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Meteorologist takes Puerto Rican culture outside of her homeland


Ponceña meteorologist Isha Mary Renta López graduated from Mayagüez University Campus (RUM) of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) not only stands out as a scientist in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States, but is also the founder of the center Semilla Cultural an educational space that encourages the dance of the rhythms of the Puerto Rican bomba and that has had a great reception among the Hispanic community in the state of Virginia, where he resides.

His performance and his contributions were recently recognized by the journal of the American Meteorological Society the main international professional organization in this discipline. [19659003] "Appearing there was a huge gratification for me, because it is the official publication of the entity. When you study in graduate school, you hope that one day such a prestigious magazine will be published for you, but this was different, since they made a review about who I am, in addition to being a meteorologist, it's like seeing the other side of the coin. For me it is a blessing; if something good comes out it is that it can inspire other people that this can be achieved. The sciences and the arts do not have to be separated, ”reiterated the executive director of the non-profit cultural organization.

Renta López graduated from the RUM Department of Mathematics in 2004. She completed a master's degree in [19659005] Howard University in Washington DC, and has worked at NOAA since 2015, in the Forecast Office of the National Meteorological Service, where she stands out as the only female scientist in her section. His cultural work began as a result of the nostalgia of feeling far from his country.

“All that mixture of feeling far from home, motivated me to make the Puerto Rican bomb known. I feel closer to Puerto Rico and share the knowledge I have. All the work we do is voluntary, we do group rehearsals, we submit proposals to obtain funds, we participate in events, but our concept is educational. Through songs, we talk to people about this genre so much ours and its origins, we tell the story of our ancestors that is not written in books, that we are Caribbean and that this genre survived the period of slavery. Also, that we have many elements related to other cultures, "he said.

Together with her group, the Puerto Rican has performed at the Lincoln Memorial where the activist Martin Luther King gave his famous speech I Have A Dream . They were also invited to the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts in September 2015, as well as the Atlas Performing Arts Center in February 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Before joining Formally at NOAA, Renta López carried out several internships with the entity, two of them in the Division of Hurricane Research in Florida, as well as in the National Science Foundation. As of 2015, in her work as a meteorologist for that unit, she serves a fairly large geographic area from Washington, Baltimore and northern Virginia, to which she reports, including to the White House, and serves around ten million people. people under your responsibility. The Puerto Rican is a spokesperson for the agency on issues of atmospheric conditions in different media.

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“We have an excellent relationship with the written, radio and television press . We provide them with data on weather conditions. In addition, we have participated in community fairs to have more visibility and recognition by Spanish-language speakers. We visit schools in this area to educate them about science. It has been very interesting in everything we have participated in. I am very blessed to have this job, ”she said.

Throughout her career, she has been recognized by various entities as Honoree of the Latina Meetup DC, in March 2020; as Spotlight from Hispanic Heritage Month in September 2019, from the company Columbia Weather Systems in Oregon; and selected as one of the NOAA Hispanic Heritage Month Champions by her agency, also in September 2019.

Nothing that Renta López proposed in his goals, he would have achieved it without discipline and dedication , but much more with the unconditional help of his parents Cándida and José Luis, as well as his brothers. "When one does things from the heart, blessings come alone" concluded the proud mother of two daughters, Victoria (11) and Alejandra (4).

Dr. Jorge Haddock, president of the UPR, congratulated the graduate for being an ambassador for excellence promoted by the University of Puerto Rico, as well as for Puerto Rican women.

“My congratulations to the outstanding Ponceña Isha Mary, her effort, discipline and commitment to her They have led to success and today is a source of pride for your University and for Puerto Rico. His career is also a model of inclusion and inspiration to follow for new generations. We wish her the greatest success in her present and future projects "Haddock highlighted.

For his part, Dr. Agustín Rullán Toro, rector of the RUM, praised this distinguished schoolboy who praises the land that the he was born with his scientific work and his contribution to the arts through the foundation of Semilla Cultural, a group already recognized internationally.

"I extend my congratulations to the meteorologist Isha Mary Renta López for contributing her knowledge scientists and for educating in dance, as well as in the knowledge of the rhythms of the Puerto Rican bomba, outside their homeland. With these initiatives, he reaffirms that the arts and sciences are not separate knowledge, but that both can serve the development of the human being. The achievements of this graduate are also the achievements of all of Puerto Rico, "he said.

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