Joaquín Rodríguez-López recognized by the Urbana School District as part of "Cena y Ciencias"

Date

04/23/19

The Urbana School District recognized the Cena y Ciencias program during their recent board meeting. The outreach program, of which Dr. Joaquín Rodríguez-López is a co-leader and active participant, gives children, grades K-5, an opportunity to participate in multiple science activities, led completely in Spanish, while sharing a meal. Thus the name Cena y Ciencias (Spanish for "Supper and Science"). 

Dr. Rodríguez-López is quoted as saying: "The program is growing and fortunately getting a lot of attention from the community. I’ve made this program an important part of my broader impacts for NSF, and is currently supported in part by grants I have from CMI, DMR, and the I-MRSEC.

All that participate here hope that this program shows how the university and the department (SACNAS is a main partner of this effort and many of our students participate) can engage with the community and how we are establishing a pipeline of scientists from early on."

If you would like to learn more, please visit the Cena y Ciencias website or read an article that was in the I-STEM Education Initiative here

Joaquín Rodríguez López, Ricardo Díaz, Rachel Whitaker, Luisana Hernández, Nohemí Campos & Lisa Bouillion Díaz
Pictured at the Urbana School District board meeting, from left to right: Dr. Joaquin Rodríguez-López, Associate Professor of Chemistry; Ricardo Díaz, 4H Latino Growth Project Manager; Rachel Whitaker, Professor of Microbiology; Luisana Hernández, Dual Language Family Coordinator at Leal Elementary School; Nohemí Campos, Dual Language Family Coordinator at Dr. Williams Elementary School; and Lisa Bouillion Díaz, 4H Assistant Dean and Director

 

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