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Improved management of Zika virus in Puerto Rico through health literacy

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Health literacy refers to the capacity of an individual to obtain, process, and understand basic information regarding their health in order to make the most appropriate health-related decisions. This knowledge may define the individual’s concerns about preventive measures, treatment outcomes, relevant costs, or any other related issue.

The spread of the Zika virus and its consequences are a clear example of how, in some cases, the lack of literacy can define how we deal with these situations.  Examples that influence the decision-making capacity include but are not limited to the lack of information and educational tools and misinformation being communicated by unreliable sources.

Community outreach and science policy: a vision

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As part of the 10th-anniversary celebration of Ciencia Puerto Rico, we have been collecting stories from our volunteers to celebrate them and the work they do while also sharing with you the team's future vision for CienciaPR.

We want to remind you that the crowdfunding campaign #ConCienciaPR is still active! If you haven’t had the chance yet, please help us continue with our science education and promotion initiatives.  Please visit bit.ly/ConCienciaPR to make your donation. Thanks!

Today, we share the story of Uldaeliz Trujillo Rodriguez of San Juan, who has been a volunteer for CienciaPR for 3 years.   

FINDING ANSWERS IN NATURE

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Finding answers in nature

By: Natasha DeLeon-Rodriguez

Do you remember when your grandma gave you natural remedies when you were sick? Well, she may have a reason for it at the end of the day. Since early civilizations, it is very common to use plants or natural remedies to survive different diseases and illnesses. In current times, it may not be a common practice, but most of the medicines we use today, came from nature. Antibiotics, probiotics, analgesics, relaxants, have bio- derived components. We may not be aware of the diversity that exist in the world, which is still mostly unknown to us. And since, we are unaware of it, we are also not aware of the capabilities it may have in medicine or other areas.

Passion for education and the extended family of CienciaPR

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During my PhD, I really missed being close to my family in Orocovis and interacting with other Puerto Ricans that also wanted to contribute ideas to the scientific development of the island. I wasn’t sure where to start so I decided to invite Dr. Daniel Colón Ramos, a professor at Yale University, to offer a seminar to students and professors of my program at Brandeis University. Daniel agreed, and without realizing it, I got involved in one of the most rewarding projects of my professional life.

Puerto Rican Scientist at Yale receives HHMI award

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Dr. Daniel Colón Ramos recieved an award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). He was one of 84 scientists to receive the award from a pool of 1400 candidates.

 

By: Rebecca Banuchi

To read the original article visit, El Nuevo Día at:  http://www.elnuevodia.com/ciencia/ciencia/nota/cientificoboricuarecibeimportantereconocimiento-2244136/ 

Puerto Rican Student recieved award at EPA Symposium

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Luis González (Universidad del Turabo) recieved 2nd place at the 2nd International Environmental Youth Symposium of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in Atlanta, GA. The project name was Estimating Evapotranspiration using Pyranometer Sensor Data and Satellite Data.

Engineering Professor at UPR Mayagüez received international award

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Dr. Lourdes A. Medina Avilés, engineering professor at UPR Mayagüez received two international awards:

Manufacturing and Design Division Outstanding Service Award by the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE).

Emerging Leader in 2015 by the 'Colegio de Ingenieros y Agrimensores de Puerto Rico (CIAPR)'

This article was published at Diálogo Digital: http://dialogoupr.com/profesora-del-rum-recibe-premio-internacional-en-ingenieria/

GSBS Student Reyes named Albert Schweitzer Fellow

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The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston would like to congratulate neuroscience Ph.D. student Sahily Reyes for being named an Albert Schweitzer Fellow at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Her advisor is GSBS Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Professor Andrew Bean, Ph.D.

Researcher at the UPR received NIH grant to study the epigenetics of cleft palate

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Dr.Carmen Buxó, researcher at the University of Puerto Rico received an K99/R00 NIH grant called FaceGenes to study the epigenetics of cleft palate. 

For more info about this research call 787-620-5729 or at 787-758-2525 ext. 2710,facegenespr@gmail.com.

To read the full article, visit the Spanish version of this blog. 

Professor at UPR Mayaguez received STTR grant from NASA

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Dr. Arturo J. Hernández Maldonado, a professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez received a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant from NASA. This is the first grant of this type granted to a researcher in Puerto Rican.

To read the full press release visit the Spanish version of this site.

 

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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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El Instituto Internacional de Dasonomía Tropical presenta el Atlas del Bosque Nacional El Yunque

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El proyecto colaborativo contiene más de 30 mapas y 57 estudios científicos

San Juan, P.R. (Martes, 5 de junio de 2018) — El Instituto Internacional de Dasonomía Tropical (IITF, por sus siglas en inglés), adscrito al Servicio Forestal federal, presentó hoy el Atlas del Bosque Nacional El Yunque que contiene información, datos científicos y mapas de este importante hábitat natural de Puerto Rico, informó el director Dr. Ariel Lugo.

FoCo Speaks Ciencia! to give Latina scientists a platform for personal stories

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FoCo Speaks Ciencia, a night of culture infusion, art and science is happening Friday, April 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Courtesy of 500 Women Scientists)

Latina women are underrepresented in the science community.

Despite Devastation, They—and Their Science—Go On

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, five students from the University of Puerto Rico continued their research at a national laboratory 1,600 miles to the north—thanks to Brookhaven Lab's Office of Educational Programs, mentors, and a scholarship fund created in honor of a late Brookhaven biologist