July 04, 2017

Teresa Nieves-Chinchilla, research associate, Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, was quoted in a Baltimore Sun article for being one of 22 people who became naturalized citizens on the fourth of July.

Teresa Nieves-Chinchilla returned last week from a trip to her home country of Spain, where her two children will spend the summer.

In her mailbox was a long-awaited letter granting a dream — she could finally become an American citizen.

Nieves-Chinchilla has been in the U.S. for 11 years, studying space weather and solar activity for the Catholic University of America's Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, located at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.

"When I saw the letter in my mailbox, the first feeling was, 'Oh my God, finally,'" said Nieves-Chinchilla, 44, of Olney. ...

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