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DETECT: Wearable Sensor Data to Predict COVID-19 and Viral Illnesses

COMSOC Puerto Rico and Caribbean section next webinar is scheduled on December 10, 2020 11:30am (GMT-4).

Date: December 10, 2020
Time: 11:30 am (GMT-4)

The DETECT initiative ( to detect COVID-19 from wearable sensor data is still ongoing, we recr01ltm0uited more than 36 thousands individuals that donated their wearable data and we are analyzing this large amount of data. I’d love to talk about this initiative and our recent results published in Nature Medicine.

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‘A huge loss’: Giant Puerto Rico radio telescope collapses, following damage

Dec. 1, 2020, 10:27 AM -04 / Updated Dec. 1, 2020, 1:22 PM -04 / Source: Associated PressBy Nicole Acevedo and The Associated Press

The Arecibo Observatory, a huge and previously damaged radio telescope in Puerto Rico that played a key role in astronomical discoveries for more than half a century, completely collapsed on Tuesday.

The telescope’s 900-ton receiver platform fell onto the reflector dish more than 400 feet below.

Puerto Rican meteorologist Ada Monzón broke into tears on local TV as she delivered the devastating news to other heartbroken Puerto Ricans across the U.S. territory.

“I have to inform you, with my heart in hand, that the Arecibo Observatory collapsed,” she said in Spanish. “We made every attempt to save it.”

The U.S. National Science Foundation had earlier announced that the Arecibo Observatory would be closed. An auxiliary cable snapped in August, causing a 100-foot gash on the 1,000-foot-wide (305-meter-wide) reflector dish and damaged the receiver platform that hung above it. Then a main cable broke in early November.

No injuries were reported as a result of the Arecibo Observatory collapse, according the NSF.

“NSF is saddened by this development. As we move forward, we will be looking for ways to assist the scientific community and maintain our strong relationship with the people of Puerto Rico,” the organization tweeted.

The collapse stunned many scientists who had relied on what was until recently the largest radio telescope in the world.

Dr. Jonathan Friedman, a scientist who worked in the Arecibo Observatory for half his life, told WAPA-TV in Puerto Rico that the collapse felt like ‘an avalanche.”

“At first, I thought it was one of the earthquakes that we felt in January. It sounded like a train or an avalanche. The rumble lasted a few seconds,” said Friedman in Spanish.

“It’s a huge loss,” said Carmen Pantoja, an astronomer and professor at the University of Puerto Rico who used the telescope for her doctorate. “It was a chapter of my life.”

Meteorologist Deborah Martorell told Puerto Rican national newspaper El Nuevo Día she visited the Arecibo Observatory Monday not knowing it would be her last time.

This aerial view shows the damage at the Arecibo Observatory after one of the main cables holding the receiver broke in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, on December 1, 2020. – The radio telescope in Puerto Rico, which once starred in a James Bond film, collapsed Tuesday when its 900-ton receiver platform fell 450 feet (140 meters) and smashed onto the radio dish below. (Photo by Ricardo ARDUENGO / AFP) (Photo by RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP via Getty Images)


IEEE Latin-American Conference on Communications

11-13 November 2020, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Virtual Conference

Latin American countries are continuously facing diverse challenges in this century.  LATINCOM 2020 will have space where students and Young Professionals will give ideas to work on local problems in their countries with the help of their knowledge and skills in any Telecommunication fields.  They will learn best practices on how to prepare their proposal and related topics on project design.  

We want Latin America students and Young Professionals to be encouraged and apply for the next edition of the IEEE ComSoc Student Competition in 2021. Best project ideas will be awarded in this Hackathon in order they can be the first step on the implementation and application of their projects in the ComSoc Competition.  Ideas do not need to be already implemented but must be realistic projects that can be done in practice. 

IEEE ComSoc student members and Graduate Student members can attend Latincom 2020 program for free: more information and rules of the competition (updated Nov. 5, 2020):[ENG] Competition rules [ESP] Competition rules Spanish [POR] Competition rules Portuguese

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