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.
Puerto Rico is witnessing a historic moment, as young people continue to call out their government’s abandonment of the country’s most vulnerable communities. Puerto Rico continues to struggle with the complexities of colonialism and the socioeconomic consequences of a U.S. imposed Fiscal Oversight Board.
The Puerto Rico Section of the American Chemical Society is hosting the 73rd Southeastern Regional ACS meeting (SERMACS 2022), which will be held on October 19-22, 2022 in beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico. The theme of the meeting is “CHEMISTRY TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE”. Our Local Section last hosted this meeting in 2009 with a record number of attendees and this year we are hoping to establish a new record.