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FEBRUARY 2017

VICTORIOUS: Two silver wins for UP in global Reimagine Education Awards

MAKING NUMBERS MATTER: Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership Workshop 2016

SCATTERING SEEDS: UP System-supported research projects give year-end reports

DISCOVERY: UP physicist finds a way to boost energy capacity of sodium-ion batteries

JANUARY 2017

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

[Slideshow feature] VP Concepcion among S&T awardees from UP

[Slideshow feature] resident Pascual: “Our outlook must become global while continuing to address local concerns”

ECOSYSTEM, GENOMICS AND MORE: 1st Biodiversity and Chemical Biology of Marine and Terrestrial Life in the Philippine Region Conference kicks off in Bohol, Philippines

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2016

LEGACY OF SCHOLARSHIP: Winner, finalists of first Gémino Abad Awards to be recognized

SCIENCE AND CONSERVATION: DENR, Bohol seek help of scientists at biodiversity conference

INDEFATIGABLE: UP Manila prof is world’s most prolific editor

AIMING FOR A PATENT: Latest invention disclosure awardees come from UP Visayas

NEW BATCH: UP Artists and Scientists for 2015-2017 named

FROM INQUIRY TO APPLICATION: UP biodiversity conference to focus on innovations, interdisciplinary research

WELCOME DEVELOPMENT FOR UP: SC decision on Bt eggplant brings ‘rays of hope’ to UP scientists, agri stakeholders

SCIENCE THROUGH STORIES: Fiction and public science education

RECORD HOLDER: Luzon has the world’s greatest concentration of unique mammals, according to UP and foreign researchers

BETTER DATA, BETTER PLANS: UP Cebu Phil-LiDAR 2 turns over detailed resource maps to Negros Occidental

FIRST TITLE-HOLDER: UP Diliman takes home grand prize in new Gawad Pangulo Student Debates

STRONGER REGIONAL TIES: UP hosts meeting of Pacific Rim university leaders in Cebu

OCTOBER 2016

FOR ENABLING RESEARCH: VP Concepcion among S&T awardees from UP

NEW PUBLICATION: Water distribution in Cordillera highlands “embedded in culture”

GMO CASE DISMISSED: Bt talong technology to proceed as SC reverses own ruling

RECOGNITION: Honoris causa awarded to Marine Science Institute founding director

MAKING HISTORY: PH scores its first gold in Int’l Mathematical Olympiad

2016 RANKINGS: UP remains in top 100 universities in Asia

FOREIGN TRAINING: UP, NTU and Academia Sinica firm up plans for joint “sandwich programs”

CALL: Bukas na para sa mga nominasyon ang Gawad sa Natatanging Publikasyon sa Filipino

CALL: Peer-reviewed Elsevier journal welcomes papers on conservation and sustainability

CALL: The Concepcion D. Dadufalza Award for Distinguished Achievement is now open for nominations

JULY 2016

FOCUSED PARTNERSHIP: PH and Taiwan strengthen academic ties with UP visit

SOCIAL RELEVANCE: CFA thesis exhibit is about “triggering paradigm shifts”

“DESIRABLE AND URGENT”: PAASE supports the resumption of Bt talong development

INSPIRING SCIENTISTS: Asian Scientist salutes the achievements of three UP researchers

COLLABORATION, OFFERING: UP celebrates the contributions of its scientists and artists in a system-wide festival

ROADMAP TO INCLUSIVE GROWTH: UP calls on presidential candidates to invest on knowledge capital

HAUNTED METAPHORS: For Prof. Jose Neil Garcia, Dulaang UP’s The Dressing Room was situated comfortably in the “translational modernism”

METICULOUS DETAIL: Archaeological field surveys demand precision and accuracy (Click to watch video)

JUNE 2016

UTAK AT PUSO PARA SA BAYAN: UP Knowledge Festival to showcase innovations in research and creative fields (Download the program)

