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Tara Mandalaywala-Ocasio: I am Borinqueña and a Comparative Psychologist

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Dr. Tara Mandalaywala-Ocasio grew up in a multicultural home full of science that is reflected in her multidisciplinary research on human cognition. From her office at New York University, this accomplished scientist tells us why she has attended scientific meetings since she was in diapers, about her adventures with the monkeys of Cayo Santiago, and what challenges and opportunities she has faced as a Borinqueña blazing a traii in science. 

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Between Borinqueñas: Women in STEM

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To celebrate International Women's Month, the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust (PRSTRT), welcomed Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR) and "Women Empowered " (WE) for a discussion between Borinqueñas. Ms. Lucy Crespo (CEO of the PRSTRT), Dr. Patricia Ordoñez (Computer Science Professor -UPR-RP), Dr . Michelle Martinez (Professor, School of Medicine - University Central del Caribe) and Dr . Giovanna Guerrero (Executive Director, CienciaPR) shared their success stories and challenges.

Sharing Ana Roqué de Duprey's Legacy

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Recently, Dr. Frances Colón, Deputy Science and Technology Advisor for the U.S. Secretary of State, shared the legacy of pioneer scientist and feminist Ana Roqué de Duprey. The story is part of a White House project to share the untold stories of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 

Professor from UPR Río Piedras: First Hispanic Woman to become director at large for ACS

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"Women are able to hold many roles and to succeed in each one of them", affirmed Dr. Ingrid Montes, Chemistry Professor at UPR-RP. Dr. Montes became the first hispanic woman to be elected to the Board of General Directors of the American Chemical Society (ACS). 

For the full blog post, please refer to the Spanish version of this site. 


More than Science: Joan Laureano, an engineer “on-trend”

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Borinqueñas, if something is certain it is that science and engineering are everywhere, in everything we do and everything we create. More importantly, science and engineering can open many doors in our future since the skills learned by studying these disciplines can be an advantageous in the workplace independent of what your final career path might be. This is the case of Borinqueña Joan Laureano Correa. Joan, who is an electric engineer, is also a renowned accessories and jewelry designer.

Creating awareness of the role of science in Puerto Rican culture and society through our Seeds of Success

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Traditionally, the week of November 19th schools across our archipelago celebrate the discovery of Puerto Rico by taking the opportunity to reflect on our heritage, our culture, and Puerto Ricans of which we are proud.

Testing the Waters for Ocean Acidification

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Led by UNH biogeochemical oceanographer Joe Salisbury, a group of 15 scientists is currently aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel Gordon Gunter on a two-leg, 34-day expedition that will help determine how humans are causing changes in the oxygen and carbon dioxide content of oceans, leading to the global acidification of seawater.

Puerto Rican microbiologist studies respiratory illnesses in poultry

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Por: Gerardo E. Alvarado León

Una confusión al momento de escoger dónde cursaría estudios graduados, le dio un giro de 180 grados a la vida profesional de la científica Maricarmen García De la Vega.

La década de 1980 iba a medias y García De la Vega recién completaba su bachillerato en microbiología en la Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR), recinto de Río Piedras. Estudió tecnología médica en el recinto de Ciencias Médicas de la UPR y trabajó en varios laboratorios de hospitales; confirmó que le apasionaba la microbiología, especialmente la microbiología clínica (en humanos).

Lisandra Garay-Vega: Before You Get on the Road

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Lisandra Garay-Vega: Before You Get on the Road

By: UMass Amherst Alumni Association Press

Learning from past events is not always easy, but crucial when it comes to public safety. Lisandra Garay-Vega ’04 MS, ’08 PhD, a project manager at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), investigates significant accidents along our nation’s highways, on behalf of the agency, to determine probable cause and issue safety recommendations to help prevent recurrences.

“We are always trying to reduce the number of accidents,” says Garay-Vega. “Our investigations are comprehensive and focus on those things that will help us advance transportation safety nationwide.” 


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