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Science will not thank you: volunteer anecdote

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“Doing science” is to generate knowledge. The process of generating knowledge does not involve any feelings nor does it allow you to know if your findings have any value or not.

This is because science is a human and social process.  The people who give value to the new knowledge generated are the scientists themselves who are people just like you and me.

Patricia Ordóñez: Propelling computer science into the health industry and equity

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Dr. Patricia Ordóñez

The disparity of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields is still a serious issue in 2016. Computer science, a STEM discipline, is not the exception. Data from the National Science Foundation show that although the number women acquiring computer science degrees has increased since 2002, women are still a small proportion of the workforce in this field which continues to be dominated by men. 

Borinqueñas for a knowledge economy

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On November 2014, on the first anniversary of the blog Borinqueña, Dr. Greetchen Díaz-Muñoz, its founder, stated the following regarding the strength of Puerto Rico’s women scientists and engineers: “If we had to bet on science and technology to find solutions to our greatest challenges and to promote the growth of our economy, then our country is proudly in the hands of its women…”

Luis A. Colón: A chemist and teacher dedicated to excellence in mentorship and research

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Dr. Luis A. Colón

Mentoring is crucial for success. A mentor’s unconditional support can propel you forward, and the guided learning that a mentor provides encourages professional and personal growth. For Dr. Luis A. Colón, mentoring is also a way to pay it forward.  Throughout his journey to become a professor, Dr. Colón had very good mentors. He has made it his mission to serve others in a similar way.

Young Borinqueña wins poster competition at the annual American Society for Cell Biology meeting

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Congratulations to Yaliz Loperena Álvarez from the Central University of the Caribbean for winning third place on the poster competition sponsored by the Minority Affairs Committee at the American Society for Cell Biology Meeting held in Philadelphia from December 6th-10th, 2014.

Yaliz is a doctoral student in Dr. Michelle Martínez Montemayor’s laboratory at the UCC and she studies the mechanism by which the Reishi mushroom attacks cancer cells in inflammatory breast cancer.

From CienciaPR, congratulations Yaliz!

Michelle Martínez Montemayor: a Borinqueña in the fight against cancer

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A stellar Borinqueña: Dr. Michelle Martínez Montemayor

In the month of November, Ciencia Puerto Rico's montly story is joining the anniversary celebration of the blog Borinqueña. Use #Borinqueña to share this story.


The enthusiasm and passion that Dr. Michelle Martínez Montemayor exudes for her work, family and life can be easily felt when talking to her. Michelle is a Borinqueña from Bayamón. She was born and raised in the “City of Cowboys”, as Bayamón is also known in Puerto Rico, and today works as a professor and investigator at the Central University of the Caribbean (CUC).

Grupo Guayacán Awarded Economic Development Administration Grant to Launch New I-Corps Puerto Rico Program in Partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology

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Grupo Guayacán, Inc

San Juan – The United States Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded Grupo Guayacán, Inc. (GGI) a $62,000 technical assistance grant to launch I-Corps Puerto Rico, a customer discovery boot camp for entrepreneurs looking to build and develop scalable business models. The funding will allow GGI to launch a local version of the successful Startup Gauntlet, a program offered by the Georgia Institute of Technology (GT), which is modeled after the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps).

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