Physics faculty honored at University Scholarly Work Awards 2018

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From left to right: University President Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, SJ, Physics Department Chair Dr. Raphael A. Guerrero, Dr. James Bernard B. Simpas, Dr. Ma. Obiminda L. Cambaliza, Dr. Christian Lorenz S. Mahinay, Dr. Michael R. Mananghaya, SOSE OIC Dean Dr. Nina Rosario L. Rojas, and Loyola Schools Vice-President Dr. Maria Luz C. Vilches.

by Quirino Sugon Jr

Last 08 May 2018, 3:00 pm, 8 Physics faculty members received the Scholarly Work Publications Awards in categories A1 (PHP 50,000) and A2 (PHP 35,000) during the University Scholarly Work Awards 2018 at Room 413 Convergence Technology Center (CTC 413) of Ateneo de Manila University. The awardees are Dr. Joseph Raphael R. Bunao (1 + 0), Dr. Ma. Obiminda O. Cambaliza (8 + 0), Mr. Ivan C. Culaba (0 + 1),  Dr. Raphael A. Guerrero (3 + 1), Dr. Christian Lorenz S. Mahinay (0 + 1), Dr. Michael R. Mananghaya (3 + 0), Dr. Gemma Teresa T. Narisma (2 + 0), and Dr. James Bernard B. Simpas (1 + 0) (Table 1).  Their research papers may be grouped according to 5 different fields: Theoretical Physics (1 + 0), Atmospherics (10 + 0), Photonics (3 + 1), Vacuum Coating and Plasma (0 + 1), and Materials Science (3 + 0) (Table 2).

  • Category A1 (50,000 PHP). Peer-reviewed research article, or literary/creative work (short story, creative non-fiction or essay, play, or poetry, including translations of these) published in a journal and indexed in the Thomson Reuters (ISI) and in the Scopus database. Peer-reviewed books, including literary/creative single-author novel or anthology (of short stories, creative non-fiction or essays, plays, or poetry, including translations of these), published by a reputable international publisher and indexed in the Thomson Reuters (lSI).
  • Category A2 (35,000 PHP). Peer-reviewed books, literary/creative single-author novel or anthology (of short stories, creative non-fiction or essays, plays, or poetry, including translations of these), published by a reputable national publisher. In cases where the book is subsequently included in the lSI and Scopus Indices, an additional cash award of P15,OOO will be given to the author/authors following guideline C.1.d on eligibility. • Per article included in peer-reviewed conference proceedings (for oral presentations only).

Overall, for Publication Category A1, the Physics Department published 17 papers from 8 faculty members out of 89 distinct authors, which gives a faculty per paper ratio of 0.47 and an author per paper ratio of 5.24. On the other hand, for Publication Category A2, the department published 2 papers from 3 faculty members out of 5 distinct authors, which gives a faculty per paper ratio of 1.50 and an authors per paper ratio of 2.50. (Table 3)

A. SUMMARY TABLES FOR PUBLICATION AWARDS

Faculty Category A1 Category A2
Bunao 1 0
Cambaliza 8 0
Culaba 0 1
Guerrero 3 1
Mahinay 0 1
Mananghaya 3 0
Narisma 2 0
Simpas 1 0

Table 1. Number of papers published per publication category for each Physics faculty

Research Area Category A1 Category A2
Theoretical Physics 1 0
Atmospheric Science 10 0
Photonics 3 1
Vacuum Coating & Plasma 0 1
Materials Science 3 0

Table 2. Number of papers published per publication category for each Physics research area

Category Papers Faculty Authors Faculty per Paper Authors per Paper
A1 17 8 89 0.47 5.24
A2 2 3 15 1.50 2.50

Table 3. Number of papers published, number of all publishing faculty, number of authors for all papers, number of faculty members per paper, and number of authors per paper for each publication category

B. LIST OF PHYSICS FACULTY WITH SCHOLARLY WORK PUBLICATIONS AWARDS

1. Dr. Joseph Raphael R. Bunao

  • Bunao, J.R. (2017). Spacetime quanta?: the discrete spectrum of a quantum spacetime four-volume operator in unimodular loop quantum cosmology. Classical and Quantum Gravity, 34, 035003. [Category: A1]

