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Puerto Rican engineer Orlando Figueroa receives prestigious award for NASA work

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Orlando Figueroa, Director of the Mars Exploration Program, received the "Service to America Medal" for his outstanding contributions to the Mars Exploration Project (MER Project) also known as the Mars Czar. Dr. Figueroa was instrumental in the successful landing of probes "Opportunity" and "Spirit" in the Martian surface.

Paul Lizardi recognized as "Who's who" in Nature Biotechnology

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Paul Lizardi, a Puerto Rican researcher and Professor of Pathology, Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics at Yale University, was recognized by the journal Nature Biotechnology as one of the personalities who have made the most significant contributions to biotech innovation in the last 10 years.

National Academy of Engineering's 2006 Bernard M. Gordon Prize goes to Puerto Rican engineer educator in HP labs

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The prestigious Bernard M. Gordon prize, awarded by the National Academy of Engineering, went to HP lab University Relations for Latin America Lueny Morell. Mrs Morell was recognized for her work in "developing an undergraduate engineering education program that encourages hands-on learning aimed at solving challenges facing industry". Before joining HP in 2002, Morell had a 24 year career at the University of Puerto Rico, holding various positions at the Mayagüez Campus ( UPRM ) including a position as professor of Chemical Engineering. She has published more than 40 scientific and education papers, and has received many honors during her career.

Emphasizing the contribution of UPRM chemists’

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The University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez (UPRM) announced ExpoChem 2006, a conference held every 10 years to educate the population about the contributions of the Department of Chemistry of UPRM. The event will be celebrated on November 9-11, 2006 in Rafael Mangual Coliseum of UPRM, and will count with the presence of a Nobel prize and exhibitions of over 90 industries.

Hatchery in the middle of the city

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Students from the Environmental Sciences Laboratory in the Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico are in charge of keeping aquaponic project. This projects aims to grow plants using organic fertilizers from the tilapia fish manure, and at the same time, the plants will serve as a filter so that those fertilizers do not concentrate in the water, harming the fishes.

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Oxygen: A Molecule for Life and Death

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Our atmosphere is made up of 20% oxygen. In celebration of the International Year of Chemistry, the author, a graduate student at UPR Mayaguez, explains why this molecule is exotic, vital for life, and deadly. [To see the original article or ask for reprints or permission for use, please contact El Nuevo Día]

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