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AIZA BHUIYAN

AIZA BHUIYAN, Sports & Health Editor Emerita

Aiza Bhuiyan, Fordham College at Lincoln Center ’21, is an editor for the sports & health section. As a pre-medical student majoring in anthropology, she is interested in learning about how a person’s identity affects their relationship with their health. You can find her feigning productivity and posing for tourists at the Rose Reading Room in the NYPL. 

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photo of a us army ward during the spanish flu pandemic

A 100-Year History of Pandemics

February 28, 2021
This list of pandemics highlights how the Fordham community responded to each event in history.
photo of two vaccine volunteers hoping to achieve immunity. both have face masks and head coverings on.

Vaccine Vulnerabilities

December 2, 2020
As the possibility of a COVID-19 vaccine grows ever closer, public hesitancy may jeopardize efforts toward public immunity.
Disruptions to daily routines due to the pandemic and quarantining this year have thrown off many students' sleep schedules.

Coronavirus and Counting Sheep: How the Pandemic Is Affecting Your Sleep

November 11, 2020
The pandemic has disrupted the sleep-wake cycles of many college students. However, to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is crucial for young adults to get a restful seven to eight hours of sleep.
mount sinai hospital sign

The Future of the Affordable Care Act

October 28, 2020
Trump would like the ACA repealed, while Biden’s presidential plans include countering Trump's changes and building on Obama’s contributions.
protestors with Black Lives Matter signs

Police Violence Is a Public Health Issue: What Will Donald Trump or Joe Biden Do About It?

October 28, 2020
On June 4, the APHA declared police violence a public health issue during protests that followed the killings of unarmed Black Americans.
graph of achievement gap among students of different races

Global Pandemic Widens Achievement Gap Among Students

September 17, 2020
With the COVID-19 pandemic turning most education remote, achievement gaps widen due to factors like access to technology and learning disabilities.
infographic about racism

The Psychological Toll of Racism

September 16, 2020
When individuals experience racism, it does heavy damage to mental health. Stress, depression and anxiety are a few common effects in which these experiences result.
After shuttering all research since spring, students and teachers alike are now returning to their labs, although mostly continuing to work remotely.

STEM Students Resume Research Remotely

July 30, 2020
Students doing research with mentors from the Natural Science and Integrative Neuroscience departments have adapted to remote work.
A survey conducted at FCLC asked students understandings and perceptions about the coronavirus pandemic.

Special Report: Survey Reveals Fordham Students’ Knowledge of the Coronavirus

April 15, 2020
The Observer circulated an anonymous survey to 121 Fordham College at Lincoln Center students to gauge the student body’s understanding of COVID-19.
Martin Di Grandi Ph.D., has worked in the private sector for seventeen years. Currently, he researches in his own lab at Rose Hill and teaches at Lincoln Center.

Fordham Alumnus and Professor Training STEM Students to Solve Problems of the Future

April 1, 2020
After graduating from Fordham College at Rose Hill, Martin Di Grandi Ph.D. spent seventeen years as a researcher in the pharmaceutical industry synthesizing potential antiviral and anticancer medication. Following his departure from the private sector, he returned to his alma mater to educate and inspire the next generation of scientists.
Rich in Vitamin C, berries a great source of antioxidants.

Finding Antioxidants at Fordham

January 28, 2020

In the last decade, antioxidants have been extensively marketed to health-conscious individuals. However, the science behind how antioxidants work and what they do is largely unknown to these consumers....

UPDATED: Clearing the Air: Addressing The Misconceptions about “E-Cigs”

October 16, 2019
With nearly 1,200 reports of lung disease and 26 deaths across the country, users are left with questions about what an “e-cig” actually is, and more importantly, what the devices are doing to their health. 
Karel Van Bourgondien, FCLC '21, working on an anti-Hepatitis C agent in a chemistry lab in John Mulcahy Hall at Rose Hill.

Fordham Student Researchers Share Their Summer Experience

August 25, 2019
Every summer, Lincoln Center science students research with their professors in various science disciplines. Four of these students talked with Assistant Sports & Health Editor Aiza Bhuiyan about the research they did this summer.
The recent outbreak has led New Yorkers to call for mandatory measles vaccinations citywide.

