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.

Calling on scientists to endorse request for funds for a new radio telescope

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A coalition of scientists from Puerto Rico and the diaspora has launched a call asking the United States government to take into account the opinions of the Puerto Rican scientific community when planning and designing the replacement of the Arecibo Observatory and to make a real financial commitment for its construction. In a letter, the group elaborates on the scientific and educational value that the Arecibo Observatory fulfilled for many years. Among the requests, the group demands that the next project reflect the latest technological advances, preserves and enhances the educational mission that was developed in Arecibo, and has sufficient scientific personnel.

NIMHD co-authored study using ethnically diverse sample population identifies more type 2 diabetes-linked genomic regions than European-only studies

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A large scale study that included multi-ethnic participants has identified more genetic regions linked to type 2 diabetes-related traits than if the research had been conducted in Europeans alone.

The study, titled “The Trans-Ancestral Genomic Architecture of Glycemic Traits,” was published in Nature Genetics, and co-authored by Director of Clinical and Health Services Research at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Dr. Larissa Aviles-Santa, on behalf of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL).

UPR Mayagüez is again the Puerto Rican university with the most NSF scholarship recipients

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The Mayagüez Campus (RUM) of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) became, once again, the Puerto Rican higher education institution with the largest number of scholarship recipients of the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) that grants the National Science Foundation (NSF).

This year, the honor went to 11 schoolboys: Lee Roger Chevres Fernández, Ian González Amador, Christian José Lagares, José A. Lasalde Ramírez, Edgard Alvin Lebrón Rodríguez, Cristina Lorenzo Velázquez, Diego Rafael Ramos Ortiz, Daniela Marina Rivera Mirabal, Gabriel Sánchez Velázquez, Hosea Amos Santiago Cruz and Elizabeth Torres De Jesús, all students and graduates of the RUM.

UPR Mayagüez professor is the first Hispanic to obtain an important award for highway engineering

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Dr. Benjamín Colucci Ríos, professor of the Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying (INCI) of the Mayagüez Campus (RUM) of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), became the first Puerto Rican and Hispanic-American to receive the Wilbur S. Smith, in the 2021 edition, an award granted by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Científico puertorriqueño recibe importante galardón de la Fundación Nacional de las Ciencias

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El microbiólogo y miembro de la División de Ingeniería Civil, Mecánica e Innovación de Manufactura (CMMI) de la Fundación Nacional de las Ciencias (NSF, por sus siglas en inglés), Jesús Alvelo Maurosa, fue el recipiente el pasado 6 de mayo, junto a su equipo, del premio Director’s Award (Premio del Directorado) por logros excepcionales para aumentar los lazos entre investigadores y comunidades indígenas para alcanzar iniciativas inclusivas y meritorias en las ciencias árticas.

Puerto Rican scientist Francés Colón appointed director of international climate affairs at the Center for American Progress (CAP)

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Dr. Frances Colón has been appointed Senior Director for International Climate Affairs at the Center for American Progress (CAP), the most influential organization on issues related to the environment and climate change. Colón was Deputy Adviser for Science and Technology at the US Department of State, when John Kerry was the secretary during the presidency of Barack Obama.

Kerry is now President Joe Biden's special envoy for climate affairs.

The CAP noted that Colón coordinated the climate change policy for the Climate and Energy Alliance of the Americas announced by then-President Obama, and that he will now help develop strategies to strengthen the United States' partnerships with the international community to address change. climate.


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