First International Symposium of ecological economy in Puerto Rico

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Afiche CONECEC 2015In order to produce a change of mentality toward a new model in which the human and economic activities are developed in harmony with the environment, Puerto Rican and international experts met to contribute ideas and experiences in the first International Congress of ecological economy in Puerto Rico (CONECEC 2015), which was held from 24 to 27 June of 2015 on the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM). About 200 people registered, four keynote speakers of North, Central and South America, seven parallel sessions, 23 oral presentations, another 15 in poster format and a total of 10 countries represented, including: Costa Rica, Chile, United States, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Canada and Puerto Rico, were the results of this Congress. The organization of the event was coordinated by CoHemis as part of its mission to promote collaboration and exchange of knowledge between the countries of the hemisphere. The efforts were guided by an Organizing Committee and sponsored by several organizations, including: the Office of the UPRM Chancellor, the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Dean of engineering, the Dean of agricultural sciences, the municipality of Mayagüez, the Center of Business and Economic Development and its project Social Enterprise, the Department of Agriculture and its Innovation Fund for the agricultural Development of Puerto Rico , and the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. See more information > / See webpage >

2nd SAGE workshop took place in Jamaica with various specialistss

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Logo SAGEFrom 16 to 19 June of 2015 the SAGE project (Sustainable Adaptive Gradients in the Coastal Environment) convened for the second consecutive year a group of multidisciplinary experts to discuss mechanisms of adaptation to climate change in coastal environments. One of the participants was Dr. Fernando Gilbes, Director of CoHemis and member of the Advisory Committee of the project. This time the work was conducted in the Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory of the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Presentations and group work followed the themes of the first workshop in New York, but in this case with a greater emphasis on aspects related to tropical environments of the Caribbean region. As last year, this workshop had a very important Governmental component, including presentations by Jamaican agencies related to the Environment. It also included a field trip to Kingston Bay, in which there are various projects of coastal adaptation to climate change. CoHemis collaboration in this project will continue and it is hoped that this workshop is conducted in Puerto Rico in 2017. See more information >

Natural abundance and sustainability: Toward CONECEC 2015

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CONECECThe possibilities for transforming and contribute to a better environment in which respect nature and protect the environment without compromising all resources are endless. However, that prosperity is rooted in the conscience of every person who must learn to self-value, to find that inner harmony prior to express it to the world. Based on that premise the therapist certified in hypnosis, Franka Fiala, in her lecture “Natural abundance and sustainability: holistic perspectives for the preservation of nature and well-being”, issued on April 30 of 2015 at UPRM. The presentation was part of the activities organized by CoHemis toward the first International Congress of Ecological Economy in Puerto Rico (CONECEC 2015), which was held from 24 to 27 June 2015 at UPRM. See more information >

CoHemis collaborates in Second Community Symposium of IUDC

A look back at the achievements in the integration of the University with the communities, as well as a look at the immediate and upcoming challenges was the reason that convened a group of researchers, academics, students, representatives of various institutions and community leaders during the Second Symposium of University Transformation from a Community Perspective which was held at UPRM from 7 to 11 April 2015. The University Institute for the Development of the Communities (IUDC for Spanish), in conjunction with CoHemis, organized the event in order to present research and learning projects of connection between the University and the communities. The international component was represented by Professor Felipe Orozco, from the “Instituto Tecnológico del Cibao Oriental (ITECO)”, at north of the Dominican Republic, who was in charge of the presentation titled "Educación superior que se consolida en el patrimonio de la comunidad". See more information > 

