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PAREF Southridge Alumnus Is Young Scientist Of The Year


Dr. Aaron Vlillaraza (center) with NAST officials.

 

The National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines (NAST PHL) is mandated to recognize outstanding achievements in science and technology and to serve as a reservoir of competent scientific and technological manpower for the country.

During  NAST’s 35th Annual Scientific Meeting on July 10-11, 2013, the following awards were presented: Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS), The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries Prize for Young Scientists in the Philippines, NAST Talent Search for Young Scientists, NAST-LELEDFI Award for Outstanding Research in Tropical Medicine, Outstanding Scientific Papers, Outstanding Books and Monographs, and Best Scientific Posters.

The Outstanding Young Scientists (OYS) award is given to young Filipino scientists (must not be 41 years old within January to December in the year of the award) who have made significant contributions to science and technology. For 2013, nine (9) young Filipino scientists were named recipients of the OYS Award. They are: Edwin A. Combalicer, Ph.D. (Forest Environmental Sciences); Alma O. Canama, M.S. (Genetics); Rene A. Abesamis, Ph.D. (Marine Biology); Salvador Eugenio DC. Caoili, Ph.D. (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology); Raphael A. Guerrero, Ph.D. (Physics); Kathleen B. Aviso, Ph.D. (Industrial Engineering); Michael Angelo B. Promentilla, Ph.D. (Socio-Environmental Engineering); Alonzo A. Gabriel, Ph.D. (Food Microbiology and Hygiene) and Liane P. Alampay, Ph.D. (Psychology).

The TWAS Prize is an award given to outstanding young Filipino scientist by the Academy (NAST) and TWAS in the field of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Physics. He or she must not be 41 years old on the year of the awarding during the NAST Awarding Ceremonies (July 11, 2013). For 2013, the award is given to outstanding individual in the field of Physics. Dr. Raphael A. Guerrero of the Ateneo de Manila University was declared recipient of the said award, in recognition of his important studies on volume holographic storage and animation which offers a new holographic method for storing multiple pages of data in a nonlinear crystal and his works on the diffraction from relief gratings on a biomimetic elastomer cast from the carapace of a beetle found in Mindanao, Philippines, which have contributed significantly to the visibility of Philippine physics within the global community of scientists.

The NAST Talent Search for Young Scientist is a project of the Academy that encourages young people (must not be more than 35 years old within January to December in the year of the award) to pursue a career in science. For 2013, three individuals were adjudged as winners, namely: First prize, AARON JOSEPH L. VILLARAZA, Ph.D. (Chemistry) Institute of Chemistry University of the Philippines Diliman, “Macromolecules, dendrimers, and nanomaterials in magnetic resonance imaging:  The interplay between size, function, and pharmacokinetics”; Second Prize,  Manuel Joseph C. Loquias, Ph.D. (Mathematics) Institute of Mathematics, University of the Philippines Diliman, “Coincidence isometries of a shifted square lattice”; and  Third Prize, Allan Patrick G. Macabeo,  D. Nat. Sci. (Organic Chemistry) Department of Chemistry, College of Science University of Sto. Tomas, “Stereoselective routes to aryl substituted y-butyrolactones and their application towards the synthesis of highly oxidized furanocembranoids”.

Dr. Villaraza, who graduated from PAREF Southridge School in 1997, is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Chemistry, University of the Philippines, Diliman.

 

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