2015-16 Faculty Senate Members > Medicine

School of Medicine Senators


Cory Martin  
Term Expires: June 2016       
Phone: (775) 738-3828
Email: cmartin@medicine.nevada.edu

Brief Bio: Cory is a Coordinator of Education with the Elko Area Health Education Center for the University of Nevada, School of Medicine.

Maria Valencik
Term Expires: June 2016
Phone: (775) 784-1389
Website: website website
Email: mvalen@unr.edu

Brief Bio: Maria is an Associate Professor in Biochemestry and Molecular Biology, studying the role of integrins, dimeric receptors for extracellular matrix, in cardiac myocytes. Integrins are interposed between the contractile machinery of the cardiac muscle and the extracellular matrix skeleton of the heart. The integrin receptors serve as mechanosensors, translating mechanical stress into chemical signals. She also studies this process using a novel transgenic mouse system, in which integrin expression by cardiac myocytes is turned on and off using a chemical switch (Transgenic Research 10: 269-75). Using a similar approach, she is studying the role of the natriuretic peptide system in mediating diastolic left ventricular function. These projects are ideal to learn more about the basic pathobiology of the heart using molecular, cell, transgenic and physiological approaches.

Kristine Galek                           
Term Expires: June 2018
Phone: (775) 682-7021

Brief Bio: Kristine is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology where she conducts clinical diagnostics and intervention as well as research in the state of the art voice and swallowing clinic. Kristine's primary research interests are swallowing disorders, voice disorders, and cleft palate. Other salient interests include product development and entrepreneurial ventures.

Abbie Olszewski                  
Term Expires: June 2015
Phone: (775) 682-7017
Website: Website
Email: aolszewski@medicine.nevada.edu

Brief Bio: Abbie Olszewski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology.  She is the director of the Building Language and Literacy in Growing (BLLING) Youth Research Lab where she conducts research regarding children’s language and literacy skills.  Abbie has a particular interest in the communication abilities of children from at-risk and culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

Abbie recently completed her doctoral program at Utah State University in Disability Disciplines with a specialization in Speech Language Pathology and a sub-specialization in Language and Literacy.  Previous to her doctoral coursework, she worked as a speech language pathologist in Chicago with a decade of clinical practice in a variety of settings from home-based early intervention to high school classrooms.  She loves her work and is committed to enhancing the lives of others through her efforts as a researcher, teacher, and clinician.

Terry Henner          
Term Expires: June 2017
Phone: (775) 682-7301
Email: thenner@medicine.nevada.edu

Brief Bio: Terry Henner is an Associate Professor and Head of Outreach Services in the Savitt Medical Library, which serves The University of Nevda School of Medicine programs. He has a particular interest in the application of technology to promote access to health information and to facilitate scholarly communication.