What are they up to?

  • Anne Frankel (PhD, PH, ’12) is now an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the MPH program at Temple University. Click on the following link to read the FIU Graduate School’s article on Dr. Frankel: http://gradschool.fiu.edu/student-spotlight-current.shtml
  • Rakesh R. Nair, recently left his position as Research Specialist in the Division of Research Information and Data Coordination Center for the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) to start a General Surgery Residency program at Mount Sinai, Miami. Nair started at FIU in 2008 as a Master student in the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, concentrating on Environment and Occupational Health. While a graduate student, Nair worked as a Research Assistant for the Public Health Department and HWCOM and conducted more than ten abstract presentations both statewide and nationally. He is the author of a medical book being published for circulation in India and co-authored an article on arteriovenous fistula published in the Journal of Vascular Access. He is an member of Golden Key International Honor society, Delta Epsilon Iota, and Phi Beta Delta. In addition to his Master’s degree in Public Health, Nair holds a medical degree from India and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
  • Jo Brocato (PhD, 2004) was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at Cal State, Long Beach.
  • Zara Rowlands (PhD, DN, ’03) received the 2013 Outstanding Dietetic Educator award from the Ohio Dietetic Association. As of June 1, 2013, she also became the Department of Human Ecology Chairperson at Youngstown State University (YSU). That Department houses the “life skills” professions including Food and Nutrition, Fashion and Interiors Merchandising, Early Childhood Education, Hospitality Management, Family and Consumer Studies and Family and Consumer Sciences Education.
  • Latrice Thomas (MSW, 2010) was chosen to participate in the Maternal and Child Post Graduate Leadership Academy (www.mchleadershipacademy.org). The Academy only selects three participants yearly and she is the first representative from Florida.
  • In Memoriam: Dr. Norys Guerra (MPH, 1989) passed away on September 1, 2013, after a brave battle with cancer. Dr. Guerra was a Medical Officer in the Division of Toxicology and Human Health Sciences at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR / CDC). As a disease prevention specialist, Dr. Guerra focused on environmental justice and health disparities issues. After realizing that Hispanics disproportionately live in close proximity to hazardous waste sites and work in high-risk, low-wage occupations, which further expose them to hazards, increasing their risk for illness, injuries, disabilities or premature death, she helped develop strategic perspectives for identifying and addressing health disparities among Hispanics/Latinos in the U.S.

Author: Cecile Houry

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