[Blueboard] Ateneo Physics News

Quirino Jr. M. Sugon qsugon at ateneo.edu
Fri Dec 9 13:36:38 PHT 2016

1. Manila Observatory’s 150th Anniversary Exhibitions: Discoveries,
Transitions, and Frontiers

In celebration of its 150th anniversary last 25 September 2015, the Manila
Observatory presented three exhibitions: Discoveries (1865–1940),
Transitions (1940–1990), and Frontiers (1990- Present). The Exhibitions
were housed at the Solar Research Building. This building was designed to
house the spectroheliograph which was operated by Fr. Richard A. Miller,
SJ, Fr. James J. Hennessey, SJ and Fr. Francis J. Heyden, SJ from 1965 up
to the late 1990s. The members of MO's 150th Anniversary Exhibition
Committee came from different research programs of the observatory: Dr.
Obiminda Cambaliza (Committee Head), Niño Uy and Melliza T. Cruz of UAQ /
ITD (Urban Air Quality / Instrumentation Technology Development), Randell
G. Teodoro of SED (Solid Earth Dynamics), Dr. Quirino M. Sugon Jr. of UAD
(Upper Atmosphere Dynamics), and Mariel Templanza of Archives. Yael A.
Buencamino, Managing Curator of the Ateneo Art Gallery, served as project

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2. Highlights of Manila Observatory’s 150th Anniversary Conference

Manila Observatory inaugurated its 150th anniversary with an international
conference entitled, Scientific Frontiers: Serving the Peripheries in Times
of Change, which was held last 25 September 2016, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the
observatory’s Fr. Francis J. Heyden, SJ Hall. Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin,
SJ, President of Ateneo de Manila University and Chair- man of MO’s Board
of Trustees gave the Welcome Remarks, while Executive Director Ma. Antonia
Yulo Loyzaga gave the Opening Remarks. The keynote speaker was Fr. Agustin
Udias, SJ of Catedra de Geofisica, Faculty of Physical Science, Universidad
Complutense, Madrid. Fr. Udias is the author of the book, Searching the
Heavens and the Earth: The History of Jesuit Observatories (2003). A
section in the book featured Manila Observatory. Fr. Udias was introduced
by Fr. Daniel J. McNamara, SJ, MO’s Science Director. The recorded video
presentation of Fr. Udias was then followed by 30-minute presentations of
other resource speakers with 15-minute open forums. Dr. Gemma Teresa T.
Narisma, MO’s Associate Director for Research and Program Manager of
Regional Climate Systems, gave a 20-minute talk on MO’s Science Agenda and
Director Antonia Yulo Loyzaga gave the Closing Remarks. After the program,
the speakers and guests were given a tour of Manila Observatory’s
Exhibition at the Solar Research Building which showcased the instruments,
photos, and other memorabilia in MO’s 150-year history.

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Dr. Quirino Sugon Jr.

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Ateneo de Manila University (on
Program Manager, Upper Atmosphere Dynamics, Manila Observatory (on leave)
Associate Professor, International Center for Space Weather Science and
Education, Kyushu University
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