Dr. Jane Goodall visits UPRM

Dr. Jane Goodall, primatologist and British scientist, visited Mayaguez to offer their presentation "We can't Wait for Environmental Education", invited by the UPRM Organization Campus Verde, and with the support of several organizations including CoHemis. About three thousand people gathered at the Stadium of Recreation and Sports, which became the perfect setting for the recognized researcher, in addition, to share her experiences with chimpanzees. During her message, who began imitating the sound of her beloved primates, the Messenger of the Peace of the United Nations also spoke to attendees about her five reasons to hope that the conservation of the environment is possible. After the event that took place on March 25 of 2015, Dr. Goodall inaugurated the UPRM Eco-solar House.
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Ecological Economy Forum at UPRM: Towards CONECEC 2015

Integrate on a same conversation topics that could be as far away as development and conservation is not a crazy idea, especially when given in the context of a new model of the economy that is considered part of a more comprehensive, sustainable ecological system, adopting a long term vision necessary for the quality of life and the benefit of future generations. That was the centerpiece of the Ecological Economy Forum: Urgent Changes in the Puerto Rican Context, which was held last March 19, 2015 on the Mayagüez Campus of the University of Puerto Rico (UPRM). Organized by CoHemis, the event set the way for what will be the first International Congress of Ecological Economy in Puerto Rico (CONECEC), which will be held from 24 to 27 of June 2015. See more information > 

PRYSIG Seminar about coordinates in GIS and GPS

CoHemis held the seminar "Coordinates: the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the Global Positioning Systems (GPS)", by Professor Linda Velez Rodriguez, Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, in order to educate the community about its importance and to continue developing interest on this topic. The educational event, which brought together government representatives and people from the University community, was conducted Thursday, February 19 of 2015 at the Luis D. Celis Amphitheatre. The talk also covered topics such as the cartographic projections, geodesy, and the national system of spatial reference, among others. The Conference was part of the initiatives carried out by CoHemis as a prelude to the annual symposium held during September. This event, known as the national meeting of remote sensing and geographic information systems in Puerto Rico (PRYSIG), is an initiative that aims to bring together specialists in these areas to present their work and exchange ideas.
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International genetics course in Puerto Rico - ConGen 2015

The latest advances in the field of Conservation genetics were presented by ConGen 2015, a specialized course that met in Puerto Rico for ten days, teachers and students from different parts of the world. ConGen 2015: recent advances in the genetics of the conservation was organized by Dr. Taras Oleksyk, Professor of biology of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, and Stephen J. O'Brien, director and principal investigator of the Dobzhansky Thedosius Center of Bioinformatics Genomics of the University of St. Petersburg in Russia. This is the first time that the event, sponsored by the American genetic Association was held on the island. It was held at the Rincon of the Seas Hotel from 12 to 22 of January, 2015. ConGen 2015 had a full agenda of evening conferences that also, for the first time, were open to the general public and which covered a range of topics of conservation of species such as the whale, bat, elephant, wolf and the rhinoceros, among others. CoHemis collaborated with the promotion for this activity. See more information >

Events in 2014

International Week at UPRM

CoHemis in collaboration with the International Students Exchange Program, the Immigrant Affairs Office, and the Agricultural Sciences International Programs Office celebrated the international richness of our campus. With this purpose they organized a week of various activities including international artisan’s fair, music, art, international cuisine and a soccer tournament. The educational event is entitled "International Week at the UPR Mayagüez Campus" and is celebrated annually. It was held from November 3 through November 7, 2014 in several places among the Campus, but this year was highlighted the so-called "International Plaza" in the green area in front of the library. See more information >

Twelfth meeting of PRYSIG in Puerto Rico

For the twelfth consecutive year CoHemis called experts and stakeholders in remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) to present their works in PRYSIG 2014. This annual meeting was held on September 12, 2014 in Tarzan Room at UPR Mayagüez Campus. Again topics were varied, including among others the study of benthic communities, rainfall patterns, tsunamis, environmental studies, development projects, coordinate systems, land use, and measurement of suspended sediment. In addition, the event featured a workshop on the availability of data from Landsat 8 and processing with ArcGIS. See more information >

Reintroduction of the Puerto Rican parrot in Maricao

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Puerto Rico Natural Resources and Environmental Department, and the US Forest Service, in collaboration with CoHemis, received Puerto Rican citizens in an Open House with the main purpose to educate them about the Puerto Rican parrot reintroduction in Maricao State Forest. The event took place on Saturday, August 16, 2014, in the Alfonso Costa Fornes Recreational Area in Maricao town. This included lectures, expositions and a Puerto Rican parrot exhibition, one of the most endangered bird species in the world. To CoHemis this is part of the collaborative agreement with the USFWS.

