The Boricua Science Community Responds to COVID-19

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We are facing a pandemic of the new Sar-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease COVID-19. The situation has disrupted everyone's lives in unprecedented ways. We understand that there is much concern and uncertainty, and that the situation is constantly and rapidly evolving. That is why the CienciaPR Team has activated its #CienciaBoricua community to educate, inform, and promote the well-being of our people. As always, in this emergency, we are ready to put science in service of Puerto Rico.


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YCA is pleased to welcome 16 talented biomedical or health sciences PhD students from 16 different institutions as our new class of YCA Fellows!

The new cohort is incredibly rich in terms of scientific accomplishments, diversity of interests and backgrounds, and leadership experience.

Can't wait to see all they will grow and accomplish over the upcoming year.


Todo un éxito el primer Biology and Society Summer Camp 2022

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28 de julio de 2022

Emanuel Vera González

El campamento fue coordinado por la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón.  

Trece jóvenes entre las edades de 15 a 19 años tuvieron la oportunidad de vivir una experiencia de investigación y exploración científica durante la primera edición del Biology and Society Summer Camp 2022, organizado por el Center for Academic Research (CAR) junto a la Escuela de Salud y Ciencias de la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón.

Puerto Rican woman becomes first female psychologist on major American Medical Association panel

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By: Alex Figueroa Cancel

Idalia Massa is a native of San Lorenzo and a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rican Idalia Massa became the first psychologist to join the Panel of Editors of the important American Medical Association's (AMA) Compensation Guidelines.

Massa, who currently resides in Denver, Colorado, was nominated by the American Psychological Association to represent the field at the U.S. level on the prestigious committee.

Then, last week the AMA accepted and appointed the Puerto Rican to the panel, which was celebrated by the APA for being the first time that someone from the field of psychology is on the panel.

Read de full story in the spanish version.

New Fortress Energy awards scholarships to five students at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus

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June 28, 2022. San Juan, Puerto Rico - As part of New Fortress Energy's (NFE) mission to boost the communities where it operates by increasing access to quality education, the company awarded scholarships to five engineering students at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez (UPRM) to help them continue their educational journey. The recipients of the NFE emPOWER Puerto Rico 2021-2022 Scholarship at UPRM are Kevin W. Rodríguez García, Penélope O. Nieves Colón, Adriana Danielle Kleshick Segarra, Kevin Caleb Caraballo Irizarry and Miguel A. de Jesús Soto. Each student will receive $5,000 to be used for tuition and academic expenses. This is the first year that UPRM students will receive the scholarship. 

RUM solar boat crowned fastest in Solar Splash 2022

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The UPRM Solar Boat team, made up of students from the College of Engineering of the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus (RUM), was crowned the fastest boat in the Solar Splash 2022 competition, which was recently held in Springfield, Ohio. The boat set a time of 23.86 in the speed category, also known as the 300-meter Sprint Event.

Read the full story in the spanish version.


Experts question Department of Health's inaction on COVID-19 and offer recommendations to improve public health response

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A group of health professionals, scientists and physicians questioned the lack of action by the local Department of Health in the face of the high number of COVID-19 infections in Puerto Rico and offered specific recommendations to improve the public health response at this point in the pandemic. The statements were made during a press conference organized by the NGO and scientific collective Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR, A recording of the conference (in Spanish) can be accessed on Ciencia Puerto Rico's YouTube channel ( 

Two STEM awards for research at UPR Aguadilla

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Aguadilla, P.R. - Thanks to the support of the Puerto Rican people, the research project entitled Citizen Science as a teaching tool presented by natural science students from UPR Aguadilla and under the direction of Professor Dr. Jesús Lee Borges, won two awards: "Presenters' Choice" and "Public Choice" in the international competition The 2022 STEM for All Video Showcase: Access, Inclusion, and Equity.

Read the full story in the spanish version. 


Sagrado alumna selected by the National Academy of Science

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May 23, 2022
Emanuel Vera Gonzalez

Sagrado alumna is selected by the National Academy of Sciences. Scientist Ivette Perfecto stands out for her research focused on the biodiversity of agricultural landscapes.

Her research focused on the biodiversity of agricultural landscapes led scientist and Sacred Heart University alumna Ivette Perfecto Rivera to become one of the newest members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in the United States.

NAS members serve - pro bono - as advisors to the nation on science, engineering and medicine. 


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