal Medicine adds new physician

Bishwas Upadhyay, M.D., has joined the Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine in Reno. Dr. Upadhyay completed his residency training at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago. While there, he was the recipient of the intern of the year award, subsequently was commended as "outstanding resident," and was the recipient of First Prize for his Clinical Poster at the hospital's Internal Medicine Research Day. He was selected to serve as a Chief Resident for the hospital's 86-resident internal medicine residency program. He will serve both as an inpatient attending (hospitalist) at Renown Regional Medical Center and as a faculty preceptor in the resident continuity clinic.

Three new administrative faculty join CASAT

The Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technology (CASAT) welcomes three new administrative faculty to their staff. David Frankeberger, MPH (recent UNR graduate) is working as the Epidemiology Training/Technical Assistance Specialist for the CAPT Substance Abuse Prevention Contract (Federal Funds). Leslie Marlowe, J.D. will serve as the Library Specialist for Nevada's Prevention Resource Council (Nevada State/Federal Funds) and Jamie Duhart, B.S., (UNR graduate) will be serving as an Event Planner Assistant Coordinator for CASAT's Conference Logistics Contracts (Funding from Washington State)

School of Community Health Sciences welcome three new faculty members

Welcome to Karla Wagner, Ph.D., assistant professor insocial behavioral, who comes from UCSD where she was a research professor. Her interests include drug abuse and HIV and the impact of social networks. Roman Pabayo, Ph.D., assistant professor and epidemiologist, is from Harvard where he completed his post doc. His research interests include social determinants of health in adolescents and adults through large data sets. James Wilson, M.D., pediatrician, will share an appointment between the School of Community Health and School of Medicine. He will be serving as the director of the new Nevada Center for Infectious Disease Forecasting. He has extensive experience in infectious disease forecasting and impact. He will also be seeing patients one day a week for the Department of Pediatrics with the School of Medicine.

New nursing faculty and staff join Orvis School of Nursing

The Orvis School of Nursing has added several new assistant professors since January, please welcome Shannon Bourke MSN, RN, CEN; Jami Sue Coleman MSN, RN; Jacqueline Ferdowsali MSN, AGACNP-BC; Tricia Harrison MSN, RN; Felicia Lowenstein-Moffett RN, MSN, APRN; Sandra Olguin MSN, CNL, RN; Cheryl Reed MSN, RN, APRN; Miriam Volpin Ph.D., RN; and Lisa Woodall MSN, RN.

Additionally, Sandra Talley, Ph.D., APRN, BC, FAAN joined the Orvis School of Nursing as the first Orvis Endowed Professor. (link to full story in Silver & Blue, scroll down to page two) Julie Woodard, B.A., is the new program office for Undergraduate Admissions.

DHS Student Center adds new academic advisor

Janita Ethridge, M.A., has been selected for the position of Academic Advisor for the Division of Health Sciences Student Center. She will be focusing on advising and retaining transfer students and the incoming freshman class, as well as assisting at various recruiting events. Originally from Wyoming, she graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a master's degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology. She has worked at the University of Nevada, Reno for 10 years. Janita is excited about building relationships with the Division of Health Sciences students and assisting them in pursuing their educational goals

Speech Pathology hires assistant professor

Kristine Galek, Ph.D., had joined the faculty of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology as an assistant professor of speech pathology.

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