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Social Work Interns and Field Instructors Recognized at Annual Breakfast  

A requirement in all social work programs, the students must meet the competencies and practice behaviors set forth by the School and accrediting body (CSWE) during their practicum. Students learn to integrate their classroom learning/knowledge into their practice in the internships under the supervision of MSW-level field instructors.

This 2018-2019 year, three students are being recognized for the outstanding work they did during their internships while three community partners are being acknowledged for their mentorship.

Stempel College post-docs shine at Society of Toxicology Conference


At the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology, postdoctoral associates Drs. Damaris Albores-Garcia and Aseel Eid were awarded honors for their respective work and research within Stempel College’s Brain, Behavior and Environment program, a FIU Emerging Preeminent Program.

Ola Osibogun is Worlds Ahead


Olatokunbo “Ola” Osibogun, was raised with an inspiration to improve health.
Born in New York to Nigerian parents, Ola and her family returned to their home country when she was young as her parents wanted to raise their daughters in Nigeria. Her father, a physician, epidemiologist and professor of public health, and her mother, an administrator and director in higher education, instilled in their daughters the importance of education and working hard to pursue their goals.

Donated artwork encourages social justice, inspires Stempel researchers

Art Donation

Recently, Shed Boren, visiting clinical instructor in the School of Social Work and his partner, Jose Valdes-Fauli, generously gifted the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work 29 pieces of Young’s art.

“Purvis’ work speaks to the community that we serve as social workers,” said Boren. “I discovered his art when I was working with the indigent and homeless populations in Miami and really appreciated how it represented that point of view, one that many try to turn a blind eye to but that Purvis understood and celebrated.”

Stempel researcher finds correlation between blood type and susceptibility to severe malaria


Abraham Degarege Mengist is making malaria his mission.

A doctoral student in public health with a concentration in epidemiology, Mengist came to the Robert Stempel from his native Ethopia to acquire training in epidemiological research methods from renowned faculty and a curriculum that would give him the research skills to advance health at home and globally.

Mengist — in collaboration with Stempel College researchers Merhawi T. Gebrezgi, Gladys Ibanez and Purnima Madhivanan as well as Mats Wahlgren of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden — conducted a meta-analysis study examining the effects of blood type on susceptibility to severe malaria and related morbidities.