Featured Fellow: Franklin Carrero-Martínez
Franklin Carrero-Martínez, 2012-14 Fellow at Department of State | National University of Science & Technology
Franklin Carrero-Martínez grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, earned his doctorate degree in cell and structural biology at the University of Illinois, and returned to Puerto Rico to become a professor in the biology department at the University of Puerto Rico. But he found himself looking for more: “In the classroom, a professor is only able to encourage change one student at a time,” he said. “I was looking for an opportunity to have a larger impact in society."
"Through my academic appointment, I came to realize that STEM education could be the foundation for sustainable human development, particularly in the context of global knowledge-based economies. I believe that access to these educational opportunities has a direct impact on how individuals interact with each other and their environment. These factors are tied to economic growth and prosperity, which in turn has an impact on human development and long-lasting stability. Thus, when I saw the Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global Stewardship, I thought it would be an excellent professional development opportunity."
Franklin’s favorite scientist is Nobel Prize Laureate and AAAS Fellow, Dr. Mario Molina, “Because of his contribution to the elucidation of the threat of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) to the ozone layer,” said Franklin. “In addition, he is part of the Presidential Council of Advisors in Science and Technology (PCAST), providing an invaluable service o the US.” Dr. Molina recently worked with AAAS to launch a phase of the AAAS What We Know climate-change communication project.
As a fellow, Carrero-Martínez spent two years at the US Department of State in the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary (STAS). Among several projects that he worked on was the US-Pakistan S&T Cooperation Fund. This program helps build research capacity in Pakistan, while strengthening the US-Pakistan relationship. The program sponsored 178 exchange visits and provided training opportunities to 10,457 students through workshops, courses, and laboratory-based apprenticeships.
A favorite memory for him was when he served as Acting Science Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, running around the city collecting signatures to extend a bilateral agreement on the day it was to expire.