Dr. Francisco Squeo, director of this program, delivered the news during the inauguration of the 2014 academic year of the Doctorate.
The ceremony that began the academic activities of 2014 of the Doctorate in Biology and Applied Ecology, was the moment chosen to make known to the community the resolution of the CNA to accredit by 5 years (from April of 2014 until April of 2019 ) this program taught jointly by the University of La Serena and the Catholic University of the North, with the support of the CEAZA Scientific Center and the Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA-Intihuasi). The news was delivered by the program director and academic ULS, Dr. Francisco Squeo, during the ceremony held at the Central House of the state campus and attended by authorities, directors, academics and researchers from both universities, representatives of INIA and CEAZA, guests and students of the Doctorate. On the occasion, Dr. Squeo described as important to go from 3 to 5 years of accreditation, "all thanks to the efforts of the students, the academics who participate in the program and the authorities that have supported us."
The academic vice chancellor of the University of La Serena, Dr. Jorge Catalán, representing the Rector, Dr. Nibaldo Avilés, together with highlighting the accreditation of the program, stated that this first Doctorate in Biology and Applied Ecology in the country and Latin America, It is framed within the guidelines of the University, "an institution that imparts a great variety of postgraduate and post-graduate programs each year aimed at satisfying the demands of a permanent education, as well as the needs of more up-to-date academics and professionals and experts in the field. specific issues that our regional, national and international society presents. ''
Meanwhile, the Research Secretary of the Coquimbo Headquarters of the UCN, Dr. Rodrigo Sfeir, who represented the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Jaime Meruane, said that the growth of this program is something that should make all of us proud. '' For our region, having a Doctorate with this type of characteristics, is tremendously valuable (...) with initiatives of this nature we are making known to the national and international community that in our regions we also have frontline professionals, students of excellence and that we are making a very important contribution to the development of science and research in our country, "he said.
The BEA Doctoral Program seeks to train doctors who are leaders capable of investigating, developing and applying practical and innovative solutions aimed at the sustainable use of renewable resources and the strengthening of research in regional institutions.
To date his students have published more than 40 works in prestigious journals, which supports the scientific productivity indexes of both houses of studies.
The graduates of this Doctorate are inserted in the academy and in the productive and public sectors linked to the administration of natural resources, contributing concretely to the creation of new knowledge and its application to the search of solutions in the field of their specialty to support regional, national and international growth.
It should be remembered that the BEA program began to be taught in the second semester of the 2008 year and currently has 33 students enrolled, 16 in the status of Dr. (c) and 4 graduates. In addition, all students who entered this year have scholarships.
Master Class Dr. Francisco Bozinovic
During the activity, the Master Class "Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology of Ectotherms in a Warming World" was conducted by Dr. Francisco Bozinovic, scientist and academic from the Department of Ecology of the Faculty of Biology of the Pontifical University Catholic of Chile.
Dr. Bozinovic is a biologist at the University of Chile, where he also obtained his doctorate. He is the author of more than 250 scientific publications. In addition, he has been distinguished with various honors for his work, among them, the Scopus Chile 2008 Prize from the Elsevier Publishing House and the Patricio Sánchez Award for the trajectory and academic quality of 2010, awarded by the Ecology Society of Chile.