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Hosted by EIC Mikael Angelo Francisco, Ask Theory shines the spotlight on Pinoy scientific brilliance, in a fun and entertaining “kwentuhan” format. Each episode of Ask Theory  features a Pinoy scientist from one of the various scientific disciplines. In a very casual conversation, guests explain what they do in simple terms, as well as share their fascinating stories: how they got into science, the challenges they face, what motivates them to pursue their fields, what future scientists from the Philippines can look forward to, and so much more.

Episode 56: Smart-Shaming: Bakit Ba Ito Nangyayari?

This episode features Dr. Inez Ponce de Leon, a molecular biologist and science communicator. She is an Associate Professor at the Department of Communication at the Ateneo de Manila University, as well as a weekly columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

We talked about styles of science communication in the Philippines, having inclusive conversations about science, the trap of falling in love with platforms, why smart-shaming happens, how facts can be perceived as weapons, and more.

How to contact Dr. Inez:

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  • Twitter: @inezpdl

Listen to Ask Theory Episode 56 here:

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