L. to r., Queens College biology professor Sebastian Alvarado, President Frank H. Wu, and Her Majesty Queen Diambi Kabatusuila Tshiyoyo Muata look on as Burton’s mouthbrooder gives birth. Credit: Andy Poon photo, Queens College

Presenting a command performance, Queens College President Frank H. Wu welcomed Her Majesty Queen Diambi Kabatusuila Tshiyoyo Muata of the Democratic Republic of Congo to campus on Thursday, Nov. 17. A CUNY alumna—she holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Staten Island—Queen Diambi stopped by the lab of Queens College biologist Sebastian Alvarado, who studies Burton’s mouthbrooder (Astatotilapia burtoni), a fish endemic to Lake Tanganyika, which borders Congo. As if on cue, one of the fish gave birth in a small, hand-held tank as the queen looked on. During the visit, Wu presented the queen with a “Certificate of Esteemed Recognition,” marking her visit and for having initiated enhanced collaboration with the college. The queen’s visit culminated in a reception attended by faculty, staff, and students in her honor at the Tanenbaum Room in Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library. Click here to watch a video of the queen’s visit with remarks from both her and President Wu.

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