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At the mercy of the earth: more than one third of Puerto Ricans live in areas highly susceptible to landslides

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A study involving researchers from the UPR's Utuado and Mayagüez campuses identified, for the first time, the communities most at risk from landslides based on social factors.

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Invitan al Primer Simposio de potencia y energía para la transformación con sede en el Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez de la UPR

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La asociación estudiantil IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) del Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez (RUM) invita a la comunidad a participar en su Primer Simposio de potencia y energía para la transformación, que se celebrará el jueves, 12 de octubre y el viernes 13, de octubre de 2023 de 8:30 a.m. a 4:00 p.m. en el Anfiteatro Ramón Figueroa Chapel. El evento, que es gratis y abierto al público en general, contará con alrededor de 13 presentaciones y cinco paneles con expertos de calibre mundial, quienes abordarán el tema de la transformación energética de Puerto Rico.

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Mayagüez Campus welcomes new faculty members

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Mariam Ludim Rosa Vélez

Dr. Agustín Rullán Toro, Rector of the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus (RUM), welcomed 20 new professors who have joined the institution's faculty. 

"This exciting chapter in the institution's educational history, marks a significant milestone in the unwavering commitment we have to provide an education of excellence to future generations," said the Rector. 

He added that since the beginning of the faculty recruitment process in December 2020, the academic departments have worked hard to identify and select the most outstanding candidates. 

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NSF announces over $5M in funding to create new STEM education and research center at the Arecibo Observatory site

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Génesis Ibarra Vázquez

Today, the U.S. National Science Foundation announced an investment of over $5 million over five-years for a collaborative partnership between three higher education institutions and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to establish a new multidisciplinary, world-class educational center at the Arecibo Observatory site in Puerto Rico.

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Pre18 abre convocatoria para su sexta generación

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El programa de pre aceleración de parallel18 busca empresas puertorriqueñas e innovadoras para brindarle los recursos necesarios para llegar al mercado.

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Climate change threatens imports and increases Puerto Rico's food vulnerability

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Carlos Tolentino Rosario y Amanda Pérez Pintado

Forest fires, torrential rains, droughts and extreme heat affect the countries that supply the archipelago, forcing an increase in local production, according to experts.

 

On an island that imports 85% of what it consumes, seeing the shelves full of products in supermarkets, despite the fact that the last natural disaster was a year ago with Hurricane Fiona, does not hide an irrefutable fact: Puerto Rico is at the mercy of the ravages of climate change in the countries that supply it with food, agreed multiple voices consulted by El Nuevo Día.

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Puerto Rican scientific community promotes innovation against microplastics

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Although these tiny particles continue to contribute to the water pollution problem, local researchers are exploring new solutions.


"These are everyday sights in Puerto Rico today," said Jorge Bauzá, pointing to photos of piles of plastic bottles, garbage bags and foam coolers piled up on idyllic beaches.

"We still have a long way to go to change this plastic culture," emphasized the oceanographer and scientific director of the San Juan Bay Estuary Program, during the annual conference of the Puerto Rico College of Chemists -PR Chem- held recently.

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Puerto Rican Professor Selected as USDA Agricultural Research Service Scholar

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The collaborations that Dr. Elizabeth Padilla Crespo formed with researchers from the federal Department of Agriculture will allow her to take her work "to the next level".
A research professor from the Aguadilla campus of the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico was the only Puerto Rican chosen, along with seven other U.S. researchers, by the federal Department of Agriculture (USDA) to participate as a Science Fellow in the 2023 Kika de la Garza Fellowship Program.

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UPRH WELCOMES THE STEM AMBASSADORS OF SEEDS OF SUCCESS

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Committed to fostering interest in the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao (UPRH) hosted more than 30 students participating in the Seeds of Success program, sponsored by the non-profit organization Ciencia Puerto Rico.

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June 2023 sets precedent as one of the hottest months in Puerto Rico's history

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Carlos Tolentino Rosario

Of the 30 days of the month, there were 26 in which the maximum temperature in San Juan exceeded 90 °F and five in which it reached or exceeded 95 °F.

 

With 20 extreme heat advisories and 27 extreme heat warnings issued, June 2023 set a precedent as one of the hottest months in Puerto Rico's climatological history.

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