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UC MEXUS DOCTORAL FELLOWS
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
José Alfredo Girón Nava (2014 Cohort, Biological
Oceanography, UCSD) was invited to participate in
the “Our Ocean, One Future Leadership Summit”
at Georgetown University, hosted by Secretary of
State John Kerry. He presented his work on marine
reserves, artisanal fisheries impact on marine ecosystems, and the estimation of the global extent of
artisanal fishing fleets.
Araceli González Flores (2015 Cohort, Education,
UCD) was awarded the Graduate Program Fellowship Award by the UC Davis Graduate Group in
Education for the project “Bridging the home – community – school gap: Parents and teachers educating/
Cerrando la brecha entre el hogar, la escuela y la comunidad: padres y maestros educando.”
Jahir Gutiérrez (2014 Cohort, Bioengineering,
UCSD) was awarded first place for his innovation
Andellor Prime, a 3-D printed smart red blood cell
in the Game Changing Innovation Competition
hosted by Roche and Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable.
He was first author of the article “Optimizing Eukaryotic Cell Hosts for Protein Production through
Systems Biotechnology and Genome-scale Modeling”
in Biotechnology Journal. He was also elected President of UCSD’s Bioengineering Graduate Society.
Viridiana Hernández Fernández (2015 Cohort,
History, UCD) was invited to participate in the 2015
Borderlands History Conference at the University of
Texas at El Paso where she presented “Los indios de la
frontera mexicoamericana en la agenda diplomática de
México y Estados Unidos, 1876-1878.”
Ariadna Isabel López Damian (2012 Cohort,
Education, UCR) was nominated by her advisor,
Professor John S. Levin, and received the Richard R.
Kokes Fellowship for academic achievement. She was
also awarded the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni in Southern California Scholarship for international students,
which will support her in the final stages of research.
Lourdes Martínez Estévez (2014 cohort, Ecology
and Evolutionary Biology, UCSC) gave a plenary talk
about her research at the Aldea Digital Telcel-Infinitum, the world’s largest event for digital inclusion.
She coauthored the book “Peces dulceacuícolas de
México en peligro de extinción” which was presented at
the Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara. She
was named the Diversity Officer of the Society for
Conservation Biology’s Marine Section. Her research
on the ecology and conservation of hawksbill sea
turtles in the Gulf of California is using GoPro cameras to provide a “turtle’s eye-view” of their habitat,
feeding behavior and interactions.
Diego Ortega Del Vecchyo (2010 Cohort,
Bioinformatics, UCLA) published his work on how
domestication has increased deleterious genetic variation in dogs in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
José Pablo Ortiz Partida (2014 Cohort, Land, Air
and Water Resources, UCD) presented preliminary
results of his research on water management at the
2015 American Geophysical Union Conference and
at a webinar organized by Sul Ross State University
near the Big Bend National Park. He was awarded
the Henry A. Jastro Graduate Research Scholarship
by the Hydrological Sciences Graduate Group at
UC Davis to support research on water management
tools for the Rio Grande/Bravo basin.
Diego Ponce de León Barido (2012 Cohort, Energy
and Resources, UCB) was awarded a Link Energy
Fellowship for his work on developing ubiquitous
flexible energy loads to provide grid flexibility and
societal co-benefits in resource constrained environments. He was also part of a team that won one of
six Energy IDEAS grants that were awarded by the
Inter-American Development Bank this year. He
continues to focus his research on evaluating pathways and developing enabling frameworks for emerging economies to transition to low-carbon energy
systems.
UC MEXUS-CONACYT DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP NEWSLET TER
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