WHO: Rafael L. Bras, Ph.D., renowned civil engineer, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology‘s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Ana Maria Rey, Ph.D., theoretical physicist professor at University of Colorado at Boulder and more than 1,300 students from underserved communities in the Tampa Bay area.
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
-Drs. Bras and Rey will be available for interviews from 9 – 10 a.m.
-Presentations and mentoring will begin at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
-Short interviews may be available in between presentations from 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE: Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI)
4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33617
DETAILS: More than 1,300 students from underserved communities and low-income schools will be visiting the Museum of Science & Industry on Friday, Oct. 10 for its 14th annual Meet the Scientist Day. This event is part of MOSI’s National Hispanic Scientist of the Year fundraiser and allows students the opportunity for an exciting day of mentoring with MOSI’s 2014 honorees, Rafael L. Bras, Ph.D. and Ana Maria Rey, Ph.D.
Students who attend Meet the Scientist Day come from predominately minority Hispanic and/or migrant populated elementary, middle and high schools. Students will have the opportunity to hear a motivational presentation from Bras and Rey that focuses on the importance of hard work and education, view the featured IMAX film of the day, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, and get an autograph from Bras and Rey on a souvenir backpack. This fun-filled day kicks off with an IMAX film at 9 a.m. and the first lecture at 10 a.m. The last lecture of the day will begin at 2 p.m.
The 2014 National Hispanic Scientist of the Year honoree, Dr. Rafael Bras, a native of Puerto Rico, studied at MIT where he received a bachelor’s (1972) and master’s degree (1974) in Civil Engineering, and a science doctorate in Water Resources and Hydrology (1975). Upon completion of his doctorate, he worked for a time as an assistant professor at the University of Puerto Rico’s School of Engineering, and performed some consulting work on the island. He returned to MIT in July 1976, where he has served for more than 32 years as a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and held an appointment in the Departments of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. He is a past chair of the MIT faculty, former head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering department, and director of the Ralph M. Parsons Laboratory at MIT.
Our 2014 National Hispanic Scientist of the Year Early Career Award honoree, Dr. Ana Maria Rey, is a Columbian physicist at the University of Colorado, Boulder who “studies the scientific interface between atomic, molecular and optical physics, condensed matter physics and quantum information science.” As an outstanding scientist, among her many scientific accolades, she has been awarded a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship and a 2013 Presidential Early Career award. Rey earned her B.S. at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá Colombia and her Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Maryland.
MOSI will present this year’s National Hispanic Scientist of the Year Awards to Bras and Rey during a gala award ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.
Please Note: This event is not open to the Public. Media are invited to attend. Please contact Megan Haskins for live shot and interview opportunities.
About MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)
MOSI is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, industry, and technology, and is home to the only IMAX® DOME Theatre in the state of Florida. With a total size of more than 400,000 square feet, MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States. Learn through play inside Kids In Charge! the largest Children’s Science Center in the nation; The Amazing You—a 13,000-square-foot exhibition on health and wellness; or Disasterville, featuring Bay News 9 WeatherQuest, which combines education and 10,000 square feet of interactive exhibits on the science behind natural disasters. Conquer your fears on MOSI’s Sky Trail® Ropes Course, featuring 35 elements on a 12 – 36-foot-high, multilevel structure, or soar 700 feet on the Sky Trail Zip Line. Budding inventors can engineer anything imaginable and hold it in the palm of their hand in MOSI’s new technology playground and inventor’s studio, Idea Zone, and preschoolers can experiment with friction and collision physics in Slippery Science, a PNC Passport to Science – Grow Up Great Initiative. Additionally, MOSI recently unveiled its newest exhibition Mission: Moonbase, funded in part by NASA, where guests can travel to the moon to operate a lunar colony. MOSI is the proud winner of the 2009 National Medal for Museums by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for museums. For more information on MOSI, visit www.mosi.org.