2. Dr. Maria Obiminda R. Cambaliza

  • Richardson, S.J., Miles, N.L., Davis, K.J., Lauvaux, T., Martins, D.K., Turnbull, J.C., McKain, K., Sweeney, C., Cambaliza, M.O.L. (2017/10). Tower measurement network of in-situ CO2, CH4, and CO in support of the Indianapolis FLUX (INFLUX) Experiment. Elementa Science of the Anthropocene, 5: 59. [Category: A1]
  • Salmon, O.E., Shepson, P.B., Ren, X., Marquardt Collow, A.B., Miller, M.A., Carlton, A.G., Cambaliza, M.O.L., Heimburger, A., Morgan, K.L., Fuentes, J.D., Stirm, B.H., Grundman, R., II, Dickerson, R.R. (2017/09). Urban emissions of water vapor in winter. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 122(17), 9467-9484. [Category: A1]
  • Lavoie, T.N., Shepson, P.B., Cambaliza, M.O.L., Stirm, B.H., Conley, S., Mehrotra, S., Faloona, I.C., Lyon, D. (2017/07). Spatiotemporal Variability of Methane Emissions at Oil and Natural Gas Operations in the Eagle Ford Basin. Environmental Science and Technology, 51(14), 8001-8009. [Category: A1]
  • Cambaliza, MOL, Bogner, JE, Green, RB, Shepson, PB, Harvey, TA, Spokas, KA, Stirm, BH, Corcocan, M. (2017/07). Field measurements and modeling to resolve m2 to km2 CH4 emissions for a complex urban source: An Indiana landfill study. Elementa Science of the Anthropocene, 5: 36. [Category: A1]
  • Miles, N.L., Richardson, S.J., Lauvaux, T., Davis, K.J., Balashov, N.V., Deng, A., Turnbull, J.C., Sweeney, C., Gurney, K.R., Patarasuk, R., Razlivanov, I., Cambaliza, M.O.L., Shepson, P.B. (2017). Quantification of urban atmospheric boundary layer greenhouse gas dry mole fraction enhancements in the dormant season: Results from the Indianapolis Flux Experiment (INFLUX). Elementa, 5, Article number 27. [Category: A1]
  • Heimburger, A.M.F., Harvey, R.M., Shepson, P.B., Stirm, B.H., Gore, C., Turnbull, J.C., Cambaliza, M.O.L., Salmon, O.E., Kerlo, A.-E.M., Lavoie, T.N., Davis, K.J., Lauvaux, T., Karion, A., Sweeney, C., Brewer, W.A., Hardesty, R.M., Gurney, K.R. (2017/06). Assessing the optimized precision of the aircraft mass balance method for measurement of urban greenhouse gas emission rates through averaging. Elementa, 5, Article number 26. [Category: A1]
  • Davis, K.J., Deng, A., Lauvaux, T., Miles, N.L., Richardson, S.J.,Sarmiento, D.P., Gurney, K.R., Hardesty, R.M., Bonin, T.A., Brewer, W.A., Lamb, B.K., Shepson, P.B., Harvey, R.M., Cambaliza, M.O., Sweeney, C., Turnbull, J.C., Whetstone, J., Karion, A. (2017/05). The Indianapolis Flux Experiment (INFLUX): A test-bed for developing urban greenhouse gas emission measurements. Elementa, 5, Article number 21. [Category: A1]
  • Kecorius, S., Madueño, L., Vallar, E., Alas, H., Betito, G., Birmili, W., Cambaliza, M.O., Catipay, G., Gonzaga-Cayetano, M., Galvez, M.C., Lorenzo, G., Müller, T., Simpas, J.B., Tamayo, E.G., Wiedensohler, A. (2017). Aerosol particle mixing state, refractory particle number size distributions and emission factors in a polluted urban environment: Case study of Metro Manila, Philippines. Atmospheric Environment. 170, 169-183. [Category: A1]

3. Ivan B. Culaba

  • Penado, K.N.M., Mahinay, C.L.S., Culaba, I.B. (2018/01). Effect of atmospheric plasma treatment on seed germination of rice (Oryza sativa L.). Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, 57(1), Article number 01AG08. [Category: A2]

