Tampa, FL (PRWEB) September 30, 2013
Tickets are still available to the Museum of Science & Industry’s annual fundraiser – the National Hispanic Scientist of the Year gala on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. This year, the gala honors RaÚl Cuero, Ph.D., renowned inventor and president/research director of the International Park of Creativity in Bogota, Colombia.
A Scientific Research Collaborator at NASA, Dr. Cuero invented the technology to eliminate and destroy toxic and radio-nuclide contaminants using Martian Simulant Soil. This technology was selected as one of the three most important to the environment in the global MOOT CORP competition in Austin, Texas. Dr. Cuero also has been published in more than 110 scientific journals and was recognized as outstanding alumni of the year for his inventions and contributions to science by the University of Heidelberg.
Proceeds from the gala fund “Meet the Hispanic Scientist” day, where more than 2,000 students from underserved communities and low-income schools will enjoy an exciting day of mentoring with Dr. Cuero, along with access to more than 450 MOSI hands-on exhibits. MOSI is a non-profit, community-based institution and a leader in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives by making science real. Event proceeds also help fund MOSI’s educational programming, including the YES! (Youth Enriched by STEAM) Team, an educational enrichment and vocational training program designed to help at-risk youth develop and progress in a supportive, peer-group environment.
“The gala is so rewarding to everyone who attends because they can see first-hand the impact that Dr. Cuero has had on these kids,” said Wit Ostrenko, MOSI president. “Making a difference in people’s lives by making science real is MOSI’s mission and Dr. Cuero’s legacy.”
The original development of MOSI’s National Hispanic Scientist of the Year award and fundraiser was prompted in 2000 when statistics showed an alarmingly high dropout rate for Hispanic students. Department of Education research shows that Hispanics are more likely to drop out of high school than any other ethnic group in the U.S. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the 2008 dropout rate for Hispanic students was 18.3% compared to 9.9% for African Americans and 4.8% for Caucasians.
MOSI will present this year’s National Hispanic Scientist of the Year award to Cuero during a gala award ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. For tickets to the gala, visit mosi.org or call 813-987-6030.