Hispanics in STEM celebration

Date: Oct. 15th @ 5pm

Location: BPS 1415

Purpose: WaMPS and La Comunidad Latinoamericana are co-hosting an event in light of Hispanic heritage month.


Come listen to scientists showcase their research and science communication in the comunidad.

Celebrate Hispanic heritage month with us October 15th @ 5pm BPS 1415

Snacks and refreshments provided.



Erik Amézquita

A topologist and a plant biologist go for a newly shaped beer

Shape plays a fundamental role across all organisms at all observable levels. Measuring and understanding the shape is key to extracting valuable information from data and push further our insights. Even if we limit our scope to plant biology, a simple glance outdoors reveals a large diversity of shape among flowers, leaves, fruits, and branches. A first attempt to characterize the shape of a plant could describe it in terms of height, stem thickness, or number of branches. But plants are more complex than that. We thus turn to Topological Data Analysis, a branch of applied mathematics that characterizes shape with algebraic topology representation. As a proof of concept, we harness the power of topology to characterize the shape of different varieties of 3D scans of barley seeds. This shape characterization will allow us later to link genotype with phenotype, furthering our understanding on how the physical shape is genetically coded in DNA.
Andrés Galindo-Olarte

Andrés Galindo-Olarte is a 4th year PhD student in the Department of Mathematics. His research broadly consist in how to best numerically approximate solutions for Partial Differential Equations that appear in Mathematical-Physics. He investigates both theory and computational algorithms.

He is also an international student coming from Colombia and the president of Comunidad Latinoamericana MSU (CLA), CLA is a student organization that promotes culture and community for international students from across Latin America.
Alex Benitez

I’m a social scientist interested in public health communication and education. I received my bachelor’s degree in University of Puerto Rico under the Interdisciplinary program of the Environmental Science Department, where I developed a capstone project addressing the current knowledge, and practices of the use of pesticides from agricultural workers in different sectors in Puerto Rico. I’m currently pursuing my Master’s degree in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department at Michigan State, and with the help of Michigan Sea Grant and Bowling Green State University we aim to develop a communication campaign about Harmful algal blooms targeted to vulnerable populations in several lakes in Michigan. I’m interested in administering research to further understand how we can better communicate science and health to the public, especially vulnerable populations.
Daniel Puentes

Daniel Puentes is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, where he researches at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. His research involves measuring the mass of radioactive nuclei with high precision and how it can tell us why protons and neutrons are arranged inside a nucleus providing clues to its shape. This research also helps scientists understand how the elements were created in different stellar environments! Outside of the laboratory, he also co-hosts “The Sci-Files” on WDBM with Chelsie Boodoo, and he helped start MSU SciComm, a science communication club on campus. Daniel has also served as a regional hub leader with the National Science Policy Network and participated in the City of East Lansing’s Emerging Leaders program. It is his passion to serve as an agent of change to his local community as a leader.
Topic: Hispanics in STEM celebration
Time: Oct 15, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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