Annual Social Work awards celebrate students and field instructors making an impact

Summer 2022 is here, and with it comes the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work’s annual awards that recognize the contributions made by social work students to communities in South Florida.   “Each year, we are amazed by the accomplishments of our students in their internships. This year is definitely not an […]

FIU-Stempel College alumna Bridget A. Pelaez awarded Health Care Hero Award by Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce awarded Bridget A. Pelaez, Assistant Director of the Division of Operations and Safety at FIU, the Healthcare Hero Nurse Award during its 2022 Health Care Heroes event on Thursday, May 19. Bridget was honored for her selfless contributions and commitment to the safety of FIU faculty, staff, students, and […]

Campus smoking lab investigates effects of e-cigs

by Maya Washburn Is vaping really a better option than traditional smoking? FIU researchers want to find out. FIU’s Clinical Research Lab for Tobacco Smoking looks at the addiction and toxicity profile of emerging tobacco use methods and ways to reduce their harm. With several newly funded projects, the lab has just begun recruitment efforts for […]

FIU Stempel College continues its ascent in U.S. News World Report Rankings

Among public universities, the School of Public Health climbs to No. 39, the School of Social Work rises to No. 49, and the Biostatistics Program ranks for the first time in the top 50 The Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work at Florida International University continues its rise in the U.S. News […]

How virtual town halls can help build COVID-19 vaccine confidence among minority communities

Building trust with minority communities through virtual town halls and community partnerships can help reduce vaccine hesitancy, suggests a recent study published by researchers from Florida International University (FIU). Vaccine hesitancy poses a challenge for global vaccine initiatives. Social media can be a breeding ground for misinformation, and public health experts have needed to get […]

Stempel College ranks among the top 16 schools of public health at public universities for NIH research funding

The Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work at Florida International University holds steady at No. 16 in the nation for public health schools at public universities receiving National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, according to this year’s annual rankings by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. Overall, Stempel College ranked No. […]

Stempel College alumna turned USDA scientist inspires Black students to pursue their dreams

“Do you have plants, animals or seeds with you?” It’s a question travelers get asked before entering the United States after taking a trip abroad. “The reason they are asking is that you mustn’t introduce anything foreign into our agricultural system,” said Deirdra Chester ’03, a science advisor with the United States Department of Agriculture […]

FIU Ph.D. student explores new link between insecticide and Alzheimer’s disease

Ferass Sammoura first crossed paths with insecticides while playing soccer with his friends in the city streets of Lebanon. “I remember seeing big trucks with tanks spray a fog of insecticides throughout the streets,” Sammoura said. “When they finished, they told us it was ok to continue playing. So, we would wait for the fog […]

Stempel College’s Chair of Global Health to help strengthen global cancer prevention guidelines

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF, in official relations with the World Health Organization) has selected Dr. Rajiv Chowdhury, chair of global health at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, to serve as the global representative on the Expert Panel for the Continuous Update Project. This initiative focuses on uncovering how […]