The NanoKids characters cross economic and cultural barriers by representing all young people equally. Exhibiting universal characteristics seen in youths around the world, the NanoKids adopt no one way of life, but rather experience all life as an exciting adventure unfolding. The development team is very pleased to have recruited Dr. Josefina Arce and Dr. Joseph Francisco to help implement its intention of serving the underserved.
Josephina Arce: Professor - Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras
Ms Arce received her BS in Chemistry, magna cum laude, and her PhD in Organic Chemistry from the Rio Piedras Campus of the University of Puerto Rico. She has been Research Associate at the University of Texas at Austin with Marye Anne Fox’s group and had collaborated with the Education Groups of Lillian McDermott at the University of Washington at Seattle and George Bodner’s at Purdue. She has been part of the Chemistry Department of UPR-Rio Piedras since 1978 where she is currently Professor. Has published her research work in physical organic chemistry in journals like the Journal of the American Chemical Society and Journal of Organic Chemistry and since 1990 she has been more involved in the education of science at all level and especially chemistry. She has been associated with the Resource Center for Science and Engineering of Puerto Rico since 1980 and is currently the PI of two NSF-funded projects: PR-Collaborative for Excellence in Teacher preparation and PR- Graduate Fellows in K-12 Education. Her education work has been published in the Journal of Chemical Education and is principal author of a General Chemistry Laboratory manual in Spanish published in 2000 by McGraw Hill.
Joseph Francisco - Professor - Physical and Atmospheric Chemistry, Purdue University
B.S., 1977, University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., 1983, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cambridge University (England), 1983-1985; Provost Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985; Research Associate, California Institute of Technology, 1991; Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 1990-92; Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, 1990-1995; National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator, 1988-1993; Guggenheim Fellowship, 1993; Fellow of the American Physical Society, 1998; Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2001; Alexandar von Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists, 2001.