Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering

 PAASE President's Corner 

December 23, 2015

Dear PAASE colleagues,

For 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.

The 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 program.

Incidentally, 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.

PAASE’s 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.

Finally, I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a fruitful, productive New Year ahead!


Best regards,

Raymond R. Tan

2015 PAASE President