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Conversations with Scientists: Careers in Industry

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The biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry offers diverse opportunities for PhDs in the life sciences. You can pursue careers in research and development (R&D), management, business, operations and manufacturing, among many others. But, how do you enter a career in industry? How does a PhD prepare you? What skills are important?

We are our volunteers

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Ciencia Puerto Rico exists and is a vibrant community thanks to the commitment, passion, and work of dozens of volunteers.  There are many who throughout the years have given their time, ideas and knowledge to make our organization what it is today.

To celebrate this, our tenth anniversary, we will be sharing stories of CienciaPR Team members. These anecdotes will highlight stories not only how our volunteers have played a leading role in the achievements of the organization, but also how they are an example that one can work for a better Puerto Rico, no matter where one lives.  

CienciaPR in a conversation with Bright Spots in Hispanic Education

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CienciaPR participated (via Google Hangouts on Air) of a conversation on STEM education with Bright Spots in Hispanic education across the U.S. Last Hispanic Heritage Month, CienciaPR was one of 230 Bright Spots recognized by the White House for their efforts to improve education for Latinos.

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.

Turabo University Team Represents Puerto RIco in Wind Energy Competition

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The Juracán Energy Team of Turabo University is the only team from Puerto Rico to participate in the Collegiate Wind Competition of the U.S. Department of Energy. 

You can learn more about the competition here.

Sharing Ana Roqué de Duprey's Legacy

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Recently, Dr. Frances Colón, Deputy Science and Technoogy 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). 

El Yunque y su diversidad

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This essay by Melissa Cabrera Ruíz, a high school student at the Centro Residencial de Oportunidades Educativas de Mayagüez (CROEM), won first place in the national science essay competition of the International Congress of the Spanish Languague (CILE 2016). The essay discusses the biodiversity of El Yunque the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. Forest System.

You can read the full essay in Spanish by clicking on ESPAÑOL at the top right of your screen.

Viva, Science in Spanish!

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Last week Ciencia Puerto Rico took part in the VII International Congress of the Spanish Language (CILE 2016). Through a historical collaboration CienciaPR and CILE celebrated that for the first time science had a prominent role in this Congress, the largest and most important celebration of the Spanish-language. CienciaPR and CILE collaborated in the evaluation of science essays for a national science essay competition and in the participation in an international colloquium about the Spanish language and science.

You can read the full version of this blog in Spanish by clicking on ESPAÑOL at the top right of your screen.

Conversations with Scientists: Success in Academic Careers

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Not all academic jobs are created equal. Some focus primarily on research, some on teaching and many are a combination of both research and teaching. How does one decide which academic career to pursue? What are the perks and challenges of each?

#ASCB15 Recap: Effective Science Communication and Social Media for Scientists

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Recently I led two science communication workshops at the 2015 American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. The first titled “Delivering Science: Effective Communication Skills to Become a Successful Scientist” aimed to provide 1) an introduction to effective communication principles and strategies; 2) tangible examples of how effective communication skills can support their professional advancement; and 3) resources that will help them strengthen their communication skills. The first half of the workshop included a panel featuring:

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