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Science Spotlight: Puerto Rican studies ocean acidification in Hawaii

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On the occasion of Women and Girls in Science Day, oceanographer Melissa Meléndez highlights the importance of increasing the representation of women in STEM careers.

For oceanographer Melissa Meléndez, forging her career as a research scientist has been a "difficult, but enjoyable" process. Difficult because she was the first person in her family to earn a college degree, and enjoyable because she met mentors and friends who helped her overcome barriers along the way.

By Amanda Pérez Pintado


"It was a little bit difficult because it was not only educating myself, but also my parents and my family about what I was going through and what I wanted to do," recalled Meléndez, who is currently studying ocean acidification in Hawaii.

Director Advises AAAS

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Congratulations to our Executive Director, Dr. Giovanna Guerrero-Medina, on her selection to the Empowering Career Pathways Multidisciplinary Committee of the prestigious scientific organization AAAS. Reporting to the organization's leadership, the committee will develop practical tools and recommendations to break down barriers to entry into STEM careers and improve talent retention.

“Borinqueñas en STEM: La exhibición” opens

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Caguas, Puerto Rico (December 6, 2022)- The Centro Criollo de Ciencia y Tecnología del Caribe (C3Tec) presents the exhibition "Borinqueñas en STEM", a recognition of 37 outstanding Puerto Rican women in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Hospital Association honors the work of women in the Health Sector in Puerto Rico

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Photo caption: The photo shows the group of healthcare professionals who received the "Women in Healthcare 2022" Award given annually by the Puerto Rico Hospital Association.  Seated from left to right: Dr. Aracelis Nieves (Medical Director, Manatí Medical Center); Dr. Maruja Santiago Vélez (Director, Centro Imágenes Hospital Metropolitano Dr. Pila) and Dr. Michelle M. Martínez Montemayor (Associate Professor, Universidad Central del Caribe). Jaime Plá Cortés (Executive President of the Puerto Rico Hospital Association), Representative Sol Higgins (President of the House of Representatives Health Committee); Dr. Ilia Zayas Toro (Chief Medical Officer at the CDT of the San Pablo Medical Group); Dr. Elba Arroyo Camuñas (Chief Medical Officer of the San Pablo Medical Group); Dr.

Women's Week kicks off with recognition of 10 outstanding women in the public school system

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Press Release

Permission is granted for the publication and use of the photos provided.

The photo shows from left to right (seated) Jenny Cosme Figueroa, Corporate Executive; Eng. Ivette García Dunlap, Electrical Engineer and Betsy Velázquez Rodríguez, Corporate Consultant.  Standing left to right: Reinaldo Camps Gerena of the founding group of CROEM 1968; Laida Pla; Dr. Lourdes E. Soto de Laurido, Acting Dean of the School of Health Professions at the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico; Ing. Olga D. González Sanabria, Director of Engineering at NASA Glenn Research Center; Dr. Fabiola Cruz López, Epidemiologist; Sonia Martínez de Vargas, sports leader; and Roberto Rivera Ponce, leader of CROEM graduate students.


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The nonprofit organization distributed a total of 250 posters and other educational materials about Puerto Rican and Latina women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to be displayed in schools and to expose young people to culturally relevant role models.

¡Regresa Semillas de Triunfo para niñas de 7mo a 9no grado!

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Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR), invita a jóvenes estudiantes de séptimo a noveno grado interesadas en desarrollarse en las carreras de ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería, matemáticas (STEM por sus siglas en inglés) a solicitar al programa educativo “Semillas de Triunfo”.


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