This is the first part of a series of two articles.
Global warming is no longer a problem of the future, is already part of our everyday lives. A month ago, NASA released a report that found the average temperature of the Earth's surface in 2018 was the fourth hottest in 140 years of records.
Before I started studying pharmacy, my mother used to tell me often that she did not feel quite right, she was always tired and had been recently gaining some weight without any apparent trigger or change in eating habits. It never occurred to me that these symptoms were the onset of hypothyroidism. After being diagnosed, my mother joined the number of people suffering from the thyroid, along with my grandmother and grandfather and many other Puerto Ricans.
This week, a new generation of underrepresented minority STEM leaders are being trained to serve, strengthen, and unify communities at the local and national level. They are learning tools to lead institutional transformation and help build a critical mass of STEM professionals and leaders from underrepresented communities. Ciencia Puerto Rico is represented.
Ciencia Puerto Rico congratulates Drs. Aixa Aleman-Díaz, Rosa Leon-Zayas, Elizabeth Padilla-Crespo, from Puerto Rico, and other outstanding scientific leaders who are participating in the 2018 Linton-Poodry SACNAS led by Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), developed in partnership with the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS).
This past September, back-to-back hurricanes devastated Puerto Rico. The archipelago had already been struggling with a decade-long economic recession, fragile infrastructure and floundering institutions. Irma and Maria plunged Puerto Rico into an even deeper crisis. But could these natural disasters create once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for change?
EarthEcho International, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to equipping youth with resources to act now for a sustainable future, has selected Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico student Nashalie Irizarry as one of 20 young environmental leaders from across the United States who will help tackle the global water crisis starting in their local communities. As part of the inaugural EarthEcho Water ChallengeAmbassadors initiative, Nashalie Irizarry will increase knowledge of local water resources throughout the Municipality of Ponce by monitoring local water quality and engaging their peers in water quality monitoring and conservation events.
My name is Nicole E. Félix-Vélez and I’m a sophomore at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, majoring in Industrial Biotechnology. I always loved science, the way the world around us can be explained in equations to solve or the thought of how the most staggering things are composed of the tiniest particles you’ll never see with the naked eye. Science just amazes me. Even more so, the fact that science is used every day by researchers or engineers to find ways to make our lives better.