4. Dr. Raphael A. Guerrero

  • Asuncion, A.J., Guerrero, R. A., (2017/05). Generating superimposed Bessel beams with a volume holographic axicon. Applied Optics, 56(14), 4206-4212. Pada, C.T., Guerrero, R.A., (2017/05). Fluid-enhanced tunable diffraction with an elastomeric grating. Optical Engineering, 56(5), Article number 054101. [Category: A1]
  • Patacsil, C., Calupitan, J.P., Enriquez, E., Guerrero, R.A., (2017). Electrowetting Actuation of Polydisperse Nanofluid Droplets. Advances in Materials Science and Engineering, Volume 2017, Article number 2532173. [Category: A1]
  • Guerrero, R.A., Pada, C.T. (2017). Transmission mode of a deformable diffraction grating with a refracting fluid layer. Optics InfoBase Conference Papers Volume Part F50-Freeform 2017, 2p. [Category: A2]

5. Dr. Christian Lorenz S. Mahinay

  • Penado, Mahinay, and Culaba 2018. (See Ivan B. Culaba) [Category: A2]

6. Dr. Michael R. Mananghaya

  • Mananghaya, M.R. Santos, G.N., Yu, D.N., Stampfl, C. (2017/12). Hydrogen Adsorption on Nearly Zigzag-Edged Nanoribbons: A Density Functional Theory Study. Scientific Reports, 7(1), Article number 15727. [Category: A1]
  • Mananghaya, M.R. Santos, G.N., Yu, D.N., (2017/09). Solubility of amide functionalized single wall carbon nanotubes: A quantum mechanical study. Journal of Molecular Liquids, 242, 1208-1214. [Category: A1]
  • Mananghaya, M.R. Santos, G.N., Yu, D.N., (2017/08). Nitrogen substitution and vacancy mediated scandium metal adsorption on carbon nanotubes. Adsorption Journal of International Adsorption Society, 23(6), 789-797.

7. Dr. Gemma Teresa T. Narisma

  • Cruz, F.T., Narisma, G.T., Dado, J.B., Singhruck, P., Tangang, F., Linarka, U.A., Wati, T., Juneng, L., Phan-Van, T., Ngo-Duc, T., Santisirisomboon, J., Gunawan, D., Aldrian, E. (2017/12). Sensitivity of temperature to physical parameterization schemes of RegCM4 over the CORDEX-Southeast Asia region. International Journal of Climatology, 37(15), 5139-5153.
  • Ngo-Duc, T., Tangang, F.T., Santisirisomboon, J., Cruz, F., Trinh-Tuan, L., Nguyen-Xuan, T., Phan-Van, T., Juneng, L., Narisma, G., Singhruck, P., Gunawan, D., Aldrian, E. (2017/03). Performance evaluation of RegCM4 in simulating extreme rainfall and temperature indices over the CORDEX-Southeast Asia region. International Journal of Climatology, 37(3), 1634-1647.

8. Dr. James Bernard B. Simpas

  • Kecorius et al 2017. (See Dr. Maria Obiminda O. Cambaliza)
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Distinguished Physics students recognized in SOSE Awards 2018

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From left to right: 1. Dr. Marilou Vilches, Vice President for the Loyola Schools, 2. Dr. Raphael Guerrero, Chair of the Department of Physics, 3. Aliena Mari P. Miranda, BS Physics with Materials Science and Engineering, Honorable Mention, Departmental Awardee, 4. Dr. Evangeline P. Bautista, Dean of the School of Science and Engineering

by Quirino Sugon Jr

The School of Science and Engineering (SOSE) of Ateneo de Manila University held a Recognition Program for Distinguished Students last 22 May 2018, 4:00 PM, at the Convergent Technologies Center (CTC 413-414). The opening prayer was led by MS Atmospheric Science student Angela Monina T. Magnaye followed by the Opening Remarks by Loyola Schools Vice President Dr. Maria Luz C. Vilches.  The recognition ceremony proper has four categories, with one student chosen per category to give a response: (1) Renzo Ramirez (BSM AMF) for Student Athletes and Performers, (2) John Michael H. Bernil (BS Biology) for Competition Winners, (3) Neicy Marie F. Pilarca (BS MIS) for Student Leaders, and (4) Vanessa T. Siy Van (BS Health Science), Class Valedictorian and Summa Cum Laude, for Honor Students. Dr. Evangeline P. Bautista, Dean of the School of Science and Engineering, gave the Closing Remarks. Mr. Ronald Allan C. Cruz, Assistant Professor of the Department of Biology, served as emcee.

