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An avowed and self-described “science evangelist” whose life goal for children and young adults is to “Make. Science. Fun.” has donated $3,000 to the Marion Branch, 1017 West Side Avenue, of the Jersey City Free Public Library.

World renowned materials research scientist and Jersey City-native Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. recently received the Andrew Gemant Award from the American Institute of Physics (AIP), from which she personally received $5,000 and $3,000 to further public communication of physics to her designated institution of choice. Dr. Ramirez named as grant recipient the Marion Branch Library, where she spent many hours reading and learning as a child.

“Dr. Ramirez has distinguished herself in her chosen field of science. We are so proud of her, and happy that she has chosen her childhood reading hideaway – the Marion Branch Library – as the designated non-profit organization of her award,” said Library Director Priscilla Gardner.

The recent West Bergen Branch Library renovation, though much-needed, was on a much-smaller scale than the major renovation that the Main Library has been currently undergoing, for disabled accessibility and overall interior improvement on all four floors. A storefront library, Marion Branch also is in need of an upgrade. For more information on donating to the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation, Inc., please scroll down the library homepage to the GoFundMe.com link. www.jclibrary.org

“In 2013, Dr. Ramirez came in, signed her book and reminisced about her childhood, and how she loved being at the Marion Branch,” added Dolores Reyes, brand head of the Marion Branch Library. “We were so surprised and pleased with her unexpected call that she inspired a new endeavor – ‘Crash My Library’! Everyone is welcome to come to Marion and let us know what the library means to you.”

Also in attendance: Ms. Sakeema James, chief of staff to New Jersey Senator Sandra Cunningham (D-31st LD), represented the State Senator with a proclamation for Dr. Ramirez, as did Deputy Mayor Vivian Brady-Phillips for Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop.

The Andrew Gemant Award is given to one individual by the AIP Governing Board each year, based on the recommendation of an outside selection committee, for significant contributions to the cultural, artistic or humanistic dimension of physics.

Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. is a “science evangelist” who is passionate about getting the general public excited about science. She co-authored Newton’s Football: The Science Behind America’s Game (Random House) and authored Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists (TED Books).

Ramirez received her Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Stanford University. She worked as a research scientist at Bell Laboratories before joining the faculty at Yale University. At Yale, she was the director of the award-winning science lecture series for children called Science Saturdays and hosted two popular-science video series called Material Marvels and Science Xplained.

She now devotes her full energy to communicating science to the public. Besides writing books, she speaks internationally on the importance of making science fun and has served as a science advisor to the American Film Institute, WGBH/NOVA, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and several science museums.

The American Institute of Physics is a federation of scientific societies in the physical sciences, representing scientists, engineers, and educators. AIP offers authoritative information, services, and expertise in physics education and student programs, science communication, government relations, career services for science and engineering professionals, statistical research in physics employment and education, industrial outreach, and history of the physical sciences. AIP publishes Physics Today, the most closely followed magazine of the physical sciences community, and is also home to the Society of Physics Students and the Niels Bohr Library and Archives. AIP owns AIP Publishing LLC, a scholarly publisher in the physical and related sciences. http://www.aip.org

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MARION BRANCH REJOICES! – Thanks to “science evangelist” and Jersey City-native Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D., the Marion Branch Library of the Jersey City Free Public Library received $3,000, as part of her winnings from the Andrew Gemant Award given by the American Institute of Physics. Standing, from L to R, are: Olga Angela Pitaro, mother of Dr. Ramirez; Jersey City Deputy Mayor Vivian Brady-Phillips; Dr. Ainissa G. Ramirez; and Sakeema James, chief of staff to New Jersey State Senator Sandra Cunningham (D-31st LD).

 

L to R: Marion Branch Head Dolores Reyes; Olga Angela Pitaro, mother of Dr. Ramirez; Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D.; and Mani Patel, assistant branch manager, Marion Branch Library.

 

L to R: Olga Angela Pitaro, mother of Dr. Ramirez; Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D., winner of the 2015 Andrew Gemant Award given by the American Institute of Physics, holding the New Jersey proclamation; and Sakeema James, chief of staff to N.J. State Senator Sandra Cunningham (D-31st LD).

 

L to R: Olga Angela Pitaro, mother of Dr. Ramirez; Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D.; and Library Director Priscilla Gardner, Jersey City Free Public Library.

 

 

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