Myriam Torres, a clinical epidemiology professor who works with CPARG, recently received the Arnold School’s James A. Keith excellence in teaching award. Dr. Torres went to nursing school in Colombia where she worked in clinics and hospitals until she realized she felt most comfortable as a public health nurse. She then enrolled in an MPH program at the Universidad de Antioquia and found she greatly enjoyed the epidemiology, biostatistics and research experiences. She began teaching epidemiology at the local nursing school and decided to further her education with an MSPH and PhD in epidemiology at the UofSC. As a graduate student, Dr. Torres taught EPID 700 and continues to teach that course today along with co-teaching Quantitative Methods for Public Health Practice (PUBH 725) and EPID 410 in Costa Rica. Dr. Torres adds that “I enjoyed teaching but mostly I enjoyed meeting new students. I always learn from them and their backgrounds. The students keep you intellectually motivated. I am very humbled by the ward and plan to teach for as long as I am able”. Dr. Torres is an investigator in the CPARG LAUNCH research project collaborating on activities related to Hispanic/Latino participants and health disparities in general.