Better-IC+ 2014 Summer Camp

Expose the pre university students to a summer adventure that allows them to expand their scientific knowledge and develop their skills of teamwork and community service, has been the mission in which for the past eight years have joined efforts the Industrial Biotechnology Program and CoHemis. For seven days (from July 27 to August 2, 2014), 36 students from 19 schools around Puerto Rico, participated in the Better-IC +2014 Camp, which included lectures, workshops and field trips. See more information >

New NSF project for the sustainable adaptation

The present and future environmental challenges, such as hurricanes and climate change, require prompt action to generate economically viable solutions but at the same time friendly with the environment. To achieve this it is necessary to create a network of specialists in various fields that can work with interdisciplinary solutions. That is the goal of the project recently funded to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst by the National Science Foundation (or NSF) entitled "Sustainable Adaptive Gradients in the Coastal Environment (SAGE)". To achieve this mission CoHemis is collaborating with its extensive experience forming international networks, which will allow a better connection with the Caribbean and Latin America. The CoHemis Director, Dr. Fernando Gilbes, has been invited to be part of the Steering Committee of the project along with other researchers from the United Kingdom, Norway, Barbados, and United States. To begin the work of this important effort it was conducted the first SAGE Workshop at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, during May 21-23 of 2014. See more information >

Eco Expo 2014 promotes the disposal of electronics

In order to discuss possible alternatives to create strategies that contribute to the recycling of electronic equipment, CoHemis, ITEAS (Tropical Institute of Energy, Environment, and Society), and the non-profit organization e-Depot held the fair called Eco Expo 2014. The activity took place on May 7, 2014 in the Ramon Figueroa Chapel Amphitheater of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM). The event included a forum about challenges and opportunities of the management of electrical and electronic waste in Puerto Rico. This forum, which constituted a space for discussion of ideas, had the participation of teachers, heads of government agencies and experts who addressed the topic from various perspectives. Also during the day the Student Center hosted exhibitors related to the themes of the forum. "It is a forum to promote the initiative in the Government and the communities, to raise awareness about the problem of solid waste on the island, and to encourage the development of eco-friendly companies to promote a true sustainable green economy in Puerto Rico and emphasize the recycling of the electronic devices," said Nelson Rivera, executive director of the e-Depot initiative who along with CoHemis and ITEAS managed the event. See more information >

2nd Symposium of SACNAS on Science and Technology

The SACNAS-UPRM chapter held for second consecutive year its Symposium on Science and technology. This student group linked to CoHemis, and which have won multiple national awards for their great work, called on college students from all over Puerto Rico to present their work orally or in poster. The activity was held on 24 and 25 of April, 2014 in the Celis Building of our campus and was open to all areas of engineering and natural sciences. The quantity and quality of the submitted work was outstanding and it was shown the need to expand the time and space of future symposia. In addition, the lectures by faculty members helped to motivate students to follow the path of research. In CoHemis we are very proud of this SACNAS chapter and we will continue to support their work. See more information >

Creating awareness for Planet Earth

Aiming to raise awareness about what humans can cause to the environment and the processes that should be used to tackle global warming, the organization Campus Verde of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM) held the sixth edition of the Earth week during the 22 to 26 of April, 2014. It was co-sponsored by: CoHemis, Center of Information Technologies, Sea Grant, Campus Verde and the student associations: CV student, Ride-a-Bike, Green Buildings, Tau Beta Pi, and the IEEE. The activity, which constituted a space to present proposals for the environment was attended by experts who discussed the issue from different perspectives. The event also included lectures, presentation of videos and the cleaning of Isabela Beach. Annually CoHemis joins this and other environmental initiatives of global impact. See more information >

