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PAASE supports the resumption of Bt talong development

The development of Bt talong, a technology that can increase productivity in areas affected by fruit and shoot borers (FSB) but without the health risks posed by chemical pesticides, is both “a desirable and an urgent imperative.”  This was the position made by the Philippine American Academy of Science & Engineering (PAASE) in light of the decision of the Supreme Court to prohibit the field testing of Bt talong.  PAASE is an organization of Philippine- and foreign-based scientists and engineers who support national inclusive growth and development through innovation in science and technology. According to PAASE: “Bt talong, developed through biotechnology, unburdened by the problems of conventional breeding, […]

UP College of Nursing designated anew as WHO collaborating center

UP College of Nursing designated anew as WHO collaborating center

The UP College of Nursing (UPCN) has been redesignated as a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Leadership in Nursing Development for another four years. As a collaborating center from 2016 to 2020, the college seeks to assist the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office  in strengthening integrated multi-profession education by developing curriculum and teaching education standards in nursing. It also intends to share lessons with WPRO member states in implementing integrated and people-oriented services that are focused on health promotion and non-communicable disease prevention, and help further strengthen the Australia AID-funded Cambodia Nurse Bridging Program. UPCN spearheaded the program from 2012 to 2014 to […]

Scopus publications in high-impact journals (IF of >2.000) for the week of May 2016

(UP Diliman) Effects of Price, Information, and Transactions Cost Interventions to Raise Voluntary Enrollment in a Social Health Insurance Scheme: A Randomized Experiment in the Philippines. Joseph J. Capuno, Aleli D. Kraft, Stella Quimbo, Carlos R. Tan Jr. And Adam Wagstaff. Health Economics, 25 (6): 650–662 (UP Diliman) Shallow Landslide Susceptibility Mapping Using High-Resolution Topography for Areas Devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan. Maricar L. Rabonza, Raquel P. Felix, Alfredo Mahar Francisco A. Lagmay, Rodrigo Narod C. Eco, Iris Jill G. Ortiz and Dakila T. Aquino. Landslides, 13 (1): 201-210 (UP Los Baños) Indentation as a Potential Mechanical Test for Textural […]

Scopus publications in high-impact journals (IF of >2.000) for the week of April 2016:

(UP Diliman) Electrode Architecture in Galvanic and Electrolytic Energy Cells. Beomgyun Jeong, Joey D. Ocon and  Jaeyoung Lee. Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 55 (16): 4870–4880 (UP Diliman) Effects of Electrodeposition Synthesis Parameters on the Photoactivity of Nanostructured Tungsten Trioxide Thin Films: Optimisation Study Using Response Surface Methodology. (2016) Tao Zhu, Meng Nan Chong, Yi Wen Phuan, Joey D. Ocon, Eng Seng Chan. Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers, 61: 196–204 (UP Diliman) Comparison of the Venom Peptides and Their Expression in Closely Related Conus Species: Insights into Adaptive Post-speciation Evolution of Conus Exogenomes. Neda Barghi, Gisela P. Concepcion, Baldomero […]

14 new titles to be launched by the UP Press

Fourteen books will be formally introduced to the public by the University of the Philippines Press (UP Press) in its forthcoming “Paglulunsad” on 27 May 2016 at Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman. These include the selected works of National Artists Cirilo F. Bautista and F. Sionil Jose, whose earlier books had also been published by the UP Press, as well as other collections and literary pieces from some of our seasoned essayists, poets and fictionists. The third installment of Science Philippines, a compilation of essays edited by Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela P. Concepcion, will also be launched. Volume II of Science Philippines bagged the Best Book on […]

Asian Scientist list salutes the achievements of three UP researchers

Three UP researchers were among the five Filipinos honored in the first “Asian Scientists 100” list. It was released by The Asian Scientist, a Singapore-based publication that aims to bring awareness to quality research being done around Asia.  Placing ninth was UP Professor Emeritus Edgardo Gomez, the founding director of the UP Marine Science Institute (MSI). He was named National Scientist in 2014 in recognition of his sterling contributions and achievements as a researcher, scientist, conservation advocate, and mentor in invertebrate biology and ecology, giant clam culture and restoration, and coral reef assessment and conservation. Recently, Gomez was elected president of the National Research Council of […]

RDG Conference Report of Anna Marie P. Talam

Write up about the Conference The theme of the conference was “Creating Sustainable Business Value –  Embedding Sustainable Practices Into Strategies”.  Its aim was to foster research relations between the academic and industry by bringing decision makers from the private and public sector to discuss the opportunities, the best practices and latest research in management and business innovation which are crucial for business sustainability.  Hosted by Asia Pacific International Academy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aventis School of Management, there were 26 authors coming from different countries who participated in the conference.   Feedback on paper presented *  The topic […]

RDG Conference Report of Virgilio P. Sison

Write up about the Conference The International Zürich Seminar on Communications (IZS) is a biennial conference with technical presentations in the broad area of telecommunications. It serves as an opportunity to learn from and to communicate with leading experts in the areas of in formation theory, coding theory and signal processing. The other specific topics covered are Shannon Theory, cryptography, wireless communications, and network coding. As in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012, roughly half of the presentations are delivered by external session organizers. No parallel sessions are anticipated,and all papers are presented with a wide audience in mind. The […]

RDG Conference Report of Lilibeth A. Salvador-Reyes

Write up about the Conference The 2014 Gordon Research Conference on Marine Natural Products will highlight progressive research on the chemistry and biology of natural product chemicals from the marine environment. Featured topics will include advances in molecular characterization, biomedical applications, biotechnology, genomics, chemical ecology, molecular pharmacology, and chemical biology to reflect the ever-evolving breadth of this dynamic field. The conference will feature outstanding investigators from academia, industry and the government, and will provide opportunities for junior scientists and graduate students to present their work in poster format. Some poster presenters will be selected for short talks. One of the […]

RDG Conference Report of Rosario R. Rubite

Write up about the Conference BOTANY 2014: New Frontiers in Botany was a large assembly of scientists of various botanical specializations from wide range of countries. The conference consists of plenary lectures, symposia, workshops and exhibits. The meeting was a great opportunity to share ideas and build collaborations. Feedback on paper presented My presentations covered the recircumscription of Begonia section Baryandra (Begoniaceae), utilizing molecular data. Not only were the audience interested in our research but they were greatly impressed by the large number of Philippine endemic begonias located at the pristine forests of mountains from Batanes to Basilan. Future directions […]