We are facing a pandemic of the new Sar-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease COVID-19. The situation has disrupted everyone's lives in unprecedented ways. We understand that there is much concern and uncertainty, and that the situation is constantly and rapidly evolving. That is why the CienciaPR Team has activated its #CienciaBoricua community to educate, inform, and promote the well-being of our people. As always, in this emergency, we are ready to put science in service of Puerto Rico.
Did you know that the colors of butterflies, the development of the heart and the resistance of certain bacteria to peroxide have something in common? They are all a result of the interaction between proteins and nucleic acids (such as DNA). Discovering and understanding the interactions between these two molecules essential for life is important to explain different biological processes, which is the goal of Dr. José A. Rodríguez Martínez. As a principal investigator and assistant professor at the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras (UPR-RP), he developed a technique to interrogate any protein and ask, which nucleic acid sequence do you interact with?
As part of its initiative for STEM educators in response to natural disasters, CienciaPR have designed a prototype of an "emergency kit" for teachers containing accessible and reproducible educational material, with content aligned to the Department of Education' of Puerto Rico’s science and math standards (and with the ability to align to other subject standards) for elementary, intermediate and higher levels (regular and Montessori), along with guidelines for its implementation. Educational material can be used outside the traditional classroom and does not require the use of electrical power, and/or advanced technology. Materials in each "kit" can cover content for approximately 3-5 months.
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¿Sabías que existen muchos profesionales en las áreas de STEM que son Boricuas y que llevan a cabo grandes proyectos en Puerto Rico y el mundo? La mayoría de los puertorriqueños no conocen sus historias de innovación y perseverancia. ¡Que increíble si celebráramos también este aspecto de nuestra cultura!
For many, studying mathematics is synonymous with difficulties and frustration. However, numbers has opened many doors for for Dr. Nelson Colón Vargas. The most recent were the doors of the federal government. In February 2019, Dr. Colón Vargas became the first Puerto Rican to receive the "Presidential Innovation Fellowship" of the White House of the United States.
Born and raised in Canovanas, Puerto Rico, it is safe to say that Nelson is passionate about numbers. He has a baccalaureate, two masters' and a Ph.D. in mathematics. His interest in this field began in elementary school. He had excellent teachers growing up. For him, his passion for mathematics is matched only by his curiosity to understand the world.
Dr. José Arcadio Rodríguez Martínez, professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras was awarded a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the proteins responsible for the development of the human heart.
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