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Historical Register: Universidad de Santiago press records 165 publications

  • To take part in the commemoration of Universidad de Santiago’s anniversary, the Sello Editorial Usach registered 165 publications up to July this year. The catalogue includes editions of the highest level that cover all areas of knowledge. Besides reflecting the scientific and literary work done at the University, the publications are an effective contribution to society in general.

University President Elections 2014-2018: Juan Manuel Zolezzi re-elected with 60.7% of the vote

  • Out of 532 valid votes cast in the ballot, candidate Rafael Labarca polled 13.5%; Víctor Parada, 10.5%; Ubaldo Zúñiga, 10.3%, and Ricardo Santander, 4.8%.
  • After the vote counting, Juan Manuel Zolezzi Cid, who will assume the highest institutional position between 2014 and 2018, highlighted the “fair campaign process” and he confirmed his commitment to “taking the University from its current good status to a higher one.”

University starts celebrating its 165 years of history

  • The anniversary program provides a wide variety of activities organized to reflect on the present times and to plan the future of the University.
  • The activities, scheduled for July and August, were started with a set of conferences devoted to the topic “Amores Indígenas” and the award ceremony for the University Social Responsibility certification.

Universidad de Santiago’s professor to head the Computational Intelligence Society Chilean Chapter

  • Dr. Gonzalo Acuña was elected president of the Chilean representation at the Computational Intelligence Society, which is part of the world’s largest professional and technical association in this field. Also, professor Acuña became Chile’s representative at the Latin American Computational Intelligence Society.

Materials analysis and technical assistance laboratory accredited for the maximum period of 4 years

  • The National Institute for Standardization, an agency created by the Chilean Economic Development Agency (Corfo, in Spanish) to promote the use of standards in Chile, has certified Universidad de Santiago’s laboratory for Materials and Metallurgical Engineering Services for 4 years. This certification enables the laboratory to provide services for large companies both in Chile and abroad, particularly in the field of mining industry.

Researchers work to develop a vaccine against salmonid bacterium

  • By means of a Regular Fondecyt Project, researchers at the Faculty of Chemistry and Biology, led by Dr. Brenda Modak, are studying a treatment to protect the national salmon farming industry from the dangerous bacterium Piscirickettsia Salmonis, by using wild plants from the Atacama Desert.

CORFO awarded Universidad de Santiago a 2,600 million pesos fund to support scientific and technological business ventures

  • Universidad de Santiago’s Innovo Center was awarded these funds to run the Flexible Allocation Seed Grant Fund for four years in order to accelerate the development of innovative scientific and technological business ventures of international impact.
  • “This grant is in recognition for the work done by the Center’s Business Incubator, which has dedicated itself to promote the innovation and entrepreneurship culture and has helped to create new technology-based companies,” Innovo’s Director said.

Experience at Universidad de Santiago becomes a public policy

  • President Bachelet made public a new government’s initiative in favor of education: it is the Programa de Acompañamiento y Acceso Efectivo para la Educación Superior (PACE), which goal is to help the most vulnerable students in Chile improve higher education access, just as Universidad de Santiago has been doing since 1992.

Water decontamination through electricity and solar energy

  • In the context of a series of seminars ran by the Department of Environmental Sciences of the Faculty of Chemistry and Biology, Dr. Ricardo Salazar informed about the scope of the research on treating waters contaminated by textile and pharmaceutical industry effluents through electrochemical methods.

International organization’s compendium on ICT and Education includes work by academic of Universidad de Santiago

  • The Latin American Network of Educational Portals included the work done by Dr. Juan Silva, director of the Center for Research and Innovation in Education and ICT (CIIET, in Spanish), in a publication that gathers together renowned Latin American experts in this field.