Andrea Lugo-Torres. Photo provided by Andrea Lugo-Torres
Andrea Lugo-Torres. Photo provided by Andrea Lugo-Torres

Andrea is a MS candidate in the Plant Pathology program at Cornell University. Her passion for agriculture was reinforced when she noticed the lack of respect and appreciation of the food and crop production in Puerto Rico. Andrea’s aspirations led to complete a Bachelors in Agricultural Science with a major in Crop Protection and start the masters. Her masters research program is focused on the evaluation of foliar diseases in New York Malting Barley lines, pathogen population ecology, and biology coupled with extension appointments. She has been involved in diversity working groups, recruitments, and different initiatives to increase the unrepresented minorities and women in the agricultural sciences. Andrea will continue to expand her knowledge and interests to educate non-scientist communities in anyway and anywhere. She is currently one of the Co founders of Women in Ag Science @WomenAgScience a website and social media platform that strives to empower and support women in ag sciences. The mission is to educate the community, empower the women in the AG sciences and make connections across the nation and Agricultural Sciences.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?

Anti-pun

3 Do you have any pets?

No

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

my flowers are in lab beakers, Erlenmeyers, and volumetric flasks

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Cooking

6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?

Savory

7 Do you speak any other languages?

I am a Spanish native from Puerto Rico

8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

Interior Designer

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?

Food scientist

10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?

East coast of Italy

11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

Make peoples lives easier

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

Silicon Valley on HBO Now

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Soak sun all day at the beach

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

love, friends and good bed

15 What beverage gives you life?

Mango smoothies

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

Mendelian Genetics

17 What did you want to be when you grew up?

Geneticist

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

The importance of agriculture in any way possible and making it accessible and understandable to everyone in the community

19 What got you excited in science?

The lack of agricultural systems understanding and how interdisciplinary it is

20 What excites you about science now?

Explain it in a very simple way so everyone can understand it. No matter how complicated or “hard to explain” it is, communicate it!

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Cook dishes that are not from my country

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

Good at beach tennis

23 What is your favorite game?

“1, 2, 3 pescaito eh” a childhood game. Puerto ricans would know. There’s one person saying “1,2,3 pescaito es” and others at the other side waiting for that person to finish to get frozen and not move. The leader of the team have to make this other peers laugh in their frozen position. The winner is the last person to move.

24 What is the last book you read?

Histopathology of Seed Borne Infections.

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

“Be authentic, don’t forget where you come from and where you go.”

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

surfing

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Keep being who you are, honest and driven. Your attitude will get you far.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

de-stressing. Stop working and focusing on friends or yourself.

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Silicon Valley

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

My advisor’s business card. I have a ton.

31 What is your favorite animal?

Alpacas

32 What is your favorite book?

Don’t have any

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Nuggets

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

May 1st

35 What is your favorite plant?

Banana plants. Musa spp.

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Test don’t guess

37 What is your favorite season?

Summer

38 What is your favorite smell?

Coconut oil

39 What is your favorite sound?

Grasshoppers at night

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I’m always smiling

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?

Epaa

42 What is your proudest moment?

When I inspire others and see them getting where they wanted to be

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Palm tree

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

the gorges and waterfalls near my place

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I don’t get what is Pro pun or anti Pun. I don’t actually understand. I choose anti but please don’t comment on it.

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

Rey Cotto