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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:

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.


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