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Luzon has the world’s greatest concentration of unique mammals

Luzon has the world's greatest concentration of unique mammals

Based on their 15-year study published in the scientific journal Frontiers of Biogeography, a team of American and Filipino researchers concluded that Luzon Island, Philippines, has the greatest concentration of unique mammals in the world. “At the time we started our study on Luzon in 2000, only 28 species were known from Luzon; by the time the project ended, the number doubled to 56 species,” said Lawrence Heaney, lead researcher, who is the Negaunee Curator of Mammals at The Field Museum in Chicago.  “Out of the 56 species of non-flying mammal species, 52 live nowhere else in the world. Of […]

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 […]

Public lecture on improving the productivity of the Philippine scientific enterprise system

About the lecture The lecture presents a set of policy recommendations for improving the productivity of the Philippine scientific enterprise system. The recommendations are developed from our analysis of the performance of the Philippine higher education institutions that form the backbone of the enterprise system especially the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) and the Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resource Development (ASTHRD) programs that were established and supported by the Department of Science and Technology in 2007 and 2009, respectively. The University of the Philippines System is the only public institution that is qualified to participate in both […]

Peer-reviewed Elsevier journal welcomes papers on conservation and sustainability

Resources, Conservation and Recycling, a peer-reviewed Elsevier journal, welcomes contributions from research, which consider all aspects of resource management, particularly with regard to conservation and sustainability objectives. The journal emphasizes the transformation processes involved in a transition toward more sustainable production and consumption systems. Emphasis is upon technological, economic, institutional and policy aspects of specific resource management practices, such as conservation, recycling and resource substitution, and of “systems-wide” strategies, such as resource productivity improvement, the restructuring of production and consumption profiles and the transformation of industry.  Contributions may have relevance at regional, national or international scales and may focus at any level of inquiry from individual […]

1st International Biosensing Technology Workshop & Conference

De La Salle University, in cooperation with Osaka University, will hold the 1st International Biosensing Technology Workshop & Conference on 19-21 September 2016 at De La Salle University, Manila with the theme “Emerging Medical Instrumentation and Engineering focusing on the Next Generation Diagnostics and Therapeutics”. This event will provide a venue for scientists, researchers, and medical practitioners in the academia and industry to exchange ideas and expertise, and promote network and collaboration to advance biosensor and bioelectronics research and technology in the Philippines. International speakers from Japan, Malaysia, and Vietnam, as well as local industry partners will give their perspective […]

IPA Recipients for July 2016

Mesobiotusphilippinicus, the first land-based tardigrade reported from the Philippines.

Marc A. Mapalo and  Denise Mirano-Bascos National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology College of Science UP Diliman Mesobiotus philippinicus sp. nov., The First Limnoterrestrial Tardigrade from the Philippines. Zootaxa, 4126 (3): 411-426, June 2016. Catchy title of research: The first land-based tardigrade reported from the Philippines Tardigrades are microscopic creatures that are able to tolerate extreme environments such as heat, pressure, dehydration, and the vacuum of space.  However, little is known about these organisms, and even less is known about their presence in the Philippines.  In this study, we have been able to isolate a land-based tardigrade from tree moss.  […]

Lecture on smart sensors in health and environmental sciences

Lecture on smart sensors in health and environmental sciences

Dr. M. Jamal Deen is Distinguished University Professor and Senior Canada Research Chair in Information Technology, McMaster University. His research interests are nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, nanotechnology and their emerging applications to health and environmental sciences. He has more than 500 peer-reviewed articles, two textbooks, six patents that have been used in industry, and 13 best paper/poster/presentation awards.  Deen has won over 50 awards and honors including the Callinan Award as well as the Electronics and Photonics Award from the Electrochemical Society, the Eadie Medal from the Royal Society of Canada, and the McNaughton Gold Medal, Fessenden Medal and Ham Education Medal from IEEE Canada.  He holds three […]

Tawag para sa Nominasyon: Gawad sa Natatanging Publikasyon sa Filipino

Malugod kayong inaanyayahan na magsumite ng mga nominasyon para sa Gawad sa Natatanging Publikasyon sa Filipino. Mayroong dalawang kategorya ito: (a) Gawad para sa Malikhaing Panulat, at (b) Gawad para sa Publikasyon ng Orihinal na Pananaliksik (sa anumang disiplina maliban sa malikhaing panulat). Tatanggapin ng Opisina ng Bise Presidente para sa Pang-akademikong Gawain ang mga publikasyon na inilimbag: – noong 2012 para sa 2013 Gawad – noong 2013 para sa2014 Gawad – noong 2014 para sa 2015 Gawad – n0ong 2015 para sa 2016 Gawad Ang huling araw ng pagtanggap ng mga nominasyon ay 31 Oktubre 2016. (Basahin ang memo at ang mga patakaran ng Gawad.)

One UP Professorial Chair and Faculty Grant Awards

In view of the Faculty’s numerous activities and deadlines in June relating to the end of the second semester, final exams, submission of grades, and preparations for commencement exercises, the deadline for application to the One UP Professorial Chair and Faculty Grant Awards is extended to Monday, 18 July 2016. Read the memo from the Office of the President. Read the call for applications.