Hispanic Scientist of the Year Award
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Hispanic Scientist of the Year Award

The Museum of Science & Industry (Tampa) honors a Hispanic scientist every year since 2001.[1] MOSI awards a Scientist every year to provide role models for the diverse youth of the Tampa Bay area.[2]


The 2001 honoree was Dr. Alejandro Acevedo-Gutierrez, a Marine Biologist from Mexico.


The 2002 honoree was Fernando "Frank" Caldeiro, a NASA Astronaut from Argentina.


The 2003 honoree was Dr. Mario Molina, a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry from Mexico.


Dr. Antiona Coello Novello was the 2004 honoree, and she was the U.S. Surgeon General from 1990-1993. She is originally from Puerto Rico.


Dr. Edmond Yunis was the 2005 honoree, and he is an Immunologist from Colombia.


The 2006 honoree was Dr. Ines Cifuentes, a Seismologist from England, Ecuador, and America.


Dr. Louis A. Martin-Vega is an Industrial Engineer from America and Puerto Rico, and he was the 2007 honoree.


The 2008 honoree was Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff, a Molecular Biologist from America and Mexico.


Dr. Nils Diaz, the former chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was the 2009 honoree, and he is from Cuba.


Dr. Dan Arvizu, the 2010 honoree, is the Director and Chief Executive of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and he is from Mexico.


Dr. Cristian Samper, Director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, was the 2011 honoree, and he is from Colombia.


Dr. Nora Volkow, the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health, was the 2012 honoree, and she is originally from Mexico.


Dr. Raul Cuero, Inventor and Microbiologist, is the 2013 honoree, and he is from Colombia .[3]


Dr. Raefael L. Bras, Civil Engineer, Puerto Rico. Prize expanded to include an Early Career Honoree: Dr. Ana Maria Rey, Physicist, Colombia.


Dr. Modesto Alex Maidique, Electrical Engineer, Cuba. Early Career Honoree: Dr. Miguel Morales Silva, Physicist, Puerto Rico.


Dr. Adriana Ocampo, Planetary Geologist, USA.


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