Pseudoscience is Sustaining the Measles Outbreak

April 30, 2019
The driving forces of this epidemic are people neglecting to get vaccinated and the misinformation being propagated through various means in their communities.
Roger Severino, director of OCR, seeks to expand the ability of doctors to discriminate against patients.

Doctors Have a Duty to Care, Not Discriminate

March 28, 2019
Even though doctors are supposed to be completely devoid of judgment when treating their patients, federal policies allow doctors to discriminate against their patients. Across the country, doctors are allowed conscience protections which allow them to refuse to treat patients based on their “religious” beliefs.
Luke Osborn winding down with a Glossier face mask.

What’s Better: Natural vs. Synthetic Face Masks

March 12, 2019
Looking for some post-midterms self-care ideas? Luke Osborn and Aiza Bhuiyan compare and contrast natural and synthetic face masks and provide you with advice on making your own.
With the announced changes to the specialized high school system, the demographics of the school will better reflect those of the city.

We Need to Diversify Specialized High Schools

February 19, 2019
This plan is not meant to racially balance the schools, but rather to desegregate the school system.
Whether you go low-carb or high-carb, studies show you will most likely gain back the weight you lost.

Adopting Healthy Habits: Don’t Diet ’til You Try It

February 5, 2019
It's the New Year, and dieting is all the rage again. However, studies suggest that fad diets don't actually help you lose weight.
Photo Courtesy of Bruce Gilbert

Guy Robinson Ph.D., Fordham’s Resident Pollen Analyst

November 14, 2018

Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) biology professor Guy Robinson, Ph.D., is making great strides with his pollen analysis research. His research focuses on palynology, the study of pollen grains...

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's bravery must not and will not be forgotten any time soon.

What Followed Christine Blasey Ford’s Historic Testimony

November 7, 2018

On Sept. 16, Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations of Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulting her surfaced across various media outlets. She reluctantly came forward, knowing the negative impact it would have...

In 2007, 14.6 percent of U.S. college students have used prescription drugs nonmedically. (Photo Via Flickr)

The Opioid Epidemic: Facts and Remedies

September 26, 2018

Opiate addictions date back to antiquity when the ancient Egyptians, Persians and Chinese used poppy plant extract as mood relaxers. In the mid-19th century, Great Britain orchestrated an opium addiction...

Depicted: number of black students in each Michigan school district compared to the respective achievement gap in reading and math performance, measured in Grade Equivalent Units. Zero represents the national average, so a negative numeric value indicates how many grade levels below the mean students in the district are performing.

Equal Access to Education for All: A Civil Rights Issue

September 11, 2018

Imagine this: You walk into your school and are immediately engulfed in temperatures exceeding 90 degrees due to defective furnaces. As you proceed to walk down the hall, metal detectors welcome you, making...

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The History of Amphetamines: A Story of Abuse and Stigmatization

August 23, 2018

The ancestry of Adderall dates back to 1867 when a Romanian chemist named Lazar Edeleanu unintentionally synthesized the first amphetamine. Because Edeleanu was more interested in his research refining...

Heroines of the American women's suffrage movement (Left to right: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott). (EDDIE WELKER VIA FLICKR)

We the People Demand Equal Rights

March 14, 2018

Why should we the people of the United States be treated equally in the eye of the law? Is it because we are citizens contributing to society? Is it simply because we are human? Why do we deserve equality?...

The War on Roses

The War on Roses

February 14, 2018

Roses are red Violets are blue Valentine’s Day is a corporate scheme for revenue What do Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Christmas have in common? They are...

Despite the fact that about 51 percent of visual art is done by women, only about 30 percent of women’s art is displayed in top galleries. (HERRY LAWFORD VIA FLICKR)

Behind the Brush: Fine Arts Need Better Representation

January 25, 2018

Exclusion is a timeless tyrannical tactic propagated to limit the representation of women and other marginalized groups within the creation of culture. Despite a woman’s integral role in society and...

President Donald Trump handled hurricane relief in Puerto Rico this month differently than he handled hurricane relief in Houston and Florida earlier this year. (MATT JOHNSON VIA FLICKR)

Trump Needs to Take Puerto Rico Seriously

October 26, 2017

Sixteen. Does this number hold any significance for you? What if we assign an attribute to it? What value do 16 American lives hold? To our President, 16 human lives are just a casualty...