Three Filipino scientists recently shared their research expertise on a webinar called “ScienTeach: A Virtual Symposium for the Youth” on 26 November 2020 at 11:00 AM.
The event, which was organized by the Department of Science and Technology National Academy of Science and Technology (DOST-NAST) in partnership with the DOST-National Capital Region, was held in celebration of the 2020 National Science & Technology Week.
The speakers included DOST-NAST Academician and microbiologist Windell L. Rivera, Corresponding Member Francis L. de los Reyes III, a biotechnologist/engineer and National Scientist Angel C. Alcala, a marine scientist.
Dr. Rivera, a postdoctoral fellow at Tokai University, developed a diagnostic tool that can differentiate the infectious Entamoeba histolytica from the non-infectious E. dispar. He also worked on the redescription of a diverse grouping of protozoan species. He emphasized during the question and answer the importance of communicating laymanized research findings to the public and produce well-researched books for academic references.
Dr. de los Reyes on the other hand, a doctorate degree holder at the University of Illinois, co-invented a machine that empties human wastes from latrines. The former DOST-Philippine Science Highschool graduate also focused his research on fuel generation from common sources such as diesel from algae and methane gas from kitchen grease.
Dr. de los Reyes also shared his thoughts when asked about how to be an effective scientist. He explained that one should be passionate in asking questions and coming up with solutions. “You don’t have to be the smartest person in your class. A lot of it is hard work and enjoying what you’re doing,” he quipped.
Moreover, Dr. Alcala- a former secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, studied the longshore current in the Bohol Sea and how it “destroys” the coastline integrity of Negros Oriental, particularly in numerous reclamation sites. In light of this, Dr. Alcala opposes the use of dolomite on the Manila Bay coast. He explained that “the dolomite particles do not perform their functions because they are lost by wave action.
Finally, Academician Jaime C. Montoya, the executive director of DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, presided over the soft launch of the mobile application for the Philippine Science Heritage Center (PSHC) virtual tour.
The PSHC was established to serve as a public resource center on the works, ideas, and other achievements of Filipino scientists who have significantly contributed to the global advancement of science and technology (S&T). ScienTeach highlights various research topics by DOST-NAST members and awardees to promote S&T and inspire students to pursue a career in science.