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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 October 2015

IPA Recipients for October 2015

Sir Anril P. Tiatco Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts College of Arts and Letters UP Diliman Performing the Bakla in The Care Divas: Crossdressing, Affective Labor, and the Glimpse of the Cosmopolitan. Journal of Homosexuality, 62 (11): 1485-1511, 2015. Catchy title of research: Staging the Bakla in a Contemporary Filipino Musical. This article is an analysis of the original Filipino musical The Care Divas. The analysis is both an affirmation and a criticism of the performance. In the affirmation, the musical is argued to present a social reality that is intended for and in need of inter- rogation: the Filipino […]

Roadshow continues with UP taking the message of academic collaboration and service to Japan

Roadshow continues with UP taking the message of academic collaboration and service to Japan

Over the past months, UP has traveled halfway around the world not only to campaign for greater cooperation between UP and foreign universities but also to inspire Filipinos working and studying abroad to come back to the Philippines as mentors and researchers. The mission has brought UP across the Atlantic Ocean in April and May and to the land down under in June, in a series of intimate gatherings with Filipino scholars. Late last month, UP finally went on the road for its first destination in Asia: Japan. More than 100 people were in attendance as Dr. Aaron Joseph Villaraza, deputy […]

PhD in Political Science under the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship

Lingnan is inviting qualified students to apply for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPF), a scheme established by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong to attract brilliant students from around the world. Each fellowship awardee will be provided HK$20,000 per month (US$1=HK$7.8). Lingnan is Hong Kong’s liberal arts university, whose small size, top international faculty and strong emphasis on close staff and student relationships offer a unique environment for the pursuit of advanced studies in this exciting part of the world. The University offers MPhil and PhD programmes in the Arts, Business and Social Sciences disciplines. One exciting area at […]

11th APRU Research Symposium on Multi-Hazards around the Pacific Rim to be hosted by UP

As a contribution to knowledge development and dissemination in and around the twin themes of resilience and biodiversity, the University of the Philippines is hosting the 11th Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Research Symposium on Multi-Hazards around the Pacific Rim on 7-10 October 2015 in UP Diliman.  The two-day symposium aims to convene experts and specialists to address multiple hazards on marine, meteorological and geohazards, all highly relevant to the archipelagic situation of the Philippines as well as coastal economies in and around the Pacific. It is a platform for the exchange and dissemination of knowledge about resilience and biodiversity, with emphasis on understanding disaster risk […]

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 […]

Universities and HEIs commit to internationalize and better higher education in the Philippines

Universities and HEIs commit to internationalize and better higher education in the Philippines

Roughly 80 presidents, vice presidents, chancellors, vice chancellors, deans and institute directors from 24 academic institutions in the country agreed on a resolution that sought the support of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on the internationalization strategies and initiatives of Philippine higher education institutions (HEIs). The decision was reached at the end of the Conference on the Development of International Quality Higher Education Institutions held from August 26 to 28 at Microtel by Wyndham in Diliman, Quezon City. Organized by the University of the Philippines through the Office of International Linkages, the conference aimed to help Philippine universities/HEIs and state universities and colleges in […]

Anthropological and geographical societies to hold “Dagat ug Kinabuhi/Maritime Cultures, Spaces and Networks”

The Ugyanang Pang-Aghamtao, Inc (UGAT) and the Philippine Geographical Society will be holding their joint regional conference on the theme “Dagat ug Kinabuhi/Maritime Cultures, Spaces and Networks” at the Silliman University, Dumaguete City from 22 to 24 October 2015.    The conference hopes to create an interdisciplinary regional forum (encompassing the area between the Indian and the Pacific Oceans) to discuss issues and debates revolving around maritime contexts as (structured and structuring) fluid zones of spatial connection and separation, and within which contemporary insecurities and vulnerabilities communities must find ways to keep afloat (Dagat ug Kinabuhi means ‘the sea and life [lifeways/strategies]’ […]