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The Puerto Rico Public Health Trust (PRPHT) announces the Public Health Research Grant Program

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In keeping with its vision of improving the public health of the communities of the Island, the Puerto Rico Public Health Trust (PRPHT) announced today that, as of this Friday , January 10, 2020, it will open the official platform for researchers in the country to submit proposals aligned to public health, towards increasing the understanding of these issues and discuss solutions in partnership with the communities of Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rico Public Health Trust is part of the 16 programs of the P.R. Science, Technology & Research Trust.

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Universities around the world learn from Hurricane Maria

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Gerardo E. Alvarado León

With Hurricane Maria as the backdrop, representatives from 114 universities in Puerto Rico, Japan, United States and Bahamas committed to creating a consortium to help redefine the rol of higher education institutions in the face of disaster and to foster community resilience. They were joined by more than 70 government agencies and non-profits. That was the conclusion of “RISE 2019 National Conference: Transforming University Engagement in Pre- and Post-Disaster Environments: Lessons from Puerto Rico”, recently held at the State University of New York in Albany.

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Puerto Rico close to a massive coral reef loss

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Gerardo E. Alvarado León

Due to the warming ocean temperatures, coral reefs around Puerto Rico have been under stress for more than 7 weeks in a row, which could provoke a massive bleaching event after October 27. If this bleaching occurs there could be negative effects of unknown magnitude to fishing, recreational and tourism industries. 

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Puerto Rican scientist develops virtual reality project for children

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Paola Arroyo Guzmán

Neuroscientists Joel Aceveda developed a virtual reality project for children with attention deficit disorder and learning disabilities.

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El Centro de Investigación en Ciencias Moleculares abrirá sus puertas al público general, como parte de la Celebración de la Semana de la Biociencia

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Profesionales de las ciencias y matemáticas batallan contra la desigualdad

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Greetchen Díaz Muñoz, Minerva Cordero Braña and Roselin Rosario Meléndez have been selected as IF/THEN Ambassadors. They will serve as role models and fight against inequalities for women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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Greta Thunberg inspires Puerto Rican youth

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Gerardo E. Alvarado León

Youth across Puerto Rico are leading marches, planting trees, cleaning natural areas and doing research projects, all as part of their efforts against climate change.

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New educational module about microplastics

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Gerardo E. Alvarado León

The San Juan Bay Estuary Program launched a module about the characterization and reduction of microplastics to educate citizens about these microscopic particles and fibers and how they affect biodiversity, the economy and possibly human health.

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Puerto Rican crested toad reproduces after rains brought by Tropical Storm Karen

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The Department of Natural and Environmental Resources announced a reproductive event of the Puerto Rican crested toad was recorded in the Guánica Dry Forest following the rains brought to the region by Tropical Storm Karen. This is the first event documented in the last two years since Hurricane Maria. The Puerto Rican crested toad is an endangered species.

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Protecting coral reefs from sunscreen

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A team of scientists and students at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez developed a material with magnetic properties that is able to remove components found in sunscreen that can be harmful to coral reefs and marine life.

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