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ERDC’s Lozano and Ruvinsky win 2020 Great Minds in STEM awards



Christine Lozano and Dr. Alicia Ruvinsky, both members of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Information Technology Laboratory team, were named winners of the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Association Conference (HENAAC) 2020 Great Minds in STEM award. (Photos courtesy ERDC)

Christine Lozano and Dr. Alicia Ruvinsky, both members of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Information Technology Laboratory team, were named winners of the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Association Conference 2020 Great Minds in STEM award.

HENAAC’s annual awards have recognized America’s top engineers and scientists from the Hispanic community for the past 31 years. Lozano was named a STEM hero, while Ruvinsky was honored for professional achievement.

“When I was younger, I was introduced to a drafting class by a female architect,” Lozano said. “It was through this drafting class that I realized that my appreciation for art and creativity could go hand in hand with my strength in math. As I kept looking around, I had male engineering influences, who I am so thankful for because they nurtured my goals and desires, but I never really had a female STEM influence. One of my dreams is to be a mentor and influence to the next generation, especially minority women.

“So many girls are not encouraged to pursue STEM fields, especially within the Hispanic community,” Lozano continued. “I hope that through something like this award, I can be an influence and face to younger girls. Even now, I think of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her influence. I may not have as large a platform as Justice Ginsburg, but I hope to be an encouragement to my fellow female Latinas that it is possible to make it and succeed in STEM and that our ideas and voices are worth being heard.”

Lozano’s research has resulted in impactful technology that is saving time and money and helping preserve our nation’s navigation infrastructure. Her accomplishments are critical to ensuring that the life of our nation’s aging hydraulic structures is extended. Lozano is a dedicated team member who encourages others to pursue careers in STEM and serves as a tutor, assists with English as a second language classes and promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

“This award has given me pause to think about the things in my life that have made me the kind of person that I am,” Ruvinsky said. “One of the most significant aspects of the context of my professional career is my parents’ immigration to the U.S. from Argentina. Though I can hardly imagine the fear and anxiety that those choices and experiences may have caused them, when I think of those events, I only think of the courage, perseverance and drive that it must have taken to do what they did. This is their legacy to me, and these are the shoulders I stand on with undying gratitude. I owe all my strength of character, courage in the face of adversity and uncertainty, and ambition to lean in from my dear parents. Te lo agradesco por siempre.”

Ruvinsky’s data analytics skill set has resulted in several opportunities to provide cost savings in procurement and maintenance for the Department of Defense. In addition to being a leading expert in data analytics, she also excels at bringing together and leading teams to accomplish challenging goals. Ruvinsky has advanced the state-of-science through her publications and is noted for being a dedicated mentor, devoting countless hours to coaching and encouraging early career computer scientists in data science and data analytics.

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18-wheeler in wreck on 61 South in Warren County



(photo by Thomas Parker)

An 18-wheeler was involved in a single vehicle crash around 6 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Highway 61 South approximately 1 mile north of the Claiborne-Warren County line.

The truck left the roadway on the northbound side of the highway for unknown reasons.

The driver was transported to Claiborne County Hospital by private vehicle before law enforcement arrived on the scene. His condition is not known at this time.

Traffic has not been affected, but use caution in the area to allow investigators to do their jobs safely.

Warren County deputies Daniel Thomas and Ron Kinard are on the scene, and a trooper from the Mississippi State Police is on the way and will be in charge of the investigation.

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Vicksburg named Water Treatment Plant of the Year for second consecutive year



For the second year in a row, the City of Vicksburg has received the 2020 Water Treatment Plant of the Year Award from the American Water Works Association. The award cites overall water quality, plant improvements, energy efficiency and regulatory conformance as criteria for the selection.

“Having the best water treatment plant in the State of Mississippi for two years in a row is just one more reason why people should move to Vicksburg,” said Mayor George Flaggs Jr. in a statement. “Our philosophy is to provide the best quality service at the least cost to the taxpayers. Today, we’re continuing to deliver on that promise.”

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen hired ESG Operations, Inc. in 2016 to manage and operate the city’s water treatment plant on Haining Road. The plant has received a five-star rating from the State Department of Health for the past four years and has been in 100% compliance with all regulatory agencies.

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VPD reports auto theft and business burglary for Tuesday



The Vicksburg Police Department reports an auto theft and a business burglary occurred Tuesday, Oct. 13.

At 5:34 a.m. officers responded to a residence in the 3100 block of Washington Street in reference to a stolen vehicle. The complainant reported that someone stole a 2015 Chrysler 200.

The Days Inn at 90 Warrenton Road was the site of a business burglary Tuesday. Officers responded to the motel at 9:09 a.m. where the victims stated that someone kicked a room door in and stole a Dewalt paint sprayer, two Magnavox paint sprayers, a Minolta hand sander and a Milwaukee reciprocating saw. Two other saws of unknown brands were also taken. The total value of the missing equipment is estimated at $5,500.

If you have information on either of these incidents, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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