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Nayla Bezares
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:03 pm
FOCUS Food systems affect multiple elements of society, influencing well-being from health, economic and environmental perspectives. In Puerto Rico, recent natural disasters have demonstrated the need for cohesive food systems planning. Nayla studies the sustainability of food resilience strategies in Puerto Rico, such as increasing local food production and expanding highly diverse agricultural systems. The… View Article
Carol E. Ramos Gerena
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:24 pm
FOCUS As a biologist and environmental planner from Puerto Rico, Carol wants to contribute to the food sovereignty of her country. Recent unprecedented and “fast-track” land use policy deregulation in Puerto Rico will be documented and detailed in her research, centering the perspective of local food producers. With her dissertation, Carol plans to promote effective,… View Article
Alejandra Arrieta
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:17 pm
FOCUS Alejandra is committed to researching social determinants of health, with a focus on predictors of gender inequalities in health and how these disparities vary by race, ethnicity, and economic background. She is particularly interested in studying how gender norms affect behaviors and health during adolescence, as well as the long-term consequences on chronic disease… View Article
Melissa Horner
Posted On November 29, 2020 2:06 pm
FOCUS Every day, tribal nations and Native individuals interrupt and heal the effects of intergenerational historical trauma caused by past and present settler colonization. Melissa’s research focuses on how, when, and where these Native-led healing approaches occur. To explore and understand the particularities, she draws on community-based participatory Indigenous methodologies and takes an interdisciplinary approach… View Article
Christian Maino Vieytes
Posted On November 25, 2020 6:53 pm
FOCUSChristian’s research interests lie at the intersection of nutrition, epidemiology, statistics, and computer science. Harnessing tools from each of those fields, Christian examines the relationships between dietary factors and cancer-relevant outcomes in traditionally understudied cancer types (e.g., head and neck cancers). Christian’s interests also extend to how a cancer diagnosis impacts patients financially. Specifically, he… View Article
Bukola Bakare
Posted On July 23, 2019 7:58 pm
FOCUS Bukola Bakare’s interdisciplinary research approach and advocacy highlight issues surrounding physically active transportation and corporate social responsibility that informs planners of the need to channel transportation infrastructure and policy that benefit not only automobile travelers but also active travelers. Engaging active travelers through a safely shared road network can cultivate increased active lifestyles and… View Article
Teresa Jackson
Posted On July 23, 2019 7:50 pm
FOCUS Teresa Jackson’s dissertation will focus on an innovative nutrition education approach and the differences educator personality may have on health outcomes. Her current plan of study includes classes related to community nutrition, food security, educational counseling, culture, and society. She hopes to empower others to lead healthier lives through sound research and the sharing… View Article
Chioma Woko
Posted On July 23, 2019 6:50 pm
FOCUS Disproportionate access to health information and resources by marginalized groups is one indicator of health inequity and disparity in the United States. Further, the composition of an individual’s social networks is a strong predictor for their health outcomes and behaviors. Social media has expanded the traditional idea of a social network, allowing people in… View Article
Asia Sade Ivey
Posted On July 23, 2019 6:19 pm
FOCUS Asia’s research has a sociology of education focus where she examines how race and poverty impact the K-12 experience. Asia is currently interested in the role of culturally sustaining educators within public education, the resources and support they require, and how to measure their skill sets. Additionally, she focuses on the ways in which… View Article
Ashley Gripper
Posted On July 23, 2019 4:41 pm
FOCUS Ashley believes black communities are stronger when they are self-determined. Her research examines the connection between agriculture, land access, and the health of black growers; it is community-centered and community-driven. In order to more effectively advocate for anti-racist federal and local land access policies, new strategies are needed to establish an association between growing… View Article

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