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DOST Scholar Won Gallieno Denardo Award
Written by Cherry   
Wednesday, 23 March 2011

The International Commission for Optics (ICO) and the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) gave the Gallieno Denardo Award to young researchers (below 40 years old) from developing countries. Those researchers are active in research in optics, and have contributed to the promotion of research activities in their own. Dr. Ryan Balili finished his B.S. Physics at the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) last 2002. He is a scholar of the Department of Science Technology (DOST). Recently, he won the Gallieno Denardo Award because of his work on semiconductor optics. His prizes are $1,000, a diploma, and a 3-week stay in Trieste, Italy, where he conducting a seminar about his research.  DOST stated that Balili developed a new source of coherent light which may be the future in the production of lasers. Balili led the photonics research department of MSU-IIT.

According to Dr. Balili, although this was not his first international award, it means more to him because it searched for a science or scientists from developing countries. Due to the prevailing culture of research in developing countries, the value of promising scientists as effective agents of economic and social development are far too often ignored if not belittled. International awards are sometimes a wake-up call to local leaders. They might start asking themselves why they have overlooked something more developed countries consider far too important, such as keeping a critical mass of active scientists. Balili had won the Physica Status Solidi Young Researcher Award in 2006 for best research and presentation. It happened at the 7th International Conference on Excitonic Processes in Condensed Matter at Winston-Salem in the US.

DOST-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Officer in Charge and Deputy Director Dr. Leticia Catris said that Balili's victory shows that the DOST's scholar graduates are at par, if not better, than their foreign colleagues.  They congratulate Dr. Balili for this prominent award and they are confident that he can still do more for the Philippines. DOST-SEI main goal is to continue to look for more aspiring engineers and scientists and provide scholarships. [via sei.dost.gov.ph]


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