[Blueboard] Ateneo Physics News

Quirino Jr. M. Sugon qsugon at ateneo.edu
Wed Nov 4 20:30:40 PHT 2015


PLENARY SPEECH OF DR. JOHN BURTKENLY ONG DURING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE
PHYSICS DEPARTMENT

Introduction of the Speaker by Dr. James Simpas
by Dr. James Bernard Simpas

John graduated from these hallowed halls way back in 1991 with a BS in
Physics. His academic career took him through an MS in Geology from UP, a
Ph.D. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (specialization in hydrogeology)
from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and subsequent post-doctoral work
with the US Geological Survey at the University of Connecticut. But the
above credentials, impressive as they are, are only a part of what makes
John inspiring. His unique passion to apply science for community service
and development work moved him from Physics into hydrogeology. This was
manifest in his early work on developing instrumentation to study rivers
and flooding, to geological surveys and mapping, to research on groundwater
and landslides for the benefit of poor communities and indigenous peoples.
The citation for the Xavier-Kuangchi Exemplary Alumni Award he was given in
2007 states, “He is considered a modern ‘technical’ missionary who does not
evangelize in the traditional sense, but is significantly transforming
lives of indigenous peoples while preserving their cultural heritage for
future generations.” For his work, he was also recognized as one of the
TOYM for Community Service in 2003—the only Physics major to have received
this award so far. John’s career path is a classic example of Ignatian
discernment—seeking one’s vocation by finding where one’s greatest gifts
meet the world’s greatest need.

Read more:
https://ateneophysicsnews.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/plenary-speech-of-dr-john-burtkenly-ong-during-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-physics-department/

-- 
Dr. Quirino Sugon Jr.

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Ateneo de Manila University
Program Manager, Upper Atmosphere Dynamics, Manila Observatory
Phone: 63-2-4266001 local 4850
http://quirinosugonjr.blogspot.com
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