Professor’s Colón Science editorial was highlighted on UPR-RP website

09/24/ 2015

The UPR-Río Piedras campus website highlighted the editorial that Professor Jorge Colón recently published in Science. A translation of the published note on the campus website follows below. The original note in Spanish can be read here.

Science publishes editorial of a Puerto Rican scientist about uncertain future of the island

ON 22/09/2015 By: Rebecca J. August Rosa

Science, one of the most prestigious publications in the international scientific community, recently published an editorial by the prominent Puerto Rican chemist Jorge L. Colón discussing the implications of the austerity measures proposed by the government on the island scientific development.

In the text "Puerto Rico's future at stake," the professor of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras (UPR-RP), addressed how the cuts in public funds for education proposed last week by the Puerto Rican government would be counterproductive to address the serious fiscal and economic situation being experienced by Puerto Rico. The author argued, however, that investing in higher education is essential to strengthen sustainable development and improve the quality of life of citizens.

"Although restructuring the debt and eliminating the wasteful use of government resources are certainly necessary, slashing education is not a viable solution for an economy whose recovery relies on scientific innovation activities. Science investment in a time of economic turmoil might seem like a luxury. However, it is a gateway toward economic and social development", says the text, which can be read in full here.

With the publication of this editorial in the journal Science, Dr. Colón, member of the organization Ciencia Puerto Rico, has given voice to the call of fellow Puerto Rican educators before an audience of great international influence. This achievement adds to his outstanding work as a consultant to the communities in Vieques on the process of decontamination of the land affected by military practices of the US Navy. For his continued contributions to science and the Puerto Rican community, Dr. Colón was recognized in August by the Association of Puerto Rican Chemists (“Colegio de Químicos de Puerto Rico, CQPR) with the Dr. Osvaldo Ramirez Torres 2014-2015 Prize, the highest honor conferred by the Colegio.