AAAS Caribbean Division 2015 Annual Meeting


Saturday, 12 September 2015 - 7:30am to 3:30pm


University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus Amphitheater

Message from the President of AAAS Caribbean Division

Welcome to the 30th Annual Conference of the Caribbean Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This years’ theme, “Attaining Sustainability Through Science and Education”, is particularly relevant due to the economic challenges that affect the Caribbean, which require the use of science and technology to develop a strong and sustainable society.

We dedicate this year’s conference to Casa Pueblo, a community-based organization that promotes, through the voluntary participation of individuals and groups, the protection of Puerto Rico’s enviroment. Casa Pueblo has had many significant achievents that have led to the conservation of land, flora and fauna. Also it has developed several projects that promote sustainability.

We are also please to annuonce that our keynote speaker is Dr. Sergio Jorge Pastrana, Executive Director and Secretary of Foreing Afairs of the Cuban Academy of Science. Dr. Jorge Pastrana’s visit to Puerto Rico cannot come in a time more appropriate in which the diplomatic relations between Cuba and the USA are staring to fluorish again.

Our concurrent sessions have been chosen to address issues directed related to this year main topic. Please go through the concurrent sessions and chose one that fits your interests. I hope that you enjoy this annual conference and continue supporting the activities sponsored by the AAAS Caribbean Division.

Sincerely yours,

Carlos A. Torre-Ramos, Ph.D
President AAAS Caribbean Division


Preliminary Program

7:30 am Registration and Breakfast
8:30 am Welcome Remarks

Dr. Noel J. Aymat Santana
Chancellor UPRMSC

Dr. Carlos A. Torres Ramos
President AAAS Caribbean Division

8:40 am Conference Dedication
Casa Pueblo
9:00 am Lucy Gaspar Award for Excellence in Science Education
9:20 am Presentation of new online journal Sciences Advances
Dr. Gary Machlis
Professor of Environmental Sustainability
Clemson University and
Science Advisor to the Director
National Park Service
Washington, DC
9:30 am

Keynote Session
Dr. Sergio de Jesús Jorge Pastrana
Academia de Ciencias de Cuba

Historical Notes on the Academy of Sciences of Cuba and its Role in International Scientific Collaboration

10:30 am Break
10:45 am

Concurrent Sessions A

The Sustainability Road Map Project: An Interactive Workshop on Sustainability Science and Education in the Caribbean

Dr. Gary Machlis
Professor of Environmental Sustainability
Clemson University and
Science Advisor to the Director
National Park Service Washington, DC

Dr. Naomi Krogman
Director of the Academic Office of Sustainability and Professor
University of Alberta, Canada

Concurrent Sessions B

Poetic Science, a collaborative Arts and Science Exhibit
Dr. Grizzelle González

Concurrent Sessions C

Sustainability and Biofuels: concepts, validation, and discovery. 
Interdisciplinary Research Institute, PRIMER Student Chapter, and the Doctoral Program in  Environmental Sciences
Universidad del Turabo, Gurabo, PR.
Dr. José Perez-Jiménez
Director, Interdisciplinary Research Institute
Director, Puerto Rico Institute for Microbial Ecology Research
Associate Professor, School of Natural Sciences and Technology
Universidad del Turabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico

Concurrent Sessions D

Sustainability and Integrative Medicine: application of agricultural products for the human well-being.
Interdisciplinary Research Institute, and the Doctoral Program in Naturopathic Medicine, Universidad del Turabo, Gurabo, PR.

12:15 m Lunch
1:00 pm Robert I. Larus Graduate Poster Session
3:00 pm Robert I. Larus Award Presentation
3:15 pm Closing Remarks



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