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UPR Aguadilla provides worldwide access for human genome study

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It is about access to data, courses, didactic and practical material in the area of bioinformatics and data science for education and research within and outside Puerto Rico. 

Educational and ecological adventure in the caves of Las Cabachuelas natural reserve in Morovis.

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Educational and ecological adventure on tours through the caves of the Las Cabachuelas nature reserve in Morovis. 
CabaCOOP Cooperative offers school and university students, as well as families, ecotourism and educational tours through the beautiful caves.  

MOROVIS - A true ecotourism and educational adventure is being offered by CabaCOOP in the new school semester to students, teachers and families who want a guided tour, both day and night, through the caves of the Las Cabachuelas Natural Reserve in Morovis.

Uncertain future predicted for Puerto Rico's endemic bird, the ladybug

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Climate change is contributing to the bird's vulnerability and could cause population declines.

For three decades, scientists and collaborators of the Puerto Rican Ladybird Recovery Project have worked hard to collect data for its conservation, but, over time, they have noticed an increase in the number of stressors affecting the populations of this bird, while the pre-existing ones have worsened.

Parasitism, atmospheric phenomena, habitat loss, food availability and high temperatures are some of the factors that impact it.

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Scuba Dogs Society prepares for its 20th International Coastal Cleanup and looks for captains

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Aurora Rivera Arguinzoni

The global event will be held on Saturday, September 17 and in Puerto Rico will mark two decades of protecting ecosystems, scientific education and research, and public policy recommendations.


San Juan, Puerto Rico (Tuesday, August 16, 2022) - A few weeks before the 20th edition of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is held in Puerto Rico, the Scuba Dogs Society (SDS) began today its traditional recruitment of leaders interested in training as coastal captains for the event to be held on Saturday, September 17.

Colegio de Quimicos de Puerto Rico launches online platform that will unify the Latin chemistry community worldwide

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August 4, 2022

San Juan, Puerto Rico - The Colegio de Químicos de Puerto Rico (CQPR) announced the premiere of the Instituto de Desarrollo Científico (IDC), a non-profit division created with the purpose of unifying the entire Latin community of chemists in the world to contribute to their professional development. This, through an online platform that will offer courses, training and activities that will support the professional development of people who are part of the Latino community of chemists around the world. 
 

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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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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