Thank you PARACa Summer VISTA 2023 interns!

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This past June and July, Ciencia Puerto Rico was fortunate to host three interns of the PARACa (from the Spanish acronym for Empowerment and Retention of Agents of Change) Summer VISTA Fellowship 2023 (PARACa). We want to congratulate Isaac Correa Pagán, Natalia Ramos Rivera, and Marylys Rivera for successfully completing their internships and thank them for their valuable contributions to our team! 

Our interns worked on a variety of projects, check them out below!

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.

Team Transitions

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With a mix of emotions we announce that our dear colleague, Edmy Ayala Rosado, who served as CienciaPR's Community Projects Manager and Science Outreach Specialist, has moved on to become the Director of Communications and Community Impact at the Centro para la Reconstrucción del Hábitat. For 3 years, Edmy was an important part of our work team, leading, among other things, the communication and health promotion campaigns of Aquí Nos Cuidamos and working hand-in-hand with community leaders through our Community Science Laborato

Accepted at Brown University: Paraded at RUM master's graduation and wedding on the same weekend

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In a world where numbers and equations are usually seen as cold and abstract, in math they found so much more. Mónica Colón Vargas and Geraldo Enrique Soto Rosa, who in the same exciting weekend, graduated with a 4.00 grade point average from the Department of Mathematical Sciences of the University of Mayagüez Campus (RUM) and joined their lives in marriage. In addition, they were admitted to pursue doctoral studies at Brown University, a prestigious Ivy League university. 

RUM team placed runner-up in NASA competition

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The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) student chapter of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) Mayagüez Campus (RUM) won second place in the 2023 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Forum of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 

This is the fifth time the students have participated in the competition, in which they achieved three consecutive championships from 2018 to 2021. This year, they presented the PROMISE: Permanent Research Outpost for Mars and Interplanetary Space Exploration mission, which met the challenge imposed in this edition to send four astronauts to Mars and have them survive there for seven years.  

RUM solar boat regains championship in Ohio competition

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The UPRM Solar Boat team, composed of students from the College of Engineering of the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus (RUM), won the championship in the Solar Splash 2023 competition, which was recently held in Springfield, Ohio.  

The collegiate collective, composed of four students from the departments of Electrical Engineering (INEL) and Computers (ICOM); and Mechanics (INME), obtained an overall score of 953.74 out of 1,000. With this feat, they regained the world championship title by winning the George Ettenheim Memorial trophy that they had achieved, for the first time, in 2021. Last year they were runners-up.  


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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.

The CienciaPR Team Continues Growing!

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Three college students have joined our team thanks to our collaboration with the Summer VISTA fellowship from Mentes Puertorriqueñas en AcciónMarylys Rivera Flores, Natalia Ramos Rivera and Isaac Correa Pagán, welcome to the CienciaPR team! We also celebrate the continued collaboration of four college interns: Daiza Orench Rivera, Elan A. Reinoso Jimenez, Jabes Hernández Matias and Larisa Isabel Cordero Campos. We are grateful for our university interns and all their contributions!

Scientists from the UPR of Río Piedras publish in the prestigious Science magazine

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Evolutionary biologist Riccardo Papa and his team presented important findings using butterflies.

In the field of evolutionary biology, studying philosophy, time and space is unusual. However, Dr. Riccardo Papa and his team of students from the Department of Biology at the Río Piedras Campus of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) did just that, and what they found earned them a publication in the prestigious scientific journal Science.

After collecting data for three and a half years, the group found that, in essence, there is no single path to evolution. That is, the same result can be reached in different ways; in this case, in the field of development, evolution and morphology (how living things are formed).


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