Noteworthy News

Noteworthy News

August 2015

Honors and Awards

Seungil Ro, Ph.D.

Ro receives 1.2 million RO1 grant to study gastrointestinal diseases

Seungil Ro, Ph.D., assistant professor of Physiology and Cell Biology, has obtained a new four year R01 grant ($1.3 million dollars) from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to study dysfunctional smooth muscle cells and myofibroblasts in gastrointestinal diseases.

For this exciting project, Dr. Ro has formed a collaborative, multi-institutional research team with the Institute of Cell Engineering, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Gabsang Lee, Ph.D., DVM), Stanford University Medical School (Laren Becker, M.D.), University of Rochester School of Medicine (Joseph Miano, Ph.D.), Wonkwang University Medical School, Korea (Moon young Lee, M.D., Ph.D.), Renown Medical Center (Kent Sasse, M.D.), and the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, University of Nevada School of Medicine (Douglas Redelman, Ph.D., Terence Smith, Ph.D., and Kenton Sanders, Ph.D.).

Dr. Ro has brought in approximately $7.7 million dollars to the University since 2009 and has secured four NIH grants, including two R01 grants. He recently received tenure and was promoted to associate professor.

Pabayo awarded NIH Grant

Roman Pabayo, Ph.D., assistant professor, School of Community Health Sciences, has been awarded a $439,110 grant of from the NIH, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to study "State and county level income inequality and infant mortality risk: The moderating role of race and socioeconomic status".

Dan Shapiro, M.D.

Shapiro named as assistant editor to national publication

Dan Shapiro, M.D., professor of internal medicine in Reno, has been selected to serve as assistant editor of Academic Internal Medicine Insight, which is a publication of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine.

Publications and Presentations

Wilson to be a featured TEDxReno speaker

James Wilson, M.D., F.A.A.P, associate research professor in the School of Community Health Sciences and director of the Nevada Center for Infectious Disease Forecasting and Ascel Bio National Infectious Disease Forecast Center, will be one of the featured speakers at the TEDx Reno event on October 2 at the Lear Theater. Dr. Wilson is a world-leading expert in operational biosurveillance and infectious disease forecasting. He has led the creation of several of the most powerful systems in the world used for anticipation and detection of infectious disease crises and disasters. Dr. Wilson led the team that provided warning of the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic and discovery of the United Nations as the source of the 2010 cholera disaster in Haiti. He has direct experience with biological weapon deployment investigations and currently leads the first operational infectious disease forecast center in the world.

Burkin to speak at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Heather Burkin, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Pharmacology, Reno campus, will give a presentation on "Myometrial Signaling in Response to Stretch and in Preterm Labor" to the Molecular Biology, Microbiology & Biochemistry Graduate Program at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Faculty and Staff

New faculty join Orvis School of Nursing

The Orvis School of Nursing welcomes six new faculty members:

  • Dr. Carrie Hintz is joining us as a new full-time non-tenure track assistant professor from a clinical position in Elko, NV.
  • Dr. Kathy Ingelse is joining us as a new full-time non-tenure track assistant professor from Bend, Oregon. Dr. Ingelse is certified as both a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner and has most recently served on the faculty at Northern Arizona University.
  • Dr. Deborah Shindell is joining us on a full time one-year temporary contract. Dr. Shindell previously served as a full-time assistant professor in the OSN. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner and has a specialty in Community Health Nursing.
  • Sara Smith, from the State of Ohio, is joining us as a new full-time non-tenure track assistant professor. Sara is pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.
  • Rochelle Walsh is joining us as a new full-time non-tenure track assistant professor from a clinical/clinical educator position at Renown Health. She is a long-time resident of Reno and has taught as LOA faculty in OSN for many years.
  • Val Wedler, from the State of Alaska, is joining us as a new full-time non-tenure track assistant professor where she worked clinically and was an instructor at Kenai Peninsula College.

Kelley Macmillan, Ph.D.

Macmillan joins Sanford Center for Aging and School of Social Work

The Sanford Center for Aging and the School of Social Work at the University of Nevada, Reno are pleased to welcome Kelley Macmillan, Ph.D., MSW as the Sanford Center's Director of Community and Social Services with a joint appointment in the School of Social Work.

Dr. Macmillan is a professional social worker with educational preparation in psychology (BA), mental health and family therapy (MSW), social work, gerontology and geriatrics (Ph.D.). Prior to coming to Nevada, Dr. Macmillan was a Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, University of Maryland for nine years. In addition he has over 20 years of managerial and direct practice in health care delivery systems.

As a social work practitioner in general and specialty hospitals, Dr. Macmillan functioned in direct practice and management roles to provide assessment, care planning and implementation of discharge plans for medical and psychiatric patients. In addition, he supervised social work staff on health and mental health units; in this role Dr. Macmillan supported staff to achieve the mission and goals of the social work program and the health care delivery system.

All of these experiences provide a foundation for his collaborative work on interprofessional healthcare teams. Dr. Macmillan was a co-faculty member teaching an Interprofessional Course on Care of the Critically Ill Patient to students from nursing, respiratory care, social work and pharmacy; faculty from these respective professions were members of the teaching team. He also served on the University of Maryland Interprofessional Day (IPE) planning committee for two years. This annual IPE Day experiential program brought together over 300 students from social work, dentistry, nursing, medicine, law, pharmacy, and physical therapy to learn introductory skills in teamwork.

Dr. Macmillan served on a planning and implementation team at the University of Maryland Medical Center for a post-hospital transition care coordination project to reduce hospital re-admissions in three areas: Congestive Heart Failure, HIV/AIDS, and Frequently Admitted Patients.

Dr. Macmillan's research is focused on the role of community-based services and programs to assist older adults and persons with disabilities to remain in the community.

At the University of Nevada, Reno, Dr. Macmillan will use his skill, expertise, and patient-centered approach as a key member of the Sanford Center's Geriatric Clinic and will provide leadership oversight to the Center's community-based programs.

"Dr. Macmillan's extensive experience in designing and delivering interdisciplinary clinical services will be a tremendous asset to the Sanford Center and to the clients we serve," said Peter Reed, Ph.D., MPH, director of the Sanford Center for Aging. "His leadership will also strengthen our portfolio of direct-service programs for elders throughout the region."

Within the School of Social Work, Dr. Macmillan will be teaching gerontology-relevant courses, advising and mentoring students from a range of disciplines.

"We are thrilled that Dr. Macmillan will be joining our faculty. He brings years of experience in the gerontological social work arena and we will benefit from him developing and teaching courses in this field for our students," said Goutham Menon, PhD, Director of the School of Social Work. "He will also take part in directing Integrative projects of our advanced year MSW students and we look forward to his contributions to our unit, the university, and the community at large."

Dr. Macmillan's office is located within the Sanford Center for Aging at the Center for Molecular Medicine.

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