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Ines Cifuentes was born in London, England but spent most of her youth in Latin America. She received her bachelors in physics from Swarthmore College. Though interested in astronomy she switched to geophysics and received a masters from Stanford University. Ines Cifuentes worked for the U.S. Geological Services doing field work in Guatemala and Nicaragua before attending Columbia University receiving her Ph.D. in seismology in 1988.

Dr. Cifuentes helped establish the Carnegie Academy of Science Education (CASE) and served as its Director for 10 years. CASE was designed to train teachers in the DC public elementary schools to in science and more effective teaching practices and also to increase interest in science among children. In 2001, she became the vice-president of the Jaime Escalante Public Charter School Board in Montgomery County, Maryland but continued her work at CASE until 2005 when she became the Manager of Education and Career Services for the American Geophysical Union.

image of Inez Cifuentes

Provided by Ines Cifuentes.

In 2007 Dr. Cifuentes was awarded the Hispanic Heritage Foundation's Award in Mathematics and Science. More biographical information can be found in the SACNAS Biography Project ( http://www.sacnas.org/biography/listssubject.asp, referenced 4 November 2007) and on a Swarthmore website at http://www.swarthmore.edu/news/meaning/cifuentes.html.

Dr. Cifuentes passed away December 14, 2013.See here for the Washington Post obituary http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?pid=169027568.

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