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Pioneers in Science

Friday, June 3, 2016
9:15 am - 12:15 pm

Great minds inspire greatness in others, which is why the Pioneers in Science program gives high school students from around the globe rare access to some of the world’s most renowned scientists. This year, students will meet physicist Gabriela González, a leading scientist in the recent discovery of gravitational waves and the spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration group. During this intimate gathering, she’ll share her personal stories, life challenges, and career highlights, all toward inspiring the next generation of scientists and explorers.

English Program: 9:15 am – 10:15 am

Spanish Program: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm


Juan Manuel BenitezJournalist

Juan Manuel Benitez is a political reporter for the 24-hour news television station NY1. He hosts the weekly current-affairs program Pura Política on NY1 Noticias. Benitez also teaches journalism at CUNY and Columbia University. He is a frequent contributor to WNYC Radio and MSNBC.

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Gabriela GonzálezPhysicist

Gabriela González is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University (LSU), where there is a large group of people working on the detection of gravitational waves, both in theory and experiment.

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