From the Department of Physics, 11 students received awards, consisting of 8 undergraduates and 2 graduate students. The Departmental Awardee is Ms. Aliena Mari P. Miranda (BS Applied Physics MSE), Honorable Mention of Class 2018 and Finalist of BPI-DOST Science Awards 2018. She served in the Council of Organizations of Ateneo (COA) as Cluster Head for Analysis and Discourse and as Vice President for Organizational Strategies and Research (2017-2018). She also served the Ateneo League of Physicists (LeaPs) as its Vice President for Internal Affairs (2016-2017) and President (2015-2016).

Below are the Message of the Dean, the Program of Activities, and the List of Awardees.

I. MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN

We congratulate all the students in this list as we recognize how each of you truly personifies the spirit of magis. The school of Science and Engineering is proud of how you have excelled in academics, research, leadership, competition and sports. It is thus with confidence and excitement that we let you, a relatively small group of scientists, mathematicians and engineers, loose in a country which is only beginning to truly appreciate the value of science and engineering. We trust that you will grow to be successful scientists and engineers and at the same time stay true to being what Ateneo molded you to be—men and women for others.

Evangeline P. Bautista, PhD
Dean, School of Science and Engineering

II. PROGRAM

  • National Anthem
  • Opening Prayer: Angela Monina T. Magnaye, MS Atmospheric Science
  • Opening Remarks: Maria Luz C. Vilches, PhD, Vice-President for the Loyola Schools
  • Recognition of Student Athletes and Performers. Response: Renzo Ramirez, BS/M Applied Mathematics with Specialization in Mathematical Finance; Captain, Blue Babble Battallion
  • Recognition of Competition Winners. Response: John Michael H. Bernil, BS Biology, Young Entrepreneurs Society Philippines, 3rd Startup Summit, Finalist, 2018
  • Recognition of Student Leaders. Response: Neicy Marie F. Pilarca, BS Management Information Systems; SOSE Representative, Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aara ng mga Paaralang Loyola ng Pamantasang Ateneo de Manila
  • Recognition of Honor Students. Response: Vanessa T. Siy Van, BS Health Science, Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude
  • Closing Remarks: Evangeline P. Bautista, PhD, Dean, School of Science and Engineering
  • Photo Opportunities
  • Emcee: Ronald Allan L. Cruz, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

III. AWARDS

A. Student Athletes

B. Competition Winners

C. Student Leaders

Council of Organizations of Ateneo (COA)

  • Hakeem Jimenez (BS Physics): Science and Technology Cluster, Ex Team Project Head (2016-2017),
  • Aliena Mari P. Miranda (BS Applied Physics with Materials Science and Engineering): Analysis and Discourse Cluster, Cluster Head Vice President for Organization Strategies and Research (2017-2018)

Youth for Christ-Ateneo (YFC-A)

  • Kerwin G. Caballas (BS Physics): Associate Vice President for Evangelization (2015-2016), Vice President for Creatives (2016-2017)
  • Ralph Locsin (BS Physics): Associate Vice President for Special Projects (2016-2017)

Ateneo Blue Repertory (blueREP)

  • Keith Nealson M. Penado (BS Physics): Actor

Ateneo League of Physicists (Ateneo LeaPs)

  • Tarjata Angelika R. Conde (BS Physics): President (2016-2017)
  • Aliena Mari P. Miranda (BS Applied Physics with Materials Science and Engineering): Vice President for Internal Affairs (2016-2017), President (2015-2016)
  • Kim Nicole V. Pena (BS Physics): Vice President for Communications and Media (2017-2018)
  • Keith Nealson M. Penado (BS Physics): Vice President for Marketing (2016-2017)
  • Nymark Kho (BS Physics): Vice President for Marketing (2014-2015)

Ateneo Toushin

  • Ramon Rafael D. Tonato (BS Physics): Vice President for Creatives

D. Honor Students

Honorable Mention

  • Aliena Mari P. Miranda (BS Applied Physics with Materials Science and Engineering)

E. Scholars

Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resource Development Program

  • Darwin D. Perez (MS Atmospheric Science)

F. Departmental Recognition

Department of Physics

  • Aliena Mari P. Miranda (BS Applied Physics with Materials Science and Engineering)
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Student awardees and faculty members of the Department of Physics of the School of Science and Engineering during the SOSE Awards 2018. Check out our other photos in our Facebook page.

