Noteworthy News

Noteworthy News

June 2016

Honors and Awards

Bloch named new ASH vice-president

Michael Bloch, M.D., associate professor of endocrinology, wellness and weight management, recently was named vice president of the American Society of Hypertension, Inc. He will serve a three-year term, which began May 2016 and will conclude May 2019.

Longo to be inducted into American Academy of Nursing

Bernadette Longo, Ph.D., RN, APHN-BC, CNL, associate professor, Orvis School of Nursing, has been selected as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) and will be inducted at the AAN national meeting in Washington, D.C. in October.

Community faculty member named Outstanding Teacher

Dr. Wiencek with teacher of the year

Robert Wiencek, M.D., Cardiothoracic Surgeon at UMC, was presented with the Outstanding Teacher Award by acute care surgery fellows Patricia Souchon, M.D., Andrew Shay, M.D. and Alistair Chapman, M.D.

The 2016 class of acute care surgery fellows recognized community faculty member, Robert Wiencek, M.D., with the 2016 Outstanding Teaching Award for his outstanding surgical skills and dedication to patient care.

Employees recognized for years of service at Silver and Blue Salute

Several Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine staff members were recognized for their years of service at the annual University classified staff reception on June 2.

  • Norman Huckle, Savitt Medical Library - 30 years
  • Juliet Condon, Nevada State Public Health Lab - 15 years
  • Kathleen Davis, Nevada State Public Health Lab - 15 years
  • Marcellene Hollingsworth, Microbiology and Immunology - 15 years
  • Teresa Smith, Statewide Initiatives - 15 years
  • Michelle Blodgett, Budget and Finance - 10 years
  • Candace Bortolin, School of Social Work - 10 years
  • Ginger Fenwick, Pediatrics-Reno - 10 years
  • Cathy Four, Office of Student Affairs - 10 years
  • Patricia Newman, Statewide Initiatives - 10 years
  • Christopher Sanchez, School of Community Health Sciences - 10 years
  • Jodi Shpargel, Office of Student Affairs - 10 years
  • Penny Yaste, Nevada State Public Health Lab - 10 years

Also recognized were those classified staff who retired in 2015: Brenda Goodwin and Luci Young, both with 14 years at the University, Mary Ann Henry with 13 years and Marlies Radtke with five years.

Publications and Presentations

Christopher von Bartheld, M.D., professor of physiology and cell biology, recently gave a presentation titled, "Analysis of molecular and developmental links between strabismus and schizophrenia," at the third annual meeting of the Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN) on June 6 in Las Vegas. von Bartheld was invited to speak by pilot grant awardees in the third year of the CTR-IN program, and he was the only pilot grant awardee from the University of Nevada, Reno in this funding cycle.

Maureen Rubin, Ph.D., assistant professor of social work, is the chair of the Council on Conferences and Faculty Development of the Council on Social Work Education and is preparing to preside over the 2016 annual program meeting leadership conference in November in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference will feature social work education presentations and discussions by several leaders in social work academia.

Jill Manit, MSW, field education program coordinator for the School of Social Work, gave two presentations at the 2016 Policy Conference in St. Louis for the Influencing Social Policy organization. Her first one was on teaching policy advocacy to help engage students in the topic. Her second presentation was, "Understanding Networks as a Model for Analyzing Policy Implementation." This presentation proposed a research model for defining the "network" surrounding a policy and examining the impact the network's structure may have on outcomes. Mary E. Hylton, Ph.D., MSW, associate professor for the School of Social Work also presented at this conference. Her group presentation was titled, "Voting is Social Work: Expanding Social Work's Impact through Nonpartisan Voter Empowerment."

Ruben K. Dagda, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology and Jeff Angermann, Ph.D., assistant professor of community health sciences, recently published "Monomethylarsonous acid, but not inorganic arsenic, is a mitochondria-specific toxicant in vascular smooth muscle cells," in Toxicology In Vitro, (16)30120-5. doi: 10.1016/j.tiv.2016.06.006. Dagda and Angermann are principal investigators of this study and were assisted by Tania Das Banerjee and Clare Pace.

Faculty and Staff

Phillips invited to join national committee

Steve Phillips, M.D., medical director of the Sanford Center for Aging, has been invited to join the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, Primary Care Payment Model Group. The committee is tasked with encouraging the adoption of effective alternative health care payment models. This prestigious national organization is co-chaired by influential health care leaders. Phillips will have the opportunity to influence health care policy as well as represent the Sanford Center and the School of Medicine, bringing significant visibility to the University.

Shapiro joined U.S. Vice President on health conference call

Daniel Shapiro, M.D., professor of internal medicine, was invited to join Vice President Biden for a telephone call on May 25 regarding the Vice President's major effort on cancer, the Cancer Moonshot. While Dr. Shapiro is an infectious diseases subspecialist, he conducted earlier in his career research at the National Institutes of Health on receptor regulation in erythroleukemia cells.

Assistant professor to attend Leadership in Academic Nursing Program

Kim Baxter, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, assistant professor and associate director of nursing undergraduate programs, has been selected to attend the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Leadership in Academic Nursing Programs (LANP) this year. Baxter continues the Orvis School of Nursing's successful record of having faculty selected for this nationally competitive program. Stephanie DeBoor, Ph.D., APRN, CCRN and Christine Aramaburu Alegria, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-BC, both were selected for the program in 2013.

Surgery program graduates 100th resident

Jennifer Mitchell

Jennifer Mitchell, M.D.

Jennifer Mitchell, M.D., ear, nose and throat surgery fellow, was the 100th physician to graduate from the surgery resident program. A Distinguished Alumni Lecture held on June 7 in Las Vegas reminded attendees of the program's history with speaker Terry Lewis, M.D., FACS, who spoke on "The First 100: 35 Years of UMC Surgery." The first 100 refers to the surgery residency program's first 100 graduates, going back to 1984 when Lewis was the first graduate from the training program.

John Fildes and Terry LewisJohn Fildes, M.D., chair of surgery (left) presents Terry Lewis, M.D., FACS with a distinguished alumni award.

Shapiro to join diversity and inclusion committee

Daniel S. Shapiro, M.D., professor of internal medicine, has been selected to serve for three years on the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Dr. Shapiro is a member of the University of Nevada, Reno's Committee on the Status of Women. He has worked in the Reno community with the Northern Nevada HOPES Community Health Center to develop an inclusive and supportive environment to provide care to sex workers, a marginalized and diverse group of individuals.

Dr. Shapiro's work with the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine includes serving as assistant editor of Academic Internal Medicine Insight and as a member of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine Advocacy Committee.

Social work students speak at national conference

Several students presented poster presentations and research at the 2016 Policy Conference in St. Louis for the Influencing Social Policy Organization. Rachel Blinn, presented her poster titled, "Policy Change: Learning through Integrated and Applied Experiences." Rebekah Couper, Stefanie Seabolt and Amanda Cuevas all presented on their poster, "Students for Social Change: Development of a Student Association for Political Activism."


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