Last month, outstanding faculty members and administrators from various disciplines whose work in 2015 demonstrated significant impact in their respective fields were honored at a reception held at the Ronald W. Reagan Presidential House.
President Mark B. Rosenberg and Provost Kenneth G. Furton recognized 31 individuals for their accomplishments in a variety of categories, including award-winning publications, creative work and notable academic appointments. Among those recognized were FIU Stempel College faculty members, Marianna Baum and Eric F. Wagner.
Dietetics & Nutrition professor Marianna Baum is a nationally and internationally acclaimed scientist in the area of nutrition, metabolism and HIV/AIDS. She was the first scientist to investigate the relationship between HIV infection and micronutrient status. After her large-scale National Institutes of Health-funded studies showed deficiencies in micronutrients as the disease progressed, Baum and her team conducted clinical trials supplementing specific micronutrients. These NIH-supported studies showed that long-term micronutrient supplementation improved nutritional status and immunity, delayed disease progression, and improved overall quality of life in HIV infected individuals. Baum’s most recent studies involve the risks for HIV and Hepatitis C disease progression in the presence of drug and alcohol abuse, their effect on liver disease, its prevention and treatment.
Wagner is a professor in the School of Social Work, the director of the FIU-Banyan Research Institute on Dissemination, Grants, & Evaluation (FIU-BRIDGE), and a clinical psychologist licensed to practice in Florida. He is an internationally-recognized expert on brief interventions for alcohol and drug users, with a particular emphasis on youth, minority, and immigrant populations. Wagner’s community-based clinical research has been sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Ware Foundation, and the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología. He has served as an expert for NIAAA, the United Nations, the United States Department of Education, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, regarding adolescent substance use problems.