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RUM entrepreneurs launch the Walty smart pot

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Their passion for entrepreneurship and innovation, led two students from the Mayagüez Campus (RUM) of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) to launch their most recent product on the market: Walty, an intelligent pot capable of generating its own water and water the plants automatically.

Karlos L. Miranda Garcés, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering (INME) and his partner Kevin Rivera, who recently graduated from Electrical Engineering (INEL), are the founders of the emerging company Watric Energy Solutions, focused on achieving sustainability through innovation and technology, who made the first part of a dream come true that they aspire to expand with a view to contributing to society.

You can read the full story in the Spanish version of this post.

Outstanding participation of the RUM SAE Aero Design team in aircraft design competition

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The RUM Air Aero Design team from the Mayagüez Campus (RUM) of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), completed a brilliant performance by obtaining first place in the technical presentation of the Micro Class; second place in the technical reports for the Regular Class, Micro Class and Advanced Class categories; and in the flight test part, they got a second place overall for the Micro Class, third place in Flight Performance for Regular Class, and overall for the Regular and Advanced Class categories, in the SAE Aero Design competition, held this summer in Lakeland, Florida.

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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