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Torsten Weisel Speaks to Filipino Science Students and Leaders

A former Academy chairman visits the Philippines' President Arroyo.

Published February 04, 2010

A Filipino newspaper reported that, in a meeting with Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Nobel Laureate and former Academy Chair Torsten Weisel urged her to continue supporting increased funding for science and technology education and development.

Weisel also presented a lecture in Manila this week to an audience of high school science students and local leaders of science and education emphasizing the need for resources to be dedicated to science and technology education to boost the country's economy. Weisel's lecture, “Science for Peace,” was part of an International Peace Foundation program called "Bridges: Dialogues Towards a Culture of Peace.”

Weisel was chair of the board of governors of the New York Academy of Sciences from 2001-2006, and he was the Academy's chairman and interim director from 2001-2002.