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#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.



Future veterinarian represents Puerto Rican youth in DC

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By Gerardo Alvarado León / El Nuevo Día

Laura Sofía Valderrama Figueroa was recently the only Puerto Rican to participate in the prestigious Youth Ambassador Program (YAP) of the Smithsonian Latino Center.


You can find the original full version of this article in Spanish by clicking on ESPAÑOL at the top right of your screen.


CienciaPR inicia talleres para forjar a las futuras científicas de Puerto Rico

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San Juan, Puerto Rico. – La organización sin fines de lucro Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR), la Universidad Yale, y la Fundación Amgen darán inicio a la serie de talleres del programa “Semillas de Triunfo” que le brindará la oportunidad a niñas de séptimo a noveno grado de adentrarse al mundo de las  carreras en ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas (STEM, por sus siglas en inglés). Los talleres que comienzan este próximo sábado, 22 de agosto en el Recinto de Ciencias Médicas en San Juan, serán liderados por un grupo de científicas e ingenieras puertorriqueñas destacadas en sus campos profesionales y que buscan inspirar a  una nueva generación de “Niñas Embajadoras en STEM” para beneficio de sus comunidades.

Puerto Rican scientists wins Fulbright

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Puerto Rican scientist Wilson González Espada was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship to do science education research in Uruguay.

Wilson has been a volunteer for Ciencia Puerto Rico since 2007 and we are very proud of his accomplishments! 


You can read the full original version of this article (published by El Nuevo Día, p. 55 on Aug. 6, 2015) in Spanish by clicking on ESPAÑOL at the top right of your screen.

Puerto Rican scientist and entrepreneur presents his company at The White House

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Biotech entrepreneur founds state-of-the-art laboratory in Puerto Rico (Ignacio “Nacho” Pino Mayaguez, Puerto Rico) After spending 10 years as a successful veterinarian, Ignacio “Nacho” Pino decided to dedicate himself to work that could bring state-of-the-art biotechnology research to his home of Puerto Rico. His company, CDI Laboratories, produces research-grade protein and antibody products that support scientific research on cancer, autoimmunity, and infectious diseases. Recently, CDI Labs was selected as part of a research consortium – including the University of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust – funded by the National Institutes of Health to perform research on cancer, autoimmunity, and infectious diseases.


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