Ateneo Physics Department to offer Ps 195.2 Astrophysics under Dr. Reinabelle Reyes this January 2016


Dr. Reinabelle Reyes before the Gonzaga Building of Ateneo de Manila University (Photo by Quirino Sugon Jr)

by Quirino Sugon Jr

Last 5 December 2015, Mr. Clint Bennett, head of the Undergraduate Committee of the Physics Department, announced that the department shall offer Ps 195.2 Astrophysics next semester, starting January 2016. It’s a 3 unit introductory course in Astronomy and Astrophysics, with an emphasis on understanding the physical processes behind stars, galaxies, and even the birth and fate of the whole universe. Students are expected to have a solid grounding in calculus-based Physics and Mathematics, so they must have taken MA 22, together with PS 32, PS 42, or PS 52. Physics students may take the course as a Physics elective or free elective, but not as an MSE (Materials Science and Engineering) elective.

Dr. Reinabelle Reyes shall teach the PS 195.2 Astrophysics course, which she described in her Facebook post as a revival of “Fr. Daniel McNamara SJ’s Intro to Astrophysics course for undergraduates at Ateneo de Manila University.” Dr. Reyes took the course with Fr. McNamara when she was still taking her BS in Physics in Ateneo de Manila University. After her graduation in 2005, she stayed for a year in Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics, then went to take her PhD in Astrophysics in Princeton University. She received her PhD degree in 2011. At present, Dr. Reyes works as an independent Data Science Consultant and teaches part-time at Rizal Technological University and Ateneo de Manila University.

There is still no definite schedule for the PS 195.2 Astrophysics course with Dr. Reinabelle Reyes. Right now the schedule was set as TBA and this shall continue even during the registration period to allow students of varied schedules to enroll. But Dr. Reyes prefers the 2:00-5:00 Thursday schedule, so students must make sure to keep this time slot open.


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