latinas in stem

10 Amazing Latin@s in STEM

Luis Federico Leloir (born 1906. Paris, France)

Argentine biochemist received Nobel Prize in chemistry for his discovery of metabolic pathways in lactose.

Jacinto Convit Garcia (born 1913. Caracas, Venezuela)

A Venezuelan physician, he developed a vaccine to fight leprosy and conducted studies to cure different types of cancer. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1988.

Ellen Ochoa (born 1958. Los Angeles, CA)

Ochoa became the first Hispanic woman in space aboard the space shuttle Discovery in 1993. She is also an inventor and pioneer of spacecraft technology.

Arnaldo Tamayo Mendez (born 1942. Guantanamo, Cuba)

Member of the Soyuz 38 Crew. Became the first Cuban and first Latin American in space in 1980.

Helen Rodriguez Trias (born 1929, NYC)

Puerto Rican-American pediatrician. Became first Latina president of the American Public Health Association. Helped expand the range of public heath services for women and children in minority and low income groups. 

Jose Hernandez (born 1962. French Camp, CA)

Mexican-American engineer and NASA astronaut. Helped develop a digital mammography imaging system. First person to tweet in spanish from space. (also a UCSB graduate, go gauchos!)

Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena (born 1917, Guadalajara)

Mexican electrical engineer and inventor of early color television transmission system. Brought color television to Mexico. A television system similar to his was used by NASA in 1979 aboard Voyager to take pictures of Jupiter.

Nitza Margarita Cintron (born 1950. San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Puerto Rican scientist and chief of space medicine and health care systems at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Served as project scientist for Space Lab 2 mission in the 1980s

Mario J Molina (born 1943. Mexico City)

Currently a professor at UCSD , he received the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1995 for his role in the discovery of the threat to the Earth’s ozone from chlorofluorocarbon gasses (CFCs).

Martha E. Bernal (born 1931. San Antonio)

Mexican-American psychologist and first Latina to receive a psychology PhD in the United States. Promoted diversity in the field of psychology.
A neurobiologist studying monogamy wins scholarship from porn site
Natalie Nevarez, a graduate student examining the brain chemistry of monogamy, wins a $25,000 scholarship from the pornography website Pornhub.

Please read this hilarious article about our awesome friend Natalie:

Nevarez said that she’s thrilled to receive the scholarship from Pornhub, even though she agrees that it’s unusual for a pornography website to help fund her pursuits in academia. But in some ways, she said, it’s fitting.

“I look at animals have sex all day,” Nevarez said. “So many hours of my life. It gets very tedious.”

She and my husband used to work for the same PI, but he wasn’t part of the vole research group, so hearing about their work second-hand has always been incredibly amusing to me. 

Also, as the article describes, Natalie is a badass Latina in STEM with an amazing, supportive family who sacrificed everything for her to reach her potential in academia. Definitely worth the read if you have a few minutes.

Ellen Ochoa (b. 1958) is an engineer and former astronaut who currently serves as the Director of the Johnson Space Center. During her nine-day mission aboard the shuttle Discovery in 1993 she became the first Hispanic woman in space.

She worked at the NASA Ames Research Center and became a pioneer in spacecraft technology, patenting an optical system which detected defects in a repeating pattern. She is a co-inventor on a further four patents. She has logged more than 1000 hours in space during four space flights.

clexa is a queer power couple and braven is an interracial relationship where a southeast asian boy falls in love with a latina girl in a STEM field………..tell me again how bell*rke is groundbreaking, becky
This Latina engineer owns her feminism, one mansplainer at a time
Patricia Valoy knows her stance on feminism. But it isn’t always easy when she’s the only woman in the room.

Patricia Valoy, a 29-year-old civil engineer, grew up in Brooklyn. When she was younger, she had no word for the feeling of righteous anger that filled her chest when she encountered facets of “machismo” culture or was expected to do poorly in math and science. Years later she discovered feminism, and that was the word. “It explains everything you’ve been feeling,” Valoy said. (Yana Paskova/For The Washington Post)

catchingsound  asked:

gaf prompt, if no one's asked about this yet: how and when did raven realize how gay clarke and lexa were for each other? (tho if there's too many prompts already feel free to disregard)

you’ve known lexa for six days, clarke for five, and you’re pretty sure they’re 1) soulmates and 2) going to be what is, by far, the most annoying part of your experience in your whole entire time at polis academy. which includes your psycho ex-roommate helen as well as having to endure a billion snide comments from the ark school boys when you have robotics. you know you’re beautiful, sure, you get it, but you’re there for the robots, you’re there to use your brain and be an influential latina woman in stem fields, not to be told how hot your ass is.

and yet, still, there is a part of watching clarke and lexa that’s even more nauseating than that.

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