May 5, 2003
Three at UCSC recognized as 'Hispanic Power Hitters'
By Tim Stephens
Three UCSC faculty and administrators have been recognized by Hispanic
Engineer & Information Technology magazine as "2003 Power
Hitters in Business and Technology."
Francisco Hernandez has been named
to the board of directors of a new national council for online
K-12 education, the North American Council for Online Learning.
Frank Talamantes, has been appointed
to serve on the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences
They are Francisco Hernandez, vice chancellor for student affairs,
and Frank Talamantes and Martha Zúñiga, both professors
of molecular, cell and developmental biology.
The magazine published its fifth annual survey of the country's most
powerful Hispanics in business and technology in the May issue. More
than 100 Hispanic men and women were chosen based on their "progressive
leadership responsibilities, achievements in helping to advance access
to technology, demonstrated effectiveness in engaging technology within
the global market economy, and their contributions to furthering technical
literacy within the Hispanic community."
Hernandez has served as vice chancellor for student affairs since 1994,
with responsibility for the quality of student life through residential
life programs, student services, and enrollment services. He is the
executive director of the UC College Prep Initiative, a UC program that
offers online AP courses to underrepresented high school students in
the state of California.
Talamantes, a prominent endocrinologist, serves as vice provost and
dean of graduate studies. He has received numerous awards and honors
for his pioneering research on hormones and hormone receptors. He is
a past president of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and
Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and his leadership on issues of
minority education has earned him several awards. In 1998, he was selected
as one of the "100 most influential Hispanics" by Hispanic
Zúñiga is an immunologist whose research focuses on the
molecules that enable the immune system to distinguish "self"
from "nonself." She is a member of the Minority Affairs Committee
of the American Society for Cell Biology and a past board member of
SACNAS. Zúñiga is also a faculty mentor for several programs
that involve students in research activities both in the U.S. and abroad.
She was among 10 Hispanic scientists featured in an exhibit at the Tech
Museum of Innovation in San Jose as part of National Hispanic Heritage
Month in 2000.
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