The Science in Pictures exhibition not only recognizes the work of researchers from the Autonomous University of Tlaxcala (UATx), but also highlights this work unknown, in most cases, by the public at large and that today you can appreciate with its 151 photos For the various processes involved in research and scientific work.
The exhibition was opened as part of the university’s 45th anniversary celebrations on November 16 lobby From the University Cultural Center (CCU) and it will remain open until the 26th of this month, in order to be visited not only by university students, but by anyone interested or not interested in this subject.
The photographic exhibition, explains Margarita Galicia Gálvez, who is responsible for the field of science dissemination and dissemination in the Secretariat for Scientific Research and Graduate Studies at UATx, was designed as part of the activities to celebrate this university, but above all to highlight the work of 138 specialists – 55 percent men and 45 in The Hundred Women – They are part of the National System of Researchers (SNI) of the National Council for Science and Technology (CONASET).
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The idea came from teacher Samantha Phineas Landa, Secretary of Scientific Research and Graduate Studies, and from there a call was launched for academics doing research work at the university. “They are the ones who give us the raw materials that are reflected in the CCU and that show the effort and work with the name ‘Science in Pictures’.
With the material in hand, a team was formed to conduct bibliographic, hemographic and pictorial research in which Samantha Vinas, Academic Emeritus of UATx, Raúl Jiménez Guillen and Galicia Galvez participated; While museology was in charge of Maria Elizabeth Jaime Espinosa, academic and researcher at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, Antonio Escobar Aguilar was in charge of the picks.
Science in Pictures is divided into five parts. The first is a timeline showing the development witnessed by the university’s highest house of studies since its establishment until now; The second shows the formation of the university research system and its impact on procedures through the structure of research centers.
In the third part, the photographs provide a record of what the researchers do, thus recognizing their social commitment to society; The fourth is related to projects that have been developed with external funding. The fifth highlights the link between the independent government of Tlaxcala and society through scientific research.
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“Overall, this is current evidence from 2015 so far, because when we launched the call, about two months ago, the researchers were still doing their work at home, but that allowed them to be recent photos and not too long ago,” comments Galicia Galvez, Principal The exhibition, precisely because of the prevailing conditions.” The response to the call was very good and we were able to gather 151 people on display. In addition, special work was done to build the timeline, in which more than 60 more images were combined.
The images do not cover the 11 UATx colleges, but they do show the work done by 138 SIN researchers. “We wanted this important evidence of important moments to remain within the course of the university’s evolution, and we could have recovered more images, but we wanted to be very accurate on important events.”
For her part, Elizabeth Jaime Espinoza, in charge of the Museum of Music in the exhibition, considered teacher Samantha Vinas’ proposal to celebrate the 45th anniversary of UATx with this exhibition a success, “because it is the first time that work has been done to restore the historical memory of what was done from the research area, based on the Photographic Memory Recovery”.
It highlights that much of the material presented by the researchers represents nerve points in his life path, “such as the fact that his work never stopped during the most complex part of the Covid-19 epidemic last year and that he continued to be productive.”
In other words, these 138 researchers are mostly in research centers and some of us are in faculties that do research in the social sciences, sciences, and humanities, which generate critical knowledge. This is the great virtue of the exhibition, which is to see the relationship that exists between the researcher and science and its historical and human environment.”
For Jaime Espinosa, the celebration settings, as in this case with 45 years of university, “allow us to rethink how far we have come and what can be seen in the timeline, the wonderful work done at UATx and the contribution that has been made from the research, and how the interdisciplinary science of Tlaxcala is constructed.”
The exhibition is open to the general public, and not only to college students, “because in describing the pictures drawn by the researchers themselves, the complex work that they do can easily be appreciated. Come and enjoy the work of the researchers, because all of a sudden we think they are in their laboratories and we see their results only in books or book chapters, but In fact there is whole field work in every sense of the word, their activity in the field, in laboratories, depending on what kind of research they do, in archives or newspaper archives.”
One part that should be highlighted and plentiful is that “Science in Pictures” also shows how, since 2015, “women have begun to become champions in such a fundamental space of the university, that of research and academics with social training who make another contribution to science.” , I think it’s very important for women to continue to have this effect, as SNI and to produce it in research centers and colleges.”
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