NAST honors four UP scientists

by Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc, UP MPRO

The Philippine National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), the country’s highest recognition body in science and technology, announced the elevation of another UP scientist to the Academy, and the granting of its 2017 awards to three other UP scientists.

In a letter to UP President Danilo Concepcion, NAST Director Luningning Samarita-Domingo said Cesar Villanoy (Physical Oceanography, UP Diliman) has been named member of the Academy.

2017 NAST Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) awards will be given to Phillip Alviola (Biology, UP Los Baños), Nathaniel Hermosa II (Physics, UP Diliman, in Physics) and Aletta Concepcion Yñiguez (Marine Biology and Fisheries, UP Diliman).

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Villanoy, Alviola, Hermosa II and  Yñiguez will receive medals, trophies, and cash prizes at an awarding ceremony on July 13, 2017 at the Manila Hotel.

Villanoy is a UPLB BS Zoology alumnus. He earned his MS and PhD degrees in Physical Oceanography from the University of Sydney.  He is a Professor at the UP Marine Science Institute. His publications include extensive research on milkfish feed, phytoplankton and algal blooms, upwelling areas and movement of water, biophysical environments of water bodies, and satellite remote sensing of Spratly Islands. He led the Benham Bank expeditions in 2016 and 2014.

Alviola obtained his BS Biology and MS in Wildlife Studies from UP Los Baños. He is also the curator of UPLB’s Museum of Natural History for small and volant mammals.

Hermosa earned his BS (Applied Physics), MS and PhD (Physics) degrees from UP Diliman. Currently, he is the program coordinator of the UP National Institute of Physics (NIP) Photonics Research Laboratory.

Yñiguez is a UPLB BS Biology alumnus. She earned her PhD in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the University of Miami. She is an Assistant Professor at the UP Marine Science Institute, where she continues to work on population and ecosystem dynamics, and ecological modeling and management. (Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc, UP MPRO)