Vita (abr.)

Rodrigo Fernós


EDUCATION

2011 Ph. D. Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. Depto. de Historia.

Thesis: “Nuestra Telefónica”: La Nacionalización de la Puerto Rico Telephone Company (PRTC), 1974. Director: Fernando Picó.

1997 M.A.  Universidad de Minnesota, Minneapolis. Depto. de Historia de la Ciencia

Thesis: On the Colonial Encounter of Medical Systems and the Image of Africa: Sir Hans Sloane, Edward Long, and Slaves in British Jamaica. Director: John Eyler.

1990 B. A. Universidad de Texas, Austin. Depto. de Historia.

Concentration: History, Literature. Director: Bruce Hunt.

1986-1987 Brandeis University (Waltham, Massachusetts). 

Concentration: History of ideas. Mentor: James Kloppenberg.


PUBLICATIONS

Newspaper articles

 “UPR doctor conducts research on malaria” San Juan Star, August 8, 2001, p 20.

“The science policy of small nations” San Juan Star, August 17, 2001, p. 80.  

“The true language of science is english”, San Juan Star, August 29, 2001, p. 23.

“Spirit of science lacking in P.R. museums” San Juan Star, September 10, 2001, p. 20.

“Supernovas & neutrinos: From tiny to vast” San Juan Star, September 28, 2001, p. 57.

“The Virtual Library: Sen. Margarita Ostolaza Critique” San Juan Star, 2002.

Academic articles

“The Social Factors Affecting the Diffusion of Parasitology to Puerto Rico and Hong Kong.” Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal 20, 4 (December 2001), 367-375.

Book reviews

Review of Global Broadband Battles: Why the U.S. and Europe Lag while Asia Leads (Edited by Martin Fransman, Stanford University Press, 2006; 300pp.; ISBN: 0804753059; $75.00). Science and Public Policy 34, 7 (August 2007), pp. 529-537.

Cyber-editorials  (606 total; www.rodrigofernos.org ; www.ictal.org)

 “Vico's Failed Revolution: Chance, Variability, and Design in Eighteenth Century Historiography” (Oct. 15, 2005)

“ ‘Elementary, my dear Watson’ : On Contemporary Scandals about Evolution, Cognition, and Race” (Oct. 22, 2007)

“A ciencia cierta:  Susan, Omar y la meteorología en Puerto Rico” (Oct. 18, 2008)

“Raul Prebisch, ECLAC, and  Economic History” (Oct 22, 2006)

“The Air Conditioner and The End of the World” (Feb. 20, 2006)

 “The lack of science archives in Puerto Rico” (May 18, 2005)

“ El problema de la autonomía institucional y su impacto en la política de investigación y desarrollo” (Jan. 13, 2005)

Presentations in academic conferences

 “La medicina y la co-construcción de la identidad africana  durante el siglo XVIII:  el caso de Jamaica” Ponencia presentada en la conferencia “África y sus identidades “ Facultad de Humanidades, Universidad de Puerto Rico, octubre de 2009.

Commentator on Panel “Experiencias en la Conservación del Patrimonio Histórico en las Ciencias de la Salud”, March 26, 2009, in the conference  “Iniciativas de Investigación Histórica y Desarrollo de Museos y Archivos en las Ciencias de la Salud, Recinto de Ciencias Médicas, 24 al 27 de marzo, 2009”

 “Tecnología y Comunicación: Entre la línea dura y la línea suave”.  Lecture presented at the conference “Pensar  la comunicación en un nuevo milenio en Puerto Rico: II encuentro de investigadores en comunicación”, School of Commnication, University of Puerto Rico, (Rio Piedras branch), April 2008. 

"Amistad y Progreso: El Primer Congreso Científico Pan Americano, 1908." Lecture given at the  XXI Congreso  Internacional de la Historia de la Ciencia y la Tecnología, México D.F., México, July 2001.

“Of Cultural Affinities and Social Transformations: Chilean Catholicism and French Science in the Nineteenth Century.” Lecture presented at the ILASSA conference, University of Texas (Austin), March 1998.

Books

Amistad y Progreso: Los Congresos Científicos Pan Americanos, 1898-1916.  (Aventine: 2003), 280 pp.

