Faculty members win Research Awards

Faculty members win Research Awards

by Daryl Zamora, CCO on September 2, 2011 - 10:32 am

Dr. Juan Mesquida of the College of Arts and Sciences’ history department and Dr. Gil Claudio of the School of Sciences and Engineering’s natural sciences department received this year’s Research Awards during the University Day Lecture, August 15. The awards are given to those whose articles have been published in prestigious academic journals.

Dr. Gil Claudio of SSE won two Research Awards this year

Dr. Mesquida received the award for his article “La Poblacion de Manila y las Capellanias de Misas de los Españoles: Libro de Registros 1642-1672.” The work was published in the May-August 2010 issue of Revista de Indias.

Basing his study on a registry book of Manila’s capellanias from 1642 to 1772, Dr. Mesquida discovered the “efforts carried out and the difficulties [met] in order to attain a Creole clergy” at that time.

According to the Spanish-born historian, the study also ushered in “new insights on the demography, society, culture, and economy of the Spanish population of Manila during most of the 17th century.”

Dr. Claudio, on the other hand, won the award for two different works.

The Journal of Chemical Physics published Dr. Claudio’s “Comparison of a Hydrogen Model to a Poisson-Boltzmann Cell Model” in September 2009.

The other article, “Conformational Disorder and Ultrafast Exciton Relaxation in PPV-family Conjugated Polymers,” was published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry in December 2008.

Dr. Claudio is a visiting research scientist at Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Germany. His fields of interest include theoretical models of bacterial adhesion on surfaces and the elucidation of the swelling of neutral hydrogels.

Featured image by Andrei Vassiliev
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