Friday, November 8, 2013

Marie Curie's Day

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The Philippines' medical physicists community is joining the world in celebrating the first International Day of Medical Physics. The date is 7 November 2013, birthday of Marie Sklodowska-Curie. She's a Polish scientist, whom with her husband Pierre, won the 1903 Nobel Prize for Physics for the isolation of radium and polonium. In 1911, she became the first person to receive a second Nobel Prize, for further research into the properties of radium.

We're doing two programs for the celebration. First we had unveiling of portraits of the Pillars of Medical Physics in the Philippines on 7 November. Then tomorrow, we'll have a colloquium on radiation protection and safety. We're currently experiencing the strength of the super typhoon Haiyan. Hopefully tomorrow, the weather will be better and that we can have another happy photo like the ones we had yesterday.

I'm off to bed for now as it's gonna be a long and busy Saturday for me and my colleagues. I'm on the scientific committee. There's a high chance that my committee-mates won't be around ... 1 is stranded at fieldwork because of the typhoon, and another 1 is strapped to a wheelchair due to a recent ACL surgery. Wish me luck! 

But oh, before I finally sign out for tonight, happy Postcard Friendship Friday folks! I wish us all many nice postcards to view and a great weather for the weekend!



  1. I've admired this woman since the day I studied her life in school. What a wonderful lady! What a nice group of young'uns. (grin)

    On the other hand, our news has described the strength and fury of the typhoon--so I've been praying for the safety of folks facing it.

    Stay safe, my dear. ((hugs)) Have a lovely day!

  2. I hope all goes well for your celebrations - and that you are all safe from the ravages of the typhoon.

  3. I hope the typhoon doesn't do too much damage where you live.

  4. Excellent card. I didn't hear of the Day of Medical Physics. it's a good idea to bring the importance of medical research to the forefront.
    I hope that you and your family continue to be safe in the storm.

    As for the cold and the metal flag pole. Sorry to admit, but yes, kids really do such things. I did it at least once, if not twice. Mostly it happens on dares from other kids, though curiosity can't be forgotten.

  5. Humm...A very knowed picture of Marie Curie. I saw a documentary about her work years ago, and I'm really sad that finally, she was recognized only as Curie's wife and even today a lot of people don't that she wasn't an assistant but a real scientist.

    Good luck for you session "on radiation protection and safety"....

    Got a strange comment lately, have you ever received strange mails in french since you comment on my blog ? Please let me know !

    All my best from savoy


  6. I am thinking of you, my dear friend, and praying for you and your country. The devastation we are seeing is incredible. My heart goes out to all who are affected.

  7. The typhoon has been a terrible disaster for your country, my thoughts are with everyone in the Philippines. It was lovely to see your blog featured over on Anne's blog today.

  8. How are you doing? We've been hearing some terrible things about the devastation of the storm. Are you okay? ((hugs)) I've been praying for you, Honey.


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