NAST honors five UPD faculty members


By Albino C. Gamba Jr.

(JUL. 11)— The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Philippines has recognized five UPD professors for their outstanding contributions in the advancement of science and technology in the country.

Dr. Porfirio Alexander M. Aliño of The Marine Science Institute (MSI) was conferred the title Academician (Acad.) for his works in marine chemical ecology.

The title Academician is a peer recognition. A candidate, a scientist for that matter, joins the roster if he obtained more than 50% of the votes of the total membership of NAST. The membership is the policy making body of the Academy.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ian Kendrich C. Fontanilla of the Institute of Biology, Dr. Geoffrey M. Ducanes of the School of Economics, Dr. Richard S. Lemence of the Institute Mathematics and Dr. May T. Lim of the National Institute of Physics were recognized as this year’s Outstanding Young Scientists (OYS) in the field of genetics, economics, mathematics and physics, respectively.

The OYS award is given annually to young Filipino scientists who have made significant contributions to science and technology. In addition, the awardee should be “of exceptional ability to undertake scientific research as evidenced by papers published in reputable scientific journals.”

Fontanilla will also receive the NAST-Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Prize for Young Scientist in the Philippines. The award is given to those who have MD or PhD degrees, authored or co-authored a significant number of original researches and publications, and a recipient of the OYS award.

NAST, established in 1976, was created to recognize exemplary achievements in the science and technology and to serve as a reservoir of competent scientific and technological manpower for the country. NAST also serves as the advisory body of the Philippine President on policies concerning science and technology in the country.

The awarding ceremony is on July 10 at the Philippine International Convention Center.