Ateneo math professor wins prestigious international award for Inquirer column
For her Philippine Daily Inquirer column on math and science, Ateneo Prof. Queena Lee-Chua has recently won the first Regional Prize for Public Understanding of Science in the East and Southeast Asia and the Pacific from the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). According to Inquirer.net, Chua will receive the award together with Mahaletchumy Arujana, executive director of the Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre. Each of them will receive $2,000 at the awarding ceremony to be held soon in the region.
Chua has been writing her "Eureka!" column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer since 1991. She told Inquirer.net, "I know that the general public appreciates the column, from the volume of mail I receive, but to get validation from internationally renowned scientists and a prestigious science organization is certainly an honor, and I am humbled."
A Math and Psychology professor at Ateneo de Manila University, Chua has written 25 books, the latest of which is Learning: What Parents, Teachers and Students Should Know. According to Ateneo.edu, she has received many awards including the Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (2001) and the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Teachers (2003). For an essay on popular math, she also won a Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2001. According to Inquirer.net, she graduated from Ateneo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Math. There, she also took up a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology.
Founded in 1983, TWAS aims to "promote scientific excellence and capacity for science-based sustainable development" in developing countries.