National Scientist Ramon C. Barba, A Renowned Scientist on the Innovation of Mangoes Propagation Dies At 82
Dr. Ramon C. Barba, the scientist behind the year-round availability of fresh mangoes, has passed away on October 10, 2021 at the age of 82.
Dr. Barba was known for his distinguished achievements in the field of plant physiology, focusing on induction of flowering of mango and on micropropagation of important crop species that have earned him national and international accolades. He pioneered the induction of flowering and fruiting of mango resulted to availability of abundant fresh mangoes all year-round. He developed the plant growth enhancer, using potassium nitrate, which was locally and internationally patented. He also worked on the micropropagation of sugarcane and bananas. This significant breakthrough in flower induction and micropropagation has been adopted by other countries producing fruit trees.
ISABELA –The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL), in partnership with Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Office II and PSTC Isabela, will conduct the ScienTeach: A Virtual Symposium for the Youth in Isabela on October 5, 2021 at 10:00 AM via Zoom with a live broadcast on the NAST PHL, DOST REGION 2 and PSTC ISABELA social media accounts. This symposium is open for all junior and senior high school students.
Four expert scientists are invited to the symposium as resource speakers to share their knowledge on their field of expertise. These are: Academician Rex Victor O. Cruz, an expert in watershed management and climate change; Academician Arnel N. del Barrio, a leading scientist in the field of ruminant nutrition; Academician Mudjekeewis Santos, a foremost scientist in marine ecosystem; and Academician Eufemio T. Rasco Jr., a plant breeder and former science administrator. The event will be moderated by Dr. Reynante L. Ordonio of the Philippine Rice Research Institute, a 2021 Outstanding Young Scientist awardee.
BICUTAN, TAGUIG CITY — The Philippine Science Heritage Center (PSHC), under the management of the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL), will conduct the “Meet Your Scientist (MYS): Exploring the Philippine Space Science Programs” on 30 September 2021, 10:00 AM, via Zoom and Facebook Live.
In celebration of the World Space Week 2021, with the theme “Women In Space”, PSHC invited Dr. Maricor Soriano, program leader of STAMINA4Space and 2006 Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) awardee, to talk about building stamina for space. Dr. Gay Jane Perez, Deputy General Director of Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) and 2021 OYS awardee, is also invited to talk about building a space ecosystem. Dr. Betchaida Payot, Assistant Professor from the University of the Philippines Diliman and 2020 OYS awardee, will moderate the said event.
In this event, renowned Filipino scientists are invited to share their knowledge and experiences on the chosen topic. It also serves as a platform to encourage the youth to pursue a career path in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), increase awareness of the young minds on space science, and celebrate the contribution and knowledge of the Filipino scientists.Interested participants may still register at https://bit.ly/MYSSpaceScience. e-Certificates will be given to those who registered and attended the webinar. (Angelito Navarro/NAST PHL)
Philippine Science Heritage Center is under the management of the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL). An attached agency to the Department of Science and Technology, NAST PHL is mandated by law to advise the President and the Cabinet on matters related to S&T. For details, visit www.pshc.nast.ph and www.nast.ph.