The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines announces the appointment of Academician (Acd.) Rhodora V. Azanza as its new president, effective June 1 this year.
Acd. Azanza was elected to the Academy in 2009 for her significant contributions in the field of biology and ecology of harmful microalgae, specifically her pioneering studies on the toxic dinoflagellate species responsible for paralytic shellfish poisoning in the Philippines.
Acd. Azanza has the distinction of being the first woman dean of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, College of Science (2000-2006). She is also the immediate past Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Linkages) and director of the Office International Linkages of the UP System. She has extended her expertise to government agencies and international organizations, concurrently being the vice-chairman of UNESCO-Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Panel on Harmful Algal Blooms (IPHAB) and leader of IOC’s Harmful Algal Blooms in Southeast Asia (HABSEA) Portal and e-learning for 7 years.
She obtained her BS Botany from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila in 1972, MS Botany and PhD Botany from the UP Diliman in 1979 and 1986, respectively.
Acd. William G. Padolina, immediate past president, has served the Academy from October 20, 2012 - May 26, 2016 and August 1, 2017 - May 31, 2018.
(from left to right; top to bottom) Salinlahi Evolution, Agham ni Adam, Science League, and STEM Scratch exhibits presented at the NSTW 2018 by PSHC, the visitors tried the Salinlahi Evolution exhibit and left comments and suggestion by writing on the mango cut-outs
The Philippine Science Heritage Center (PSHC), under the management of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), recently participated at the National Science and Technology Week 2018 held last July 17 – 21, 2018 at The World Trade Center, Pasay City. It exhibits the mobile learning app games developed by the top three winners of the Salinlahi Evolution 2017: An App Development Competition.
Outstanding Scientists and Scientific Outputs Recognized during the NAST 40th Annual Scientific Meeting
Five new NAST members and one Corresponding Member were elected and formally included in the elite roster of Academicians during the awarding ceremony on July 12, 2018 by the National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines (NAST PHL). The investiture was led by Science Secretary Fortunato T. De La Peña and Acd. Rhodora V. Azanza, NAST President. GLENN B. GREGORIO, Ph.D. (Genetics), MUDJEKEEWIS D. SANTOS, Ph.D. (Applied Marine Biosciences), VICTOR B. AMOROSO, Ph.D. (Botany), ARNEL A. SALVADOR, Ph.D. (Physics) and MAHAR K. MANGAHAS, Ph.D. (Economics) were elected as Academicians while RIGOBERTO C. ADVINCULA, Ph.D. (Chemistry) was admitted as Corresponding Member.
NAST PHL also presented the following awards: Outstanding Young Scientists (OYS), NAST Environmental Science Award, NAST Talent Search for Young Scientists, Outstanding Books, Outstanding Scientific Papers, and Best Scientific Posters.
The recipients of Outstanding Young Scientists this year were: ANGEL B. ENCARNACION, Ph.D. (Marine Science) of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region II; DIXON T. GEVAÑA, Ph.D. (Forest Environmental Science) of University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños; NONILLON M. ASPE, Ph.D. (Natural History Sciences) of Western Philippines University- Puerto Princesa Campus; RINLEE BUTCH M. CERVERA, Ph.D. (Mechanical Electrical and Materials Engineering) of UP Diliman; JEY-R S. VENTURA, Ph.D. (Environmental Engineering and Biotechnology) of UP Los Baños; and MARIO A. TAN, Ph.D. (Pharmaceutical Sciences) of University of Sto. Tomas.