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Episode 117: Paano Pinangangalagaan Ng Siyensya Ang Ating Mga Likas-Yaman?

Dr. Chona VinceCruz-Abeledo is a scientist, teacher, and science communicator from the Philippines. She leads a team of brilliant researchers who develop innovations that help fishers and farmers produce more with less, and the technologies they create are at the nexus of molecular biology, genetics, ecology, big data, machine learning, and information technology. She is also the creator of the science channel SHE-ensya, fueled by her advocacy in the improvement of communications between the scientific community and other sectors of society.

We talked about the crown of thorns starfish and why it merits further study, using data about mangrove crabs to help fishers,  the #EcoSquadGoals initiative and what it seeks to accomplish, science communication and the SHE-ensya project, why there’s a need for more women in STEM, and more.

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This episode of the Ask Theory podcast was made possible by The British Council, the United Kingdom’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

Now on its third year, the British Council is accepting applicants for its Women in STEM Scholarship Programme. Successful applicants will receive a full scholarship to study a master’s degree or an Early Academic Fellowship in science, technology, engineering or mathematics at a prestigious UK university. Enjoy benefits including a 12-month stipend, accommodation allowance, visa and insurance coverage, and special support for applicants with children. The full lists of universities, courses offered, and eligibility criteria are available on the British Council Women in STEM website:

The deadline for University of Strathclyde applications is on March 31, 2023, while the deadline for Newcastle University and Middlesex University applications is on April 23, 2023.

For more information, contact Janelle Almosara-Capiral (Communications Manager, Southeast Asia) at or Danie Son Gonzalvo (Programme Manager, Education) at

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