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From Responding to Maria to Mental Health: 2017 Yale Ciencia Fellows Impact Their Communities Through Outreach

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The Yale Ciencia Academy (YCA) aims to develop well-rounded scientific leaders and professionals. Completing a science outreach project is one aspect of the program that helps fellows advance towards this goal. The 2017 class of YCA Fellows led and implemented a series of science outreach projects to put into practice the communication, teaching and leadership skills they learned during their year in the program. The projects included various podcasts, a full-day symposium on deaf mental health, and a new blog in a major Spanish-language newspaper.

Initial Public Health Laboratory Response After Hurricane Maria — Puerto Rico, 2017

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Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, causing major damage to infrastructure and severely limiting access to potable water, electric power, transportation, and communications. Public services that were affected included operations of the Puerto Rico Department of Health (PRDOH), which provides critical laboratory testing and surveillance for diseases and other health hazards.

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Hurricane Maria silenced the coqui frog even further

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Frances Rosario

The devastation of Hurricane Maria caused the local extinction of some coqui frog species that live in forests that had already been affected by a drough between 2013 and 2016.

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Group from the University of Puerto Rico will evaluate damages caused by María on coastal dunes

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Gerardo E. Alvarado León

A group from the University of Puerto Rico Aguadilla was awarded funds by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to study dunes in northern and northeastern Puerto Rico and see how they were affected by Hurricane Maria.

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Bee population in Puerto Rico decimated by Hurricane Maria

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Gerardo E. Alvarado León

Between 80-90% of Puerto Rico's bee population did not survive Hurricane Maria, a devastating hit to the beekeeping and agricultural industries because bees are important pollinators.

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Northwestern University Visiting Scholarships for Puerto Rican Scholars

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The Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and the Provost’s Office, in collaboration with the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program and the Latina and Latino Studies Program at Northwestern University, announce six Visiting Scholar positions in 2018 for scholars whose work has been disrupted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

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After the footsteps of Hurricane Maria

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Odalys Rivera

"Chasing sand." This is how Dr. Maritza Barreto described one of the phases of the research she performed with her assistant Elizabeth Diaz on several beaches on the north coast that were impacted by Hurricane Maria.

Barreto explained to Diálogo during a tour of some beaches rammed by the hurricane that  the components of the sand shed vital information. They allow to identify if the waters of the surrounding rivers reached the zone. The bulk of the sediment also tells you how strong the swell was.

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Hurricane Maria - Public Health and Prevention

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More than a month since Maria hit Puerto Rico, there is still a lot of standing water and a large number of households with little or no access to potable water, which increases the possibility of diseases such as leptospirosis, gastroenteritis, dengue, zika and chikungunya. However, many of these diseases are preventable if citizens take the right precautions.

Hurricane Maria devastated the Island of Monkeys in Humacao

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As thousands of soldiers and government employees struggle to restore normalcy to Puerto Rico, a small group of scientists work against the clock to save more than 1,000 monkeys that could hold clues to some of the biggest mysteries about the human mind.

One of the first places hit by Hurricane Maria was Cayo Santiago, known as Isla de los Monos (Island of Monkeys), in Humacao, an outcropping of 40 acres off the east coast of Puerto Rico which is one of the  most important places in the world for research on how monkeys think, socialize and evolve.

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Project Loon globes deliver LTE internet to Puerto Rico

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Yalixa Rivera Cruz

It is very likely that next week most Puerto Ricans will gain access to the internet from their cell phones once the company Alphabet, through its subsidiary X, completes tests carried out by positioning the Project Loon balloons over Puerto Rico.

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