Shirley Murillo, Xaymara Serrano, and Alejandra Lorenzo attend the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science National Diversity in STEM Conference in Salt Lake City

Shirley Murillo, HRD’s Deputy Director, along with Alejandra Lorenzo, Information Technology Specialist at AOML, and Xaymara Serrano, Post-Doctoral Associate at the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies working at AOML’s Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division, all attended the SACNAS Diversity in STEM Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in October.

Alejandra Lorenzo, Shirley Murillo, and Xaymara Serrano at the SACNAS meeting


Shirley was a part of the panel, Interdisciplinary Approaches in the Ocean Sciences: Bridging the Gap between Basic and Applied Science, where she talked about research at AOML and fielded questions on research and potential career paths. Xaymara spoke at the panel, Career Pathways/Making an Impact in Ocean Science: Academia to Agencies, Industry to Non-Profits. Alejandra and Xaymara judged the student poster session.  All three staffed the extensive NOAA booth during the week, talking to other attendees about different programs and opportunities throughout the organization.  The three also presented recollections of the the conference at an AOML Diversity, Inclusion, and You event the following week.

Shirley’s presentation is available at