Social network connects widely scattered Puerto Rican scientists

Jan 02, 2014

A social network designed in 2006 by a young Yale professor to link Hispanic scientists now boasts more than 6,500 members and has not only spurred research collaborations, but has increased interest in science among Hispanic students, particularly those of Puerto Rican descent, a new paper claims.

"Having a data base of Hispanic scientists and creating a forum for their work has helped raise their visibility and in Puerto Rico, it increased science content in local media by an order of magnitude," said Daniel Colón-Ramos, associate professor of and co-founder of the network, Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR). The executive director of the network, Dr. Giovanna Guerrero-Medina, added, "Those scientists have published a book of essays that reflects the language, landscape and culture of Puerto Rico, which in turn resonates with students."

The social network helps connects the 64% of Puerto Rican Ph.D. science and engineering students who live outside Puerto Rico. "However, the model can be used to link any geographically dispersed community," Colon-Ramos said.

Explore further: Google wireless service could disrupt carriers

More information: PLoS Biol 11(12): e1001740. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001740

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Puerto Rico allocates $2M to fight citrus disease

Aug 27, 2013

Puerto Rico's governor declared a state of emergency Tuesday and ordered the release of $2 million to help agriculture officials fight a disease that has attacked citrus trees in the U.S. territory.

Recommended for you

Google wireless service could disrupt carriers

22 hours ago

Internet users from San Jose to Kansas City have been clamoring for Google to lay down its long-awaited fiber-optic network to compete with Comcast and AT&T in speeding up Web and television access. Now the Silicon Valley ...

Google super-fast US Internet service spreads

Jan 27, 2015

Google's super-fast Internet service—up to 100 times quicker than basic broadband—is heading for four more US metropolitan areas as the technology titan ramps up pressure on cable service giants.

Transmitting wireless data on higher frequencies

Jan 27, 2015

Everything we do that requires a wireless connection uses the radio spectrum. We're able to harness radio waves to listen to music in the car or stream Netflix from the 4G network on our smartphones. Each ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.