Science Diversity Meme - Latino/Hispanic Scientists

From SES: Science, Education & Society - Science Diversity Meme - Latino/Hispanic Scientists:

September 15 is the beginning of Latino or Hispanic Heritage Month. (It concludes October 15). America celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

Like my Women in Science Meme in March, I am hosting a Diversity in the Sciences Meme and challenging everyone to name 5 Latino Scientists, Engineers, and or Mathematicians. In the end, I hope we can get a great list that represents each major STEM discipline.

Why am I hosting such a meme? All too often, the story of the scientific discovery doesn't mention anything about the discoverer. And without a human story or face to attach to the discovery, very often, most students (elementary through college) simply assume that the scientist was a Man, was middle-aged or older, and was white or European. One the easiest ways to promote diversity in STEM is to make a conscious note of the diversity within the discipline and share a real human story. So, will you join me in this meme?

Can you name 5 Latin/Hispanic Scientists?


1. Be sure to name their discipline or field.
2. You can't choose people from your own institution or company. (I may go soft on this one, this time)

3. You can't Google or use the internet to aid in your search. (But if you know someone is a scientist, but not sure what disciple, you can look that up).

4. You can consult textbooks, journals, and class notes.

5. You can ask others to help you brainstorm, but they can't use the internet just to get 5 names fast (see #2).

6. Living and deceased scientists are acceptable.

7. Links to or references about the named scientists are greatly appreciated. Let's share the knowledge, and tell mList as many as you can, even if it isn't five.

Major Discipline Fields: (you can add more)

Biomedical & Medicine
Social Sciences
Space & Planetary Sciences

I encourage you to post this meme at your page and track back.



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These folks are off the top of my head. Full disclosure, Bustamante is on our board and Cadadevall and Fernandez have served on our advisory committees.

Carlos Bustamante (Peru)

Arturo Casadevall (Cuba)
Immunology and Infectious Disease
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Oscar Buzzio (Argentina)
U of Illinois

Julio Fernandez
Columbia University

Omy Hernandez (Puerto Rico)
Diosynth Biotechnology

I would add Paul Sereno, dinosaur palaentology, U of Chicago.

Jose Loredo
Sleep medicine

Geology/Paleontology: Luis(?) and Walter Alvarez

By themadlolscien… (not verified) on 17 Sep 2008 #permalink

I can't wait to see what this list turns out. Sometime it's hard to find role models as a Hispanic child. I wanted to be European as a child, not Hispanic or Caribbean Islander, because I knew all these scientists who were European as a kid... weird I know. I can think of a few, but I really want to see more. :D

Thanks Bora! you're the greatest...and so are your readers. Great responses...and El Fields - I feel you, keep your anonymity. Maybe you can slyly get someone else to visit the page have people submit names. tee hee hee.

Mimi, I can't wait for the final list, too. Readers on my page have gone to scouring old text books in hopes of jogging their memories.

I'll check back often.