ATTRACTING YOUNG SCIENTISTS: USAID STRIDE exhibits UP research projects

BETTER THAN SURVEILLANCE: Study predicts dengue mosquito abundance in PH schools

CALL: Newton PhD Scholarships and Institutional Links under Newton Agham are now open for applications. Deadline: 27 June 2016

CALL: Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships open for 3-year PhD and short-term (4-6) postdoctoral research at University of Queensland. Deadline: 30 June 2016

EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH: UPOU faculty member named ICT Education Researcher of the Year

PAGLULUNSAD: Fourteen new titles to be launched by the UP Press

FIRST IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC: College of Nursing designated anew as WHO collaborating center

EINSTEIN EXPLAINED: UP celebrates the centennial of Einstein’s general relativity theory with a public symposium on his birthday–and on “pi day” at that. (Click to download the souvenir program)

MAY 2016

FURTHER DELIBERATION: Final version of the UP General Education framework to be discussed by university councils

FOSTERING CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH: UP hosts the Philippines’ first Asian Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena

MERIT AND PUBLIC SERVICE: Concepcion Dadufalza Award goes to field biologist with a spirit to serve

THE SMALLEST AMONG GIANT FLOWERS: UP biologists discover new giant flower found only in the Philippines

SCIENCE FOR DEVELOPMENT: Scientific research in UP helps society, President Pascual tells media

RECOGNITION, SUPPORT: With an annual budget of P100 million, UP opens 800 new awards for professorial chairs and faculty grants

SYMPOSIUM FOR GRANT RECIPIENTS: UP researchers ‘fascinated’ by works from outside their fields

A NIGHT OF FIRSTS: New UP Los Baños ensemble wins first Gawad Pangulo choir contest

LEADING RESEARCHERS: UP names top scientists based on h-index and citation count

APRIL 2016

2ND GAWAD PANGULO FOR PROGRESSIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING: Engineering professor Dr. Luis Sison wins the award for helping students market tech innovations

LONE FILIPINO IN THE BATCH: Vice President Gisela Concepcion is one of 44 new Fellows of The World Academy of Sciences

CALL: The Korean Studies Association of Southeast Asia invites papers for presentation at its 7th Biennial International Conference to be hosted by the University of the Philippines. Deadline: 10 April 2015

RESOURCE: UPAA’s orientation booklet for Filipinos in Germany is now accessible online

CALL: Australia-ASEAN Council grants will support collaborative activities in these priority areas: trade and economic development, technology and entrepreneurship, and culture and education. Deadline: 18 April 2016

CALL: USAID STRIDE invites Philippine academic institutions to submit applications for research in agribusiness, fisheries, and food manufacturing. Deadline: 15 April 2016

MARCH 2016

GAWAD PANGULO CHORAL COMPETITION: Seven groups from the Diliman, Manila, Los Baños and Baguio campuses make the cut

UP HAS 116 OF TOP 250 PHILIPPINE SCIENTISTS: Faculty members called to register in Google Scholar to update the list

A DOCTOR ON FACEBOOK: First Gawad Pangulo for Progressive Teaching and Learning winner Dr. Iris Isip Tan talks about issues related to social media and patient care

PROF. JOEL CUELLO ON ART AND SCIENCE: Both “share the goal of gaining a synoptic understanding and representation of the world”

HAPPILY EVER AFTER?: Philippine folklore takes center stage in UP rendition of Rusalka, a lyric fairy tale opera

PRESIDENT PASCUAL’S SPEECH AT THE ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: “As the management of universities becomes increasingly complex, the need for genuine leadership in academia also intensifies.”

