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Toxicologist recognized for her excellence in clinical education

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Dallas, TX - Toxicologist Dr. Larissa Velez, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director at UT Southwestern Medical Center, has been selected as the inaugural holder of the Michael P. Wainscott, M.D. Professorship in Emergency Medicine.
The Professorship was created with an endowment established to honor the memory of Dr. Wainscott, who headed UT Southwestern’s Emergency Medicine Residency Program before his death in 2012 at the age of 56 after a long illness.

Neuroscientist shines at regional conference

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Marla Rivera-Oliver, a graduate student at the Institute of Neurobiology of the University of Puerto Rico, was selected to present her research in the oral Neuroscience session at the Southeast Regional IDeA conference in Biloxi, MS (Nov 11-13, 2015). Marla’s presentation, "The Modulatory Effects of Caffeine on the Intrinsic Properties of Spinal Lateral Motoneurons", a collaboration with Yocasta Alvarez-Bagnarol and her research mentor Dr. Manuel Diaz-Rios, received a commemorative certificate and a $500 award. She was the only neuroscience graduate student to be selected for an oral presentation. 

We are proud of Marla, who is also a volunteer with CienciaPR. Congratulations!

Texas A&M Chemistry Student Heads to Paris for U.N. Climate Talks

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With the Thanksgiving holidays upon us, travel is on the week's agenda for most Texas A&M University students. For Wilmarie Marrero-Ortiz '14, the itinerary includes Paris, France, and the world's biggest stage for climate change.

#SACNAS2015: Expand Your Network: Identifying Advisors, Mentors & Sponsors

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During the 2015 SACNAS National Conference, Drs. Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer and Yaihara Fortis-Santiago from Ciencia Puerto Rico took part in this workshop offering tips and advice on how you can support your career advancement by cultivating a professional and personal network by identifying advisors, mentors and sponsors. Presented at the 2015 SACNAS National Conference by Drs. Mary García-Cazarín, Yaihara Fortis-Santiago, Kermin Martínez-Hernández, Nahyr Rovira-Figueroa, and Mónica Feliú-Mójer. 

#SACNAS2015: How Social Identity Influences Interest and Persistence in STEM

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Social identity, or the intersection between race/ethnicity and gender identity, strongly influences women and underrepresented minority (URM) students’ interest and persistence in STEM. CienciaPR Team members Dr. Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer and Dr. Yaihara Fortis-Santiago co-organized and co-chaired this session at the 2015 SACNAS Conference to discuss recent research findings as well as strategies that may help promote congruence between social and scientific identity. Presenters included Dr. Paul Hernandez from West Virginia University, Dr. Kenny Gibbs, Jr. from the National Cancer Institute and our own Dr. Giovanna Guerrero-Medina, Executive Director of Ciencia Puerto Rico and Director of the Yale Ciencia Intitiave.

#SACNAS2015: Social Media and Effective Science Communication

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[Updated November 4, 2015]


First, a reflection:

Access to science opportunities—to the privilege and power of science—is not equitable nor equal. This was my truth—and that of many people I know—growing up. I didn't have much access to role models, to programs, to information. I didn't know I could be a scientist. Once I became a scientist I made it my mission to leverage my knowledge and privilege to make science accessible to people like me. 

Puerto Rican engineer named one of 20 most influential Latinos in Tech by CNET

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Puerto Rican engineer Ileana Rivera, director of the technology used by Cisco's over 70,000 employees, was recognized by CNET en Español as one of the most influential Latinos in the technology industry of 2015.

Read more about Ileana here (in Spanish). Meet the other Latinos on the list here (in Spanish).

Congratulations Borinqueña!

CienciaPR is recognized by the White House

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Washington, D.C. – Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR, www.cienciapr.org), the world's largest network of Puerto Rican scientists and a project managed by the Yale Ciencia Initiative, was recognized by the White House as a "Bright Spot” in Hispanic Education. The award was granted by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

CienciaPR is 1 of 17 initiatives across the entire United States to be highlighted in the area of ​​science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The community, which through an innovative web-based platform brings together thousands of Hispanic scientists, students and educators worldwide, was recognized as a leader in promoting science education and careers in STEM among Hispanics.

Following your passion

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Last Saturday will stay with me forever. It was September 5th, 2015 and I had traveled to Puerto Rico (3,600+ miles and over 10 hours) for the second workshop of the Semillas de Triunfo (Seeds of Success) STEM Ambassadors Program, in Humacao. This program, created by Ciencia Puerto Rico in collaboration with Yale University and the Amgen Foundation, gives middle school girls the opportunity to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and explore how through these disciplines they can become leaders and agents of change in their communities. The program is near and dear to my heart and me and my colleagues have been working really hard on it (three workshops down, one to go).

Borinqueña names most promising engineer with a PhD by Great Minds in STEM

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Dr. Marvi Matos, Director of Chemical Technologies, Metals and Ceramics for Boeing Research and Technology at the Boeing Company, CienciaPR volunteer and Borinqueña was named the most promising engineer with an advanced degree (PhD) by the organization Great Minds in STEM.




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