RESEARCH AND CREATIVE WORK

Call for nominations: 2019 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education

Call for nominations: 2019 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education

The 2019 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE) is now accepting nominations. APEC’s host economy for 2019, Chile, selected the theme “Natural Laboratories,” which focuses on scientific developments through the discovery in nature or “natural laboratories.” Natural laboratories create unique local conditions for scientific discovery and inform how societies can pioneer next generation innovations to promote sustainable growth as part of a strategy to strengthen science, technology and innovation as essential drivers of development. Apply by 26 April 2019. The winning entry will receive USD 25000 and will be recognized at an awards ceremony during the 14th […]

UP holds press conference on newly discovered Homo luzonensis

UP holds press conference on newly discovered Homo luzonensis

A press conference to announce the discovery of Homo luzonensis, a new human species, was held at the College of Science Auditorium in UP Diliman earlier today. Homo luzonensis is very small, said Dr. Armand Salvador Mijares who led the international multidisciplinary team behind the discovery. Its actual height cannot be determined from the current set of bones, explained the UP Archaeological Studies Program associate professor, but the extremely small fossil teeth found in the site reflect its very small stature. Even before the newly discovered species broke the news, the team has already published papers on the fossils they […]

UP researchers co-discover new human species in Luzon

UP researchers co-discover new human species in Luzon

Homo luzonensis, a new human species that lived around the same time as Homo sapiens, was discovered in Luzon by a team that included researchers from the University of the Philippines. The fossils of the new hominin species, which date to the last 50,000 to 67,000 years, were excavated from Callao Cave in Cagayan Province.  Dr. Armand Salvador B. Mijares, associate professor in the UP Diliman Archaeological Studies Program, headed the international multidisciplinary team in collaboration with Dr. Florent Détroit, senior lecturer of the H&E department at the French National Museum of Natural History. The National Museum of the Philippines, […]

Sponge-microbe partnership can thrive in a high nutrient environment

Marine sponges are important members of marine ecosystems as they serve as biofilters that can clean the surrounding waters. These sedentary organisms are not autonomous entities but rather provide refuge for both macroorganisms and microorganisms or what are called symbionts. The intimate relationship between sponges and their symbiotic microbes is important for the health of both the host sponge and the symbionts. There is a growing literature that shows how important symbiotic microbes are for the survival and adaptation of their hosts. There are even studies that point to the role of microbial symbionts in the ability of sponges to […]

A promising alternative for removing pharmaceutical contaminants in wastewater

Pharmaceuticals, or those compounds manufactured to diagnose, treat or prevent diseases, can harm terrestrial and marine life when they reach water bodies. This is why it is important to remove them from wastewater before it is discharged into water matrices. In a study by researchers from the UP Diliman College of Engineering, University of Salreno and The Energy and Resources Institute, it was found that the electrocoagulation process was effective in treating municipal wastewater or sewage contaminated with pharmaceuticals. In electrocoagulation, electricity is applied to sacrificial anodes and cathodes to form coagulants. In this case, the coagulants are metal-hydroxo species […]

IPA Recipients for March 2019

IPA Recipients for March 2019

Jake Ivan P. Baquiran and Cecilia Conaco Marine Science Institute College of Science UP Diliman Sponge-microbe partnerships are stable under eutrophication pressure from mariculture. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 136:125-134. Marine sponges are important members of marine ecosystems as they serve as biofilters that can clean the surrounding waters. These sedentary organisms provide refuge for both macro- and microorganisms (symbionts). The intimate relationship between sponges and their symbiotic microbes is important for the health of both the host sponge and the symbionts. But just like any other relationship, this association can be affected by the environmental disturbances that cause the breakdown of […]

Call for applications: Academy of Korean Studies Graduate Fellowship

The Graduate School of Korean Studies at the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) is inviting international graduate students to apply for the AKS Graduate Fellowship. Selected fellows will be supported for six months, from 1 September 2019 to 29 February 2020. A maximum of five graduate fellows are being sought. Fellowship benefits include a monthly stipend of 750,000 KRW, a round trip airfare and the on-campus guesthouse (free of charge). Applications must be filled out online before 12 April, 17:00, through portal.aks.ac.kr/Entrance/login2.jsp. Documents will be accepted until 19 April, 17:00, by post or in person. Results will be announced on […]

Call for applications: Asia Deans’ Forum 2019 Rising Stars Women in Engineering Workshop

The Asia Deans’ Forum is now accepting applicants for the 2019 Rising Stars Women in Engineering Workshop. The workshop is open to female fresh PhD graduates or PhD students who are about to graduate in engineering-related disciplines, postdocs or young researchers with engineering PhD degrees, and young engineers with PhD degrees working in industry who are interested in exploring careers in academia. Shortlisted participants will be invited to display an A1 poster, do a 90-second elevator pitch and attend the sessions of the Workshop. Each shortlisted participant will be offered local accommodation near the Seoul National University campus (including a […]

Philippine Genome Center explores more linkage opportunities with foreign experts

Philippine Genome Center explores more linkage opportunities with foreign experts

The Philippine Genome Center (PGC), a genomics-focused multidisciplinary research unit of UP under the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, continues to attract high-caliber researchers with international expertise and experience. This time, it is exploring potential collaboration with molecular genetics expert Dr. Gerard Pals.  Pals visited the PGC yesterday, March 28th, to see its core facilities and to talk about setting up assays for clinical testing, interpreting genetic testing services, and variant interpretations. He also met with Dr. Cynthia Saloma, PGC executive director; Dr. Raul Destura, PGC health program director; and Dr. Alexander Young, PGC research professor, to […]

Call for applications: The University of St Andrews Global Fellowship Scheme

The University of St Andrews Global Fellowship Scheme enables talented scholars from around the globe to spend anywhere between one week to a month at the University of St Andrews. Eligible candidates include researchers active within the humanities, medicine, social sciences or sciences. Candidates may be talented early career academics or established researchers with a considerable track record of achievement. It is expected that applicants will have achieved a PhD. These awards may be combined with other schemes to allow for an extended visit. Suitable candidates are researchers who have, or are developing, a distinguished publication record in any discipline. […]