 

Nanomaterials and Spectroscopy Seminar by Dr. Valter Sergo and Dr. Vanni Lughi of University of Trieste

Dr. Valter Sergo (left) and Dr. Vanni Lughi (right) of University of Trieste

by Marienette Morales Vega, Ph. D.

The Department of Physics of the School of Science and Engineering would like to invite you to a seminar on Nanomaterials and Spectroscopy to be held on 04 June 2018, 10:30 a.m. at Faura Hall Room 106. The seminar consists of two talks:

  • “Nanoparticles and nanostructured materials for energy applications” by Vanni Lughi, Assistant professor of Materials, University of Trieste
  • “Raman spectroscopy and surface-enhaced Raman spectroscopy as biomedical tools: Fundamentals and applications” by Valter Sergo, Full Professor of Materials Science and Chemistry at the University of Trieste

Below are the abstracts of the talks and the profiles of the speakers.

I. Nanoparticles and nanostructured materials for energy applications

Abstract. Nanoparticles can be thought as tailorable building blocks for fabricating new materials with on-demand, tunable properties–for example by assembling them in a controlled way. The final properties of the material will depend on the mesoscale architecture of the assembly as well as on the characteristics of the nanoparticles. I will review existing approaches and some of our laboratory’s efforts for designing and realizing engineered nanoparticle architectures (“engineering nanoparticles”), as well as for utilizing them to fabricate new materials for applications in photovoltaics and biomedical-related fields (“engineering ‘with’ nanoparticles”).

About the Speaker.  Vanni Lughi is an assistant professor of materials at the University of Trieste, and holds the national academic qualification (“abilitazione”) as associate professor. He received PhD and MS degrees in Materials from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he worked on functional thin films and coatings. His current research and teaching activity at the nanoMaterials & Energy Laboratory (naME Lab) focuses on nanostructured materials for energy-related applications, such as for photovoltaic cells. Recently, he started researching more systemic and interdisciplinary aspects of photovoltaic systems and renewable energy sources. Over the past few years he has led or participated in a number of energy-related projects funded by public institutions as well as private companies.

II. Raman spectroscopy and surface-enhaced Raman spectroscopy as biomedical tools: Fundamentals and applications

Abstract. In recent years the use of Raman spectroscopy and Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) for biomedical applications has been growing considerably. Intrinsically, the Raman effect is label-free and, as such, it does not introduce unwanted guests in the system under analysis. In a label-free Raman SERS approach, analytes (drugs, biomarkers, etc.) are put in contact with nanostructured metallic surfaces, (typically Au or Ag nanoparticles with suitable optical properties) generating a complex spectrum very rich in information. This fact, coupled with the rapidity of measurements and the ease of sample preparation, have paved the way for a wide spread use of these techniques in materials science, life sciences, and in medicine. In this talk an introduction to the Raman and SERS effect will be presented; then the schematic of the equipment will be outlined and then some practical case histories will be discussed: (a) Localization of hemozoin inside single red blood cells infected with malaria (Plasmodium falciparum), (b) Aging of zirconium oxide leading to catastrophic failure of ceramic hip joint prostheses, (c) Raman Mapping of the cartilage tissues and calcified cardiac valves, (d) Nanotechnologies and Raman SERS applied to quantification of low-concentration chemotherapics, and (e) Nanotechnologies, Raman SERS, and statistical analysis for screening of prostate and breast cancer.

About the Speaker. Valter Sergo is a Full Professor of Materials Science and Chemistry at the University of Trieste (Italy). He has published over 100 scientific papers, mostly in materials science and Raman spectroscopy. He has been a research associate at the University of California at Santa Barbara, at the Kyoto Institute of Technology (Japan) and has been visiting professor at the Technical University of Dresden (Germany). In the last ten years his main research focus has been on the development of medical optical diagnostic tools based on Raman spectroscopy. Presently he is one of the five Working Group leaders of the official European COST action RAMAN4CLINICS, devoted to the introduction of Raman spectroscopy in clinical practice and the member officially representing Italy in the management committee of the same EU project.

