Elsevier workshop: “How to write a great research paper and get it accepted by a good journal”

The Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Creative Work and Elsevier would like to invite all researchers, faculty and graduate students to a FREE Authors’ Workshop on August 30 at CTC 201.

The speaker is Dr. Valerie M. Teng-Broug. She is one of the journal publishers of Elsevier who for over 17 years has held various publishing positions in economics, econometrics, finance and now mathematical sciences. For this workshop, the speaker will be discussing the general guidelines and best practices in preparing manuscripts for submission.

Following are the details of the workshop:

Topic : How to Write a Great Research Paper, and Get it Accepted by a Good Journal

Major Sections of the workshop:

  •  What steps do I need to take before I write my paper?
  • Using citation database to evaluate journals, authors and collaborators
  • How can I ensure I am using proper manuscript language?
  • How do I build up my article properly?
  • What are the author?s responsibilities & rights?*

Date : August 30, 2013 (Friday)

Time : 10:00 am to 12:30 pm (9:30 am ? on-site registration)

Venue : CTC 201, PLDT Convergent Technologies Center, School of Science
and Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

This workshop is considered as a TFI follow-up session.

Registration is FREE. Sign up now at: http://asia.elsevier.com/ADMUpublishing


Job opening for Computer Systems Assistant at Manila Observatory

Seal of Manila Observatory

Seal of Manila Observatory

The MANILA OBSERVATORY, a Jesuit institution engaged in scientific research, invites applicants for the following position:


Job Description:

Operation and Maintenance

1. Draft and recommend the most applicable computer specifications or computing resource for specific application needs of the research programs

2. Assist in the acquisition of computing resource to ensure that the acquired equipment best suits the need

3. Assemble, set up and operationalize newly acquired computers/computing systems, including workstations and database servers. This requires studying the most efficient set up to maximize the full potential of
the acquired computers aside from installing operating systems/s and application software/s, and configuring computer peripheral device/s

4. Ensure the reliability and functionality of a computer through software installations and regular maintenance. This means that the computers must be scheduled for system check up in a regular basis. This will include:

  • Cleaning the computer hardware
  • Checking the computer software for errors and updates
  • Installing the necessary softwares that are required by the research programs
  • Ensuring the compatibility of the hardware and software of the computer
  • Assist in the upgrade/maintenance of the network system (in coordination with the Facilities and Logistics Office)
  • Assist in keeping the computing infrastructure functional all the time or at least minimize the downtime of the essential components i.e. servers and network
  • Assist in building and maintaining a parallel computing system
  • Assist people regarding questions on usage of the institution?s computing resources

Troubleshooting and Repair

1. Perform necessary/possible solution/s to recover from the problem

2. If the unit is deemed irreparable, data recovery must be administered and salvage parts that are still useable

3. Scrap the broken parts (in coordination with the Facilities and Logistics Office)

Competencies, Skills and Qualifications:

1. College graduate in the field of Computer Science/Engineering or relevant fields

2. Knowledge in computer programming

3. In-depth knowledge of computer hardware and software applications

4. Preferably familiar with Linux/Unix operating system

5. Good oral and written communication skills

6. Good interpersonal skills and a team worker

Interested candidates are invited to personally submit a letter of application with resume, transcript of records and recent passport size photograph on or before 12 August 2013 at the Human Resource Office, Manila Observatory, Ateneo de Manila Campus, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Or you may also get in touch with us through e-mail address: hr@observatory.ph and at telephone nos.426-5921 to 23.  For more information about the company, you can visit our website: www.observatory.ph.

“Basic introduction to Quantum Information Theory”: a talk by Martianus Frederic Ezerman of the National University of Singapore

The Ateneo de Manila University
Mathematics Department

cordially invites you to a talk on

Basic Introduction to Quantum Information Theory


Martianus Frederic Ezerman (PhD)
Centre for Quantum Technologies
National University of Singapore

on Thursday, August 1, 2013
6:00 – 7:30 pm at SECA 304.\


Quantum Information and Computation draws motivation, problems, and tools from Quantum Mechanics, (the Mathematics of) Information Theory, and Computer Science. In this very brief introduction, we will first highlight the motivation and problems leading to the studies of quantum information theory. Several milestones in the development so far will be discussed briefly. A few open problems of possible interest to mathematics students will be briefly treated.

Manila Observatory Brown Bag lectures for August 1-15, 2013

Manila Observatory Brownbag lunch sessions, Thursdays, 11-12 pm

Manila Observatory Brownbag lunch sessions, Thursdays, 11-12 pm

Good day!

The Manila Observatory would like to invite Ateneo faculty, staff and students to join us for brownbag lunch seminars on Thursdays from 11 am -12 noon at the Klima room (2nd floor) of the Manila Observatory.

This is an opportunity to learn more about the work of our researchers and scientists in an informal session where audience members can actively participate and engage in a discussion with the speaker.

On Thursday, August 1, we will have Ms. Meliza Cruz from the Air Quality Dynamics research program talk about “Monitoring and Source Apportionment for Particulate Matter Pollution in Six Asian Cities“, of which research from our very own scientists at MO contributed to an
Asian assessment of air quality.

You bring your lunch, we’ll serve the science!

Pass on to anyone who might be interested in joining us! Hope to see you soon! For any questions, contact Monica Ortiz, amdortiz@observatory.ph

Physics talk on 5 Aug 2013: “Electron and phonon transport in nonequilibrium many-body quantum systems with dynamic forces and components” by Dr. Eduardo Cuansing


Dr. Eduardo C. Cuansing Jr.
Department of Physics
Ateneo de Manila University

Date and time:
August 5, 2013 (Monday) at 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Faura 305
(Coffee and refreshments will be provided)


The electronics industry’s relentless pursuit of ever-smaller electronic gadgets will eventually lead to devices consisting of only a few atoms and molecules. In such ultra-tiny molecular devices, quantum effects that may have been ignored or considered negligible in larger-sized devices can become significant. These quantum effects may even lead to unique behaviour with novel practical applications in quantum computing, information processing, and nano-sized machines. In this talk I will introduce several theoretical quantum devices that could act as dynamic quantum switches and gates, a quantum refrigerator, and a quantum transistor. I will then show how to theoretically calculate the dynamic quantum transport properties of electrons (fermions) and phonons (bosons) in such devices using the time-dependent nonequilibrium Green’s functions approach.

About the speaker:

The speaker received his BS Physics degree from the University of the Philippines, Diliman and his PhD Physics from Purdue University. His undergraduate thesis was on non-Abelian Gauge theories and his doctoral dissertation was on critical phenomena. He did postdoctoral research work at the University of Pittsburgh on the theory of vortices in high-temperature superconductors and at the National University of Singapore on the quantum transport of electrons and phonons. He has recently moved to the Department of Physics, Ateneo de Manila University to spread the joys of doing research and extending the boundaries of knowledge in condensed matter physics and quantum devices.


Cuansing, E.C., Li, H., and Wang, J.-S., Physical Review E 86, 031132 (2012).
Cuansing, E.C. and Liang, G., Journal of Applied Physics 110, 083704 (2011).
Cuansing, E.C. and Wang, J.-S., Physical Review E 82, 021116 (2010).
Cuansing, E.C. and Wang, J.-S., Physical Review B 81, 052302 (2010).