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Video produced in 2012. With sincere thanks to Prof. Antoinette Bass Hernandez and Marie Ramona Virginia Alfon for their significant contributions to the project. Kindly take note of the following errata: At Original text Correction 4:53 Prof. Rey Ibora, Ph.D. Prof. Rey Ebora, Ph.D. 10:41 National Chemistry Institute National Institute of Physics 11:18 UP College of Engineering National Institute of Physics 13:44 Institute of Microbiology National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology 15:42 Marine Science Institute UP Baguio 16:59    “Chancellor, UP Diliman and” should not have been there 18:23 Philippine General Hospital National Institutes of Health 19:49 National Institute of […]

Two silver wins for UP in Reimagine Education Awards

Two silver wins for UP in Reimagine Education Awards

UP Diliman took two silver awards at the third annual Reimagine Education Awards for its entry HIRIT or Higher education Institutional Readiness for Innovation and Technopreneurship. HIRIT is a course designed by Dr. Luis Sison of the College of Engineering to help students accelerate technology translation and startup formation. It teaches basic tools and skills for identifying and pursuing market opportunities, and gives students the chance to network with, and pitch to, technopreneurs, investors, and industry partners worldwide. The MS-level course, which also won for Sison the UP Gawad Pangulo for Progressive Teaching and Learning last year, received a silver in the Teaching Delivery category […]

IPA Recipients for January 2017

Figure 1.
Under-5 mortality rates by GBD subnational Level 1 geography, both sexes combined, 2015
For each category shown in the legend, the range is inclusive of the minimum value and goes up to, but does not include, the maximum value. GBD=Global Burden of Disease. ATG=Antigua. VCT=Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. LCA=Saint Lucia. TTO=Trinidad and Tobago. TLS=Timor-Leste. Isl=islands. FSM=Federated States of Micronesia. WSM=Samoa.

Kate Tungpalan Department of Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering College of Engineering UP Diliman The Influence of Veins on Mineral Liberation as Described by Random Masking Simulation. Minerals Engineering, 100: 109–114, January 2017. Catchy title of research: Influence of veins on mineral liberation described by random masking simulation The research describes the role of vein structures to better understand and interpret the origin of mineral liberation based on random masking simulation. Semicircular slabs from a copper porphyry deposit were selected and analysed in the MLA.  Classified MLA images were then subjected to image processing to identify and separate the veins from […]

IPA Recipients Archives 2017

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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, […]