Research scientist and Distinguished Professor of Texas A&M University (TAMU), Dr. Raúl Cuero, Ph.D., has received the prestigious National Hispanic Scientist of the Year award from the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) for 2013.
Cuero’s discoveries and accomplishments have contributed greatly to the field of biotechnology. Aside from being a professor at TAMU, he is also an inventor and president/research director of the International Park of Creativity in Bogota, Colombia, and as a NASA Scientific Research Collaborator in Astrobiology and Biogenesis discovered a naturally-occurring molecule that could protect the skin from cancer-causing UV radiation, earning him a technology award from NASA in 2012.
Cuero was one of the first scientists to be invited to hold biotechnology lectures in China and South America, and has had his work published in over 110 scientific journals. He is also the founder, president, and research director of the International Park of Creativity (IPOC), which according to IPOC, aspires to “develop and enrich creativity in teenagers to the service of the scientific and technologic production, through an inductive research process in the sciences, arts and humanities fields.”
According to a press release from PR Web:
“It’s an honor for MOSI to present this award to Cuero,” said Wit Ostrenko, MOSI president. “As the Director of the International Park of Creativity, we feel Cuero’s background directly ties into our mission and core ideology of making science real and demonstrates MOSI’s core values on the power of S.T.E.M. education for our youth.”
MOSI has been commending acclaimed Hispanic science and engineering personalities for 11 years in order to provide young individuals with role models. This year, Cuero will be honored at a gala ceremony on Saturday, October 12, 2013.