Dangerous political precedent: Research could be affected by budget changes impossed on the University of Puerto Rico

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In what could be a dangerous political precedent, the Legislature of Puerto Rico decided to limit the budget of the University of Puerto Rico by $40 million dollars. Since 1966 the budget of the UPR has been decided according to a financial formula, which this year would have resulted in 9.69 % of gubernamental income. In the past this formula had guaranteed fiscal autonomy of the University of Puerto Rico from the transient political games and pressures in the government. However, this year the Legislature decided to limit the budget of the UPR by $40 million dollars, a move will affect, among other things, scientific research


Broad National Effort Urgently Needed To Maximize Potential of Women Scientists and Engineers in Academia

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Women are being filtered out of high-level science, math and engineering jobs in the United States, and there is no good reason for it, according to a National Academies report released on Monday. A committee of experts looked at all the possible excuses -- biological differences in ability, hormonal influences, childrearing demands, and even differences in ambition -- and found no good explanation for why women are being locked out.

Unlocking the mysteries of the brain

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Grand slam! Three lab groups with P. Rican researchers published in this issue of L&M

"Si por casualidad duermes, y sueñas que te acaricia la brisa..."

Those verses from Bobby Capó's song "SoÒando con Puerto Rico" transport us with their melody to the coasts of Puerto Rico. While taking this trip down memory lane, we relive the experience with the same intensity as if we were physically there. How is it that the brain allow us, just by thinking about it, to feel the tropical sun and dream of Puerto Rico?

In December's issue of the prestigious scientific journal Learning and Memory three articles by Puerto Rican authors were published, and those articles address these mysteries of the human brain.

Dangerous political precedent that could affect research in UPR

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Establishing a dangerous political precedent, this year, the House of Representatives chose to take $40 millions away form the UPR. Since 1966, to guarantee the UPR with fiscal autonomy from the political ups and downs and pressures, the UPR receives funding through a formula that, this year, equals 9.69% of the government revenues. However, this year the formula has been ignored, resulting in $40 million less for the main educational institution of the country. According to the Confederation of Associations of University Professors (CONAPU), this could affect research, among other things.



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