RIPPLE EFFECT: Our programs on short-term training in foreign universities and externship in industry aim for both scholarship and service

FEBRUARY 2016

WATER IN THE PHILIPPINES: Singular rights-based approaches and monocentric institutions will not solve water conflicts

FIRST STOP IN HOME CONTINENT: Roadshow continues with UP taking the message of academic collaboration and service to Japan

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

OVERCOMING CHALLENGES: With his Balik PhD grant, returning scientist builds a lab and shows what productivity means

THIRD INSTALLMENT: University roadshow heads Down Under to reach more Filipino scholars

JANUARY 2016

MODERN EDUCATORS: UP Diliman and UP Los Baños faculty members to compete in the 2nd Gawad Pangulo for Progressive Teaching and Learning

EXCELLENCE AND RELEVANCE IN A GLOBAL LANDSCAPE: Universities and HEIs commit to internationalize and better higher education in the Philippines

CULTURE, NOT GENETICS: UP scientist co-discovers the explanation for the sperm whales’ complex social structure

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

BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED: Tribute in UP celebrates the life and work of Nobel laureate Richard Heck

BURIED ALIVE: Reefs unlikely to recover from the effects of China’s construction activities in the Spratly Islands, says MSI founding director

AMONG THE WORLD’S ELITE: Global rankings indicate that UP is on a par with the best universities in eight subjects

COME HOME FOR GOOD: UP seeks to recruit US-based academics in second leg of the roadshow 

AN INTERNATIONALIZED UNIVERSITY: UP connects with Filipino scholars in four European cities

SEPTEMBER 2015

SYMPOSIUM: The University of the Philippines is hosting the 11th APRU Research Symposium on Multi-Hazards around the Pacific Rim as a contribution to knowledge development and dissemination in and around the twin themes of resilience and biodiversity.

CALL: As part of its golden anniversary celebration, the UP Press is holding a critical essay writing contest to encourage Filipinos to read UP Press titles and to promote the critical literature about the multidisciplinary field of Philippine Studies. Deadline: 30 October 2015 (Download the poster)

AUGUST 2015

HOW DO FILIPINOS USE WATER? UP researchers uncover the roots of the Philippine water sector’s sorry state

MOST OUTSTANDING RESEARCHER: Internationally recognized scientist Dr. Rhodora Azanza receives the 2015 Pantas Award

CREATING A CULTURE OF RESEARCH: Maiden run of IP clinic eyes collaboration between scientists and technology transfer officers

SENSING LIGHT WHIRLPOOLS AND 3-D OBJECTS AMIDST NOISE: For the first time, physicists are using a statistical approach to process complex light patterns

JULY 2015

BACK TO BASICS: Workshop on procurement to help research projects stay on course

LEARNING IN THE 21ST CENTURY: UP partners with Apple to address shift in pedagogy

PRIDE OF UP: Philippine representative UP ARCO triumphs in Bratislava music fest

GRAND PRIX: UP Concert Chorus is big winner at international choir festival in Poland

FIRST IN 30 YEARS: UP Diliman geologists bring fossil conference to the Philippines

SCIENCE FOR INCLUSIVE GROWTH: Nine USAID STRIDE awards for education and collaborative research go to UP

UP BAGUIO GRADUATION RITES 2015: The deep resources from my UP education help me carry out the mission, vision and passion of my life, says VP Gisela Concepcion

JUNE 2015

STIMULATING RESEARCH: Members of the UP community who disclose their inventions are eligible for a monetary award

CLASSROOM, CLAN AND CRIME SCENE: Students and professionals team up for the 2nd Forensic Science Symposium

IT’S ALL RELATIVE: Experts stress the importance of DNA Science in understanding and preserving Philippine culture

MUSIC, HUMANITIES AND A GLOBALIZED SOCIETY: Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Concepcion speaks to Southeast Asian directors of music on the need to unify experiences and strengthen education (Click to read her speech)

FIRST SOUTHEAST ASIAN WINNER: The European Geosciences Union awards the 2015 Pilnius Medal to National Institute of Geological Sciences Professor Alfredo Mahar Lagmay

CALL: The Office of the President is still accepting applicants from UP Diliman for its Scholarship Program and Leadership Grant. Deadline: 15 June 2015

RESOURCE: The June 2015 issue of the Journal of Environmental Science and Management is already available online. This issue contains eight articles on topics as sea surface temperature (the first of its kind in the Philippines), community-based assessment of the Banaue rice terraces and assessment of plans diversity in mined-out sites in Cebu.

