December 23, 2015
more than three decades now, PAASE has sustained a prolonged campaign to
intensify scientific work of researchers of Filipino descent. Drawing on the
collective talent of Philippine diaspora in the US and elsewhere, PAASE’s
efforts became instrumental in scientific capacity building in the Philippines.
The academy has grown in numbers (by one order of magnitude!), and, after the
turn of the century, recruitment of Philippine-based members also expanded significantly.
end of 2015 marks the close of another chapter in the history of PAASE. One of
our major milestones was the 2015 APAMS, which was held at De La Salle
University in Manila in February of this year. The event featured scientific
sessions, along with roundtable workshops with stakeholders from Philippine
industry and government (including CHED and DOST). The Koh Lectureships were
awarded to Dr. Ernesto Pernia and Dr. Gonzalo Serafica, and our journal, Philippine Science Letters, was relaunched
as the International Journal of Philippine Science and Technology with the support of USAID’s STRIDE
our de facto partnership with STRIDE has been one of the key success stories of
2015. Support for research, scholarships and networking under STRIDE are
perfectly complementary with the scientific talent pool that PAASE represents.
More such opportunities for joint work can be expected in the near future. This
year, we also welcomed six new full members and one new associate member. The
infusion of fresh talent into our ranks will serve to ensure the sustained
long-term growth of PAASE, just as the many professional achievements of our
current members in 2015 serve to demonstrate the depth of talent that the
academy represents. Sadly, this was also the year that 2010 Chemistry Nobel Laureate
Richard Heck passed away after protracted illness. Heck, who graced the 2011
APAMS as our guest of honor, will of course be remembered as an inspirational
figure for young scientists throughout the world.
efforts mesh quite nicely with the positive economic outlook for the
Philippines. Never in our history as an organization has there been such reason
for optimism. This period of unprecedented growth represents an opportunity to
build our scientific talent pool, and thus catalyze further development with
firm scientific and technological foundations. Meanwhile, our members continue
to spearhead initiatives aimed at increasing the productivity level and impact
of scientific work in the Philippines; we will also strive to ensure the growth
of the careers of scientists of Filipino descent, wherever they may be based. The
time has now come to pass the torch to a new team of PAASE officers, led by our
new president, Dr. Xenia Tigno. In particular, we all look forward to the next
APAMS, which is to be hosted by George Washington University.
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a fruitful, productive New Year ahead!
Raymond R. Tan
2015 PAASE President