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Four members of the Department of Science and Technology-National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP) made it to the Top 100 Scientists in Asia of Asian Scientist Magazine.

 
   

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In the prestigious list are: Dr. Rosalinda Torres, NRCP Division X-Chemical Sciences, Department of Science and Technology-Industrial and Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI); Dr. Marissa Paglicawan, NRCP Division VII-Engineering and Industrial Research, DOST-ITDI; Dr. Elmer Dadios, NRCP Division VII-Engineering and Industrial Research, De La Salle University; and Dr. Gay Jane Perez, NRCP Division IX-Physics, University of the Philippines Diliman, Environmental Sciences and Geology.

Dr. Torres, Regular NRCP member, was hailed for her research on the larvicidal ability of Philippine medicinal plants. She also received the 2018 Gregorio Zara Award for Basic Science Research. Scientist Torres has also filed eight patents and produced a monograph “Screening for Larvicidal Activity of Philippine Medicinal Plants” from her NRCP funded research titled, Extraction, Characterization and Bio-assay for Larvicidal and Adulticidal Activity of Some Philippine Medicinal Plants.

Dr. Paglicawan was recognized for her research on turning Manila hemp or abaca into an engineering material. Scientist Paglicawan, a Regular NRCP member, was also awarded the 2018 Gregorio Zara Award for Applied Science Research.

On the other hand, Dr. Dadios received the 2018 David M. Consunji Award for Engineering Research for his work on swarm robotics and artificial intelligence. Dr. Dadios was one of the speakers during the NRCP Annual Scientific Conference and 86th General Membership Assembly with the theme “Humanizing the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. He’s also a speaker on May 23, 2019 in UP Iloilo for the NRCP Visayas Regional Cluster and 16th General Membership Assembly with the same theme “Humanizing the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

Dr. Perez, Associate NRCP member, was recognized for her research using satellite data to improve agriculture for precision farming. Perez is the first Filipino to win the ASEAN-US Science Dr. Prize for Women, an award to encourage promising female scientists working in Southeast Asia.

The 100 scientists were hailed by The Asian Scientist Magazine, an award-winning science and technology magazine that highlights research and development news stories from Asia.

Other four Filipino Scientists who also made to the Top 100 are: Dr. Artemio Salazar, University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños for Agriculture; Rody Sy, UP Manila for Biomedical Science; Ricardo Balog, University of Sto. Tomas; and Dr. Charissa Marcaida Ferrera, UP Diliman for Life Sciences.

The Asian Scientist Magazine started to compile the list of Asia’s most outstanding researchers since 2016. On its fourth year, the Asian Scientist 100: 2019 edition revels the success of Asia’s best and brightest, highlighting the scientists’ achievements across a range of scientific disciplines.

These Filipino scientists were included in the prestigious award for having received a national or international award in 2018 in their field of research. Otherwise, the scientist must have made a significant scientific discovery or provided leadership in academia or industry.

Asian Scientist Magazine is a Singapore-based online and print magazine and an award-winning science and technology magazine that highlights research and development news stories from Asia to a global audience.