This graduate administrator helps empower Stempel College students

If you are a prospective or current graduate student of Stempel College’s Department of Dietetics & Nutrition, chances are you will meet Julia González, administrator of Academic Support Services. “Individuals like Julia help make what our college is today,” said Tomás R. Guilarte, dean of Stempel College. “We dedicate ourselves to supporting our students through […]

Grandmother inspires Stempel College alum to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease

More than 50 million people worldwide have dementia, according to the World Health Organization. Families with a loved one battling Alzheimer’s disease— the most common form of dementia— bear witness to its devastating effects of memory loss, confusion, and the inability to complete everyday tasks. Working to help find ways to prevent, treat and cure […]

Stempel College: From lifeguard to Governor’s Hurricane Conference scholar

Gabriel Zahora, a graduate of the Academy for International Disaster Preparedness (AIDP) at Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, was recently awarded the title of Governor‘s Hurricane Conference scholar. As a scholar, Zahora has the opportunity to participate in virtual activities that focus on hurricane planning, preparedness, response, and recovery. It will also allow him to learn from and connect with the best of the best in the emergency management industry. Zahora was chosen for his experience working in the field to […]

Stempel College researchers work toward ending health disparities and elevating communities in need

Last year amidst the brutal beginnings of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of civil unrest calling for an end to systemic racism, a seemingly new issue made national headlines. Researchers discovered that minority populations were among some of the most vulnerable to COVID-19. Why? Mario De La Rosa, professor of social work at the Robert Stempel […]

Stempel College: Meet the twins making an impact in public health

Doctor, minister, author, and college professor are just a few of the titles Amber and Ashley Goodman can claim as their own. The powerhouse twins graduated in 2020 with a master’s in public health from the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work and have since set their eyes on improving healthcare for […]

Stempel students volunteer to help run COVID-19 vaccine clinic

In January of 2021, Anny Rodriguez received an email from Dr. Mary Jo Trepka, the chair of epidemiology at FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, asking students to volunteer to support the vaccine clinic on campus. The university had just received vaccines from Miami-Dade County through the Florida Department of Health […]

Stempel epidemiologist warns pandemic is far from over

According to the latest projections out by the CDC, the United States may see a sharp decline by July in COVID-19 cases—that is, if vaccinations continue and people wear masks where appropriate and adhere to social distancing.  Dr. Mary Jo Trepka is an infectious disease epidemiologist and chair of epidemiology at FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work. Since the start of the pandemic, Trepka has worked to help control COVID-19 and promote the importance of vaccinations in […]

Stempel doctoral student wins $20,000 fellowship from the American Association of University’s Women

Maryam Rafieifar, a doctoral student at Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, has won a $20,000 Dissertation Fellowship from the American Association of University Women‘s (AAUW). AAUW’s fellowship program is the largest and oldest non-institutional source of graduate funding for women in the United States. The association awarded her for her commitment […]