Nevada System of Higher Education
Health Sciences System Newsletter 
June 2013
The Health Sciences System (HSS) was established by the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents in 2006. Its purpose is to address Nevada's community health issues through a system-wide effort to integrate and expand the education of health professionals and to foster collaborative research in health and health care.  Through collaboration among the NSHE institutions and a broad range of external partners, the HSS intends to be a catalyst for improvement in the health and wellness of Nevada.  Visit us at:
27th Annual Human Anatomy & Physiology Society conference workshops held at NSC

Welcoming a national audience of college and university faculty, Nevada State College (NSC) was proud to co-host the 27th Annual Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) Conference. Workshops promoting excellence in teaching anatomy and physiology were held on campus May 28-29 in the Liberal Arts and Sciences and Dawson buildings.
Over 575 professors from across the country participated in the event, setting an attendance record for the conference. The complete HAPS conference took place May 25-30 with seminars held at The Mirage Hotel.

"It was a pleasure for Nevada State College to be able to provide space and resources for the HAPS organization and conference participants," said Kebret Kebede, associate professor at NSC and HAPS 2013 Annual Conference Coordinator. "The conference was a great opportunity for NSC to share its vision of teaching excellence with faculty from around the country."


UNR Orvis School of Nursing faculty invited to prestigious leadership program
Two Orvis School of Nursing faculty members were recently named to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's prestigious Leadership for Academic Nursing Program. 

Stephanie DeBoor, Ph.D., R.N., CCRN, assistant professor and associate director for graduate programs, and Christine Aramburu Alegria, Ph.D., R.N., FNP-BC, assistant professor and doctorate of nursing practice coordinator, were selected for this executive leadership fellowship designed to prepare a more diverse, younger pool of leaders.  

Patsy Ruchala, D.N.S.c, R.N., professor and director of the Orvis School of Nursing, who was a member of the inaugural 2002 Leadership for Academic Nursing Program class, said entry into this program is very competitive and she is thrilled that two Orvis faculty members were selected this year. 

"This is such an opportunity for Christine and Stephanie. Having been through the program myself, I know what a high caliber leadership program it is and the networks that can be developed that will last for years to come. I am just delighted to be able to support them in this endeavor."  
University of Nevada School of Medicine honors students, faculty with awards
The University of Nevada School of Medicine honored faculty and students with various award ceremonies held in conjunction with the end of the 2012-13 academic year.

The annual School of Medicine awards ceremony recognized outstanding students in all four year-groups with awards for academic achievement, excellence in clinical activities and outstanding achievement in research activities.


Ashish Francis, Class of 2013, was awarded the Dean's Scholar Award for his embodiment of the true hallmarks of a great physician: compassion, skill and knowledge.

The Dean's Dinner held that same night recognized several faculty members who have contributed their time and talents in support of School of Medicine including:

* Kenneth T. Maehara, Ph.D., assistant professor of pathology, was honored with the Dean's Distinguished Service Award for his 21 years of teaching pathology to second-year students and serving the admissions process in several capacities including assistant dean for admissions.

* Jacob Manjooran, M.D., earned recognition as this year's Praeceptor Carissimus Award for his role precepting and mentoring students and residents and serving as a role model for teaching, clinical practice and service.

* Carl Sievert, Ph.D., professor of physiology and cell biology, was honored with the inaugural Perillustris Docere award as a distinguished teacher who forms special bonds with students and has had a positive impact on the career development of those students.


At the University of Nevada, Reno's 2013 Honor the Best ceremony on May 14, Iain L. O. Buxton, Pharm.D., chair of the School of Medicine's Department of Pharmacology, was selected as one of three University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Professors in recognition of his outstanding research and teaching achievements. Buxton has taught a wide range of pharmacology courses during his 28 years at the medical school. He has contributed to the most recent transformation of the pre-clinical curriculum at the School of Medicine, a transformation that has profound effects on how pharmacology is taught. He is internationally renowned for his research into the causes of preterm labor and has changed the way scientists think about the regulation of uterine function in pregnancy. Buxton has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and contributed to three textbooks in pharmacology and therapeutics.

Did you know: 
The Nevada System of Higher Education has 150 distinct Health Sciences programs throughout eight institutions with an estimated total of 18,000 enrolled students.
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