The International Space Station (ISS) as well as space shuttles possess a limited amount of energy to keep their equipment working once they have been launched into space. Could you imagine being able to generate energy, for the ISS, using molecules found in the astronauts’ urine? Or being able to turn non-drinking water into one that is actually safe to drink? Moreover, being able to use special materials, called biomaterials, to develop bone grafts?
Although this may sound like science fiction, Dr. Eduardo Nicolau and his students are working very hard to find solutions to these real-world problems. For instance, astronauts, people with severe health conditions, and countries where water scarcity is an issue, could benefit from Dr. Nicolau’s research.
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Dr. Jorge L. Colón, Professor from the University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras Campus, was elected as a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), for his distinguished contributions to the Chemistry field and his community service.
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El Comité de Consulta para la Designación del Director(a) del Departamento de Química del Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez informa que ha extendido el período de nominaciones. El Comité invita a la comunidad a someter nominaciones para el puesto de Director(a) del Departamento de Química.
Los nominados deben cumplir con los siguientes requisitos para el cargo:
1. Poseer un doctorado en una de las áreas de la química.
Rebecca Soler, President of the Puerto Rico Chemists Association (Colegio de Químicos de Puerto Rico), has announced that Professor Jorge L. Colón has been named the recipient of the highest honor conferred by the Colegio, the Dr. Osvaldo Ramírez Torres Award 2014-2015. The award is given to chemists that have stood out for their continuous and significant contributions to Science, the community, and the Colegio.
Dr. Tamargo with her research group. Photo courtesy of Dr. Tamargo.
Dr. María Tamargo’s interest in science began as a young woman. She was first exposed to chemistry as a high school student, where she had the opportunity to study in Spain for a year. This opportunity sparked her desire to become a scientist and therefore, she decided to major in chemistry. For her undergraduate degree, María attended the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, where her parents were also professors. At the time, the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico did not offer a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Recognizing her scientific talent, one of her professors encouraged María to transfer to the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras, where she completed her B.S. in Chemistry.
LAUNCH is an open innovation platform that was founded by NASA, NIKE, The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and The U.S Department of State to identify and foster breakthrough ideas for a more sustainable world. LAUNCH aims to move beyond incremental change and make an impact at a system-wide level and is currently focused on transforming the system of materials and manufacturing.
La semana pasada (del 17 al 22 de febrero) tuve la oportunidad de participar en el primer taller de científicos en etapas tempranas de su carrera interesados en el estudio de las reservas de carbono en las profundidades de La Tierra o el carbono profundo. El taller fue auspiciado por el Observatorio de Carbono Profundo o DCO (por sus siglas en Inglés). El mismo reunió 40 científicos de 15 países envueltos en los diferentes aspectos del DCO: Vida en las Profundidades (Deep Life), Energía en las Profundidades (Deep Energy), Reservas y Flujos (Energy and Fluxes) y Física y Qímica Extrema (Extreme Physics and Chemistry).
Between "Art, Science and Education." That was the theme for the outreach activity ACS on Campus, organized this past Friday, January 31, 2014, by the American Chemical Society (ACS) in collaboration with Dr. Ingrid Montes, Professor in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras and member of the Board of Directors of this organization.