(Bronx, New York) – Hostos Community College Professor Dr. Nelson Nuñez Rodríguez recently received two awards totaling over $30,000 from the American Society for Cell Biology: the 2012 Minority Visiting Professorship and the 2012 Linkage Fellows Award.

Dr. Rodríguez said the funds will help him better infuse students with activities that show what is really happening in the science world, as well as help him develop his own research.

Dr. Rodríguez has been at Hostos for six years in the Natural Sciences Department. He is also the advisor of the Student Science Club, the coordinator of the Physical Sciences Unit and the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. The grant awards represent his third time winning the Minority Linkage Fellow and the first time earning a Minority Visiting Professorship.

He will continue to use the Minority Linkage fellowship funding to expose Hostos students to the sciences through research, teaching, and mentoring that will help them discover their own academic passions and professional pathways.

The grant will also fund multidisciplinary activities linked to the Humanities Department science-based production of the play, “Song of Extinction.” The plan is to develop activities revolving around the play to help disseminating cell biology on campus. The play will be directed by Angel Morales of the Hostos Repertory Company and will run Nov. 8 through Nov. 15.

The last two times Dr. Rodríguez won this award, in 2010 and 2011, he brought student Mibelto Rodríguez to the 50th and 51th Annual conference of American Society for Cell Biology in Philadelphia and Denver, respectively.  Mibelto is currently pursuing a Biology Degree at Hunter College. Another Science major student, currently at Hostos, will attend the 52th annual conference in San Francisco this December with Prof. Nunez Rodriguez.

The funding will also help Dr. Rodríguez continue his research into Alzheimer’s disease.

As winner of the Minority Visiting Professorship, Dr. Rodríguez was recognized for his “exemplary performance as a minority research scientist.”

The grant money comes from the Minorities Access to Research Careers (MARC) program of the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of General Medical Sciences, is to support faculty research training and expansion at primarily teaching institutions that serve minority students and scientists.

Dr. Rodríguez earned a Bachelor in Science, Biology Universidad de la Habana, Cuba in 1992, a Ph.D. in Chemistry, National University of Cordoba, Argentina in 2005 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York from 2001 to 2005.

About Hostos Community College

Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2012 enrollment of over 7,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 10,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit

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