[Blueboard] University Traditions: The Science and Engineering Interviews Book Launch

Ma. Hilda R. Tarroc mtarroc at ateneo.edu
Mon Mar 11 14:21:40 PHT 2013


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New volume of University Traditions highlights Ateneo’s tradition of
science and engineering for nation building

How is the science and engineering education offered by the Ateneo de
Manila University different from that of other universities? A few of
Ateneo's most distinguished professors offer answers to this question in a
new book. According to Dr. Fabian Dayrit (Chemistry), the Ateneo teaches
its students not only to be competent in doing things, but to be competent
in doing the *right* things. As he puts it, "You want to be competent for a
purpose."

This purpose is expressed in practical terms by Dr. Jose Marasigan
(Mathematics), who notes that a successful math department should always be
attuned to what is needed outside the university. "You cannot just… offer
what you want," he says, "We have to look at what the country needs."

Today, a new generation of science and engineering students takes to heart
the values espoused by these pioneering professors. A survey of student and
faculty research today shows a diverse range of technologies being used and
developed in order to address concerns in the areas of public health,
environmental management, and sustainable development.

*University Traditions: The Science and Engineering Interviews* chronicles
the history of the sciences in the University through the voices of fifteen
outstanding faculty members and a few of their students. The book provides
a unique, personal perspective on the scientific life in an academic
institution such as the Ateneo.

The *University Traditions* series is edited by multi-awarded poet and
editor Ramón C. Sunico. The first volume in the series, *The Humanities
Interviews*, earned the National Book Award in Education in 2006. The
second volume, *The Social Sciences Interviews*, was launched in 2010.

*University Traditions: The Science and Engineering Interviews* will be
launched on Monday, March 11, 2013, 4:30pm, at the New Rizal Library,
Ateneo de Manila University. The book will be available at a special price
during the launch. For orders, please contact Chanda Policarpio at 4266001
local 4016, or email cpolicarpio at ateneo.edu.
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