RESEARCH AND CREATIVE WORK

UP CIFAL Philippines champions sustainable development goals

UP CIFAL Philippines champions sustainable development goals

For CIFAL Philippines, knowledge must radiate towards those who most need it. Established in March 2016 by the University of the Philippines and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), CIFAL Philippines serves as a hub for training, advocacy and research on the interwoven themes of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, migration and gender equality. CIFAL stands for Centre International de Formation des Acteurs Locaux or the International Training Center for Local Actors, which is implemented by UNITAR under its Local Development Programme. Today, the global CIFAL network has nine centers in Africa, North and South America, Europe […]

IPA Recipients for July 2018

IPA Recipients for July 2018

Rosario R. Rubite Department of Biology College of Arts and Sciences UP Manila Three New Species of Begonia (section Baryandra, begoniaceae) from Luzon Island, the Philippines. Phytotaxa, 347 (3): 201-212, 17 April 2018. Luzon is the largest island of the Philippines, and because of its isolation from other landmasses it has developed a unique diversity of flora and fauna. Included in this rich biodiversity of flora are members of genus Begonia of the family Begoniaceae. In a joint expedition to the island, botanists from Taiwan and the Philippines found three unknown Begonia species and compared them with potentially allied species. The […]

UP geologist wins medal for pioneering work on geodynamics of the Philippines

UP geologist wins medal for pioneering work on geodynamics of the Philippines

Dr. Carla B. Dimalanta, professor at the National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS) in UP Diliman and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Research), is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Research and Development Award for Basic Research (Eduardo A. Quisumbing Medal). Dimalanta won for the project “The Second Phase of the Philippines-Taiwan Integrated Geodynamics Project” which she implemented with Dr. Decibel Faustino-Eslava, Dr. Betchaida Payot and Dr. Noelynna Ramos from 2011 to 2015 and was funded by the Department of Science and Technology.  The project generated the most recent data on the geologic evolution of the Visayan Region.  Given annually […]

UP researcher who heads lab for sustainable energy supply dev’t is one of new ASEAN S&T fellows

UP researcher who heads lab for sustainable energy supply dev't is one of new ASEAN S&T fellows

Dr. Joey D. Ocon, assistant professor at the UP Diliman College of Engineering and a University Scientist II, is one of the 17 ASEAN Science and Technology (S&T) Fellows for 2018-2019. The early- and mid-career scientists from ASEAN member states were selected for the fellowship based on their track record and potential to promote science-based policy-making in the region. The ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology and experts from ASEAN member states, ASEAN Secretariat Science and Technology Division, US Agency for International Development and US Mission to ASEAN constituted the selection committee. Fellows will be embedded in national-level ministries or […]

Using interdisciplinary tools to study an age-old weaving tradition in the Philippines

Using interdisciplinary tools to study an age-old weaving tradition in the Philippines

In the Cordillera region, there is a rich tradition of weaving that goes back several centuries. Each of the different indigenous communities in the region possesses a unique weaving technique, with the resulting forms and patterns dictated by distinct religious, socio-political and artistic origins, functions and values. But with the absence of a new generation of weavers willing to learn the art, the Cordillera weaving tradition is dying. This is the reason that the interdisciplinary Cordillera Textiles Project (CordiTex) of UP set out to vigorously document and research on these unique textiles. The project, led by Dr. Analyn Salvador-Amores of […]

IPA Recipients for June 2018

IPA Recipients for June 2018

Armida V. Gillado and Marvin U.Herrera Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics College of Arts and Sciences UP Los Baños Copper Sulfate-Embedded and Copper Oxide-Embedded Filter Paper and their Antimicrobial Properties. Materials Chemistry and Physics, 207: 147-153, 1 March 2018. Copper sulfate and Copper oxide particles were deposited on filter paper to create an antimicrobial surface. Copper sulfate was successfully embedded in filter paper through simple soaking, whereas the copper oxide-embedded filter paper was successfully produced using in situ technique using the copper sulfate-embedded paper as a starting material. The antimicrobial property of the embedded filter papers were tested using Disc […]

2019 QS World University Rankings: UP has strong employer reputation globally

2019 QS World University Rankings: UP has strong employer reputation globally

UP placed in the top 38% in the 2019 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. It was 384th among the 1,011 institutions from 85 countries that were ranked. It also maintained its position as the Philippines’ leading university, despite dropping 17 places from 2018. UP scored particularly well in employer reputation at 49.6 . It ranked 168th globally–an improvement of 23 places from last year–based on the results of a world survey that collected the views of employers “on institutions providing the best professionals”. According to QS, employer reputation is the “strongest indicator” for UP. Around 43,000 survey responses were analyzed by […]

Alternative modernity and integrity of local knowledge: UP College of Music’s Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Project on Arts and Culture

Alternative modernity and integrity of local knowledge: UP College of Music's Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Project on Arts and Culture

It was “a product of thinking about the arts and its relationships to Philippine culture and society and a creative and imaginative re-envisioning of the possibilities that Philippine traditions can possibly make in the present moment.” This was how Dr. Jose S. Buenconsejo, professor at the UP College of Music, described the Emerging Interdisciplinary Research (EIDR) program he led from 2015 to 2017. Called “Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Project on Arts and Culture”, the program of the College of Music consisted of four projects that not only “spelled out an alternative modernity” but believed in the “integrity of local knowledge, giving […]

IPA Recipients for May 2018

IPA Recipients for May 2018

Juan Miguel R. Guotana, Bechaida D. Payot, Carla B. Dimalanta and Noelynna T. Ramos National Institute of Geological Sciences College of Sciences UP Diliman Petrological and Geochemical Characteristics of the Samar Ophiolite Ultramafic Section: Implications on the Origins of the Ophiolites in Samar and Leyte Islands, Philippines. International Geology Review, 60 (4): 401-417, 12 March 2018. Fragments of fossil oceanic lithospheres are called ophiolites. Studies dealing with the petrological and geochemical characteristics of ultramafic sections of Philippine ophiolites are primarily interpreted in a regional perspective. It is believed that ophiolites exposed in the different parts of the Philippines were emplaced from […]

In which subject areas did UP publish more?

In which subject areas did UP publish more?

Every year, UP generates more international journal articles and scholarly books and book chapters across fields of study. But which subject areas have more publications than others? According to Scopus, almost half of UP’s publications in indexed scientific journals, books and conference proceedings in the last 100 years were in agriculture and biological sciences, and medicine. Of the 10,835 publications of UP from 1911 to 10 May 2018, 24.5 percent were research papers in agriculture and biological sciences while 23.5 percent were related to medicine. Scopus currently has the most extensive abstract and citation database of refereed publications in the world, […]