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Having graduated with a degree in biochemistry and a minor in biology, Hugo Duenas ’19 was applying to medical school when he realized something was missing.
“I had done my research, hours of shadowing, and checked every single box but I felt that I wasn’t ready for medical school. I was looking for something that wasn’t there yet,” Duenas said. “I understood that there was something that I wanted to be before I became a physician – and that is a leader.”
Duenas’ mentor recommended the Master in Disaster Management at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, which teaches students the fundamental and practical skills needed when disasters strike.
As news of a novel virus began spreading throughout the world, faculty at FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work tracked it and prepared for its impact.
Feeling the pulse of the virus and the changes that it would make to the world; faculty throughout the college quickly began to look for ways to support communities throughout South Florida and beyond.
To further understand how the environment is impacting brain health, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders, in collaboration with the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, has invited two distinguished neuroscientists from FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work to participate in the workshop, “Environmental Neuroscience: Advancing the Understanding of How Chemical Exposures Impact Brain Health and Disease.”
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, FIU alumna Lillie Garvin ’18 responded to the State of Florida’s call for epidemiologists, and it has changed her life.
“This virus is like nothing we have ever seen before and the unknown can be scary – especially when we see the unfortunate end result in some cases,” Garvin said. “Being part of the emergency response team for COVID-19 has given me the privilege to fight against the virus and work around the clock to protect our community.”