2015 OVPAA Research Symposium to feature over 50 projects

Almost a year ago, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA) organized a symposium to disseminate the results of 18 OVPAA-supported projects. The tradition continues this year with the 2015 OVPAA Research Symposium scheduled for November 12 and 13 at the Intel Center for Science Auditorium of the National Institute of Physics, UP Diliman. Proof to the energetic research environment in UP are the 57 plenary and parallel presentations, 20 of them on new projects, that had been lined up for the annual gathering. These projects are funded by the Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Program and the Balik PhD Program of […]

Singular rights-based approaches and monocentric institutions will not solve water conflicts

A complex layer of rights, players and interests characterize water laws in the Philippines. To the Last Drop: The Political Economy of Philippine Water Policy traced the dramatic changes in water laws in the Philippines, from the Marcos dictatorship to post-democratic transition: the inclusion of watershed, pollution and health concerns in policy; decentralization; openness to market solutions; state withdrawal from intervention to regulatory mode; more competition from private businesses in water sourcing and distribution; and adapting market benchmarks for the performance of water districts. But University of the Philippines researchers Rosalie Hall, Joy Lizada, Maria Helen Dayo, Corazon Abansi, Myra David and Agnes […]

IPA Recipients for September 2015

IPA Recipients for September 2015

Bea Clarisse B. Garcia, Ma. Angela Z. Dimasupil, Pierangeli G. Vital and Windell L. Rivera Institute of Biology Natural Sciences Research Institute College of Science UP Diliman Fecal Contamination in Irrigation Water and Microbial Quality of Vegetable Primary Production in Urban Farms of Metro Manila, Philippines. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B, 50 (10): 734-743 2015.  Catchy title of research: Contaminated surface water is used for the irrigation of fresh produce in farms of Metro Manila. Food contamination causes diarrhea and other diseases, especially to children, elderly and immunocompromised people. These diseases are caused by harmful bacteria that can be […]

Local government units can now identify exactly which activities contribute to carbon emission and carbon reduction

Local government units can now identify exactly which activities contribute to carbon emission and carbon reduction

Although the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emission of the Philippines represents only less than 0.5 percent of emissions worldwide, the country continues to implement policies, mechanisms and programs to keep its emissions in check. But two criticisms have been leveled against Philippine-prepared plans. The first is that there are no specific targets for lowering GHG emissions within a given time frame. The second is the absence of a baseline data against which the impact of action plans can be evaluated. To resolve these gaps, the group of Professor David Leonides Yap of the UP Diliman School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP), Professor Toshiaki Ichinose of the Graduate […]

Workshop: Writing a great paper and getting it published in a research journal

The USAID Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) Program is inviting heads of research, academic faculty, graduate students, and officials/staff from relevant government agencies to join the learning session Writing a Great Paper and Getting it Published in a Research Journal. This half-day activity is designed and implemented in partnership with Elsevier, to help Filipino researchers discover international best practices in: (a) publishing, preparing and submitting the correct manuscript language; (b) structuring articles; and (c) understanding ethical writing. Individual sessions will be held in Cagayan de Oro (October 6), Manila (October 7) and Iloilo (October 8). Registration can be done online […]

Social learning and not genetic inheritance explains sperm whale groupings

A team of biologists and physicists from universities in Canada, the United States and the Philippines revealed that it is biased social learning and not genetic inheritance or pure social learning that accounts for the groupings of sperm whales.  Their discovery, published recently in the high impact international journal Nature Communications, drew the attention of over 30 news outlets including Time, Washington Post, Newsweek, Nat Geo, Discovery, Smithsonian, BBC News, CBC News, NBC News, Nature, and Science. UP’s own Dr. Reniel Cabral of the National Institute of Physics is part of the team. “I am proud that a Philippine institution is included in a paper published in one […]

In a rural community in Mindoro, ecological problems not only result in poverty but are also triggered by it

“Poverty is both a driver and a result of complex ecological problems.” This was the conclusion derived by Dr. Adrian Wagner of the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, Dr. David T. Yap of the School of Urban and Regional Planning of UP Diliman and Dr. Helen T. Yap of The Marine Institute of UP Diliman from examining interrelated socio-ecological variables in the coastal barangay of Udalo in Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro. In the recently published article “Drivers and consequences of land use patterns in a developing country rural community,” the three researchers noted the “gradient of political and economic power […]

UP researchers uncover the roots of the water sector’s sorry state

(This article originally appeared in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on August 12 with the title “Who really owns water? Managing PH water supply better.”) DAYS BEFORE his final State of the Nation Address (Sona), President Aquino revealed something about water governance that should have given Filipinos pause. “The water sector was so complicated when I assumed office. I discovered that no less than 30 agencies take part in regulating the water sector,” Mr. Aquino recounted saying this when he visited Angat Dam in Bulacan on July 22. “What made that situation worse was these institutions acted independently, their respective plans were Made […]

New engineering lab created through Balik PhD grant

New engineering lab created through Balik PhD grant

Within two years, a team of researchers from the UP Diliman College of Engineering was able to build a working research laboratory and produce from it six ISI-listed journal articles and 12 papers for local and international conferences. Within this period, too, nine BS students and four MS students—all of whom were able to graduate this June— benefited from the laboratory for their theses. The success story is one that can make any lead researcher proud. Such is the case of Dr. Rinlee Butch Cervera, head of the project Fabrication and testing of an advanced nanoceramics synthetic apparatus for energy storage and alternative […]

Maiden run of IP clinic eyes collaboration between scientists and technology transfer officers

To accelerate invention disclosure activities and strengthen technology transfer strategies, the UP System Technology Transfer and Business Development Office (TTBDO) conducted a pilot run of the intellectual property (IP) clinic on 15 July 2015 at the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in UP Diliman. The clinic served as a venue for researchers and inventors to seek advice from experts on issues related to IP and technology transfer, as well as help in the course of the invention disclosure and patenting process. In turn, the inputs and concerns shared by the researchers are expected to help the TTOs in designing recommendations […]