Diversity in Science Carnival in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month: Call for Submissions!


I'm happy to report that Drugmonkey will be hosting the next installment of the Diversity in Science Carnival.

So I ask you to write and submit your posts in honor of scientists whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central or South America. Submissions can be submitted through the submission site, emailed to me (drugmnky AT the googly one) or left as a comment after this post. The last day to submit is Oct 9 so I can get these out in the last week of the celebration. Happy Writing!

The carnival was launched by DN Lee of Urban Science Adventures for Black History Month to begin celebrating the contributions of scientists from underrepresented groups. If I'm not mistaken, Danielle and acmegirl had first proposed this idea at the ScienceOnline'09 conference last January and was met with great enthusiasm for the project. (N.B. - Yes, I recalled correctly)

Carnival #2, Women Achievers in STEM - Past and Present, was hosted by Zuska at Thus Spake Zuska. Miriam at The Oyster's Garter had issued a call for posts in celebration of the LGBT community but many of us missed the call for some reason. (Slightly off-topic, local hero with an international activist reputation, Pam Spaulding of Pam's House Blend, was keynote speaker this past weekend at the NC Pride 2009 festival.)

Now, Drugmonkey will host the carnival in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. As described on the official website:

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

For an example of the kind of post he's looking for, here is Drug's own post on drug abuse researcher Laura E O'Dell, PhD, at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Again, the submission deadline is Oct 9 and entries should be sent to drugmnky at teh google mayle.

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Really nice post!!This month's carnival honors Hispanic scientists and coincides with National Hispanic Heritage Month. HHM was first established as an observance by Lyndon Johnson in 1968 lengthened to a full month by Ronald Reagan in 1988. It covers the 30 days between September 15th and October 15th. It might seem odd to have a month of observation begin and end in the middle of two calendar months, but these date have special significance.