Noteworthy News

Noteworthy News

March 2015

Honors and Awards

Fulkerson honored by DOT and Traffic Safety Office

Congratulations to Nadia Fulkerson, MPH, project director, Center for Traffic Safety Research, School of Medicine, for receiving the Data Award for the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). The Nevada Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) within the Department of Public Safety recognized Fulkerson for her contributions over the last year to reduce traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries in Nevada. The award was presented at the Nevada Traffic Safety Summit, held March 25, 2015.

Lab rededicated as Mick Hitchcock Nevada Proteomic Center

The University of Nevada, Reno proteomics lab, recently rededicated as the Mick Hitchcock, Ph.D. Nevada Proteomics Center, is expected to have a significant research impact, including for economic development, throughout the entire region.

Hitchcock, a philanthropist, researcher and entrepreneur, made the lab possible through a major gift to the University. "I am pleased to support the Proteomics Center through this gift to further the study of proteins with leading-edge technology. My career started with the study of proteins, and I look forward to seeing the exciting research advances that can be made using the new equipment," said Hitchcock.

The Mick Hitchcock, Ph.D. Nevada Proteomics Center offers high quality mass spectral and electrophoretic proteomic analysis using state-of-the-art technologies for research faculty and students at the University, the School of Medicine and the off-campus scientific community at large. Read more about the Mick Hitchcock Nevada Proteomic Center

Jennie Parker and Dean Schwenk

Parker named Employee of the Quarter

Congratulations to Jennie Parker, operations specialist for the practice plan in Reno, who was named Employee of the Quarter for Division of Health Sciences. As operations specialist, she is responsible for coordinating and monitoring training for employees, serving as liaison between the clinics and operations, conducting analyses and audits, improving front office processes and managing the supply chain.

She had been employed with the School of Medicine since March 2011, she previously served as clinic manager for the pediatrics and psychiatry departments. Parker's supervisor, Sandra Deleon, director of operations, describes her as "amazing. "I've never supervised an employee with such drive, determination and initiative," Deleon said. She received a certificate and gift card for her achievements from Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D. on Jan. 5.

Samrat Das appointed Secretary-Treasurer

Samrat Das, M.D., pediatric residency program director and vice chair of pediatrics for education, Department of Pediatrics, Las Vegas campus, has been appointed the Secretary-Treasurer for Western Region of American Federation of Medical Research (WAFMR). He will also serve on the National Council of AFMR. Also part of his responsibilities would be to review abstracts for the AFMR national conference.

Publications and Presentations

Patricia Swager, M.Ed., director, Office of Statewide Initiatives, Nevada Geriatric Education Center, School of Medicine (OSI/NGEC) ,Sina Ward, Ed.D., director, Senior Outreach Services, Sanford Center for Aging, Natalie Mazzullo, M.Ed., assistant director, OSI/NGEC and Susan Harris, Ph.D., director, Gerontology Academic Program, Sanford Center for Aging co-presented "Reaching Nevada's Most Vulnerable Elders " at the American Society on Aging Aging in America Conference.

Scott Earley, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, was published an article he co-authored in the February 2015 edition of the Acta Physiologica (Oxf).) journal entitled "TRPs in the kidney-location, location, location." He also co-authored, "Localized TRPA1 channel Ca2+ signals stimulated by reactive oxygen species promote cerebral artery dilation," which was published in the January 2015 edition of Science Signaling journal.

Ruben Dagda, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine co-authored an article entitled "Role of protein kinase A in regulating mitochondrial function and neuronal development: implications to neurodegenerative diseases" in the March 2015 issue of Reviews in the Neurosciences journal.

Gale Craviso, Ph.D., professor, Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, co-authored an article entitled "Adrenal chromaffin cells do not swell when exposed to nanosecond electric pulses" that will be published in the June 2015 issue of Bioelectrochemistry.

Dean Burkin, Ph.D., professor, Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, was published in March 2015 issue of the Journal of Cell Science for an article he co-authored entitled "Bit-1 is an essential regulator of myogenic differentiation." He also co-authored another article entitled, "Sarcospan integration into laminin-binding adhesion complexes that ameliorate muscular dystrophy requires utrophin and α7 integrin" that will be published in the April 2015 edition of Human Molecular Genetics.

Alistair Chapman, M.D., acute care surgery fellow, School of Medicine, Las Vegas campus, recently testified against Senate Bill 2 and was featured in a recent article on in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Kenneth Izuora, M.D., MBA, FACE, assistant professor, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Las Vegas campus presented a poster entitled "Effect of Periodontal Disease Treatment on Inflammation and Bone Turnover Markers in Patients with Diabetes" at the International Society of Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) Annual meeting held in Chicago.

Evan Klass, M.D., associate professor, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Reno campus and associate dean for statewide initiatives presented the following: "Evaluating the Pituitary-Adrenal Axis in Critically Ill Patients" at the High Sierra Critical Care Conference of the American Lung Association; "Project ECHO - Nevada" at the Office of the Governor of Nevada's Nevada Telemedicine Conference; and "ECHO Talks; Sound Waves From The Field" at the Global ECHO Community at the University of New Mexico.

Carolyn Edney, MSW, LSW, project manager, Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies, presented a poster on "Examining Stigmatizing Attitudes toward Alcohol Use in Women of Childbearing Age among Medical and Allied Health Professionals" at the 6th International Conference on FASD in Vancouver, BC, Canada held on March 4-7, 2015.

Evan Klass, M.D., associate professor, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Reno campus and Julie Smith-Gagen, assistant professor, School of Community Health Science, recently co-authored with others a paper entitled "Associations between body mass and papillary thyroid cancer stage and tumor size: a population-based study" that was published in January 2015 issue of the Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology.

Daniel Shapiro, M.D., professor and H. Edward Manville, Jr. Endowed Chair of Internal Medicine Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Reno campus was published an editorial, "The need for a decision: the future of biological science and humanity" in the January 2015 issue of Future Microbiology.

John H. Peacock, M.D., professor, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Reno campus authored three Medical Director articles published in the Parkinson's Press during 2014, a national newsletter with distribution to 171 VA Medical Centers as well as the Information and Referral Centers.

Faculty and Staff

Seema Donahoe

Donahoe joins development team

Seema Donahoe joined the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine as Associate Director of Development and Alumni Relations. She comes to us from Renown Health where she most recently served as the Community Board Liaison. Prior to that position, she spent six years working with the Renown Health Foundation as a Development Officer. She is a UNR alumna of the Reynolds School of Journalism and in the past has served on the Nevada Alumni Association board. Her fundraising experience as well as her passion for education, health care and our community make her well suited for this role.

Bob Leonard

Leonard named director of IT for School of Medicine

Robert Leonard has been named the School of Medicine's IT director. Leonard brings with him more than 20 years of extensive IT and health care management and technical experience. He also has a dedication to support and maintain the highest quality health care IT operations; deliver critical business services to all physicians, staff, faculty and students with a focus for continuous improvement and efficiency.

Recently, he served as senior consultant to the Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School as well as the chief information officer for the Harvard Clinical Research Institute in Boston before joining the School of Medicine. Prior to that, he was the VP of Engineering and had other technical leadership roles in various other companies. Leonard considered the strategic visions and opportunities at the medical school as a great challenge, one that he is looking forward to.

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