BS Physics-MSE student Aliena Miranda of AdMU receives award at MSE Summit 2018 research fair in UP Diliman

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Aliena Mari P. Miranda (BS Applied Physics-Materials Science Engineering, 2nd from the left) during the awarding ceremonies at the Materials Science & Engineering Summit 2018 at University of the Philippines-Diliman

by Quirino Sugon Jr.

Aliena Mari P. Miranda (5 BS Applied Physics with Materials Science Engineering) of Ateneo de Manila University was awarded Best in Oral Presentation (undergraduate cluster) at the Materials Science and Engineering Summit 2018 Research Fair held last 16-17 March 2018 at the Engineering Theater of the University of the Philippines-Diliman. Miranda’s research was entitled, “Green synthesis of Fe2O3/graphene and MnO2/graphene nanocomposites for supercapacitor electrodes,” under the supervision of Dr. Erwin P. Enriquez of the Department of Chemistry of Ateneo de Manila University. Of the five participants in the Research Fair,  four are from Ateneo de Manila University. The two-day summit, with the theme “Sinagtala: A Focus on the Innovations of Philippine Materials,” has four events: Olympiad, ProdExpo, Career talks, and Research Fair.

Below is an interview with Aliena Mari P. Miranda by Ateneo Physics News:

1. How did you arrive at Ateneo de Manila University from high school?

I’m from Pasig City Science High School. I entered the Applied Physics/MSE program because I was interested in working on nanotechnology. Studying in a science high school helped cultivate my interest in the sciences, and luckily I was granted a scholarship to the Ateneo so I could pursue this interest.

2. What is the significance of your research?

With rampant pollution and limited resources, there is high interest in producing energy storage using environmentally-friendly methods and abundant materials. One device of interest is the supercapacitor, which, unlike the conventional dielectric capacitor, makes use of an electrolyte separated by a porous membrane. The electrodes have to be conductive, and have to have a high surface area to increase the energy it stores. Metal oxides such as iron oxide and manganese oxide have high specific capacitances but they suffer from low conductivity and low surface area. To address this, these metal oxides can be deposited in nanoparticle form onto graphene to increase their surface area and conductivity. The research shows that effective supercapacitor electrodes made of metal oxide-graphene nanocomposites can be created using green synthesis methods such as direct exfoliation and microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis, addressing the need to replace energy-intensive methods and toxic reagents. It also shows that iron oxide and manganese oxide increase the specific capacitance of graphene as the nanocomposites had higher specific capacitances compared to plain graphene.

3. Is this research a continuation of your BS Applied Physics thesis?

This research isn’t a continuation of my BS Applied Physics thesis, so the toughest part was getting used to the lab protocols for working in a chemistry laboratory. Working in a chemistry laboratory taught me to be more meticulous with my work especially since the reagents and tools we were using could be expensive.

I did my Applied Physics thesis under Dr. Christian Mahinay at the Vacuum Coating and Plasma laboratory where I worked on the characterization of DC-magnetron argon plasma using a Langmuir probe that I designed. I decided to start a different study for my MSE thesis because I was interested in Dr. Enriquez’s work on supercapacitors. Luckily, Mark Cabello, a previous graduate student, had been working on creating metal oxide graphene nanocomposites but they were designed for dye-sensitized solar cells, so Dr. Enriquez advised me to work from there to develop supercapacitor electrodes.

4. What motivated you to join the contest?

I was motivated to join the contest because my friends and I joined the quiz bee in the same summit two years ago. Our professor in an MSE class, Dr. Jose Mario A. Diaz, told us we’d get bonus points if we won the quiz bee. Unfortunately, we didn’t win then, so I kept my eye on the summit and decided my MSE thesis was good material for the research fair. A block mate, and an org mate joined the research fair as well so we cheered for each other during the oral presentations.

Students should be encouraged to talk about their work with others so that they can get feedback from people other than their peers and teachers in their school. We got to interact with students from different universities and learn about their work, and it helped build this sense of community knowing that science is alive and well all around the country, although it could be better if more support was given and more resources were shared. One of the professors commented that I could approach them to use their facilities since I was having difficulties with characterization. Events like this MSE Summit gives me hope that science can flourish as a field in the Philippines.

