BICUTAN, TAGUIG CITY – The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) held its first ever virtual Awarding Ceremony last July 10, 2020 as the culminating activity of the 42nd NAST Annual Scientific Meeting.
The Awarding Ceremony introduced the new members of the Academy, the Outstanding Young Scientists, and the researchers who won this year’s set of awards. The full list of 2020 NAST Awardees is as follows:
INVESTITURE OF NEW ACADEMICIANS AND CORRESPONDING MEMBERS
Five new Academicians were conferred during the virtual awarding ceremony: ARNEL N. DEL BARRIO, Ph.D. (Ruminant Nutrition), WINDELL L. RIVERA, Ph.D. (Medical Sciences), CHARLOTTE M. CHIONG, Ph.D. (Medical Sciences), MARIBEL G. NONATO, Ph.D. (Chemistry), and CHRISTOPHER P. MONTEROLA, Ph.D. (Physics/Data Science). The membership to the Academy is given to resident Filipino scientists who have made exemplary contributions to science and technology in the Philippines.
In addition, four new Corresponding Members were also conferred: FRANCIS L. DE LOS REYES III, Ph.D. (Environmental Bioengineering); GONZALO C. SERAFICA, Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering); RAMON B. GUSTILO, M.D. (Orthopedics); and ANNABELLE P. VILLALOBOS, Ph.D. (Chemistry). The Corresponding Member award is conferred on non-resident Filipino scientists who have made exemplary contributions to the advancement of science and technology and must have continuing connections and contributions to Philippine science.
Revolving around the theme “Science and Technology for Society: Solutions to Long-Standing Concerns,” the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) conducted its 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) on 8-10 July 2020 via Zoom Webinar – making history as the first ASM to be conducted virtually due to the current pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
On 7 July 2020, the first ever online Scientific Poster Session was launched through Facebook Live and reached 7,700 unique accounts. The digital posters were uploaded to a public Facebook group, where engagements of the individual posters were monitored and recorded.
The ASM presented topics on the country’s long-standing major issues and concerns in the fields of: (1) health and food systems; (2) energy, water, and transportation; (3) environment, climate change, and blue economy; (4) ICT, shelter, and other infrastructure; and (5) science education and talent retention. A special plenary session on the recent COVID-19 pandemic capped the 42nd ASM.
The ASM is premier gathering of the Philippine science community. The ASM gathers public- and private-sector institutions and stakeholders to formulate science-based recommendations to be transmitted to the President of the Philippines, as well as to the Cabinet. This year’s ASM was hosted by the NAST Engineering Sciences and Technology Division (ESTD), chaired by Academician (Acd.) Reynaldo B. Vea.
BICUTAN, TAGUIG CITY - The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL), in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will conduct its first ever Virtual Paper Presentation of the winners of this year’s NAST Environmental Science Award (NESA) on July 24, 2020 via Zoom and Facebook Live.
Leading the paper presenters is 2020 NESA winner, Dr. Emilyn Q. Espiritu of Ateneo de Manila University. She will be presenting her winning research entitled, “Assessment of quantity and quality of microplastics in the sediments, waters, oysters, and selected fish species in key site along the Bombong Estuary and coastal waters of Ticalan in San Juan, Batangas”.