Leaving a legacy at your alma mater is a daunting, yet rewarding task. Through hours of researching, writing, interviewing and designing, the Scientifica team has successfully established the FIRST undergraduate scientific magazine here at the University of Miami — all in a matter of a few months. We have changed the student media presence on our campus and have given students in the STEM community a unique voice. I would like to thank our readers for supporting our recent referendum campaign by voting “YES” to allow Scientifica to become a permanent part of our university. I am privileged to witness my peers enriching our campus culture with relevant discussion and outspoken advocacy. I am proud to share with you our second issue and I hope that, as you read this magazine, your own curiosity is sparked and you begin to think about what makes YOU passionate. Dare to think differently, and find your own voice. Enjoy!
Leaving your legacy at your alma mater is definitely a challenging and rewarding experience. In the matter of a few months, the Scientifica team solidified the creation of the FIRST undergraduate scientific magazine at the University of Miami. We have invested hours researching, writing, interviewing and designing while working to understand abstract concepts outside of our comfort zones. We changed the student media presence on campus and have given our students in the STEM community a voice. While continuing with our vision, we would like to invite students outside STEM fields to look into science as a friend and not a foe. Science has applications in every field from business to architecture. I would like to thank our readers for supporting our latest referendum campaign and voting ‘YES’ to allow Scientifica become a permanent part of our campus community. I feel privileged to witness my peers enriching our university environment with their knowledge and advocacy. I am proud to share with you our second issue and I hope that as you read this magazine YOUR own curiosity is sparked and hello you begin to think about what makes YOU passionate. Dare to think differently and find your voice as you engage in outside classroom discussion with your peers and family members. Enjoy!
– Victoria Pinilla
As Editorial Advisor for UMiami Scientifica, I have had the honor of witnessing the magazine’s growth on the Coral Gables campus these past few months. All of its successes can be attributed to the effective leadership of our core staff as well as the many dedicated writers, photographers and designers. The most important part of UMiami Scientifica is our reader base that has a passion for the sciences and is curious about the many fields and how each relates to their lives. We thank each and every one of you and hope that, with each issue, we continue to evolve and engage your curiosities, interests and, most of all, your love of the sciences. Please enjoy this issue knowing that it is you, the students, who have made UMiami Scientifica the success that it is. I am very proud of each of you, as are all of your faculty advisors.
– Roger Williams