MAY 2015

CAMBRIDGE AWAITS: Summa cum laude candidate wins UK internship in genomics research

CREATING, INNOVATING, SERVING: UP institutional video lands gold award at international conference and exhibit in Doha

HATS OFF: Dr. Grace Javier Alfonso is 2013 Concepcion D. Dadufalza Awardee for Distinguished Achievement

APRIL 2015

INTERDISCIPLINARY EFFORTS: EIDR program on water governance engages stakeholders in multi-sectoral discussions in Luzon and the Visayas

CALL: The 2015 National Book Development Trust Fund Grant is accepting submissions on local history and culture, traditional/integrative/tropical medicine, food science and technology, organic/sustainable agriculture, agritourism, and popular science. (Deadline: May 31)

IMPLICATIONS FOR HUMAN SAFETY: Experiments on mice reveal how individual training leads to faster evacuation and self-organized queuing during group emergency escape

ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION: Filipino scientists discover new plant species with great potential in phytoremediation, specifically, in the phytoextraction of nickel

THE JOURNEY BEGINS: President Alfredo Pascual urges top UPCAT qualifiers to prepare and work for the society outside the University walls

THINK BIG, THINK BEYOND: UP, NUS partner for effective institutional and academic leadership

MARCH 2015

RESPONDING TO THE MODERN WORLD: Consensus reached on proposed revision to the GE program

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: UP Press is 50

TOWARDS A SCIENTIFIC NATION:  The National Institute of Physics receives the Most Outstanding Institution Award from the National Research Council of the Philippines

LIGHT MATTERS: UP Diliman celebrates the International Year of Light with multi-disciplinary symposium IlumiNASYON

HEARTY WELCOME: The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs has three new administrators on board

ANNOUNCEMENT: Partial list of ECWRG recipients is now available (Click to open PDF file)

BUSINESS-EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP: International symposium on geoscience highlights what cooperation between industry and the academe can do

SEE WITH NEW EYES: System-wide conference aims to inspire UP academic leaders with successful models and good practices from here and abroad

ANNOUNCEMENT: The first batch of EIDR Cycle 6 proponents will receive an invitation from the Evaluation and Monitoring Committee to submit their full proposals by the end of March 2015. Those who will not receive an invitation are requested to wait for further notice as the Committee continues with its review of the capsule proposals.  (Click here to view the first batch.)

FEBRUARY 2015

HISTORIC FIRST: UP Manila associate professor is pioneer winner of Gawad Pangulo: A Competition for Progressive Teaching and Learning

GLOBALIZED, LOCALIZED: Constituent universities reach a consensus on the proposed revision to the General Education program

BACK IN THE GAME: Public Policy Journal releases its first issue in almost a decade

A LEARNING EXPERIENCE: In a letter to the chancellors, Dr. Gisela P. Concepcion explains the basis for the recommendations made by the OVPAA on the faculty merit promotions

JANUARY 2015

FOCUS ON MARINE PROTECTED AREAS: Three UP campuses join forces to offer an innovative master’s program for environmental managers

COMPETITIVE EDGE: Constituent units are urged to conduct an assessment of their curricular programs, and to review and strengthen their respective niches

UP MANILA’S PIONEER PROGRAM IN SPEECH PATHOLOGY: “The feeling is very strong at UP that you are studying for the country… That’s the UP spirit.” (leads to an external site)

GENERAL EDUCATION (GE) CURRICULUM REVIEW AND REVISION: GE and disciplinary experts from all UP campuses participated in formulating the new UP GE courses in a series of discussions.