RESEARCH AND CREATIVE WORK

Behavior of mice shows importance of individual training in group emergency escape

Knowledge of how groups escape in emergency situations is crucial to human safety but how can experiments on crowd emergency evacuation be performed under genuine settings? The solution, as conceived by a group of researchers from the University of the Philippines Diliman, is to study the behavior of mice under duress. According to Drs. Caesar Saloma, Gay Jane Perez, Catherine Ann Gavile, Jacqueline Judith Ick-Joson and Cynthia Palmes-Saloma, experimenting with mice avoids serious ethical and legal issues that arise when dealing with unwitting human participants while minimizing concerns regarding the reliability of results obtained from simulated experiments using actors. Mice were […]

Filipino scientists discover new plant species with great phytoremediation potential

A new hypernickelophore species of Phyllanthus (Phyllanthaceae) was discovered by the team of Marilyn Quimado, Edwino Fernando, Lorele Trinidad and Augustine Doronila during their botanical exploration of ultramafic sites in Luzon and Mindanao. Phyllanthus erythrotrichus was located in Sta. Cruz, Zambales while Phyllanthus securinegoides, previously only analyzed through herbarium specimens, was found thriving in Taganito, Surigao del Norte. Both were compared to a known hypernickelophore, Phyllanthus balgooyi, collected by the group earlier in the cities of Narra and Puerto Princesa in Palawan. Phyllanthus erythrotrichus and P. securinegoides have more than 10,000 µg g-1 nickel in the leaves and 1,195 µg g-1 […]

Scholarship and service: Short-term Foreign Training and Externship in Industry

Training and externship are often associated with academic and professional development. But for UP, it is also about service. Our programs for short-term training in foreign universities and externship in industry are envisioned to spur and nurture a culture of scholarship driven by individual commitment and determination. This is achieved through continuous voluntary mentoring: those who obtain financial support from UP for short-term training abroad and externship are encouraged to fill in for the next batch of colleagues who will also leave for foreign training or externship. That batch then does the same for the one next in line, and so […]

Public Policy Journal relaunched after almost a decade

A new issue of Public Policy Journal (PPJ) was released again by the Center for Integrative and Development (CIDS) after eight long years. Launched last December 10, 2014 in the presence of UP President Alfredo Pascual, the 2007-2013 issue is a compilation of journal feature papers written by esteemed educators and public policy figures from the University of the Philippines: Prof. Gerardo Sicat on the reform of Philippine labor policies; National Scientist Raul Fabella on the role of the state and collective action; Prof. Ramon Pedro Paterno on universal health care financing; and UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan on changing identities among Chinese […]

“Government should invest in building Philippine human expert resources as other ASEAN countries have been doing” – UP Policy Paper

“In order for PH face up to competition in AEC, the country needs to sharply ramp up investment spending in science, technology and R&D (aka knowledge capability building [KCB]). If this is achieved along with other ongoing policy and institutional reforms, the economy could in time be on a stronger platform to face up to AEC challenges. Otherwise, an uncompetitive Philippines may have to bear with a double whammy of (a) dumping of products from other countries, and (b) accelerating drain of its already scarce high-level human resources to greener pastures, thereby further hurting manufacturing besides agriculture. “The objective should […]

UP Diliman hosts second OVPAA research symposium

The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA) successfully convened the 2014 OVPAA Research Symposium. This was held last December 1 and 2, 2014 at the Intel Center for Science Innovation Auditorium, National Institute of Physics, UP Diliman. The symposium featured the results of projects under the Emerging Inter-Disciplinary Research (EIDR), the Balik PhD and the Emerging Science and Technology Research (ESTR) programs.  A total of 17 oral presentations and 20 poster presentations were given. On the second day, a roundtable discussion was held among project proponents and administrators from UP Diliman and UP Los Banos to discuss concerns pertaining […]

Finding plants that eat metals: The story behind this important new discovery.

Finding plants that eat metals: The story behind this important new discovery.

By Augustine Doronila PhD, UP Visting Professor 2013/2014 22 May 2014 Scientists from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños have discovered a new plant species with an unusual lifestyle — it eats nickel for a living — accumulating up to 18,000 ppm of nickel in its leaves without itself being poisoned, says Professor Edwino Fernando, botanist and lead author of the report.  Such an amount is approximately a thousand times higher than in most other plants. According to Dr Marilyn Quimado, one of the lead scientists of the research team, the new species was discovered in the western part […]