Seminar on the next nature of concrete

Natural challenges, like earthquakes and climate change, are causing a re-engineering of the processes and materials of construction. Therefore, the use of concrete must undergo a shift towards naturalization to increase the ecology and improve the resilience of the buildings. This is the thesis of the architect Wilfredo Méndez Vázquez, Professor at the School of Architecture of the Pontifical University Catholic of Puerto Rico. Arq. Mendez offered the seminar entitled "The Next Nature of Concrete" in which summarized his work and shows the potential of its proposal. The activity took place on March 4, 2014 in the Civil Engineering Auditorium of UPRM and was sponsored by CoHemis. It was attended by 40 people, including students and teachers, of which many came to ask about ideas of collaboration at the end of the seminar. The importance of this issue and its possible interest in other groups promises to generate a larger collaboration with the Catholic University. See more information >

Workshop on opportunities for the "Faculty Resources Network"

The University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM) is a member of the Faculty Resource Network (FRN) based at New York University (NYU). The FRN offers to the faculty of member institutions five professional development opportunities: Network Summer, Network Winter, Scholar in Residence Program, University Associate Program and National Symposia and Special Events. For this reason on January 24, 2014 it was carried out with the support of CoHemis a workshop led by Dr. Antonio González Quevedo the UPRM and the Dr. Carlos Ramos Bellido of the Río Piedras campus about these programs, including recommendations on how to improve the proposal to request. Dr. González is the UPRM liaison officer and is available for any questions. His e-mail address is CoHemis serves as a facilitator in this initiative. See more information >

Global perspectives on performance of concrete

The University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM) and the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (PUCPR) came together to carry out the third symposium of "Global perspectives on the performance of the concrete". The activity was conducted on 22 and 23 of January 2014 in the School of Architecture of the PUCPR in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The main speakers were Dr. Amparo Moragues Terrades, Dr. Alejandro F. Enfedaque Díaz, both of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and Dr. Encarnación Reyes Pozo from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos of Madrid. The topics covered were hydration, microstructure and mechanisms of transport, durability and service life in marine environment, preservation and repair of architectural concrete, sustainability, high-performance and nanotechnology advances in the design of concrete with fibers, and techniques in the inspection of concrete structures. The organizers of the event were Dr. Omar I. Molina, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering of UPRM and Dr. Luz Marie Rodríguez, Associate Dean of the school of architecture of the PUCPR. CoHemis provided logistical and administrative support. See more information >

Events in 2013

International Week at UPRM

In order to recognize and promote the presence and contributions of the international community in UPRM, the 2013 International Week was held from 12 to 15 November, an event that takes place from three years ago. This effort was the result of collaboration between CoHemis, the Exchange Program, the office of international services of the College of agricultural sciences, the Office of equality of opportunities in employment and immigration, and the departments of Humanities and English of the UPRM. During the activity called “Meeting our International Community through the Flavors of the World” we had 122 participants from 16 countries. At the international fair we had 20 artisans from 7 countries. In the international soccer tournament, we had the participation of 7 teams, 59 people, and 8 countries represented. CoHemis reiterates its commitment to continue organizing this activity since we are sure that it will help continue to grow the interest and participation of our community on international affairs. See more information >

Second Ibero-American Congress of Green Municipalities

The University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM) played an important role as host and contributor to the second Ibero-American Congress of green municipalities 2013, which was held from 11 to 13 October, with the endorsement and the main organization of the Municipality of Mayagüez. With a mission consonant to the Conference, CoHemis was the link with the invited entities, whose purpose was to tackle global warming, environmental awareness and policies related to the subject. See more information >