Noteworthy News

Noteworthy News

March 2016

Honors and Awards

Infield center of Las Vegas Motor Speedway named after Dr. Carrison

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway infield care center has been named the Carrison Care Center in honor of Dale Carrison, D.O., professor and chair of emergency medicine. Carrison has been the Las Vegas Motor Speedway medical director since it began operations 20 years ago and continues to provide dedicated medical care to injured racers at the track.

National Association of Social Workers-Nevada Chapter Awards

Several prestigious awards were given at the National Association of Social Workers, Nevada Chapter Awards Dinner on March 12 in Las Vegas. Mary Hylton, Ph.D., MSW, associate professor and BSW program coordinator, School of Social Work, was named Professor of the Year, and Teresa Benitez-Thompson, part-time School of Social Work faculty member, was named Legislator of the Year. Sandra Lowery, part-time School of Social Work faculty member, was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement award.

Publications and Presentations

Robert Renden, Ph.D., assistant professor, physiology and cell biology, published "A Well-Defined Readily Releasable Pool with Fixed Capacity for Storing Vesicles at Calyx of Held" in PLoS Computational Biology, April 2016. This study establishes new methods for analyzing the function of presynaptic molecules, and the results suggest that a tractable general model of short-term plasticity can capture the full computational power of dynamic synaptic modulation across a large range of synapse types and situations.

Faculty and Staff

CASAT member featured on inSocialWork podcast

Nancy Roget, MS, executive director of the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT), led a recent inSocialWork podcast on the topic of telehealth. Roget spoke about using technology in addiction social work practice and emphasized how social workers need to embrace technology to expand the use of services. The podcast episode, "Around the Next Curve: Using Technology in Addiction Social Work Practice," has already been viewed over 850 times.

McNair receives new credentials

La Tanya McNairLa Tanya McNair

La Tanya McNair, MHA, BSBA, CPC, CPCO, ROCC, compliance auditor, recently received Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO) certification. Her new credentials will be of great value to improving patient care through compliance and quality improvement initiatives.

McMillin promoted to editor

Anne McMillin, APR, has been promoted to Editor, News & Publications, for the University of Nevada School of Medicine. She also has accepted an invitation from the Association of American Medical Colleges' Group on Institutional Advancement to serve as the public affairs representative to its steering committee. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America as vice president of professional development.

Hogan elected to editorial board

Mary Beth Hogan, M.D., professor and pediatric allergist/immunologist at the School of Medicine, has been elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Allergy and Immunology: In Practice for a five-year term. Hogan was chosen to join the elite group of editorial board members based on her expertise in the field of pediatric allergy and immunology and her previous contributions to the publication.

Director of School of Social Work elected to national association

Goutham Menon, Ph.D., professor and director of the School of Social Work, has been elected to serve as vice president and program chair of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work (NAAD). He will serve a three-year term beginning in July and will be responsible for all professional development needs of the membership.

Founded in 1986, the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work (NADD) is a volunteer membership organization dedicated to promoting excellence in social work education. Membership is composed of more than 200 deans, directors and chairpersons of graduate social work programs in the U.S. and Canada. NADD supports its members in their professional development and effectiveness as academic administrators.

School of Medicine welcomes new executive assistant

Stefani Richards

Stefani Richards

The School of Medicine and Division of Health Sciences welcomes Stefani Richards as the executive assistant to the dean and vice president, Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D. Most recently, Richards was business development coordinator at Resource Action Programs, an energy efficiency education company in Sparks, Nev.


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