Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is changing the face of the field of science through education and enriching experiences outside of the classroom, powered by the College’s mission of meeting the higher educational needs of people from the South Bronx and similar communities who historically have been excluded from higher education.
Demonstrating action to this end, the Hostos Natural Sciences department is pleased to announce the upcoming Fall 2021 Science Week, spearheaded by Hostos Professors Anna Ivanova, Kathleen Delgado, and Soheli Chowdhury, who comprise the Science Week Committee.
Science Week will be held November 15-18 and themed “Science for the Future.” The full “Science for the Future” program will be released in the coming weeks.
This year’s Science Week keynote speaker will be prominent scholar and scientist Dr. Christopher E. Mason, Professor of Genomics, Physiology, and Biophysics at Weill Cornell Medicine. His presentation, titled “A 500-year plan for medicine and technology on Earth, Mars, and Beyond,” will be held Tuesday, November 16.
Moreover, the future of science is already taking shape at Hostos. This year alone and despite the pandemic challenges, sciences at the College have excelled from allied health to engineering to continuing education.
The Dental, Nursing and Radiologic Technology departments continue to be at the forefront of excellence with proven programmatic effectiveness determined by completion rates, credentialing examination pass rate, and job placement numbers.
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam has a pass rate benchmark of 75% for a five-year average but at Hostos the Radiologic Technology, credentialing examination rate on a five-year average was 98%. And the Rad Tech job placement is 100%, with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) establishing it 75%.
Through the years the Nursing Department at Hostos has become a competitive program known for academic rigorousness and the numbers show nursing at Hostos is preparing students for the job force. In 2019, 91% of first-time nurse candidates passed the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (RN-NCLEX) and the NCLEX-Practical Nurse candidates obtained a 100% pass rate.
For Dental Hygiene, the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association sets the standards. The exams are given by the Commission on Dental Competency Assessment (CDCA) and the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam (NBDHE). The pass rate for the clinical dental hygiene exam (CDCA) for 2018 was 100%, 2019 was 97% and 2020 was 100%.  The pass rate for the NBDHE for 2018 was 92%, 2019 was 94% and for 2020 was 95%. And the program's job placement rate average from the years 2018 to 2020 is 100%. 
The Hostos Community College Joint Dual Engineering Degree Program with The City College of New York's Grove School of Engineering was recognized as a finalist for the 2021 EXAMPLES of EXCELENCIA for its leadership in intentionally and effectively serving Latino students, and it also received the 2021 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine. The award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) is also making headway. CEWD’s healthcare occupational training courses for Certified Nursing Assistant, Health Information Technology Home Health Aide, Community Health Worker, Patient Care Technician, and Clinical Medical Assistant reported a six-year attainment for enrollment at 121%, training is 99%, and an 88% employment placement reach.
These are just some highlights that demonstrate that Science at Hostos matters. Stay tuned for more updates for Science Week: “Science for the Future.”
About Dr. Christopher E. Mason | Keynote Speaker
Dr. Mason is a Professor of Genomics, Physiology, and Biophysics at Weill Cornell Medicine. He also holds appointments at Tri-Institutional Program on Computational Biology and Medicine (Cornell, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Rockefeller University), the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center, the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute, (BMRI), and is an affiliate fellow of the Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School, affiliate faculty of the Consortium for Space Genetics at Harvard Medical School, and a Core Faculty Member of New York Genome Center (NYGC). He was named as one of the “Brilliant Ten” Scientists by Popular Science, featured as a TEDMED speaker, and called “The Genius of Genetics” by 92Y. He has >250 peer-reviewed papers and scholarly works that have been featured on the covers of Nature, Science, Cell, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Microbiology, and Neuron, as well as legal briefs cited by the U.S. District Court and U.S. Supreme Court. He is an inventor on four patents, co-founder of five biotechnology start-up companies, and serves as an advisor to 17 others as well as 3 non-profits.
The Mission of the Hostos Natural Sciences Department
To provide high quality educational programs in science and engineering and in support courses for the AAS, Allied Health and Liberal Arts programs. The NSD assists students to develop the skills required to analyze the mechanics of the natural and physical environment, learn to think critically, communicate effectively, cultivate an understanding of basic scientific and ethical values, and become responsible citizens of the world. The department also plays a significant role in guiding our students of diverse, multicultural backgrounds to acquire advanced knowledge and research skills empowering them to pursue higher education degrees in science and engineering.