Honors: ACS Volunteer Service Award, 2012; Fellow ACS, 2010; Fellow International Pure and Applied Chemistry, 2006; Igaravidez Award, ACS Puerto Rico Section, 2006; Chemical Education Award, ACS Puerto Rico Section, 1999; Academic Excellence and Productivity Award, University of Puerto Rico, 1997.
Service in ACS National Offices: Board of Directors, Director-at-Large, 2013-15; Board Committee on Public Affairs & Public Relations, 2013–14 ; Board Committee on Professional & Member Relations, 2013–15, (chair of Web Strategy & Innovation subcommittee 2014-15); Board Committee on Grants & Awards, 2015; Executive Committee for the ACS Scholars Program 20th Anniversary, 2015 Councilor ex officio, 2013-15; Committee on Committees, 2010-12; Committee on Education, 2001-09; Committee on Community Activities, 2004-09, Chair, 2007-09; Editorial Board, Journal of Chemical Education, 2010 to date; National Chemistry Week Task Force, 1999-04; Advisory Board for ChemMatters Magazine 2006-09, Chair, 2007-09; Task Force on Undergraduate Education, 1999-01.
Service in Chemical Education Division: National Meetings Program Committee, 2002-08; Long Range Planning Committee, 2004 to date, Chair 2010 to date; 2007 ACS Fall National Meeting, Program Co-Chair
Editorial Boards: Journal of Chemical Education, 2010 to date
Revista Educación Química, 2014 to date
ChemMatters Magazine, 2006-2011 (Chair 2007-09)
Founder of the “Festival de Química”
The “Festival de Química” is a community outreach event that, through demonstrations, emphasizes the importance of chemistry in daily life. The event was initially designed, developed and implemented in Puerto Rico, since 2010 ACS adopted this model to broader its impact internationally.
It includes training prior to the event using the model “Train the trainers” for those who will work as volunteers, manual for volunteer, manual for outreach coordinator and flash cards for participants.
Each event reaches out from 300 up to thousands children and students.
- Ongoing event in Puerto Rico since 2005 (National Chemistry Week and Chemists Celebrate Earth Day)
- “29th Congreso Latinoamericano de Química (CLAQ 2010)”, Cartagena, Colombia, September , 2010
- “IUPAC World Congress”, San Juan, Puerto Rico, July, 2011.
- “30th Congreso Latinoamericano de Química (CLAQ 2012)”, Cancún, México, October, 2012.
- “Open House” Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, September, 2013.
- “Semana Nacional de la Ciencia y la Tecnología” by CONICYT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología); Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, October, 2013.
- “Open House” at the Universidad de Concepción, Concepción, Chile, October, 2013.
- “Chinese Chemical Society Meeting”, Beijing,China, August 2014.
Coordinator of ACS webinars in Spanish http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/acs-webinars/spanish
South East Regional Meeting General Chair: The 2009 Southeast Regional Meeting of the ACS (SERMACS 2009) was held October 21-24 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center, San Juan. Some 1,338 participants attended oral and poster technical sessions that focused on topics from across the discipline. A variety of special events were held, including plenary addresses, an exposition, luncheons, dinners and receptions, student-focused events, and the National Chemistry Week celebration, which attracted more than 500 additional participants. Feedback from attendees through a post-conference survey indicates a high level of satisfaction with the event.
International Year of Chemistry (IYC) ACS Theme Team Chair for the International Year of Chemistry Celebration, 2011.
International Year of Chemistry / Puerto Rico Section Chair.
2011 IUPAC World Chemistry Congress: Representative of the ACS at the 2011 IUPAC World Chemistry Congress Organizing Committee. The Colegio de Químicos de Puerto Rico hosted the 43rd IUPAC World Chemistry Congress (IUPAC 2011) on July 31-August 5, 2011 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This meeting was part of the events of the International Year of Chemistry (IYC). The meeting theme was “Chemistry Bridging Innovation Among the Americas and the World”.
PI/Organizer: Project Are Women Still Underrepresented in Science? .
The Distinguished Women in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering” Project, an officially sanctioned international year of chemistry (IYC) 2011 project, was generously supported by an ACS IYC 2011Challenge Grant. The IYC 2011 marked the 100th anniversary of Marie Curie’s Nobel Prize.
Service to the Puerto Rico Section: Councilor, 1999-13; Chair, 2011, 2003, 1995; Chair-Elect, 2010, 2002, 1994; Treasurer, 1998; Alternate Councilor, 1996-97; Secretary, 1992-93; National Chemistry Week Coordinator for 23 years and CCED Coordinator for 8 years. Project SEED Coordinator, 2009 to date.
Faculty Advisor of the Student Affiliate Chapter of the University of Puerto Rico-Río, Piedras 1989 to date; The chapter have been recognized as an Outstanding Chapter in 1993, 1994,1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 ,2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and as commendable in 1997.
National Chemistry Week Coordinator for 20 years and CCED Coordinator for 5 years.