Chemistry and Physical Sciences

Ubaldo M. Córdova: transforming research culture in Puerto Rico

Yaihara Fortis Santiago's picture
Dr. Ubaldo Córdova wants to make sure that young scientists and faculty in Puerto Rico have a support system for professional development.

Dr. Ubaldo M. Córdova knew from a very early age that he wanted to be a scientist. He confirmed this thought when he had to complete a special project for his geography class in high school. For this project, a shy and introvert Ubaldo, built a geography map of Puerto Rico. He designed a very precise map that marked the Island’s municipalities using colorful sand. Based on the sophistication of his design- where the different colors of sand did not mix and every piece fit perfectly- his teacher told him that he would become an engineer.

SACNAS: Our colorful conference

Samuel L Díaz Muñoz's picture

“De colores, de colores
Es el arco iris que vemos lucir.”

-Mexican folk song

< Much may be lost in this translation, which is why SACNAS and CienciaPR exist. So scientists can communicate in our way. Nevertheless, attempting translation to be inclusive ;) >

I came down the escalator and saw the mass of people. Thousands. Four thousand to be exact. I was in awe. All these people were interested in helping minority scientists of all colors. This conference was not just an array of myriad skin tones, but also backgrounds, cultural traditions and science.  

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