Kyle E. Cordova

Kyle E. Cordova

Royal Scientific Society

Biography

Kyle E. Cordova received his M.Sc. degree in inorganic chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) under the guidance of Professor Omar M. Yaghi. In 2012, he moved to San Francisco State University where he taught in the Department of Chemistry as an Adjunct Professor. In 2014, he moved to the University of California, Berkeley to join Professor Yaghi’s research group as a Research Associate as well as the Berkeley Global Science Institute (BGSI). From 2014 to 2016, he was the Director of Research at the Center for Molecular and NanoArchitectures – a global science node in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. From 2016 to 2019, Kyle served as the Associate Director of BGSI, in which he was responsible for designing, implementing, and managing all Global Science centers and programs in the United States and abroad (Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Jordan, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Argentina, and Mexico). His research has focused on further developing and promoting the principles of reticular chemistry for applications in clean energy, health, and the environment. He has co-authored 32 publications, including 5 in Science or Nature family journals, with >8000 citations.

 

Synopsis

Building a Global Culture of Science

The ability to perform science and innovation is distributed unequally; only scientists from few countries have the means to address problems affecting the world. This is often perpetuated by the absence of strong scientific leadership and sustainable mentoring traditions, lack of an idea generation system, or underdeveloped institutional foundations. To the best scientists in the world, the highest calling is to elevate the minds of the most promising emerging scholars, equipping them with the mental tools to pursue a career of discovery. Thus, the ability to provide global mentorship provides hope for the future of science. Scholars involved on either end of this relationship will be able to share and foster core values such as respect for the value of knowledge and acceptance of working with different cultures. On a practical level, the ability to extend mentoring relationships to a global stage may counteract problems like human capital flight – sometimes referred to as “brain drain”. The shift in viewpoint from a local community of researchers to a global one will infuse all areas of science with new ideas and skillsets, increase learning opportunities for scientists at large, and tackle informational and technological challenges that are associated with local problems before they become global. The vision of a global science network fueled by mentoring is ambitious, but is proving achievable.

The seminar will highlight global science activities, introduce research and scientific outreach programs, present capacity building case studies, and detail accomplishments achieved by emerging scholars who have plugged into a quickly developing global science network of researchers. The context will then be set to demonstrate how providing global mentorship leads to opportunities in scientific research, which benefits emerging scholars, countries, and even regions as a whole.