Hispanic Heritage Month: Embracing, Enabling, Enriching America

According to the official website of the Nobel Prize, Severo Ochoa was born in Spain in 1905. He went to medical school at the University of Madrid and graduated in 1929. In 1941, Ochoa moved to the United States. Ochoa became the first Hispanic American to win the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 1959 for discovering an enzyme that can join nucleotides, the building blocks of RNA and DNA, together. This has contributed greatly to the foundation of knowledge that we have today regarding metabolism of carbohydrates and fatty acids, the use of carbon dioxide and the complex molecules that create living organisms. For more information, visit www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1959/ochoa-facts.html.

86th Airlift Wing’s Hispanic Heritage Month events

• Through Monday: Coloring contest for children 10 and under, Ramstein Library

• Through Thursday: Children’s storytime, 10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at Ramstein Library

• Through Oct. 15: Hispanic heritage literary display, Ramstein Library

Hispanic Heritage Committee’s Hispanic Heritage Month events

• Saturday: Breast Cancer Awareness 5K, 8 a.m. at Southside Fitness Center on Ramstein. This is a free event with T-shirts given to the first 50 registrants.

• Tuesday: Speed mentoring, 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Ramstein, Bldg. 2407. To reserve a spot, email Tech. Sgt. Antonio Oquendo at antonio.oquendo@us.af.mil.