The Philippines Nuclear Journal (PNJ) is the official publication of the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (formerly the Philippine Atomic Energy Commission). It is devoted exclusively to accounts of researches, studies and activities on nuclear energy and related fields carried out in the Philippines, or by Filipinos in investigations done outside the country.
As of date, the publication of PNJ is now in its 14th volume. The quality of the Journal is maintained through strict reviews of technical papers submitted for publication by the Board of Editors and Panels of External Editors.
It is envisioned that through PNJ, scientists could harness the potentials of resolving the socio-economic challenges in the country and maximize the resources available in meeting these challenges.
The 2004 issue of PNJ includes five technical papers, five short communications and a commemorative essay. The commemorative essay on the experimental detonation of a nuclear device in 1958 in circumterrestrial space is dedicated in honor of the first death anniversary of Ilya Progogine, the 1977 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry,. The technical papers focus on different applications of nuclear S&T in agriculture, environment and physical science while the various short communications are initial studies that form the core of comprehensive investigative works in the future.
The PNJ is distributed to various school libraries and other government agencies. Its publication is funded by the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute.
The Philippine government through the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) will host the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) - Regional Cooperative Agreement (RCA) Meeting on Modification of Natural Polymers through Radiation Processing on 13-17 December 2004 at the PNRI Compound, Quezon City. The meeting aims to disseminate information and knowledge on radiation processing of natural polymers; to demonstrate the application of irradiated products for agriculture, healthcare and environment protection; and to disseminate knowledge enabling participants to plan application of the technology based on raw materials utilization.
The meeting is expected to provide knowledge on radiation technologies applications, including their advantages over the conventional technologies; training on the safe use of radiation for materials processing; and an increased capacity to utilize the acquired knowledge and skills in the planning and implementation of these processes at a national level.
The meeting, which will be attended by thirteen participants from twelve countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The PNRI Director, Dr. Alumanda M. Dela Rosa is the Philippine National Project Coordinator.
Dec. 6-11, 2004: Dr. Cherif Hadj Slimane, Director, Office Programme Development and Performance Assessment of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Dr. Reyad Kamel, Acting Section Head, Asia and Pacific Section of the IAEA; Dr. Peter Roberts, IAEA Expert on sustainability of Research Institutions and Ms. Florence Boisson, IAEA Technical Officer of the Harmful Algal Blooms project, are visiting the Philippines to review and assess the research and development institutions (RDIs) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), particularly in relation to nuclear technology. A seminar on the Technical Cooperation (TC) Programme of the IAEA was conducted at DOST, and a meeting with the heads of DOST's RDIs was also held early in the week for this purpose. The mission also covered a programme review of ongoing IAEA TC Projects, update of the Country Programme Framework and discussions on the IAEA 2005-2006 TC Programme in the Philippines.
Dec. 10, 2004: Dr. Jong Hyun Kim and Associate Professor Gyuseong Cho of the Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering (NQe) of the Korea Advance Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Dr. Dae Ki Kim of the Regional Cooperative Agreement (RCA) Regional Office will visit the Philippines on December 10, 2004. The mission will give a tlak/orientation at the PNRI for engineering graduates and/or graduating students from the University of the Philippines, aiming to encourage the students to pursue a Master's degree program in Nuclear Engineering at the KAIST. The graduate program is being supported by KAIST and the Korean government, under a cooperative project of the International Atomic Energy Agency/Regional Cooperative Agreement (IAEA/RCA). A similar forum will be held at the Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT) in Manila with students from the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) and De La Salle University (DLSU) participating.
Dec. 13-17, 2004: Mr. Kun Mo Choi, Director of the Regional Cooperative Agreement Regional Office (RCARO) and Mr. John Chung, Programme Officer of the RCARO will visit the Philippines in connection with the RCA Regional Meeting on Modification of Natural Polymers through Radiation Processing. Mr. Choi and Mr. Chung will present the projects and other activities being undertaken by the RCARO. The RCARO is mandated to increase RCA awareness to its stakeholders, including the public, and to promote additional partnerships for RCA projects for better RCA visibility and viability in the region.
The Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology announces the holding of the Nuclear Science Quiz 2004 for high school students in Metro Manila on December 8.
The Nuclear Science Quiz is one of the highlights of the 32nd Atomic Energy Week celebration on December 6-10 at the PNRI compound in Diliman, Quezon City . The quiz aims to develop the interest of the Filipino youth in nuclear science and to promote awareness on the beneficial uses of nuclear energy among high school students.
Students from public and private secondary schools from the 14 school divisions in the National Capital Region will compete during the elimination round on November 26 at the PNRI.
The top three schools in each of the school divisions in the elimination round will compete in the semi-final round. The top five teams in the semi-finals will qualify for the final round. The semi-final and the final rounds will be held at the PNRI Auditorium on December 8.
The winning teams in the quiz will receive the following cash prizes: first place – P8,000; second place – P6,000; Third place – P4,000. Each school represented by the winners will receive a trophy.
For more information on the Nuclear Science Quiz, please call Roel A. Loteri?a, chairperson, AEW Special Events Committee, at 929 6010 to 19 local 285 or 920 8796 or Percedita Cansino, 920 8788or 929 6010 local 236.
The PNRI is inviting the public, especially students and teachers, to the open house celebration of the 32nd Atomic Energy Week. Visitors will be given free guided tours to PNRI’s nuclear research laboratories and service facilities, video showing and viewing of exhibits on the beneficial uses of nuclear technology.