5. Were you able to make it to the BPI-DOST awards?

Yes, I am one of the two awardees from the Ateneo to the BPI-DOST Science Awards. They decided to cut the nominees from three last year down to just two this year so the competition was tougher. I thought I wouldn’t make it because one of the panelists commented he didn’t understand my methodology, but somehow it worked out in the end. The results have not been announced online but we were emailed letters last week. The other awardee is Kariz Bautista, a fourth year BS Chemistry/MSE student who worked on modified nanocellulose derived from hyacinths under Dr. Jose Mario Diaz. The awarding ceremony is on 5 June 2018.

6. What are your future plans in 5 years?

I’m currently waiting for the results of my application for the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship. My blockmate and I have passed the second screening, which was under the university we’re applying to, and now we’re waiting for the results of the third screening under the Japanese Government. In the meantime, I plan to finish my reading list and pick up a few online classes. If I don’t get into the scholarship, I plan on working in the construction industry.

7. Was your paper already published?

No, my paper has not been published yet. I haven’t had the time to make my work suitable for publication, and there’s still a lot to do.

8. Any parting words?

Getting started seems tough but it’s a crucial step. Don’t let your inhibitions get the best of you. I started studying physics not really knowing what I got myself into, but I braced myself for the ride. I can’t say I’ve always been passionate for physics, but sometimes you just have to grit your teeth and work through it.

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Certificate of Recognition of Aliena Mari P. Miranda for winning the Best in Oral Presentation (Undergraduate Cluster) at the MSE Summit 2018 Research Fair in University of the Philippines-Diliman last 16-17 March 2018.

Erasmus+ ARTIST project for science teaching innovation at AdMU: An interview with Mr. Ivan Culaba of the Physics Department

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The ARTIST partners during the kick-off meeting at University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany on January 2017. In the photo are Dr. Joel Maquiling (back row, 3rd from the left) and Mr. Ivan Culaba (back row, 2nd from the right) of the Department of Physics, School of Science and Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University. Source: Action Research To Innovate Science Teaching (ARTIST)

by Quirino Sugon Jr

Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University-Manila were chosen by the European Union’s Erasmus+ Program as its two partner universities in the Philippines for the ARTIST (Action Research To Innovate Science Teaching) project. The other eight partner universities are University of Bremen (Germany), Ilia State University (Georgia), Alpe-Adria-University (Austria), University of Limerick (Ireland), Gazi University (Turkey), Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University (Georgia), The Academic Arab College of Education (Israel), and Oranim Academic College of Education (Israel). The project coordinators are Prof. Dr. Ingo Eilks of the University of Bremen and Prof. Dr. Marika Kapanadze of Ilia State University.

The ARTIST project aims to innovate science education through classroom‐based and teacher‐driven Action Research–a cycle of innovation, research, reflection and improvement–by forming networks of higher education institutions, schools and industry partners in each partner country. The ARTIST project allows the partner universities to acquire state-of-the art audio-visual and science equipment for teacher trainings and instructions. Training materials on action research will be developed and used in workshops and courses.

Below is an interview with Mr. Ivan Culaba, manager of the ARTIST project in Ateneo de Manila University.

1. What is your role in the project?  Are there other AdMU faculty involved here? 

I am the manager of the ARTIST project in Ateneo. In the Department of Physics, Dr. Joel T. Maquiling and Ms. Johanna Mae M.  Indias are also involved in the project. Joel has accompanied me in the meetings and helped in the presentations. Joel and Johanna helped in the identification of possible industry partners. Johanna also visited the high schools for evaluation as possible network partners. Ms. Via Lereinne B. Chuavon of the Office of Social Concern and Involvement assisted us in the networking with high schools and communications with the Schools Division Office of Marikina City. I also had very constructive discussions with Mr. Christopher Peabody of the Department of Chemistry. Mr. Tirso U. Raza, of the Office of Facilities and Sustainability has assisted us in finding the source of the audio visual equipment and in the preparation of the rooms for their installation. Our technicians, Mr, Numeriano Melaya, Mr. Colombo Enaje, Jr. and Mr. Ruel Agas have been working on making the ADMU ARTIST Network Center and Physics Education Resource Center (F-230, Faura Hall) become functional.

