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Friday, May 24, 2013 (Bronx, NY) - Two gifted Hostos science students, Marlon Guzman and Kemar Wellington, have been selected to travel to Atlanta to participate in the 2013 Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) Conference, “Increasing Diversity in Science: Classroom to Bench.”

Kemar is part of the Associate in Science Program and plans to follow a biomedical track. Marlon is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Engineering. Both plan to transfer to senior colleges.

The conference, which runs from June 2-4, is important in that is exposes minority students at undergraduate and graduate levels from across the nation to career workshops and social events. The 2013 IRACDA Conference will also help students understand the demands of a career in science, as well as learn about professional behavior and problem solving.

The trip will be funded through a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grant (Bronx Einstein Training in Teaching and Research) in collaboration with Lehman College and the Albert Einstein Institute. The Principal Investigators who helped secure the grant were Hostos Professor Nelson Núñez Rodríguez, Lehman Professor Liesl Jones, and Drs. Barbara Birshtein and Dianne Cox from Albert Einstein.

Professors Núñez Rodríguez is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Hostos, as well as the Unit Coordinator for the Natural Sciences Department and the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. The students were selected by Professor Flor Henderson because of their outstanding work in the classroom. Principal Investigators from Lehman College and Albert Einstein School of Medicine, and postdoctoral fellows from these institutions will also be part of the group.

Professors Henderson and Núñez Rodríguez are excited they will be working with the students in Atlanta.

“I look forward to exposing my students to a real life experience related to science. Opening the world of scientific ideas will definitely help to reinforce their confidence on the social identities shaping their thinking and the ways they interpret realities,” Professor Núñez Rodríguez said.

For more information about this conference, go to: http://www.physiology.emory.edu/FIRST/IRACDA2013/index.html

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 more than 7,000 students in 2012. The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu

Media Contact:
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Rich Pietras – rpietras@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097 or 718-518-6513

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