Highlights of Manila Observatory’s 150th Anniversary Conference


Front row, left to right: Dr. Gemma Narisma,1,2 Dr. William Padolina,3 Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, SJ,1,2 Mr. Oscar M. Lopez,3 Fr. Daniel J. McNamara, SJ,1,2,5 Mr. Fernando Zapico,6 and Director Antonia Yulo Loyzaga.1 Second row: Dr. Keith Groves,7 Dr. George Mount,8 Mr. Masanobu Tsuji,9 Dr. Fredolin Tangang,10 Dr. Quirino Sugon Jr,1,2 and Mr. Guillermo Escribano.6 Third row: Dr. Celine Vicente,1 Dr. Shiny John Vairamon,11 Dr. James B. Simpas,1,2 Mr. Carlos Madrid,12 Mr. Juan Carlos Lopez,6 and Mr. Juan Pita.6 AFFILIATIONS: 1. Manila Observatory, 2. Ateneo de Manila University, 3. National Academy of Science and Technology, 4. Oscar M. Lopez (OML) Center, 5. Ateneo de Davao University, 6. Embassy of Spain, 7. Boston College, 8. Washington State University, 9. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), 10. National University of Malaysia, 11. Stella Maris College, Tamil Nadu, India, 12. Instituto Cervantes de Manila Not in the photo is Dr. Akimasa Yoshikawa of Kyushu University. (Credits: Mariel Templanza for the the picture; Salve Martinez and Inenila Roberto for the identification of guests)

Manila Observatory inaugurated its 150th anniversary with an international conference entitled, Scientific Frontiers: Serving the Peripheries in Times of Change, which was held last 25 September 2016, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the observatory’s Fr. Francis J. Heyden, SJ Hall. Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, SJ, President of Ateneo de Manila University and Chair- man of MO’s Board of Trustees gave the Welcome Remarks, while Executive Director Ma. Antonia Yulo Loyzaga gave the Opening Remarks.

The keynote speaker was Fr. Agustin Udias, SJ of Catedra de Geofisica, Faculty of Physical Science, Universidad Complutense, Madrid. Fr. Udias is the author of the book, Searching the Heavens and the Earth: The History of Jesuit Observatories (2003). A section in the book featured Manila Observatory. Fr. Udias was introduced by Fr. Daniel J. McNamara, SJ, MO’s Science Director.

The recorded video presentation of Fr. Udias was then followed by 30-minute presentations of other resource speakers with 15-minute open forums. Below are the list of resource speakers and the titles of their talks:

  1. Dr. George Mount, Laboratory for Atmospheric Research, Washington State University: Existing and Emerging Atmospheric Measurement Systems for Understanding Air Quality in Mega Manila.
  2. Mr. Masanobu Tsuji, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA): RS-GIS, Aero- space Initiatives: Strategies in Responding to Disaster Risk
  3. Dr. Akimasa Yoshikawa, International Center for Space Weather Science and Education, Kyushu University: MAGDAS Network, Space Weather, and Geomagnetic Storms.
  4. Dr. Keith Groves, Institute for Scientific Research, Boston College: SCINDA Net- work and GNSS for Equatorial Ionospheric Research
  5. Mr. Ishmael Narag, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PhilVolcs): State of Earthquake Science in the Philippines and the West Valley Fault System.  

Dr. Gemma Teresa T. Narisma, MO’s Associate Director for Research and Program Manager of Regional Climate Systems, gave a 20-minute talk on MO’s Science Agenda and Director Antonia Yulo Loyzaga gave the Closing Remarks. After the program, the speakers and guests were given a tour of Manila Observatory’s Exhibition at the Solar Research Building which showcased the instruments, photos, and other memorabilia in MO’s 150-year history.




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