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Science Spotlight: Puerto Rican researching malaria in Ghana

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Ana Vázquez Pagán has been in the African country since last year on a scholarship for people interested in global health.


Scientist Ana Vázquez Pagán was in eighth grade when she lost a close family member who was pregnant during the 2009 influenza A (H1N1) or swine flu pandemic. The event scarred her, and that death planted a question in her mind: "How could this have happened?

At the time, Vázquez Pagán did not plan to pursue a career as a researcher. It wasn't until she was 17, when she participated in a nanotechnology camp at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), that she considered becoming a scientist.

Over the years, that question remained with her.

DR. JOSE A. LASALDE HONORED AS PART OF THE 'PUERTORICANS IN SCIENCE DAY' CELEBRATION

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Dr. José Antonio Lasalde Dominicci, professor at the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras and Medical Sciences campuses, scientist at the Center for Research in Molecular Sciences (CICiM) and director of several landmark research projects, was recently honored as part of the Puerto Ricans in Science Day celebration.

Recognized locally and internationally as a prestigious chemist/biologist, his professional career has been characterized by his dedication to research and teaching in the field of molecular sciences, with a special focus on neurophysiology.

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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Catedrático de Física del RUM de la Universidad de Puerto Rico recibe subvención millonaria de la Fundación Gordon and Betty Moore

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Dr. Armando Rúa de la Asunción, professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) Mayagüez Campus (RUM), received a $1,250,000 grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which will allow him to expand his research in experimental physics for the next five years.

Dr. Rúa de la Asunción, who is the first scientist to win this grant in Puerto Rico, was selected along with 20 other researchers from the first cohort of 2023, who will have these funds to address their innovative ideas in a more creative way, as well as to promote advances in their field.

Accepted at Brown University: Paraded at RUM master's graduation and wedding on the same weekend

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In a world where numbers and equations are usually seen as cold and abstract, in math they found so much more. Mónica Colón Vargas and Geraldo Enrique Soto Rosa, who in the same exciting weekend, graduated with a 4.00 grade point average from the Department of Mathematical Sciences of the University of Mayagüez Campus (RUM) and joined their lives in marriage. In addition, they were admitted to pursue doctoral studies at Brown University, a prestigious Ivy League university. 

American Association for Microbiology highlights contributions of Puerto Rican scientist

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Environmental microbiologist Elizabeth Padilla Crespo is the first Puerto Rican to be included in a book by the prestigious organization.


As a young girl, when her interest in science began to blossom while studying in the urban center of Mayagüez, Elizabeth Padilla Crespo did never imagined that her name would occupy the same pages as those dedicated to the greatest in the field, such as the Dutchman Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, recognized as the "father of microbiology".

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RUM Steel Bridge Team takes first place in Canada

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The Steel Bridge team, from the Civil Engineering and Surveying Department (INCI) of the University of Mayagüez Campus (RUM), won first place overall at the Canadian National Steel Bridge Competition (CNSBC), an event held at Western Ontario University in Canada. 

The collegiate group, composed of 14 students, achieved first place in the following categories: Lightness, Construction Economy, Cost Estimate, Construction Speed, and Circular Engineering. It also took third place in the Aesthetics category. 

Prior to this first place, the students obtained third place in the regional competitions of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), which allowed them to qualify for the U.S. national competitions for the ninth consecutive year. 

Boricua accepted into prestigious genetic technology program in San Francisco

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The Medical Sciences Campus student will do her internship at an innovative company that is a pioneer in the success and expansion of biotechnology at a global level.

San Juan, Puerto Rico - Rachell Martínez Ramírez, a student of the Medical Sciences Campus (RCM) of the University of Puerto Rico, was selected to participate in the prestigious and competitive post-doctoral internship program at Genentech Biopharmaceuticals, located in San Francisco.

Catedrático del RUM recibe subvención de $150 mil para estudiar impacto de los parques eólicos

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Dr. Umberto Ciri, associate professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (INME) at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus (RUM), received a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to study the effects of large-scale offshore wind farms associated with the climatic conditions of Puerto Rico. 

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