Universidad Andrés Bello’s Vice Rector of Research wins award in Spain

Dr. Andrés Gomberoff recognized for his contribution to the popularization of science


Universidad Andrés Bello’s Vice Rector of Research wins award in Spain

The National Research Council has recognized Dr. Andrés Gomberoff for a series of articles he co-authored in the magazine Que Pasa. The Vice Rector of Research and Doctoral Programs from Universidad Andrés Bello, and his colleague Dr. Joseph Edelstein from the Universidad de Compostela, were honored in the category of "Outreach Work, Scientific Method and Critical Thinking". These awards are organized by the Spanish National Research Council, the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, the Spanish Royal Society of Physics and the Geological Society of Spain.

Describing their decision to recognize Dr. Gomberoff and Dr. Edelstein, the jury explained that the award was presented to them "for their ability to bring current topics in modern physics to the public in an attractive and readable manner, without losing scientific rigor".

Specifically, the articles they published are titled "The eclipse and the butterfly" and "Nothing fascinating". The first explains how the American mathematician and meteorologist Edward Lorenz discovered that small perturbations can lead to large changes in the atmosphere, a phenomenon known as "the butterfly effect". The second article addressed the phenomenon of "nothing" and how dark energy accounts for 74% of the energy content of the universe.

The collaboration between Dr. Gomberoff and Dr. Edelstein has a long history and has been widely recognized. In 2011, their article "Antimatter, magic and poetry" was recognized in the first diffusion of science contest organized by Spain’s National Centre for Particle Physics. The following year, the duo also won first place in the second version of this contest with the text "A neutrino opera in two acts".

Also in 2012, "Antimatter, magic and poetry" was again awarded. This time it was chosen as winner of the II Contest of Scientific Communication Fecyt in print format.

This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.