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2014 Activities fo the USC Microbiology Chapter

By: Jorshuam Rivera Franco, Chapter Treasurer

Collaborator and Edition: Mayra Rolón


On October 4th, 2013; the new members and the directive celebrated the great Initiation to this new academic year. The activity took place in one of the USC reception halls. Our guest speaker was Dr. Edmundo Kraiselburd who motivated our students with the orientation about HIV advances in Puerto Rico.

(From left to right: Mario Rodríguez, Jorshuam Rivera, Nicole J. Nieves, Davnny J. Rodríguez, Yasmarie Figueroa, Dr. Edmundo Kraiselburd, Prof Mayra Rolón (Chapter Advisor), Jorge Hernández, Karla Morales, Gloria López, Félix Ferré, Arlene Collazo, Zenaida Adrovet)

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At the beginning of the semester, our Chapter participates in the Association Festival celebrated at USC. In this activity, we can show to all students what our Chapter purpose is. A great decorated presentation station was created to show laboratory techniques, different bacteria’s species and information about our research project. We achieve the 3rd place award for the most interesting and creative presentation, among more than 20 others associations.

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On October 18th, 2013; Dra. Lissandra Colón Rolón interacts with USC students talking about “Emergency Medicine: Too Bloody for High Heels”. This day, students were able to ask, get information and watch the reality about Emergency medicine in Puerto Rico.

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Our microbiology course has a service learning component and we had the opportunity to combine the theory with practice. The course gave us the opportunity to engage in research. This course has an active participation in one of the most important institutional project called “Vinculación Comunitaria”.

The investigation project is related to bacteriological detection and quantification of Coliforms in the Caño Martín Peña. The project’s goal is to acquire important biological and chemical skills through water sampling, serial dilutions, cultivation and taxonomic identification of bacteria. Another important aspect of this microbiological project is the opportunity to interact with the residents of that community, and listen to them discusses potential sanitation and health risks associated with the continuous exposure to those contaminated water.

Some of the results obtained in the investigation project is summarize in the following graphic:

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Our chapter had an active participation in a collaborative project with the Department of Communication at USC. We provided the scientific data to the documental film called Agua Mala. His producer, Ryan Pérez, a talented student from the Communication Department had presented the film in many forums. We invite the SMPR to see the Documental Agua Mala at (

In the other hand, Microbiology Chapter in USC also coordinated social activities with our students. On November 22th, 2013; students enjoy of a Bowling Night competition between the members of the Chapter; including our mentor Prof. Mayra Rolón.

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On December 7th, 2013; our chapter visits the University of Puerto Rico in Arecibo for the Second Student Research Symposium “Passing the Torch of Research and Ethics to the Next Generation”. On this activity, students from our Chapter appreciated the veracity of Microbiology during this days.

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Recently, on March 1st, 2014; the Bacardi Factory receives students from USC Microbiology Chapter and shows them the installations and the process of this unique establishment in Puerto Rico. During this day, many of our members applied their knowledge learned in the Microbiology course of Alcohol Fermentation and Filtration process.

On the upcoming weeks, USC Natural Science Department will be celebrating the Science week. During those days, our Chapter will be collaborating together with our Chapter Advisor Prof. Mayra Rolón. Throughout this week, the Microbiology Chapter will have an active participation holding two conferences related to Science topics. Two well-known microbiologists from Puerto Rico will be soon selected to be part of this extraordinary activity.