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The Boricua Science Community Responds to COVID-19

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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.

Welcome to the UPR-IPERT Program!

 

Welcome to the UPR- IPERT community! This program—your program—aims to make more university students from different disciplines and socio-economic profiles broaden their competencies in biomedical research topics and areas related to health.

We seek to train professionals who are persevering, empowered, committed to Puerto Rico and with an interdisciplinary vision of health.

We would like to recruit more members like you!

 Instructions for registering with UPR-IPERT

 

Undergraduate students of Social Sciences or Natural Sciences interested in conducting graduate studies in the biomedical sciences, behavioral sciences and other areas related to the study of health.

Professors interested in strengthening their research, committed to the mentoring of undergraduate students.

The UPR-IPERT Program offers you ...

  • Access to a network of virtual mentors through PR Science and the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN).
  • Workshops to improve your skills in quantitative and statistical analysis (in different locations throughout Puerto Rico)
  • Virtual seminars (webinars) that address issues of biomedical research, as well as ethical, social and environmental aspects that affect health.
  • Tools to prepare your professional development plan (PDP)
  • Online Research Certificates: 6 virtual modules * Available in August 2018
  • Workshops to improve your mentor skills (for teachers)

In order to take full advantage of the benefits of the program, we recommend that you also enroll in the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), a consortium that seeks to diversify the biomedical workforce and provides countless resources to support you in your professional development (workshops, Webinars, virtual mentoring, certificates and much more).

Soon, we will have detailed information on these and other opportunities in the UPR-IPERT section in CienciaPR.

If you are a student or professor of the UPR, we ask you to communicate with your university's link contact to obtain more information about the resources and activities available. 

 

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CienciaPR, Puerto Rico Public Health Trust and Mercy Corps join forces to educate about COVID-19

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The Puerto Rico Public Health Trust (PRPHT) and Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR), together with the humanitarian organization Mercy Corps Puerto Rico, dedicated to supporting communities and micro-businesses, started an alliance to educate young adults about the urgency of modifying their behaviors to stop COVID-19 infections in Puerto Rico.

With the slogan “Cuídate, Cuídame” (Take care of yourself, Take care of me), the organizations launched the educational campaign, which is made up of several efforts aimed mainly at the populations between 20 and 39 years old, which have the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Puerto Rico.

Seeds of Success: IF/THEN Edition, a program for girls in STEM kicks off

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It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the beginning of the third cycle of the Seeds of Success Program, which seeks to expose middle school girls to the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Last Saturday, August 15, 2020, 121 students in grades 7th through 9th, began their journey to become STEM Ambassadors with a virtual orientation seminar and a leadership workshop. Prior to the seminar, the girls received the program guides and STEM educational materials, such as the paper microscope, Foldscope, brochures and opportunities for students. These materials were donated by about 15 organizations and sent through the postal service.

Standing against racial injustice

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Dear Ciencia Puerto Rico Family,

I write this message to you with regret, dismay and anger. The recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor — and too many more before them — have once again exposed the urgent need to work towards inclusion, fairness, justice, and respect for all.

The Ciencia Puerto Rico network owes its strength and dynamism to its diversity and the inclusion of all those who identify with our mission. We express our sincere empathy and solidarity with those who suffer and fight injustices, especially in these moments with members of our community who identify as Black, Afrolatinxs or Afrodescendants.

Response for students and STEM educators to the emergency of COVID-19

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Given the recent natural disasters and the public health emergency that we are facing, Ciencia Puerto Rico continues to be committed to the educators and students of Puerto Rico, who have seen their teaching and learning process interrupted, first by a sequence of earthquakes and now by the COVID-19 pandemic. This new crisis (the third in last three years) highlights how important it is to develop strategies and tools that ensure the continuity and resilience of the education system.

With Eyes towards the Sky: From Puerto Rico to Yale and back again.

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Hector Arce
Professor Hector Arce in his office at Yale

When astrophysicist Dr. Héctor Arce returned home to Puerto Rico in October of 2015, it was to bring a handful of Yale astronomy students to Arecibo Observatory, at that time, the largest single dish radio telescope in the world. For Héctor, a professor of astrophysics at Yale University, passion for the stars started at home. When Héctor was young, his grandfather used to build his own telescopes. “I still have them,” Héctor says. Staring through the lenses of those telescopes with his grandfather opened a universe of possibility for young Héctor.

Puerto Rican microbiologists celebrate

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The Puerto Rico Society of Microbiologists will celebrate their 60th anniversary during their annual meeting with the theme "Innovation in Microbiological Sciences". The event has a full agenda with topics of high impact and the participation of local and visiting scientists that will share the latest innovations and tendencies in microbiological sciences.

For the full article, please refer to the Spanish version of this site. 

 

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