 

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Action Research for the Reflective Practitioner workshop at Ateneo de Manila University, 7 April 2017

3. How did you get involved in the project?

 

This project was conceived by Prof. Eilks and Prof. Kapanadze after their successful implementation of TEMPUS project SALiS. I met Prof. Kanapadze during the Active Learning in Optics and Photonics workshop at Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia in 2014, where she was the organizer. She invited me into the ARTIST project and I extended the same invitation to Dr. Lydia Roleda of the De La Salle University-Manila.

I became interested in the ARTIST project since we had just started with the NSTP activity wherein our Physics majors were assigned to Sta. Elena High School for the area engagements. While our students were facilitating in the high school students’ physics activities we were also engaged in the Physics training of the science teachers in the same school. We thought that the high schools would immensely benefit from the ARTIST project in line with the university’s thrust for greater social involvement and service learning.

The ARTIST project was approved by the EU commission on October 2016 but the first tranche of the budget was released on January 2017.

4. What were your ARTIST meetings in Europe all about? 

The kick-off meeting was held at the University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany on 18-20 January 2017. It was the first time that we met our collaborators in the project. The objectives of the project, deliverables, work plans, and financial management among other topics were discussed. The second meeting was held at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Vienna, Austria on 14-15 September 2017. Progress reports on the networking with schools and industries, financial status of each partner university, scheduling of the workshops, planning of the e-journal ARISE and other matters were discussed in the meeting. The EU officials were not present in the meeting.

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Physics Education Resource Center (PERC) and ARTIST Network office Room F-230, Faura Hall

5. How is the Physics Education Resource Center in Faura Hall?  

I am very happy that we now have a Physics Education Resource Center (PERC) where the Physics Education group can meet and hold meetings and where the valuable lecture demonstration experiment set-ups can be displayed and made accessible to the faculty of the Department. A number of the demos have been transferred from F-229 and SEC C labs to PERC. Acquisition and development of lecture demonstration experiments will be a continuing process. The next step is the documentation of the resources so that the faculty may know what demos are available and how to use them.

The room will also serve as the office of the ARTIST project. The science equipment which will be purchased under this project will be placed in this room. We have ordered Physics equipment which are aligned to the Physics topics in Grades 7-10, although they may also be used for senior high school Physics. The list covers mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, waves and sound, optics and electromagnetism. There will also be materials which will be locally fabricated like ticker taper timers, circuit boards and Plexiglass lenses.

6. What are upcoming activities of the ARTIST project for this year?

We have held two seminar-workshops on Action Research. The first one was held on August last year in Ateneo de Manila. Prof. Maricar S. Prudente, who is an expert in Action Research, was the main speaker. The facilitators were Dr. Lydia S. Roleda, Dr. Minie Rose C. Lapinid and Dr. Socorro C. Aguja. They are all from the Science Department, Bro. Andrew Gonzales, FSC College of Education, De La Salle University. There were about ten participants from Roosevelt College, Inc. and some graduate students.

The second seminar-workshop was held recently on 7 April 2018 at Faura Hall, Ateneo de Manila. It was organized by the ARTIST team of Ateneo and De La Salle. The same team of speaker and facilitators from De La Salle University ran the seminar-workshop. A total of 31 participants from the ARTIST network of high schools – Parang High School, Sta. Elena High School, Marikina High School, Colegio de San Agustin, and graduate students in MS Science Education attended the workshop.

Another workshop on Action Research will be held on 15-18 May 2018 at De La Salle University-Manila. The ARTIST partners from Germany, Ireland, Austria, Georgia and Israel will facilitate the workshop. The first three days will be spent on understanding AR and writing AR proposals by selected teacher-participants. There will be an AR symposium, open to other teachers, on the fourth day where AR case studies will be presented.

Come October 2018 the workshop on Action Research and a meeting of the collaborators will be held in Haifa, Israel.

7. Any parting thoughts?

We hope that this project will have a positive impact on the way science is taught in the partner high schools and the lessons learned from these experiences may be adapted by other schools in the country.

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Participants of Action Research for the Reflective Practitioner workshop at Ateneo de Manila University, 4 August 2017