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Three Puerto Ricans Participate in Prestigious STEM Career Leadership Program

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The University of Puerto Rico graduates are in Washington, D.C. this week along with 17 other professionals from the United States.

Three Puerto Ricans were chosen to be part of the 2022 Linton-Poodry SACNAS Leadership Institute, a prestigious leadership program for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), which is taking place this week in Washington, D.C.

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RUM receives major grant for sustainable energy educational experience

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The Dean's Office and College of Engineering of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) Mayagüez Campus (RUM) received a $160,000 grant from the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Dominion Energy, an energy company based in the United States, with the purpose of familiarizing high school and undergraduate students with the topic of sustainable energy through a Summer Bridge Program.

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Puerto Rican woman selected as president of California State University, Monterey Bay

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Vanya Quiñones, a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, will begin her duties on August 15.

Washington D.C. - Puerto Rican educator Vanya Quiñones has been named the new president of California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB).

In making the announcement, the California State University Board of Trustees highlighted the experience of the Puerto Rican educator, who has served as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Pace University in New York.

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First Puerto Rican female biologist receives prestigious NOAA fellowship

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Doctoral student Fabiola Rivera Irizarry, from the Department of Biology of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, and Research Associate of the Marine Environment Society, has just received the prestigious Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 
 

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49 species of odonates detected as dragonflies and damselflies

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Adolfo Rodríguez Velázquez

Research on their natural history and ecology was published in three scientific journals.

After eight decades without scientific publications on their natural history and limited studies on their ecology, researchers confirmed the presence of 49 species belonging to the order Odonata in Puerto Rico.

They also found that the canalization of rivers and streams can affect the abundance of these organisms in urban habitats, and identified that three Caribbean endemic species are abundant in two streams of El Yunque National Forest.

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San Pedrito name change discussed

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They propose using Todus borinquensis instead of Todus mexicanus, while calling for its designation as a national bird.

Ornithologists, members of non-profit organizations and agencies, educators and tour guides are discussing strategies to correct the scientific name of the San Pedro, Todus mexicanus, while at the same time there is a growing call for Governor Pedro Pierluisi to sign into law a bill that seeks to make this charismatic animal the national bird.

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Puerto Rican biologist develops low-risk method for tagging developing frogs

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It is envisioned as a safe alternative for researching the ecology and biology of these amphibians.

While studying a fungus that is rapaciously threatening amphibian populations around the world, Puerto Rican scientist Janelle A. Peña found a technique for direct developmental frog tagging in juvenile stages, which presents less risk to the organisms, is an economical option for researchers, and proved to be efficient with individuals up to 10 millimeters in diameter.

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Environmental organizations demand that the DNER Secretariat be occupied by someone committed to climate justice

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Nelson Gabriel Berríos

SAN JUAN, June 8 - Representatives of environmental organizations of the Climate Action Now Puerto Rico (ACAPR) initiative questioned Governor Pedro Pierluisi about the professional requirements and commitment to environmental rights that the person occupying the Department of Natural Resources secretary's post should have. They stated that the performance of recent secretaries has been terrible.

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UPR scientists study mummified fecal remains

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Researchers at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) studied mummified fecal remains (coprolites) of two extinct pre-Columbian cultures that inhabited the island and, when compared with samples from native communities that still exist and urban communities in other parts of the world, found that the diversity of microscopic fungi (mycobiome) in the intestines of the first settlers was lower than in the current ones.

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Puerto Rican Parrot Population Reaches Record Numbers in the Río Abajo State Forest

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Gerardo E. Alvarado León

For the first time since 1992, when the Puerto Rican parakeet aviary was established in the Río Abajo State Forest in this municipality, more than 200 will fly freely in their habitat, after 60 chicks were born in the wild during this breeding season, which runs through June.

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