Department News : 2014 :

PhD in Epidemiology student, Diana Naranjo, receives a 2014 Tinker Field Research Grant

The Center for Latin American Studies is pleased to announce the winners of the prestigious 2014 Tinker Field Research Grants and CLAS Field Research Grants. On April 24th, 2013 fourteen grants were awarded to students from the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Communications, the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), and the Miller School of Medicine. Topics varied from studies of dengue fever and other mosquito-borne illnesses in South America, to studies of water reuse policy in Mexico. Diana Naranjo, PhD in Epidemiology student, was among the students who received an award. She will utilize her award to study vector control strategies in Ecuador Her project is titled “A Novel Outlook to Control the Dengue Vector in Selected Neighborhoods of Guayas, Ecuador” and her faculty advisor is Dr. John C. Beier, Department of Public Health Sciences, Miller School of Medicine.

Diana Paola Naranjo obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Temple University and her Master of Arts in International Administration from the College of Arts and Sciences University of Miami. Diana’s dissertation work for her current doctoral program in Epidemiology from University of Miami is based on vector control strategies and its application to enhance public health. Miss Naranjo has a strong interest in improving the quality of life for low income communities in Latin American countries. Her work also entails building academic, professional and community relationships with representatives from Ecuador to facilitate international agreements for research and public health purposes.