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17-year-old enters postgraduate program at Harvard University


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Dafne Almazán became the world’s youngest psychologist at 13

by the El Reportero’s wire services

A student who became the world’s youngest psychologist at the age of 13 is now off to Harvard University, the first Mexican minor to be admitted to a postgraduate program and also the youngest in 100 years.

At the age of 10, Dafne Almazán Anaya, now 17, began an undergraduate degree in psychology at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), where she graduated after three years of study.

At Harvard, Almazán will study for a master’s degree in mathematics for teaching.

“My plan is to design and work with models for teaching mathematics to gifted children, which is one of the focuses of the degree,” the young genius revealed in a statement.

She added that she plans to graduate from the Harvard program in one year, which at 18 would see her join the ranks of a select handful of others in the history of the prestigious institution.

Almazán has been a speaker at several national and international professional conferences, including the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children and the American Education Research Association.

She has two professional certificates from Harvard centering on gifted education. In 2016 Almazán was named one of Forbes 50 Most Powerful Women in Mexico, and last year she received Mexico City’s Youth Award.

She was also part of the first generation of the CEDAT intellectual potential program, one of Latin America’s most important centers for the identification of gifted children.

Almazán is fluent in four languages and in her free time has practiced ballet, gymnastics, ice skating, taekwondo and oil painting.

Source: El Financiero (sp)

Over 12,700 Central Americans eported in January

Tegucigalpa, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) More than 12,700 Honduran, Guatemalan and Salvadoran citizens were deported during January, mostly from the United States and Mexico, according to official data published in Tegucigalpa Saturday.

In January, according to the Consular and Migratory Observatory of Honduras, the number of Honduran returnees rose to 4,586, 8.3 percent more than in the same period last year.

The figure does not include the 7,270 Hondurans who left in caravans since October 2018 with the aim of reaching the United States and had to return from Guatemala and Mexico.

There are just over a million Hondurans, three million Guatemalans and 2.8 million Salvadorans living in the United States, according to various sources.

The Guatemalan Migration Institute reported that 6,168 deported citizens arrived in January, while El Salvador received 1,976.

Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are part of the so-called North Triangle of Central America, an area affected mainly by violence and poverty.

In mid-October, several migrant caravans left these countries towards the United States and, in retaliation, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to substantially reduce foreign aid to these nations.

Trump is highly questioned for his controversial anti-immigrant policies, including zero tolerance of undocumented immigrants and the idea of building a wall on the border with Mexico.