Friday, March 21, 2014

SPP 2013 Physics Congress Plenary Speaker: Christopher Go

Christopher Go lives on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. He has been an amateur astronomer since 1986, the year of the return of Halley's Comet. He studied at the University of San Carlos where he received a BS in physics. While a student there, Chris and friends organized the University's Astronomical Society. Chris's main astronomical interests are planetary Christopher Go lives on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. He has been an amateur astronomer since 1986, the year of the return of Halley's Comet. He studied at the University of San Carlos where he received a BS in physics. While a student there, Chris and friends organized the University's Astronomical Society. Chris's main astronomical interests are planetary imaging, particularly of Jupiter and Saturn. In February 2006, Chris Go discovered that the white spot Oval BA of Jupiter (later called Red Spot Jr.) had turned red. He joined planetary scientists Imke de Pater and Phil Marcus to observe Jupiter in the spring of 2006 with the Hubble Space Telescope. He was also involved with follow-up Hubble and Keck observations of Jupiter. In 2008, he received the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers' prestigious Walter Haas Award. In June 3, 2010, he co-discovered the Superbolide impact on Jupiter with Anthony Wesley. Professionally, he is a businessman into furniture manufacturing. He is married to wife Vicky and has four children: Steven, Kathlyn, Frances and Vincent

SPP 2013 Physics Congress Plenary Speaker: Reinabelle Reyes

Dr. Reina Reyes is a postdoctoral fellow at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago. She got her Ph.D. in astrophysical sciences from Princeton University (2011), Diploma in high energy physics from Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (2006), B.S. in Physics from Ateneo de Manila University, summa cum laude (2005). She is also an alumna of the Philippine Science High School in Diliman (2001).

SPP 2013 Physics Congress Plenary Speaker: Mitsuru Uesaka

Prof. Uesaka became a Dr. of Engineering in 1985 after he graduated from The University of Tokyo (School of Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Department). His fields of interest include Quantum Beam Engineering, Advanced Compact Accelerator Development, Medical Physics, and Condition-based Maintenance Technology. He is currently a Professor at the Nuclear Professional School, School of Engineering, University of Tokyo.

SPP 2013 Physics Congress Plenary Speaker: Gijs Wuite

Dr. Gijs Wuite obtained his Ph.D. in biophysics in 2000. Since 2001 he has led his own group at the VU University Amsterdam and in 2009 was appointed to full professor. In his research he has successfully applied quantitative physical tools to investigate fundamental problems in biology, and to search for the unification of apparently unrelated biological phenomena. Moreover, he has been at the front of recent new and fast developments of biophysical techniques that have enabled visualization, manipulation and control of complex biological reactions. His work has appeared in journals such as Nature, Science, PNAS and Physical Review Letters. His research has been awarded with the prestigious ERC-consolidator grant.

SPP 2013 Physics Congress Plenary Speaker: Francis Norman Paraan

Dr. Francis N. C. Paraan is a physicist and a faculty member of the National Institute of Physics at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He specializes in quantum theory and statistical mechanics. He obtained his BS degree in Applied Physics (2006) and MS degree in Physics (2007) from U.P. Diliman. He later spent a year at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics where he completed a diploma course in condensed matter. He obtained his Ph. D. in Physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he also worked as a research assistant for the C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics. He is currently the program coordinator of the Structure and Dynamics Group of the NIP.