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Thursday, November 15, 2012 (Bronx, NY) - Ángel Cuevas enrolled at Hostos Community College because he wanted to go places. Thanks to his hard work – plus a grant secured by his professor – he will soon be headed somewhere he never thought he would go.

Early in October, Ángel learned that he will be traveling to San Francisco, California, with Hostos Professor Nelson Nuñez Rodríguez to attend the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), which will be held there from December 15th to December 19th. Nuñez Rodríguez, a faculty member in the Natural Sciences Department at Hostos, secured a $1,425 award from the Minorities Affairs Committee of the ASCB to cover the cost of the trip.  Ángel applied for this travel award as part of the implementation of the project, “Facing the Multidisciplinary Science of Today: Integrating knowledge, inquiry, and vision”, developed by Nuñez Rodríguez.

Nuñez Rodríguez received a $10,000 award from ASCB to implement this project, which promotes cell biology on campus and helps students (particularly members of minority groups) prepare for STEM careers. Ángel, who has begun his third semester at Hostos and maintains a 3.5 GPA, plans to transfer to City College to continue the mechanical engineering dual program he started here. Ángel is currently enrolled in Professor Nuñez Rodriguez’s Chemistry 210 class.

The highlights of the conference include the following:

  • A keynote Symposium by Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy, and Arthur D. Levinson, Chair, Genentech, Inc., and Apple, Inc.
  • Meetings about cell biology and medicine, as well as cell biology and the physical sciences. The daily programs will allow attendees to follow new fields while benefitting from a large meeting with the best research in cell biology.
  • Science Discussion Tables—interacting with senior scientists in an intimate setting.
  • Posters mentorship, networking, career development, and education programs.

The ASCB is an international community of biologists who study the cell, the fundamental unit of life. They are dedicated to advancing scientific discovery, advocating sound research policies, improving education, promoting professional development, and increasing diversity in the scientific workforce.

Ángel says he is thrilled to be going to San Francisco, but he has already come a long way since moving to the Bronx from the Dominican Republic two years ago. At Hostos, he completed the CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP), which gives students the opportunity to study English intensively before they enroll in college courses. After CLIP, Ángel excelled in his engineering studies and was chosen by Professor Nuñez Rodríguez to represent Hostos at the conference.

“Ángel is a great student. This will be his first professional conference, and it will provide a unique opportunity for him to hear from some experts in the field and network with other students,” said Professor Nuñez Rodríguez, who has been a member of the Hostos faculty since 2006.

Ángel said he really enjoyed learning from Professor Nuñez Rodríguez, and added that although the conference is geared toward biology (specifically cell biology), he sees similarities between the subjects. He added that he plans to continue studying mechanical engineering because designing and building engines has always interested him.

“There is a lot of physics and other principles that are the same in engineering. I think I will get a lot out of the trip and just enjoy seeing San Francisco as well,” Angel said.

For more information about the 51st Annual American Society for Cell Biology Meeting, go to:

About Hostos Community College:
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in 1970 to over 7,000 students in 2012. The Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development serves an additional 12,000 students. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.


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