Juliet García: Challenges, Not Accomplishments, Make Us Strong

At Smith College commencement on Sunday, Juliet García, the first Hispanic woman to run an American college or university, talked about how she found her strength.

García, who stepped down last year after two decades as University of Texas-Brownsville’s president, was named one of Time magazine’s 10 best college presidents in 2009. Under her watch, she said, the school’s physics department added more and more Latino students. Now, the school ranks in the top five among universities graduating the most Latino physics majors.

“There is nothing wrong with the human capital in any of our communities that a little bit of opportunity can’t solve,” said García, who now runs the UT Institute of the Americas.

Several life experiences that could have been considered setbacks — including her mother dying when García was very young — helped the former president become strong.

“Our lives are strengthened not by our accomplishments,” she said, “but more often by our challenges.”

Her power over the years, she said, grew with help from her family, the 40,000 UT-Brownsville students who graduated while she was president and “the great privilege of doing important work in my community on the southern border of the United States.”

She also spoke about the support of her husband, whom she married at 19. García’s father made him promise to make sure she got her bachelor’s degree, and he stayed with her as she achieved that, along with a master’s and doctorate.

García said she has felt tired of representing both women and Latinos in higher education, as she is often the only person from either category at events. But a colleague told her that it was her responsibility to represent them until others can take their place at the table, and she has honored that.

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Weekly Space Hangout – May 23, 2015: Dr. Rhys Taylor

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain)
Special Guest:Dr. Rhys Taylor, Former Arecibo Post Doc; Current research involves looking for galaxies in the 21cm waveband.

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Wired Founders Are Still Optimistic About The Future Of Technology

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The founders of Wired magazine — business and life partners Jane Metcalfe and Louis Rossetto — received a lifetime achievement award at the Webbys this week.

But rather than focus on the past, The Huffington Post caught up with them after the ceremony in New York Monday night to ask about how the world has changed since 1993, when Wired launched, and what they expect from the future.

How do you think the world has changed in terms of how people interact with technology and how they care about technology?

Louis Rossetto: It was a small community inventing the future almost in isolation from each other, and Wired helped unify that community. That community has now grown to all the people using this technology, all the ones who care about what’s the next thing. We used to say our mission was to roam across the horizon of time and come back with a fresh kill from the future. And that mission is still valid because everybody wants to know what’s coming next.

Jane Metcalfe: Well, I think everybody wanting to know what’s coming next is perhaps relatively new. I mean, when we launched back in the early ‘90s there were fewer people who kind of cared about what technology was doing, where it was going, and there was less focus on the future.

LR: I think everybody is living in the future now.

JM: Right, I mean, this is the future. When we started, the future was 2000 — the year 2000. [Laughs]

LR: I feel like all the stuff that we’re doing, things are preoccupying us — whether it’s genetics or whether its drones or whether it’s artificial intelligence or intelligence amplified or 3D printing or biomedicine — all of those things even 25 years ago were still, you know, science —> Read More

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