Geosciences/Earth Science

Carmen Nappo, PhD

When I was a kid, I loved going to the movies with my uncle. During the 1950s, science fiction films became really popular. They had titles like Teenagers from Outer Space or When Worlds Collide. Even though these movies may have been far-fetched,...
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Ken Ridgway, PhD

The greatest inspiration for my career as a geologist was the relationship my family and I had with the land while I was growing up.  I was raised in rural New Jersey, but my life was not what you would expect.  I’m a Lenape (Delaware) Indian, and...
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Margaret Hiza, PhD

Growing up half-Crow Indian in northern Wyoming in the 1950s and 1960s wasn’t easy. I lived in a town that bordered a Native American reservation, and though I didn’t always understand things that people said or did, now I realize that it was a very...
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Aaron Velasco, PhD

As a kid, I didn’t really understand why my world was so isolated. One of my early memories from childhood was growing up in La Habra, the Los Angeles area of Southern California. We rented a house there and tried to settle into a community with very...
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Carmen Aguilar, PhD

Growing up in Mexico City, I was surrounded by the enticing world of music, art, museums, and movies. But my family and I also explored the natural side of the city, discovering different parks, lakes, and rivers in and around the area. My father worked...
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Frank González, PhD

As a kid I was fascinated by “critters.” I caught my share of Texas snakes, “horned toads” and tarantulas. But San Antonio is land-locked. I never met a live ocean creature until I snorkeled in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and was amazed by the sea...
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John Cortinas, PhD

I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska in a mixed heritage family. My father is Mexican-American, and my mother is German-American. I have three brothers and one sister, all younger than me. There were few Hispanic students in my elementary and high schools,...
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Inés Cifuentes, PhD

I am a child of two cultures. My father is from Quito, Ecuador, and my mother is Jewish from New York City. Although I was born in London, England, most of my childhood was spent in Latin America. Since both of my parents were economists with the United...
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