I met Reina Reyes last year for my Balik Scientist Program story for Bandila. At that time, I was already fascinated by her background and her decision to return to the Philippines. She was the first person I thought of when I was asked to do features on women scientists. And through her, I was able to reach out to other scientists as well. Working on this piece also reminded me of the importance of accuracy, especially when dealing with stories that involve science – since there were a couple of articles that came out before that misinterpreted her earlier research.
From black holes to big data: A young scientist’s journey back to PH
Filipina scientist Reina Reyes first made headlines a decade ago when, as a 20-something graduate student in Princeton University, she won an achievement award for her research on supermassive blackholes called quasars.
Since then, the remarkable work of the young astrophysicist has been finding its way to Philippine media. The most popular one was her study confirming Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.
Now, she’s back in the Philippines as principal scientist for a multinational health care company. Continue reading