UP WINNERS AND ACHIEVERS

Winner of Gawad Pangulo for Progressive Teaching and Learning shortlisted for int’l awards

Winner of Gawad Pangulo for Progressive Teaching and Learning shortlisted for int'l awards

Almost a year after winning the 2nd Gawad Pangulo for Progressive Teaching and Learning, Dr. Luis Sison of the College of Engineering is now vying for an international award in higher education pedagogy.  Sison was selected to advance in the Reimagine Education competition with his project “HIRIT: Higher education Institutional Readiness for Innovation and Technopreneurship,” the same entry that secured him the Gawad Pangulo title in December 2015. The entry, based on his MS-level course IE 298, helps students identify and pursue market opportunities that can be addressed by technology. IE 298 is delivered via flipped classroom with lectures and readings posted on UvLe (University […]

UP Manila prof is world’s most prolific editor

UP Manila prof is world's most prolific editor

Dr. Jose Florencio Lapeña, Jr. of UP Manila is the world’s busiest editor. This was according to Publons, the UK company behind the inaugural Sentinel of Science awards. Lapeña received the award for handling the highest number of manuscripts across all the world’s journals. As this year’s top contributing editor, he will get $100 cash and a $200 credit with Wiley.  Publon created the awards to “honour the expert peer reviewers and editors who stand guard over research quality, and lead the charge for better, faster science.”  Lapeña, who is a professor of otorhinolaryngology at UP Manila, an attending otolaryngologist, aerodigestive tract, and cleft and craniofacial plastic surgeon at the […]

UP Artists and Scientists for 2015-2017 named

UP Artists and Scientists for 2015-2017 named

Forty-nine scientists earned the title of UP Scientist for 2016-2018, and six artists and art scholars, the title UP Artist for 2015-2017, for productivity in their fields. The awarding ceremony was held on July 26, 2016 at the NISMED Auditorium, UP Diliman, Quezon City. One of the UP Artists named this year is from UP Los Baños, while the rest are from UP Diliman. Of the UP Scientists named this year, 17 are from UP Diliman, 20 from UP Los Baños, six from UP Manila, three from UP Visayas, and three from UP Open University. The latest batch brings the […]

PH scores its first gold in Int’l Mathematical Olympiad

PH scores its first gold in Int'l Mathematical Olympiad

Twenty-eight years after its maiden entrance, the Philippines has won its first gold medal – and two at that – in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), the most prestigious competition in mathematics for high school students around the world. Placing 17th in the overall ranking, the Philippines also overtook usually strong countries like Bulgaria (#18), Germany (#19) and Romania (#20) and tightened the gap with ASEAN powerhouses like Thailand (#12) and Vietnam (#11). The 57th edition of the olympiad, held in Hong Kong from 6 to 16 July 2016, was participated in by 110 countries. Farrell Eldrian Wu (MGC New Life Christian Academy) and Kyle Patrick Dulay (Philippine […]

UPOU faculty member named ICT Education Researcher of the Year

A faculty member of the Faculty of Information and Communication Studies of the UP Open University (UPOU) won the Education Researcher of the Year Award at the SM2016/ICT2016 25th International Education and Technology Conference in Hong Kong on 11 April 2016. Asst. Prof. Roberto Figueroa Jr. was nominated after his presentation at the 2012 Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities in Malaysia where he shared his research on the comparative evaluation of web-based tools that showcased social media and video conferencing for distance education.  The nomination was recommended by Springer book editor Prof. Phillip M. Tsang, and endorsed by the award committee […]

New UP Los Baños ensemble wins first Gawad Pangulo choir contest

New UP Los Baños ensemble wins first Gawad Pangulo choir contest

It was an evening of firsts at the final round of the UP Gawad Pangulo Choral Competition on March 4. Not only was it the maiden edition of the system-wide contest but it was also the first time that the university had, in the words of President Alfredo Pascual, “a performing arts competition where [it] engaged the whole UP.” What’s more, it was the newly-formed choral ensemble from UP Los Baños, in its inaugural performance at that, which brought home the grand prize. The winning group was the Makiling Chamber Singers. Created to support long-time choristers in reviving their passion for choral singing and performing on […]

Concepcion Dadufalza Award goes to UP biologist with a spirit to serve

Concepcion Dadufalza Award goes to UP biologist with a spirit to serve

He is a “field biologist with a ‘serve the people’ mindset.” This is how Dr. Perry Ong, professor at the UP Diliman Institute of Biology, describes himself in a nutshell. And the University couldn’t agree with him more, choosing him as the latest recipient of the Concepcion D. Dadufalza Award for Distinguished Achievement. An expert in urban biodiversity, ecology systematics, DNA barcoding, the biology of Philippine wildlife, and biodiversity conservation, Dr. Ong has contributed significantly to the conservation of the critically endangered Philippine Eagle Phithecophaga Jefferyi as well as the near threatened Philippine tarsier. His research works likewise center on the restoration of forests such as […]

Engineering professor wins Gawad Pangulo for helping students market tech innovations

Engineering professor wins Gawad Pangulo for helping students market tech innovations

The UP Diliman College of Engineering has another prize under its belt as its own professor Dr. Luis Sison emerged victorious in the 2nd Gawad Pangulo for Progressive Teaching and Learning. The final round was held on 18 December 2015 at NISMED in UP Diliman. Sison won for his graduate-level course IE 298 (Technopreneurship) through which he guides students in identifying and pursuing market opportunities that can be addressed by technology. Not only did he improve the course but also made it accessible to other graduate and undergraduate students. IE 298 is delivered via flipped classroom with lectures and readings posted on UvLe before each class. In […]

Vice President Gisela Concepcion is one of 44 new Fellows of The World Academy of Sciences

Vice President Gisela Concepcion is one of 44 new Fellows of The World Academy of Sciences

Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela P. Concepcion is among the 44 new Fellows  elected to The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). The election took place at the Academy’s 26th General Meeting in Vienna, Austria on 19 November 2015. TWAS is a global science academy based in Trieste, Italy that seeks to recognize, support and promote excellence in scientific research in developing countries. Founded by Abdus Salam, a Pakistani physicist and Nobel laureate, it consists of distinguished scientists from the developing world.  TWAS started with 42 Fellows in 1983, nine of whom were Nobel laureates.  The number has since grown to over 1,000  — […]

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 […]