Dr. Ma Corazon de Ungria
Dr. Ma Corazon de Ungria
Dr. Reinabelle Reyes
Dr. Reinabelle Reyes
Dr. Mary Ann Go
Dr. Mary Ann Go
Ms. Ma. Antonia Arroyo
Ms. Ma. Antonia Arroyo

Four (4) DOST-Philippine Science High School alumni and successful scientists will give career related talks on July 27, 2015 at the Outcome 7 Exhibit Area, SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City, in celebration of the weeklong National Science Technology Week (NSTW).

Dr. Ma. Corazon A. de Ungria, PSHS Main Campus Batch 1985, now heads the DNA Analysis Laboratory of the National Sciences Research Institute at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.  Her brief talk is slated at 10:00 to 11:00 AM.  She will be followed by Dr. Reinabelle Reyes, PSHS Main Campus Batch 2001, an astrophysicist, who led a team who proved Einstein’s Theory of relativity on a cosmic level and a team who discovered 900 quasars, the largest number of super massive black holes found.  In the afternoon at 1:30 to 2:30, Dr. Mary Ann Go, PSHS Eastern Visayas Campus Batch 2000, a Balik-Scientist, will share her knowledge on Neuroscience, followed by Ms. Ma. Antonia Arroyo, PSHS Main Campus Batch 1995, at 2:30 to 3:30 PM.  Ms. Arroyo is the CEO and Founder of Hybridigm Consulting, the premier and pioneering biotechnology consulting and commercialization firm in the Philippines.

Chosen for their outstanding scientific contributions, these DOST-Filipina scholars and scientists are among the DOST scholars who will be exhibited during the NSTW.

The exhibit, entitled:  “She for We” Highlighting the Role, Life and Achievement of Filipina Scientists in the Local and International Scientific Community, is a celebration of the contributions of Filipina science scholars and scientists in the country and the world.

Why the Filipina scientists?  The exhibit proponents, DOST agencies namely Science Education Institute (SEI), Philippine Science High School (PSHS) System and National Academy of Science & Technology (NAST), rationalize that the science community has been, at different points in time, regarded as a male-dominated body with women relegated to the sidelines.  Despite the vast contributions that the female scientists and engineers have given mankind, they are overshadowed by the gender bias that often favors their male counterparts, the proponents said.

In the Philippines, the ratio between the male and female scientists relatively slightly favors the male group.  The latest Human Resource in Science and Technology in the Philippines study by the DOST-SEI revealed that engineering, architecture and related professions remain male-dominated while medical professions like midwifery and nursing, remain female-dominated.

Initiatives to create greater awareness to the Filipino people is important to bring about a change in culture in the scientific community and show the need to make opportunities that will provide equal access to Filipinas in the scientific community here and abroad, the agency proponents added.

Aside from the four (4) scientists earlier mentioned, the other DOST Scholars and Filipina scientists who will be featured in the exhibit are Dr. Gay Perez, Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara, Dr. Rosalia Mercado-Simmen, Dr. Cymbeline T. Culiat, Dr. Maria Victoria Espaldon, Dr. Jacq Romero, Ms. Maria Antonia Romero, Dr. Lourdes Cruz, Dr. Milagros Ibe, Dr. Ester Ogena, Dr. Aura Matias, Dr. May Lim, Dr. Dolores Ramirez, Dr. Josette Biyo, Dr. Carmencita Padilla, and Dr. Filipinas Natividad.

The exhibit will highlight the role of these DOST Filipina scholars and scientists as pioneers, movers, risk takers, builders, innovators, dreamers, wall breakers, technopreneurs, icons and torchbearers.

Get to know them and be inspired by their lives.  Come and view the exhibition.  Free tickets are available at the venue, or call 434-1066 for ticket reservation.  FREE ADMISSION.  For more info, visit: http://nstw.dost.gov.ph/.  (mrollet)