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CIFUENTES INÉS LUCIA CIFUENTES Seismologist and Educator Inés Lucia Cifuentes passed away on December 16, 2013 at her home, under hospice care, after a valiant seven year battle with breast cancer. She was 59. She is survived by her husband, Frank Aikman, her children, Benjamin Carlos Aikman and Julia Naima Aikman, as well as her mother, Lucy Axelbank-Cifuentes, all of Takoma Park, MD, and her brother, Luis Arturo Cifuentes of Corpus Christi, TX. Inés was born in London, England and spent the first twelve years of her life in Latin America (Ecuador, Paraguay, Chile and Guatemala), before moving to Kensington, MD. She is a graduate of Albert Einstein High School and earned a BS degree in physics from Swarthmore College, a MS degree in geophysics from Stanford University and was the first woman to earn a PhD in seismology from Columbia University (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory). In between Stanford and Columbia Ines worked at the United States Geological Survey doing field work in Guatemala and Nicaragua. Her PhD dissertation established the great 1960 Chilean earthquake as the largest ever recorded. Following a two and half year Post-Doctoral Appointment at the Universite de Paris, France at the Institut de Physique du Globe, Inés returned to the Carnegie Institution of Washington and subsequently became the director of CASE (Carnegie Academy for Science Education) for a decade. CASE trained about 100 DC public elementary school teachers per year in science and math in a hands-on summer program and worked with the teachers in the schools throughout the year. In 2006 she received the National Hispanic Scientist of the Year Award from the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), in Tampa, FL and in 2007 she received the Hispanic Heritage Society Award in Washington, DC, both for her scientific and educational achievements. Ines served as the President of the Board of Directors for Casa de Maryland and as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Dance Exchange, Takoma Park, MD. A memorial service is planned for February 17, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Washington Ethical Society Meeting House, 7750 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20012. In lieu of gifts or flowers, donations in Ines' name are welcome: To Camp Kesem, JHU at http://campkesem.org/jhu and/or To the JHU Sidney Kimmel Center to support fellowships at: https://jhweb.dev.jhu.edu/eforms/form/kimmel Please indicate here that directed donations should go to support Fellowship Research under Dr. Ross Donehower and/or To the Montgomery County Hospice, Montgomery Hospice Foundation, 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850 https://www.montgomeryhospice.org/donate-and-support/donate-now
Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 12, 2014