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 […]

Stempel College: FREE Virtual Event (In Spanish) on How a Certificate in Cybersecurity and Health Can Protect Your Organization

Cyberattacks are a constant threat for health care organizations responding to the pandemic. According to HealthITSecurity, hackers took full advantage of the global crisis in 2020, using fraud schemes, phishing attacks, and other cyber threats to prey on the vulnerable. Their attacks led to some of the most significant healthcare data breaches seen in years.  […]

Stempel College Professor to Advise WHO/FAO on New Nutrient Requirements for Infants

Dr. Cristina Palacios, associate professor of Dietetics and Nutrition at FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, is making it her life-long pursuit to help families live happy and healthy lives. As an undergrad at Universidad Central de Venezuela, Palacios developed an interest in exploring the relationship between breastfeeding and infant weight […]

Stempel social work professor’s ambitious AIDS retrospective teaches history while memorializing the lost

Shed Boren has undertaken a labor of herculean proportions to fill in the gaps for young people who have little knowledge of the AIDS epidemic. “I just realized people don’t know this,” Boren says of those on FIU’s campus who inspired a new exhibition, now open at the Coral Gables Museum. “I meet some LGBTQ […]

Stempel College social work professor honored for pushing graduate students to excel in the research arena

Dr. Shanna Burke, social work professor at Stempel College, harbors a “secret” that ultimately earned her a top recognition. In March she received the Social Work Educator of the Year Award from the Miami-Dade County chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. A seasoned investigator, she has developed a tried-and-true approach to launch graduate […]

Stempel College Public Health graduate program vaults to No. 44 in the nation

The public health graduate program at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work at Florida International University has been recognized as the 44th best in the nation among public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Leaping five spots from last year, the Stempel College program is quickly moving up in the […]

In the midst of societal and personal challenges, a Stempel College MPH student prioritizes widening access to health care within the Black community

As the combined weight of a global pandemic and nationwide racial upheaval collided with her own personal suffering, eternal optimist Nandy Smith rose above. The now-32-year-old mother of a toddler could have seen her ebullient spirit seriously tempered in the public aftermath of George Floyd’s death and by the concurrent dissolution of her seven-year marriage. […]

FIU-Stempel Ph.D. candidate finds his life’s calling in the Brain, Behavior and the Environment Program

Doctoral student Alexander Rodichkin recently won a top honor in a graduate-level competition organized by the Metals Specialty Section at the virtual annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology. His poster presentation took second place in the Metals Specialty Section among students from the United States and abroad. The entry describes his three-year study on […]