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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.

CienciaPR welcomes three new members to the team

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The CienciaPR team is growing! Recently three new members joined us: Edmy Ayala Rosado, Dr. Liz Hernández Matías and Kimberly Massa Nuñez. Read below to learn a little more about them and the projects they will be working on. Welcome Edmy, Liz and Kim!

CienciaPR participates of NBCUniversal and PYXERA Global’s Summer of Service

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Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR) was one of a dozen non-profit organizations from all over the United States who participated of NBCUniversal’s (NBCU) Summer of Service, an initiative that connects NBCU employees with organizations for pro bono consulting to enable them to achieve their organizational goals.

Over two weeks, a team of NBCU employees (Monique Joe, Linette Sifre, Andrea Ruiz and Kieran Bertram) developed several communications and marketing tools and strategies for our organization. The positioning statement, social media plan, templates, marketing plan and timeline (among other resources) created by them will help CienciaPR communicate our work, value, and impact better and do more with limited resources and bandwidth.

CienciaPR, Puerto Rico Public Health Trust and Mercy Corps join forces to educate about COVID-19

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The Puerto Rico Public Health Trust (PRPHT) and Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR), together with the humanitarian organization Mercy Corps Puerto Rico, dedicated to supporting communities and micro-businesses, started an alliance to educate young adults about the urgency of modifying their behaviors to stop COVID-19 infections in Puerto Rico.

With the slogan “Cuídate, Cuídame” (Take care of yourself, Take care of me), the organizations launched the educational campaign, which is made up of several efforts aimed mainly at the populations between 20 and 39 years old, which have the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Puerto Rico.

Standing against racial injustice

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Dear Ciencia Puerto Rico Family,

I write this message to you with regret, dismay and anger. The recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor — and too many more before them — have once again exposed the urgent need to work towards inclusion, fairness, justice, and respect for all.

The Ciencia Puerto Rico network owes its strength and dynamism to its diversity and the inclusion of all those who identify with our mission. We express our sincere empathy and solidarity with those who suffer and fight injustices, especially in these moments with members of our community who identify as Black, Afrolatinxs or Afrodescendants.

CienciaPR Supports Educational Continuity in Southwestern Puerto Rico

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It felt like a birthday party. Children running around and playing on the swings. As soon as they arrived, parents asked for the teacher and made their way towards the home-made banners that corresponded with their kids’ grade to sign them up. When the call for the start of classes rang, the little ones started settling down. We had to add a table because there wasn’t space for everyone. Then there weren’t enough chairs, and some kids shared.

Science, In Service of Puerto Rico

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Originally published in Spanish in the Opinion section of El Nuevo Día.

Science benefits humanity through the development, application and exchange of knowledge. Through education, science encourages critical thinking and empowers.

That is why in Puerto Rico, and in many other parts of the world, much of scientific research is financed with taxpayers' money. Because, in other words, science is a public service.

Trusted and Scientific Sources of Information

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[UPDATED JANUARY 28, 2020 AT 10:59AM PT]

We have compiled a list of reliable and scientific sources to help you learn more and stay informed about earthquakes, the science behind these seismic events, mental and public health, as well as a list of media outlets and journalists who have been covering the earthquakes in Puerto Rico. Most of the news articles and blog posts are in Spanish, unless otherwise indicated by the title.

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