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Peer-reviewed paper highlights impact of our program Seeds of Success

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Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers are growing at an accelerated pace and pay well. However, Puerto Rican women are still underrepresented in these fields, especially in engineering, physical and computer sciences. 
The "Semillas de Triunfo" (Seeds of Success) program of the organization Ciencia Puerto Rico, offers each school year, a complementary curriculum with the goal of increasing girls' exposure to science, meeting Puerto Rican and Latina scientists who serve as mentors and role models, connecting STEM fields with the culture and context of their communities, and helping girls develop leadership skills and see themselves as capable of being successful in these disciplines.

Race and physics teaching in Uruguay: An unexpected quest

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It had been almost a year of planning my research and teaching duties for my visit to Montevideo Uruguay, as part of a Fulbright Fellowship. This international exchange program of teachers, faculty, students and other professionals was started after the end of World War II by Senator J. William Fulbright to foster understanding and tolerance among nations.

The desire to write about science and how I became a volunteer for CienciaPR

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March 20th, 2007 is a unique day in my career.  That day I published my first lay science article in El Nuevo Día, Puerto Rico’s largest newspaper, entitled "Domestic birds a target for the bird flu”.  Three weeks later, on April 2nd, my third article was published. This one, entitled "Pluto goes to the psychologist," is special because it was the first of many in which I used science fiction and humor to educate about science concepts, in this case why Pluto was demoted from being a planet.

Undergraduate student presents a study on tree diversity in local forests

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Original in Spanish.

Damaris Rodríguez-Fernández, estudiante en el programa subgraduado de Manejo de Vida Silvestre (Facultad de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Humacao) culminó su trabajo investigativo con dos presentaciones en conferencias profesionales. Junto a los profesores Denny Fernández y Raymond Temblay, sus mentores, compartieron sus hallazgos en el Congreso Annual de la Sociedad Ecológica de América (Baltimore, MD) y el 30mo Simposio de Flora y Fauna del Caribe (Humacao, PR).

Students from UMET complete research presentations at SACNAS

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Yvonne Guadalupe Negrón, Directora de Relaciones Públicas

Universidad Metropolitana, 787-766-1717 ext. 6237, Celular: 787-242-0806, Email: yguadalupe@suagm.edu

22 de octubre de 2015


Nine student from Universidad Metropolitana will complete poster and oral research presentation at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Conference. 

The original press release is available in Spanish. 



Testing the Waters for Ocean Acidification

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Led by UNH biogeochemical oceanographer Joe Salisbury, a group of 15 scientists is currently aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel Gordon Gunter on a two-leg, 34-day expedition that will help determine how humans are causing changes in the oxygen and carbon dioxide content of oceans, leading to the global acidification of seawater.

Puerto Rican microbiologist studies respiratory illnesses in poultry

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Por: Gerardo E. Alvarado León

Una confusión al momento de escoger dónde cursaría estudios graduados, le dio un giro de 180 grados a la vida profesional de la científica Maricarmen García De la Vega.

La década de 1980 iba a medias y García De la Vega recién completaba su bachillerato en microbiología en la Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR), recinto de Río Piedras. Estudió tecnología médica en el recinto de Ciencias Médicas de la UPR y trabajó en varios laboratorios de hospitales; confirmó que le apasionaba la microbiología, especialmente la microbiología clínica (en humanos).

Kimberleve Rolón received a 2015 AACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award

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Kimberleve Rolón received a 2015 AACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award

By: Universidad Central del Caribe Press

Congratulations to Kimberleve Rolón, Ph.D. student, for winning a 2015 AACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Award to participate and present her research at the AACR-NCI-EORTC “Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics” Conference to be held on November 5-9, 2015 in Boston, MA. Kimberleve will present her abstract titled: “Combined therapy with temozolomide and PF-562271, a PYK2 inhibitor, reduces glioma tumor growth and dispersal compare to temozolomide monotherapy.”

Lisandra Garay-Vega: Before You Get on the Road

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Lisandra Garay-Vega: Before You Get on the Road

By: UMass Amherst Alumni Association Press

Learning from past events is not always easy, but crucial when it comes to public safety. Lisandra Garay-Vega ’04 MS, ’08 PhD, a project manager at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), investigates significant accidents along our nation’s highways, on behalf of the agency, to determine probable cause and issue safety recommendations to help prevent recurrences.

“We are always trying to reduce the number of accidents,” says Garay-Vega. “Our investigations are comprehensive and focus on those things that will help us advance transportation safety nationwide.” 


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