Polytechnica University Wins First Place in Cyber Competition

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A team of 10 students from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico won first place in an international competition called "Capture the Flag (CTF)". The competition was founded by the US Department of Energy and funded by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

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7 Razones para reverdecer a Puerto Rico luego de un huracán

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Por: Koralis Reyes Maldonado , estudiante de Biología de la UPR-RP

A cuatro meses de haber pasado el huracán María, hemos visto como Puerto Rico ha reverdecido en su mayoría. Sin embargo, los árboles caídos que no podrán recuperarse representan una gran pérdida para el ecosistema e inclusive nos hace más vulnerables ante futuras amenazas de huracanes. A continuación, presentamos algunas razones por las cuales reforestar a Puerto Rico puede ayudar a mitigar los efectos de un huracán:

1. Nos protegen de vientos

Los árboles actúan como una barrera contra los vientos y ayudan a que la fuerza de estos se disipe y no azoten nuestros hogares con tanta intensidad. Sin la protección de nuestros árboles, la devastasión por parte de los vientos hubiese sido más grave.

Asthma: A Multifactorial Disease

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Last semester, I did an internship at the Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Clinic of the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where we specialize in treating patients with chronic respiratory disease. Soon after starting my clinical rotation, I noticed the large number of visits from Puerto Ricans, especially women. Alarmed, I decided to investigate the reasons for this trend, and I went to the library to find more information about the subject. 

The email that changed my life

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This blog is part the 2017 Yale Ciencia Academy Fellows' Outreach Projects.

I remember that moment as it was yesterday. I was seating in the living room with my family chatting about school and our plans for the summer. At that time, I wasn’t sure about my plans. I was thinking of taking some free time or maybe one summer class. However, I am not the kind of person that always has a plan, so I was just waiting to see what the summer had to offer, but then something unexpected happened! I received a notification on my phone about a summer research program that I had applied a couple of months back. A lot of emotions came through my mind, so I ran to my room to read the email:

Research Assistant position

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Puerto Rico Science Trust/Small Grant of Dr. Harold Saavedra is recruiting a competent professional for a Research Assistant position at Ponce Health Sciences University in Ponce, Puerto Rico.  The selected applicant will be working on several exciting projects studying the role of dysfunctional mitosis and aneuploidy in breast cancer. 


To succeed, the candidate must have the following academic preparation, skills and abilities:


Meet our Director of Science Education Programs and Community Partnerships

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To successfully implement our new strategic direction of transforming science education to promote a culture of science, critical thinking and problem-solving in Puerto Rico, besides creating a Board of Directors composed of internationally-recognized leaders in science, education and civic society, CienciaPR needed to hire a new staff member in Puerto Rico. 

Introducing the new CienciaPR Board of Directors

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Under our new strategic direction, one of CienciaPR’s goals is to grow our infrastructure, human and financial resources to make CienciaPR a sustainable nonprofit organization. To achieve this, one of our first objectives was to put together a Board of Directors composed by leading scientists, educators, innovators and members of the community that could complement our existing expertise, help us secure new sources of funding, and increase the visibility, recognition and influence of the organization, and overall, help us increase the impact of CienciaPR.

November: Diabetes Awareness Month

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Did you know that diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the world and of which there is no cure? Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the body's ability to use the energy contained in food. As a result, blood sugar (glucose) levels increase, resulting in a chain of short and long-term adverse effects. Depending on the type of diabetes patients need insulin or pills to control it.

After consuming food, our body transforms it into glucose and other nutrients that are absorbed by the blood. After eating, blood sugar level increases activating the pancreas that generates insulin and releases it into the bloodstream. In people with diabetes this does not happen because the body is not able to produce or react to insulin properly.


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