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Do you remember when you first learned about the solar system from your teacher? Have you ever raised your hand in Science class to inquire about something? Or were you too embarrassed to inquire about a species or scientific event that grabbed your interest?

Meet Reinabelle Reyes, who can demonstrate how asking questions can bring us to places we didn’t know existed.

The 38-year-old astrophysicist surprised experts around the world when she validated Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity on a cosmic scale at the age of 26.

Reyes earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from Ateneo de Manila University and went on to pursue her postgraduate studies and doctorate at the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics in Italy.

Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity stays valid even in galaxies outside the solar system, according to Reyes’ research. She then returned to the Philippines after working as a researcher at the University of Chicago’s Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics.

Despite the fact that she has numerous chances abroad, Reyes chose to pursue her profession as a scientist in the Philippines because she wants to be a role model for young people in the country.

B.S. holder in Physics Agana Louisse Domingo in an exclusive interview with PAGEONE, a Mapúa University Physics graduate who is close to Reyes described what kind of scientist and person Reyes is.

Reyes’ interests as a Scientist

Women have made considerable advances in the field of science over the years. One of these women is Reyes. She returned to the Philippines after receiving her MS and Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Princeton.

“Her discoveries inspired a lot of aspiring scientists – men and women – to pursue their passion. But other than her achievements, I really admire her for being a Science communicator,” Domingo said.
“She travels from Luzon to Mindanao just to give a talk, or to deliver a speech in conferences and seminars. If her schedules aren’t fit, she’s still open for another one. I really love how she talks about Science, encourages the young people and nurtures us – the aspiring ones,” Domingo added.

Reyes confirmed that she started Pinoy Scientists in 2012, a blog that promotes Filipino scientists making waves in subjects like forensics, entomology, and immunology, as Domingo stated.

It is created in such a way that it reflects Pinoy scientists’ lives both at work and outside of work, including not only a description of their work and personal history, but also images of them going about their daily lives.

Reyes also appears in Science Says, a science education series that explains the science behind common topics.

Every episode features a basic science experiment that viewers can do at home or at school. It may be viewed on the Knowledge Channel’s YouTube channel.

She also formed the Trial & Error: Art and Science Collective in 2017, a collaboration of artists and scientists who want to generate art that makes science entertaining and accessible.

To reach out to more students, the group sells their items in events such as History Con and Komiket, as well as visiting schools such as Philippine Science. “May Alien Ba?” is a collaborative astronomy book in the works with writer Fidelis Tan, illustrator Ce Manalang, and educator Gary Coronado.

In August 2020, Reyes, an associate professor at the University of the Philippines Diliman, will also form the Data and Computation (D&C) Research subgroup as part of the National Institute of Physics’ Theoretical Physics Group.

Since then, the club has grown to 13 members, with 8 undergraduates and 5 graduate students among them. Current research interests of the group include data-driven astronomy (including gravitational wave astronomy and extragalactic astrophysics) and computational physics and data analysis (including machine learning and data for social good).

During the interview, Reyes encouraged young scientists to “Go for it!”.

“Pursuing a life of the mind is immeasurably enriching and worthwhile. You will also find that it is not a solitary pursuit but one filled with opportunities for deep friendships and comradeship. Those of us who have gone a bit ahead are here to welcome you onboard. Find peers and mentors who will help you along and you’ll be well on your way. Ad astra!”, she added.

Reyes demonstrated to the world that women can be outstanding scientists and that Filipinos like her are wonderful role models for today’s kids. She demonstrated that someone who simply asks questions may become something amazing and an expert in their profession, as their fantastic stories affect and modify everyone’s future hope.


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