Noteworthy News

Noteworthy News

June 2015

Honors and Awards

Goutham Menon
Goutham M. Menon, Ph.D., Director, School of Social Work

Menon appointed to national social work accreditation commission

Goutham M. Menon, Ph.D., director and professor, School of Social Work, has been appointed to the Commission on Accreditation, Council on Social Work Education for a term effective July 1, 2015-June 30, 2018. The work of the Commission on Accreditation fulfills the critically important function of maintaining and advocating for quality in social work education through its accreditation/candidacy of more than 750 social work programs in the United States. In addition, the commission acts as the policy body for developing and interpreting accreditation standards and assuring that policies and procedures are fairly and consistently applied to all social work programs.

Valerie Pedroza and Howard Rosenberg
Valerie Pedroza, (left) budget analyst for the University of Nevada School of Medicine Budget & Finance Office, is recognized by Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Howard Rosenberg (right) for 25 years of service. Photo by Anne McMillin

Division of Health Sciences staff recognized for years of service to the university

Several DHS staff were recognized and honored at the 2015 Silver & Blue Salute, the annual classified staff recognition reception, held on June 9, 2015. Those recognized for years of service:

25 Years

  • Karen Selbach, Family and Community Medicine-Reno
  • Nancy Horowitz, Physiology & Cell Biology
  • Judith Rogers, Physiology & Cell Biology
  • Valerie Pedroza, Budget & Finance, School of Medicine, Reno

20 Years

  • Jennifer Laslo, Advising & Recruitment, DHS
  • Virginia McBride, School of Social Work

15 Years

  • Bonnie Coker, School of Community Health Sciences
  • Patricia Loveless, Speech Pathology & Audiology
  • J. Brewster, State Health Laboratory
  • Jaime Frank, State Health Laboratory

10 Years

  • Travis Stewart, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology- Med
  • Julie Woodard, Orvis School of Nursing
  • Shari Marcu, Office of Medical Education- Las Vegas
  • Lynda McLellan, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  • Treg Gardner, Physiology & Cell Biology

Also, Michael Maskaly, instrumentation technologist, School of Medicine was named the Distinguished Classified Employee of the Year. Congratulations to all.

Scherr named to advocacy committee for Nevada Chapter of the American Heart Association

Rebecca Scherr, M.D., MPH, assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine,-Las Vegas campus, met with legislators in Washington, D.C. to discuss the importance of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act and was appointed Chair of the Advocacy Committee for the Nevada Chapter of the American Heart Association.

Durette elected as fellow of the American Psychiatric Association

Lisa A Durette, M.D., FAPA, assistant professor of psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine- Las Vegas campus, has been elected to the status of Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Distinguished Fellowship is awarded to outstanding psychiatrists who have made significant contributions to the psychiatric profession in at least five of the following areas: administration, teaching, scientific and scholarly publications, volunteering in mental health and medical activities of social significance, community involvement as well as for clinical excellence. Distinguished Fellow is the highest membership honor the APA bestows upon members. Durette received her medallion at the 2015 Convocation of Distinguished Fellows during the annual meeting in Toronto, Canada on May 18, 2015.

Pires receives grant from American Heart Association

Paulo Pires, Ph.D., postdoctoral scholar, Department of Pharmacology, was awarded a three year grant in the amount of $86,000 from the American Heart Association to study Endothelial TRPA1 Activity after Hypoxia and Experimental Ischemic Stroke.

Publications and Presentations

Evan Klass
Dr. Evan Klass addresses participants at the first-ever Developing Health Summit sponsored by the GE Foundation.

  • Evan Klass, M.D., associate dean of statewide initiatives and associate professor of internal medicine, School of Medicine-Reno, was a featured speaker at the 2015 Developing Health Summit sponsored by the GE Foundation. Dr. Klass presented on the creation and growth of Project ECHO Nevada and how the program works with FQHCs. He also discussed the special needs of our state due to shortages of primary and specialty care, the enormity of the state and the massive increase in demand due to chronic disease and expansion of health insurance, especially Medicaid.
  • Ruben Dagda, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, has been awarded an International Society for Neurochemistry Young Investigator Award to present his research at the 2015 Biennial International Society for Neurochemistry in Cairns, Australia (August 23-28). The following paper has been nominated to receive the 2013-2014 Mark A Smith Award by the Journal of Neurochemistry to be presented at the same conference:
    • Dagda RK, Pien I, Wang R, Zhu J, Wang KZ, Callio J, Banerjee TD, Dagda RY, Chu CT. Beyond the mitochondrion: cytosolic PINK1 remodels dendrites through protein kinase A. Journal of Neurochemistry. 2014 Mar;128(6):864-77. doi: 10.1111/jnc.12494. ePub 2013 Nov 13.

Kenneth Izuora and Guillermo Umpierrez
Dr. Kenneth Izuora (left) with Dr. Guillermo Umpierrez, (right) a renowned expert in the diabetes field and collaborator for the clinical trials.

  • Kenneth Izuora, M.D., MBA, FACE, assistant professor, Department of Internal Medicine (Endocrinology), School of Medicine-Las Vegas campus, presented two posters at the 75th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association. The titles of the posters are: Changes in Inflammation and Bone Turnover Markers after Treatment for Periodontal Disease in Patients with Diabetes and Prevalence and Factors Associated with Dental Loss among Ambulatory Patients with Diabetes.
  • Steve Zuchowsky, M.D., assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, Reno campus, co-authored an article entitled, "Pathways to a Career in Military Psychiatry" that was published in Academic Psychiatry (June 15). This publication resulted from a collaboration among active duty and civilian psychiatrists from Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii and Dr. Zuchowski
  • Deepa Hasija, M.D., first-year child & adolescent psychiatry fellow, and Lisa Durette, M.D., assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine,-Las Vegas will be co-presenting their clinical work at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry meeting this October in San Antonio, Texas. Their submission, entitled "Collaborative Clinical Care for Youth in Child Welfare: A Comparison of Two Innovative Models," has been accepted for inclusion as a symposium presentation at AACAP's 62nd Annual Meeting. They will be co-presenting with colleagues from the University of Massachusetts Child & Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship.

Faculty and Staff

Marcus Earling
Marcus Erling, M.D., Aurora Diagnostics/Western Pathology Associates managing director and interim chair of the University of Nevada School of Medicine Department of Pathology, is shown at the new Department of Pathology offices at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Photo by Jordan Miszlay

Erling appointed interim chair for Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

University of Nevada School of Medicine Dean Thomas L. Schwenk has named Marcus Erling, M.D. as interim chair and professor, of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and is also the managing director of Aurora Diagnostic Western Pathology. Dr. Erling's appointment is part of the new educational and clinical partnership with Aurora Diagnostics, the nation's leading independent specialized laboratory company. Erling is leading an expanded initiative to enhance learning opportunities for medical students and expand anatomic pathology services and clinical research in northern Nevada. Read more about the partnership here

Erling attended the University of Nevada School of Medicine when it was a two-year medical school and then went on to receive his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He subsequently completed an internship at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque and a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Erling culminated his formal medical education with his completion of a fellowship in anatomic pathology, with special emphasis on genitourinary pathology, at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Dr. Erling also completed extensive studies in neuropathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology/Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. He is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology.

Paolo Cordero, Margaret Wright and Laura Martinmaas, speech pathology and audiology undergraduate students, were awarded scholarships in the amount of $1000 each from ASUN. Congratulations.

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