Shop Windows to the Universe

The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific is in our online store, filled with Earth and space science resources.

Dr. Dara Salcedo

I am originally from Mexico City were I grew up and eventually got my Bachelor's degree in Chemistry. When I started college, I had many questions about molecules, reactions, colors, substances, and I thought that everything was going to be answered in my classes. Soon, I realized that every time a question was answered, three or four new questions arose! By the time I got my degree, I knew that doing science to answer questions is a never ending story, but it is fun, so I went to Cambridge, MA to get my PhD. I chose the field of Atmospheric Chemistry because it is about applying Chemistry to understand the environment. Also, I like to think that the research I do will be useful for policy makers to generate new laws that will protect our health and environment. Now, I live in Cuernavaca, a city south from Mexico City, which is called "the city of the eternal spring" because it has a very mild weather and you can always find a tree blooming!

During MILAGRO, I will be at T0 measuring particles. The objective is to learn about their chemical and physical properties and to deduce their history (where they were emitted and how they were transformed once in the atmosphere). I could not do the latter without the help of other colleagues measuring gases, temperature, wind, etc. That is what it is important about the MILAGRO project: every research group is doing a different measurement; when all the measurements are put together will be able to understand air pollution better (like pieces of a puzzle that form a landscape when put together).

When I am not doing science, I enjoy to be at home, cooking, hiking and going to the movies. I also like traveling with my husband and we use every opportunity we have. This photo was taken last year in Sidney, Australia. Next April, we are going to visit some caves in Central Mexico (a well deserved trip after all the hard work in March during MILAGRO).

Last modified February 15, 2006

Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!

Our online store includes books on science education, classroom activities in The Earth Scientist, mineral and fossil specimens, and educational games!

Windows to the Universe Community

News

Opportunities

You might also be interested in:

Traveling Nitrogen Classroom Activity Kit

Check out our online store - minerals, fossils, books, activities, jewelry, and household items!...more

David Greenberg

Hi, my name is David Greenberg and I'm the Director of Technology for the Mohawk Trail Regional School District in western Massachusetts. I've been helping teachers use computers in their classrooms for...more

Judy Lloyd

I am a professor at SUNY Old Westbury, a small public college located 30 miles from New York City. I have been teaching chemistry here for over 25 years, and have an active research program involving undergraduate...more

Robert Long

Hi everyone! Throughout high school and college, my main interest was in the weather while my favorite science course was chemistry. I combined the two in graduate school when I entered the Meteorology...more

Dr. Dara Salcedo

I am originally from Mexico City were I grew up and eventually got my Bachelor's degree in Chemistry. When I started college, I had many questions about molecules, reactions, colors, substances, and I...more

Introduction to Milagro

MILAGRO stands for Megacity Initiative: Local and Global Research Observations. What that really means is that a team of researchers from around the world is in Mexico City to study the atmosphere there....more

Megacities

Mexico City, where the field campaign MILAGRO takes place, is a "megacity." A megacity is defined as having 10 million or more inhabitants. The 21st century is definitely shaping up to be the Urban Century....more

Milagro Campaign - For Kids!

Atmosphere And Clouds Word Search Air Quality Word Search (Printable) -- And the Answer Key Air Quality Word Scramble Greener Machine Cars: How You And Others Can Make A Difference! Interactive Game...more

Windows to the Universe, a project of the National Earth Science Teachers Association, is sponsored in part is sponsored in part through grants from federal agencies (NASA and NOAA), and partnerships with affiliated organizations, including the American Geophysical Union, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Earth System Information Partnership, the American Meteorological Society, the National Center for Science Education, and TERC. The American Geophysical Union and the American Geosciences Institute are Windows to the Universe Founding Partners. NESTA welcomes new Institutional Affiliates in support of our ongoing programs, as well as collaborations on new projects. Contact NESTA for more information. NASA ESIP NCSE HHMI AGU AGI AMS NOAA