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DENR, Bohol seek help of scientists in ongoing biodiversity conference

At the opening dinner of the First International Conference on Biodiversity & Chemical Biology of Marine and Terrestrial Life in the Philippine Region on 16 October, newly appointed secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Gina Lopez and Atty. Edgardo Chato, governor of Bohol, emphasized the value of science-based decisions when they appealed to researchers to help in the conservation and development of marine biodiversity in the Philippines. Lopez, who could not come to the event due to the typhoon, sent her message through Undersecretary Isabelo Montejo. For four days, local and foreign scientists will be in Panglao Island in Bohol to talk about technological innovations […]

UP Manila prof is world’s most prolific editor

UP Manila prof is world's most prolific editor

Dr. Jose Florencio Lapeña, Jr. of UP Manila is the world’s busiest editor. This was according to Publons, the UK company behind the inaugural Sentinel of Science awards. Lapeña received the award for handling the highest number of manuscripts across all the world’s journals. As this year’s top contributing editor, he will get $100 cash and a $200 credit with Wiley.  Publon created the awards to “honour the expert peer reviewers and editors who stand guard over research quality, and lead the charge for better, faster science.”  Lapeña, who is a professor of otorhinolaryngology at UP Manila, an attending otolaryngologist, aerodigestive tract, and cleft and craniofacial plastic surgeon at the […]

Latest invention disclosure awardees come from UP Visayas

Latest invention disclosure awardees come from UP Visayas

Two faculty members from the UP Visayas recently qualified for the Invention Disclosure Incentive, a monetary award launched last year to enlarge and enhance the University’s intellectual property portfolio. At the Invention Disclosure Clinic held on 7 September 2016 in UP Visayas, Prof. Ernestina Peralta reported her research on producing oyster powder while Prof. Ernesto del Rosario described his work on the fish feeder, both by means of confidential forms. Their works were chosen by the Executive Committee of the UP System Technology Transfer and Business Development Office (TTBDO) for their inventiveness, industrial application and commercial potential. Under the incentive, each invention will receive 40,000 pesos to be released in two […]

UP Diliman takes home grand prize in new Gawad Pangulo Student Debates

UP Diliman takes home grand prize in new Gawad Pangulo Student Debates

UPD A of UP Diliman became the first title-holder of the Gawad Pangulo Student Debates after it bested seven other teams on 3 September 2016 at the UP College of Law in the Diliman campus. UPD A battled it out in the grand finals with UPB 1, one of the two participating teams from UP Baguio. UPD A had Nicole Tomas (3rd year, BA Political Science), Leomar Doctolero (4th year, BA Political Science) and Jose Antonio Sison (4th year, BA Political Science) as members. UPB 1 was represented by Niko Aguilar (4th year, BA Social Science and History – Political Science), Joemer John De Vera (3rd year, […]

UP regains title as one of world’s top 400 universities

UP regains title as one of world's top 400 universities

The University of the Philippines has reappeared in the top 400 universities in the world. In the list published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) on 6 September, UP placed 374th alongside Aalborg University and the University of Colorado, Denver. UP has been consistently in the top 400 except last year when it slipped to #401. Its best performance in recent years was in 2012 when it landed on the 348th spot. The national university was the only Philippine university to enter the top 400 this year. Three other Philippine universities made it to the overall rankings: Ateneo de Manila University (501-550), De La Salle University (701+) and […]

UP Artists and Scientists for 2015-2017 named

UP Artists and Scientists for 2015-2017 named

Forty-nine scientists earned the title of UP Scientist for 2016-2018, and six artists and art scholars, the title UP Artist for 2015-2017, for productivity in their fields. The awarding ceremony was held on July 26, 2016 at the NISMED Auditorium, UP Diliman, Quezon City. One of the UP Artists named this year is from UP Los Baños, while the rest are from UP Diliman. Of the UP Scientists named this year, 17 are from UP Diliman, 20 from UP Los Baños, six from UP Manila, three from UP Visayas, and three from UP Open University. The latest batch brings the […]

SC decision on Bt eggplant brings ‘rays of hope’ to UP scientists, agri stakeholders

SC decision on Bt eggplant brings ‘rays of hope’ to UP scientists, agri stakeholders

According to UP Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Gisela P. Concepcion, the recent decision of the Philippine Supreme Court to dismiss the Petition for Writ of Continuing Mandamus and Writ of Kalikasan with Prayer for Issuance of a Temporary Environmental Protection Order (TEPO) that first stopped the field testing of Bt eggplant in 2013 brought “rays of hope” to UP researchers, as well as to stakeholders in the feed miller and livestock/poultry industries. Concepcion stated in an interview that the Supreme Court’s reversal of its December 2015 decision to deny petitions to dismiss the 2013 ruling of the Court […]

VP Concepcion among S&T awardees from UP

VP Concepcion among S&T awardees from UP

Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela P. Concepcion was recognized by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) as this year’s outstanding science administrator. Concepcion, who is a professor at the Marine Science Institute, received the award for fostering “an enabling environment for researchers in UP by providing university funds, which faculty and researchers use to carry out interdisciplinary and basic or applied research and creative work.” She was behind the creation of the Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Grant which, since 2012, has led to 62 large-scale projects covering various themes such as […]

The Mammals of Luzon Island book launch

The Mammals of Luzon Island book launch

The University of the Philippines Diliman, through UP Biology was the recipient of a donation of 1000 copies of a book through the Diliman Science Research Foundation (DSRF), chaired by the College of Science Dean Jose Maria P. Balmaceda and the Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation (PTFCF) for distribution to critical stakeholders in Luzon and the rest of the country.   The book “The Mammals of Luzon Island: A Biogeographic Perspective on Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation” was written by Lawrence R. Heaney, Danilo S. Balete and Eric A. Rickart, published by The Johns Hopkins University Press and released only last […]

Honoris causa awarded to Marine Science Institute founding director

Honoris causa awarded to Marine Science Institute founding director

For his pioneering works and invaluable contributions to marine biology, National Scientist (NS) and Marine Science Institute founding director Edgardo Dizon Gomez was conferred the honorary degree Doctor of Science during the 176th commencement exercises of De La Salle University, held at the Philippine International Convention Center last June 18. “…as a marine biologist, my focus has been on our oceans and coasts, specifically the coral reefs and important invertebrates. Indeed, the focus on their conservation and my relative successes contributed largely to my being honored today with a Degree of Science, a distinction that precious few individuals obtain. Indeed, […]