Science Stillborn: The Rise and Impact of the Pan-American Scientific Congresses, 1898-1916. (iUniverse: 2003), 274 pp.

Medicine and International Relations in the Caribbean: Some Historical Variants. (iUniverse: 2006),  278 pp.

En Busca del fénix: La ciencia y su historia en América Latina. (AuthorHouse: 2006), 476 pp.

Gonzalo Fernós Maldonado y El Espacio para la Ciencia en Puerto Rico (Xlibris: 2013), 295 pp.

From Galileo to Boltzmann: A History of the Fragility and Resilience of Science (Virtualbookworm: 2016). 400 pp


ORGANIZATIONS

Instituto de la Ciencia y Tecnología en América Latina (www.ictal.org)

Organization founded by Fernós in 2001, website established on November 2002.  By 2008, the site contained more than 3,500 articles and editorials, with more than 80 videotaped conferences containing some 500 lectures.  Google page rank of 6.  Institutional links to  the Arecibo Observatory, the Sierra Club of Puerto Rico, ACEER (Alianza Ciudadana para la Educación en Energía  Renovable), the Luis Muñoz Marín Foundation, and the Society of Planification in Puerto Rico, amongst others. 


WEBSITES

Archivo Gonzalo Fernós López (www.gonzalofernoslopez.com)

Digital archive of public papers of Architect/Lawyer Gonzalo Fernós López. Fernós Lopez designed the first parking building in Puerto Rico, initiated legal precedent in the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, and fought numerous environmental battles. 101 GB, 100,000 pages. 2013.

Gonzalo Fernós Maldonado and the Space for Science (www.gonzalofernosmaldonado.com)

Companion website to book “G. Fernós Maldonado y El Espacio para la Ciencia en Puerto Rico”, compiling the majority of of photographs, architectural designs, and interviews obtained while researching the book.  Family history, professional development, structures built are some of the pieces of information found therein.  2012.


MEMBERSHIPS

History of Science Society (HSS)

Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)

American Historical Association (AHA)

Sierra Club of Puerto Rico

Surfrider de Puerto Rico


WORK EXPERIENCE (abr.)

Associate Professor, Biology Department, Natural Sciences Faculty, University of Puerto Rico (Rio Piedras) 2017-2018

Associate Professor, Physics Department, Natural Sciences Faculty, University of Puerto Rico (Rio Piedras) 2015-

Independent Researcher, Instituto de Estudios del Caribe, University of Puerto Rico (Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico) 2013-2014.

Instructor, History Department, InterAmerican University (Cupey, Puerto Rico). 2011-2013.

Researcher, History Department, University of Puerto Rico (Río Piedras, Puerto Rico), 2008-2010.

Administrator,  Chula Vista properties, San Antonio Texas. 2007.

Instructor, History Department, University of Puerto Rico (Río Piedras, Puerto Rico), 2002-2006.

Medical transcriptionist, ARTEXT, (San Juan, Puerto Rico), 2003-4.

Salesman, Island Computer, (San Juan, Puerto Rico), 2002.


VOLUNTEER WORK

Graphic artist, Centenary of Robinson  School, Alumni Association (Santurce, PR) 2002.

Webpage designer, Various, 2001-2010.

Video digital processing, Various, 2003-2008.


COURSES

• Bioethics. University of Puerto Rico (Rio Piedras)

• Los Naturalistas en Puerto Rico. University of Puerto Rico (Rio Piedras)

• History of the Scientific Revolution. University of Puerto Rico (Rio Piedras)

• History of the United States and Puerto Rico. InterAmerican University.

• History of Puerto Rico 1800-2000. InterAmerican University.

• World Civilization, -1500. InterAmerican University.

• History of International Relations between the United States and Latin America 

•History of Science in Latin America.  University of Puerto Rico (Río Piedras, Puerto Rico). 

•United States History, 1492-1865. University of Puerto Rico (Río Piedras, PR).

• United States History, 1865-Present. University of Puerto Rico (Río Piedras, PR).

•English as a second language. Politécnic University (Hato Rey, Puerto Rico). 1991.


REFERENCES

Available upon request

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