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Improved Understanding for Filipino Scientists
Written by Loren   
Thursday, 17 September 2009

To bring more people to become part of the science community, Filipino scientists have to build public awareness and interest about what they are doing.

According to Fortunato Dela Peña, Department of Science and Technology undersecretary, the country has a good pool of scientists, some of whom are already working feverishly on various researches, including nanotechnology and biotech, which can become viable commercial ventures in the future.

He added that many young elementary and high school students excel in science and mathematics, some of whom actually win competitions here and abroad.

DOST (Department of Science and Technology) is now focusing on the upcoming annual convention of the Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science (PHILAAS). The event is part of this year's National Science and Technology Week celebrations.

The event would bring together scientists and researchers to showcase their recent projects. There would also be several discussions on a number of topics, specifically on nanotech, biotech, and energy development.

The DOST’s Science Education Institute will also be discussing the first Pinoy Science Storybook. It will contain stories of well-known scientists as well as Filipino scientists who have contributed to the advancement of science.

Among the scientists included are Alexander Fleming, Marie Curie, Gregor Mendel, Louis Pasteur, Isaac Newton, among others.

Filipino scientists included in the storybook are Ramon Barba, Emerita de Guzman, Rafael Guerrero III, Julian Banzon, and Francisco Quisumbing. The storybook, which will be presented to students in Grades 1 and 2, would be published in early 2010.

With this kind of effort, it might be concluded that the department’s goal to have a better awareness for the Filipino scientist would really be successful. [via]


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