July 17, 2015
The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa Florida has named LLNL physicist Miguel Morales-Silva as the 2015 Early Career National Hispanic Scientist of the Year in recognition of his studies of the electronic structure of materials using density-functional theory and quantum Monte Carlo methods. Morales-Silva will be formally presented with the award at a gala event to be held at MOSI in October, 2015. MOSI's National Hispanic Scientist of the Year (NHSOY) Award is intended to honor the achievements of both an early career and senior scientist with well-established and highly respected accomplishments in any of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) disciplines, and to inspire disadvantaged Hispanic-American and other students to pursue and excel in STEAM studies and careers. MOSI hosts the awardees for 2 – 3 days, which includes a day of meetings with Hispanic and other middle school students participating in MOSI's educational activities. The NHSOY induction and award ceremonies showcase the achievements of the awardees and honor the Hispanic community while contributing to the betterment of society by inspiring future generations of STEAM practitioners.