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Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership Workshop 2016

Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership Workshop 2016

Making Numbers Matter: Sustaining the Next Generation of Women Academic Leaders On 22 and 23 November, over 20 senior administrators, faculty members, leaders in gender policy development and postgraduate students from APRU universities participated in the Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership (APWiL) 2016 Workshop hosted by the University of the Philippines (UP) in Cebu. This workshop was a continuation of the previous discussions at the Policy Round Table on Gender Equity held at The University of Hong Kong (HKU) in April 2016. Prof Odine de Guzman, Director of UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies and Chairperson of the Workshop Organising […]

Call for applications to the UP Scientific Productivity System (SPS) for 2017

Memorandum No. OVPAA 2016-93 The UP System is now calling for applications to the UP Scientific Productivity System (SPS) for CY 2017.                             A. New applications For new applicants, the period of evaluation of accomplishments is for the last five (5) years from January 2012 – December 2016. B. Applications for renewal by UP Scientists awarded in 2014 and whose appointments will end in December 2016. The period of evaluation of accomplishments is from January 2014 – December 2016 using the points required specified in Table 3. Retention/Promotion. […]

New UP paper shows how tiny RNAs fine-tune switch critical in cancer development

A cancer network commonly described as the Rb-E2F network.

The restriction point (R) marks a switch in G1 from growth factor-dependent to growth factor-independent progression of the cell cycle. This switch must be properly regulated, otherwise it can upset normal cell processes and result in diseases such cancer, neurodegenerative disorders, stroke and myocardial infarction.  In the paper “MicroRNA inhibition fine-tunes and provides robustness to the restriction point switch of the cell cycle,” Dr. Ricardo del Rosario of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Joseph Ray Clarence Damasco of the Institute of Mathematics at UP Diliman and Dr. Baltazar Aguda of the UP […]

UP System-supported research projects give year-end reports

UP System-supported research projects give year-end reports

A total of 23 research projects were presented to the public at the 2016 Research Symposium of the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA) held on November 28, 2016 at the National Institute of Physics, National Science Complex, UP Diliman. The symposium allowed the researchers to publicize their OVPAA-supported projects and discuss research concerns with administrators, senior scientists, and other researchers of the University. Project heads and proponents gave the status, accomplishments, and future plans of their projects through presentations and posters, while opening them to questions and feedback from the public. The presentations were moderated by […]

UP physicist finds a way to boost energy capacity of sodium-ion batteries

Darwin Putungan was a research student at the Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia Sinica in Taiwan (Photo from his LinkedIn page)

Lithium-ion batteries, with their high energy density and long life cycle, are among the most advanced battery technologies available today. But they can be expensive to manufacture due to the limited quantity of lithium on the Earth’s crust. Electrolyte stability can also present problems from long-term use. This is why other materials that can replace lithium, like sodium, are rapidly being explored. Sodium is a lot more abundant than lithium which will make overall production less costly. It is likewise safer for prolonged application since more stable nonaqueous electrolytes are now accessible. However, substituting sodium for lithium poses major limitations in […]

IPA Recipients for December 2016

Figure 1. Wearing their ordinary work clothes, the five bakla caregivers, in the play’s opening, sing and dance their collective hardships while in diaspora. Photo courtesy of PETA Library and Archives.

Oscar T. Serquiña Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts College of Arts and Sciences UP Diliman Out and About: Migrant Bakla, Perverse Intimacies, and the Musical of Migration in Liza Magtoto’s Care Divas. Kritika Kultura, 27: 199-248, August 2016. This paper analyzes the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA)’s stage musical, Care Divas, for its figuration of the Filipino migrant worker as bakla and for its consequent queering of labor out-migration from the Philippines. It problematizes the notion of “perverse intimacy,” particularly through the play’s employment of gay language and performance as agentive practices of survival in the diaspora. Finally, it interrogates the play’s […]

Complexity as a game changer: Reflections on the 2016 NTU Winter School

The Winter School on Complexity Science will be opening its doors once more in March 2017. Organized by the Nanyang Technological University, it will provide an overview of complexity and complex systems science and help participants apply related ideas in their own domains. In the piece below, Andrian Gajigan, MSc Marine Science student  at UP Diliman, talks about his experiences as Winter School 2016 Travel Fellow.  This article first appeared in the Complexity Institute Newsletter, Issue 2, April 2016. —- Insights on the 2016 NTU Winter School of Complexity By Andrian Gajigan Almost every aspect of our life and society, from molecular biology, ecology, economics, […]

Winner of Gawad Pangulo for Progressive Teaching and Learning shortlisted for int’l awards

Winner of Gawad Pangulo for Progressive Teaching and Learning shortlisted for int'l awards

Almost a year after winning the 2nd Gawad Pangulo for Progressive Teaching and Learning, Dr. Luis Sison of the College of Engineering is now vying for an international award in higher education pedagogy.  Sison was selected to advance in the Reimagine Education competition with his project “HIRIT: Higher education Institutional Readiness for Innovation and Technopreneurship,” the same entry that secured him the Gawad Pangulo title in December 2015. The entry, based on his MS-level course IE 298, helps students identify and pursue market opportunities that can be addressed by technology. IE 298 is delivered via flipped classroom with lectures and readings posted on UvLe (University […]

IPA Recipients for November 2016

(Are bus drivers the nemesis on our road in Metro Manila?)

Jinky Leilanie DP. Lu Institute of Health Policy and Development Studies National Institutes of Health UP Manila Occupational Safety Conditions of Bus Drivers in Metro Manila, the Philippines. International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, 22 (4): 508-513, 2016. Catchy title of research: Is it all the fault of the Bus Drivers on the road?      Metro Manila bus drivers were found to be exposed to hazardous working conditions such as long working hours, fatigue and lack of sleep, and were engaged in unsafe behaviors such as overspeeding and road racing. All these factors have been shown to be related […]

Winner, finalists of first Gémino Abad Awards to be recognized

The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA) and the UP Diliman Department of English and Comparative Literature (DECL) will recognize the inaugural winner and finalists of the Gémino Abad Awards for Poetry and Literary Criticism at an awarding ceremony tomorrow, 11 November 2016, at the Executive House in UP Diliman.  Thomas David Chaves, DECL assistant professor and PhD student of creative writing, won in the poetry category for his collection “Imelda and Catullus: Two Sequences.” He will receive a certificate and P10,000.  Ronn Andrew Angeles (MA Creative Writing), Jade Katherine Emily Castro (BS Materials Engineering) and Benedict Parfan (PhD Creative Writing) penned the […]