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On the International Women’s Day, Colombia celebrates the role of women in STEM

To celebrate Women’s International Day, the Embassy of Colombia to the United States organized a private breakfast today to honor Colombian Scientist Ana maria Porras PhD, who studies the human microbiome around the world and uses crocheted microbes to engage the public with science.


Porras is in Washington DC because she is part of “If Then She Can”, an exhibit at the Smithsonian that showcase “120 3-D printed statues that celebrates contemporary women innovators in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and features the most statues of real women ever assembled together”.


Porras will explain her role to a selected audience that will also have the opportunity of learning from Rese Cloyd Director of the Center of Public Engagement with Science and Technology from the American Association for the Advancement of Science who will explain the project that is now exhibited at the Smithsonian.



Pilar Lozano, Ambassador of Colombia’s wife will introduce the special guest with brief welcoming remarks.


The conversation is part of the commemoration of the 200 years of diplomatic relations between Colombia and the United States.


According to the Smithsonian, “Porras currently works as a Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow and is always finding new ways to engage with the public in the U.S. and Latin America using her crocheted microbes”.


The Colombian scientist is considered an innovator who represents new possibilities and a hopeful future for girls in Colombia and Latin America. An inspiration for generations to come.


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