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Ubaldo M. Córdova: transforming research culture in Puerto Rico

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Dr. Ubaldo Córdova wants to make sure that young scientists and faculty in Puerto Rico have a support system for professional development.

Dr. Ubaldo M. Córdova knew from a very early age that he wanted to be a scientist. He confirmed this thought when he had to complete a special project for his geography class in high school. For this project, a shy and introvert Ubaldo, built a geography map of Puerto Rico. He designed a very precise map that marked the Island’s municipalities using colorful sand. Based on the sophistication of his design- where the different colors of sand did not mix and every piece fit perfectly- his teacher told him that he would become an engineer.

His innate interest to solve the complex problems of the Universe led him to study chemical engineering. In his words, “chemical engineering allows the integration of all natural sciences in an organic way.” For this reason he completed his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of Puerto Rico , Mayagüez (UPRM). Although at that time the UPRM was not considered an important engineering research center, Ubaldo found a way to get involved in several engineering related projects. His biggest accomplishment was to lead a group of engineers to participate in the Décalo Solar competition sponsored by the Department of Energy. In addition, this group gave him the chance to learn about other areas related to engineering. These activities as a leader were the turning point that made him decide to pursue a doctorate in engineering, related to mass conservation, energy and fluid mechanics. 

UPR School of Medicine receives prestigious award

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The University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine received the Spencer Foreman Award, a prestigous recognition for exceptional community service, which the equivalent of an Oscar, Emmy or Grammy.

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Caribbean Primate Research Center receives $7.8 million

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The Caribbean Primate Research Center of the University of Puerto Rico received a $7.8 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to repair its facilities in Cayo Santiago, Humacao.

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Encuesta sobre Programas Graduados en Ciencias Ambientales, UPR-Río Piedras

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¡Saludos!

Agradeceríamos su participación en la siguiente encuesta sobre programas de postgrado en el Departamento de Ciencias Ambientales de la Universidad de Puerto Rico-Río Piedras.

Para satisfacer mejor las necesidades futuras de los estudiantes graduados y de Puerto Rico, estamos revisando el programa actual de MS-PhD y desarrollando otras opciones de títulos, tales como una Maestría Profesional en Ciencias Ambientales y una Maestría en Ciencias Forestales. Estas opciones podrían ayudar a promover la conservación de recursos y el desarrollo económico sostenible, y servir mejor al público de Puerto Rico.

The University of Puerto Rico will study fungi that grew in San Juan after Hurricane Maria

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The Universidad de Puerto Rico Río Piedras (UPR-RP), was awarded a $424,956 federal grant to study the fungi communities that grew in homes around San Juan that were damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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Science students shine in China

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Rocío del Mar Avilés Mercado, Daniel Alejandro Santiago Álvarez, José Luis Ramírez Colón and Karlos Lenniel N. Miranda Garcés had the opportunity to represent Puerto Rico by presenting their scientific projects at the  China Adolescents Science and Technology Innovation Contest (CASTIC).

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Multi-million dollar grant for the UPR to study the relationship between the nervous system and the environment

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The Institute of Neurobiology of the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico received a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the effects of environmental stressors on the structure and function of the nervous system.

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Worrying coast erosion during hurricane season

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A study performed by the Professor Maritza Barreto Orta and students at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus, titled The status of Puerto Rico's Coast, gains importance during hurricane season as it identifies areas impacted by erosion. 

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Environmental Science course bets on community education

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During the Environmental Education Internship at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, students were inmersed in a Vieques community offering water quality laboratories.

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UPR Aguadilla receives new aerospace and aeronautical students

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In moments where the aeronautical industry of Puerto Rico has wide projections for continued growth, the Aerospace and Aeronautical Institute of Puerto Rico part of the University of Puerto Rico in Aguadilla, received the visit of 72 young students that are passionate about this innovative industry.

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