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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.

A message of gratitude and well wishes

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As we get closer to the end of this difficult year, I reflect on the privilege of being able to work for and with a community that was so important and so ready for the challenges that 2020 presented. At CienciaPR we are deeply proud of our #CienciaBoricua communityWhen we needed it most, they put their knowledge in service of society by listening, researching, informing, educating, and scrutinizing the actions of those in power throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

CienciaPR science communicator wins important fellowship to educate Spanish-speaking communities about COVID-19 in precise and culturally relevant ways.

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Dr. Mónica Feliú-Mójer, Director of Communications and Science Outreach of the nonprofit organization Ciencia Puerto Rico, has been awarded the prestigious Emerson Collective Fellowship for her work using inclusive communication strategies to bring relevant and important information about COVID- 19 to Spanish-speaking communities. Dr. Feliú-Mójer is one of only 10 people throughout the United States and Puerto Rico recognized with this honor.

Pfizer joins Ciencia Puerto Rico in support of the empowerment of girls in science

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Ciencia Puerto Rico announces collaboration with the pharmaceutical company, the IF / THEN initiative and the Ecoexploratorio to present the series of talks Juntas Podemos and inspire the future generation of pioneers.

Dr. Carmen Maldonado-Vlaar receives the Bernice Grafstein Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Mentoring from the Society for Neuroscience.

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n October 27, 2020, the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) presented four awards to leading female researchers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of women in neuroscience. This was the most competitive year and the most nominations received in the history of an international organization of more than 38,000 members. "SfN is honored to recognize this stellar group of neuroscientists for their pioneering research and leadership in advancing women in neuroscience," said SfN President Barry Everitt, Ph.D. “These women are dedicated to both innovative and creative approaches to science issues as well as advising, advocating, and being role models for young scientists and minorities.

Puerto Rican scientist and founder of CienciaPR receives one of the highest honors in biomedical sciences

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Dr. Daniel Colón-Ramos, professor of neuroscience and cell biology at Yale University and president of the board of directors of the non-profit organization Ciencia Puerto Rico, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine (NAM).

Election to the NAM recognizes individuals with outstanding professional achievements in the biomedical and health sciences fields and who have demonstrated a commitment to public service. Being elected to this Academy is one of the most prestigious recognitions in the fields of health and biomedical sciences.

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.

Ask Your Institution's Support for Puerto Rico

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[UPDATED JANUARY 14, 2020 AT 7:22PM PT]

If you work at an academic or educational institution outside of Puerto Rico, there are a number of ways in which you can help. In addition to considering donating, or volunteering your expertise or science communication skills, you can also advocate to your university to 1) support relief efforts in Puerto Rico or 2) make accommodations for students and trainees applying to educational or research programs. We recommend you send the message below to Deans of Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate School, Diversity and Inclusion, Student Affairs, etc. 

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