Professor’s Colón elected 2016 AAAS Fellow

Professor Jorge L. Colón, was elected "Fellow" of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, for his acronym in English), for his outstanding contribution to the field of chemistry and his community work.

The election as AAAS Fellow is an honor given to members of this organization and is chosen by their colleagues.

The Coordinator of the Chemistry Graduate Program at the Río Piedras Campus, who has been teaching for 24 years, will be honored by the AAAS on February 18 of next year for his distinguished contributions to the area of ​​chemistry of inorganic materials, drugs delivey using nanoparticles, and his performance as leader in the Science for Haiti project. The recognition will take place during the annual meeting of this association, which will be held in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Science for Haiti project is an initiative of the AAAS and its Caribbean Division, aimed at helping the Haitian scientific community to recover from the devastating earthquake of 2010. Colón, who chaired the AAAS Caribbean Division from 2009 to 2012, organized workshops in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to discuss with Haitian and international scientists on how to improve the training of researchers and science teachers in the Caribbean's poorest country to improve science promotion and advance Haitian science and science education in that region.

In addition, the Puerto Rican professor co-authored the report published by the AAAS in 2011, entitled Science for Haiti: A Report on Advancing Haitian Science and Science Education Capacity, which generated more than 100 stories in newspapers, magazines, television, radio and online news sites across the world.

"I am very happy and honored to be elected AAAS Fellow. I hope that this election will allow me to reach out to more people and institutions that continue or decide to become partners of the AAAS and its Caribbean Division to achieve the advancement of science in our region ... I firmly believe in the human right that every human being should be able to enjoy the advances of science and technology, "said the scientist.

He added that "I extend the honor to the colleagues of the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Division who have supported my initiatives for so many years and particularly to my students my research laboratory, past and present, because thanks to them we have made the scientific breakthroughs that have come from my lab and because they have excused the time it takes for me to participate in AAAS initiatives. "

Dr. Colón was nominated by the Board of the Chemistry Section of the organization and selected by the General Council of the AAAS. In addition, this year other 390 members at the international level were also honored for their scientific or socially distinguished efforts to advance science and its applications.

Dr. Colón completed his baccalaureate in Chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus (UPR-RP), and his doctorate in the same subject at Texas A&M University. Among his most notable achievements are the postdoctoral fellowship in Chemistry awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1990; the NSF Young Investigator Award (1993); as well as the Leonardo Igaravidez Award and the Chemical Education Award of the American Chemical Society-Puerto Rico Section (2008 and 2009, respectively). Regarding AAAS, Colón has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Division since 2006, and served as president of that division from 2009 to 2012.

AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal Science, as well as Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, Science Advances, Science Immunology, and Science Robotics. The association was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and science academies, serving 10 million individuals. This non-profit organization is open to all and fulfills the mission of "advancing science and serving society" through initiatives in political science, international programs, science education, public commitment and more.

* Spanish Version can be read at http://www.uprrp.edu/?p=12188.