Earlier in the year D.N. Lee of the Urban Science Adventures! blog issued a call for a new blog carnival celebrating diversity in science, the inaugural edition made for some really interesting reading. I will be hosting an edition of the carnival: This one is is created in honor of the US National Hispanic Heritage Month [Wikipedia] which runs from 15 Sep to 15 Oct every year.
For a little background on the purpose and history of the celebration:
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
So I ask you to write and submit your posts in honor of scientists whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central or South America. Submissions can be submitted through the submission site, emailed to me (drugmnky AT the googly one) or left as a comment after this post. The last day to submit is Oct 9 so I can get these out in the last week of the celebration. Happy Writing!
The Diversity in Science Carnival #2 was hosted at Thus Spake Zuska under the theme Women Achievers in STEM - Past and Present. Zuska was ably assisted in the hosting duties by Drs. Isis and Free-ride.
Sadly, a Diversity in Science Carnival in honor of LGBT never materialized due to lack of submissions. (Bad DM! I seemed to have missed the announcement entirely.) Still a good idea so if you have some interest there is no reason this can't be re-launched.