Outreach

PRCEN collaborates with the San Juan Bay Estuary Program, the PR Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, the Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies, the Institute for Functional Nanomaterials, the UPR Sea Grant Program and the Center for Urban Community Action and Small Businesses (CAUCE) to leverage resources and contacts within communities in and around the San Juan Metropolitan area to increase both public awareness and interest in careers in science.

2015 Calendar

Month

Activity

Type

Audience

Date/Time

January

Continue ART

 



February

ASLO

Student presentations

Science

 

 


 





March

Caricoos Regional Conference

Student presentations

Science

 

Brain Awareness Week

Student presentations

Students

 

Grad fellowship applications due

Fellowship program

Students

15 March 2015

Grad fellowship applications review

Fellowship program

Faculty

15 March 2015

April

Simposio a FEW (Food, Energy, Water) Ideas for the New Millenium

Student presentations

Science/Students

 

Water Monitoring Day

Students

Community

28-Apr-15

May

Summer ugrad fellowship applications due

15 May 2015

ART reports due

12 May 2015

June

Begin SURE

1 June 2015

Talleres Bosque Urbano de Capetillo

Outreach

July

TBA


August

TBA

September

TBA


October

TBA

November

TBA

December

TBA

PRCEN-REU undergraduate students meeting in El Verde

On July 17, 2015, undergraduate students of the Puerto Rico Center of Environmental Neuroscience (PRCEN) and the Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) programs interacted in "El Verde" field station. Both group of students shared about their research experiences and their professional futures during the morning. After that, both groups had a guided tour through the Luquillo Experimental Forest adjacent areas to the field station.

 

2015 Capetillo Urban Garden Summer Camp workshops

In collaboration with CAUCE, PRCEN graduate and undergraduate fellows led a fieldtrip in June 2015 to Escambrón beach for children from the vulnerable community of Capetillo adjacent to the UPR Río Piedras Campus. There, children were led on a reef tour, were introduced to key marine creatures, and participated in discussions on their function and importance in marine ecosystems. Graduate fellows included: Alexander Rodríguez, Mayra Sanchez, Alex Mercado, Francisco Soto, Michael Marty, Ruber Rodriguez, Claudia P. Ruiz, María del Pilar Angulo, and Loretta Roberson. Undergraduate students included Yanice Duquesne, Dakeishla Díaz, and Marielys Torres. Total Capetillo community members were 21 children.


In June of 2015, PRCEN received Capetillo community children for a day of talks and hands-on activities related to environmental neuroscience in Puerto Rico. Talks, presented by PRCEN graduate fellows, ranged from biodiversity, the importance of estuarine and marine creatures, water pollution, watersheds and riparian insects and spiders, sea urchins, and threats to coral reefs. The purpose of these workshops was to promote environmental education and the necessity to protect our natural resources for future sustainability. Graduate fellows included Alexander Rodríguez, Mayra Sanchez, Michael Marty, Sean Kelly, Ruber Rodriguez, Claudia P. Ruiz, and Loretta Roberson. Undergraduates included: Yanice Duquesne, Dakeishla Díaz, Marielys Torres, Rodolfo Cintrón, Linet Adorno, Jean Carlos Casellas, and Maria del Mar Cordero. Total Capetillo community members impacted were 23 children.

 

 

Past activities

Urban Forest Immersion workshops

NanoDays

International Water Quality Day


Urban Forest Immersion workshops

In collaboration with CAUCE, PRCEN graduate fellow Sylmar Santos led a workshop 21 June 2013 on native freshwater fishes and their habitat in the vulnerable community of Capetillo adjacent to the UPR Río Piedras Campus as part of the CAUCE Urban Forest Immersion workshops offered in the summer. The purpose of these workshops is to promote environmental education as a means of self-management and sustainability among children and the Capetillo community.

 

NanoDays 2013  

PRCEN had a booth in Plaza Las Americas on 12 April 2013, the largest mall in the Caribbean, to talk to the public about our research and how they relate to nanomaterials. NanoDays is a popular program of the Institute for Functional Nanomaterials at UPR Rio Piedras and was led this year by Dr. Liz Diaz, one of our key faculty from the Estuary Subproject.

 

International Water Quality Day 20 April 2013