This article was published on Rappler last July 2, 2015
IN HIS ELEMENT. Anton Tanquintic performs an experiment in the Vacuum Coating Laboratory of Ateneo de Manila University. Photo from Anton Tanquintic
MANILA, Philippines - When Ateneo student Anton Tanquintic was on his internship at the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute, he saw a poster promoting a competition. Wanting to exceed his comfort zone, the Applied Physics and Materials Science and Engineering student in the Ateneo de Manila University, joined the competition with no expectations. His leap of faith may now send him as the lone Filipino finalist to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria on September 2015.
The competition is the World Nuclear University's (WNU) Nuclear Olympiad 2015, a 4-year-old international challenge for undergraduate and graduate students of universities. According to its website, WNU is a “worldwide network of educational and research institutions engaged in peaceful uses of nuclear energy.”
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Top Photo: PNRI Agriculture Research Section Head Ms. Glenda Obra and Dr. Louella Lorenzana of the Department of Agriculture (4th and 5th from left) joined the other awardees for the Industrial Technology Category of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) R&D Awards at the Manila Marriott Hotel. The awardees are also joined by PCIEERD Officer-in-Charge and Undersecretary for S&T Services Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara (5th from right) (Photo from PCIEERD)
Bottom Photo: Mr. Roland Rallos (3rd from right) and Ms. Faye Rivera (extreme left) of the PNRI Agriculture Research Section and Ms. Edna Samar (2nd from left), Ms. Jacqueline Rojales and Mr. Allan Anida (2nd and 1st from right) of the DA Bureau of Soils and Water Management with their winning poster paper on increased crop yield and nitrogen use efficiency during the DA 2015 RD&E Agency In-House Review held from June 10-11 at the Holiday Inn in Clark, Pampanga
Scientists from the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) recently won several awards for their research projects and papers on agriculture in June this year.
PNRI Agriculture Research Section (ARS) Head Ms. Glenda Obra, Mr. Sotero Resilva from the same section and Dr. Louella Lorenzana from DA, were among the awardees for Outstanding R&D 2015 during the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) 5th anniversary celebration held at the Manila Marriott Hotel on June 30. Their project entitled “Establishment of Radiation Dose for Quarantine Treatment of Mango Pulp Weevil,Sternochetus frigidus (F.) in Philippine Super Mango“ won under the Industrial Technology Category of the PCIEERD R&D Awards.
Left Photo: The participants conduct the cloud chamber experiment to see the tracks of radiation emanating from the radioactive source. The experiment was supervised by high school teachers involved in the International Atomic Energy Agency educational outreach program on nuclear science and technology for secondary schools
Right Photo: A radiation measurement activity being conducted at the PNRI Nuclear Training Center
Halfway this summer, teachers from secondary schools and instructors from universities and colleges spent the rest of the vacation grappling with equations and formulas as they studied nuclear science and technology to develop teaching modules and case studies under the tutelage of experts from the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI).
This May, the faculty felt the nostalgia of being students once again during the Course on Nuclear Technology (CNT) and the Seminar on Nuclear Science for Teachers (SNST) conducted by the PNRI Nuclear Training Center. University professors and graduates from De La Salle University, Cagayan State University, University of Eastern Philippines and University of the Philippine Los Baños participated in the CNT. The SNST participants are composed of science teachers from several secondary schools in Metro Manila and Luzon.
Also among the participants are teachers from Quezon City Science High School and San Francisco High School, who are currently serving as pilot schools for an outreach program for high schools on nuclear science and technology. The outreach program is under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Project RAS/0/065 on Supporting Sustainability and Networking of National Nuclear Institutions in Asia and the Pacific Region.
Left Photo: PNRI Director Dr. Alumanda Dela Rosa (1st row, 4th from left), IAEA expert Mr. Peter Vermaercke (2nd row, 5th from right) and Lead Country Coordinator Mr. Ronald Szymczak (2nd row, 6th from left) with the representatives from several countries in the Asia-Pacific Region at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria.
Right Photo: The international participants listen to the briefing of the PNRI Irradiation Services Section at the Electron Beam Facility
Marine environmental radioactivity monitoring experts and researchers from the Asia-Pacific region met in the Philippines early this May to improve the research capability to provide better marine radiological and environmental data with more stringent and intensive reviews of each country’s quality management systems.
From May 11 to 15, the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) hosted a Workshop for Review Implementation of Quality Management Systems at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Quezon City. The workshop was conducted through the efforts of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology in the Asia-Pacific Region (RCA).