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Faculty members called to register in Google Scholar to update list of top Philippine scientists

In a memorandum issued recently, Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela P. Concepcion encouraged faculty members to register and create their Google Scholar profile “so that the current list of UP scientists with citations could be updated and corrected in future editions of the Cybermetrics Lab ranking.” Last month, Cybermetrics Lab has announced the list of top 250 scientists in Philippine institutions. One hundred sixteen (116) of those who landed on the list are affiliated with UP, with UP Manila-based scientists occupying the top spots.  Prepared by Spain’s largest research body Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, the list was based on the public profiles of scientists as they […]

IPA Recipients for November 2015

IPA Recipients for November 2015

Leonila Corpuz-Raros Crop Science Cluster College of Agriculture UP Los Baños A New Species of Notogalumna (Acari, Oribatida, Galaumnidae) from the Oriental Region with a Key to Known Species. Acarologia, 55 (3): 267-276, 2015. Catchy title of research: Discovery of two new species of large-winged mites and first records of the genera Mirogalumna and Pergalumnain the Philippines (Acari, Oribatida, Parakalumnidae) This paper reports the discovery of two new species and the recording of one species of oribatid mites from the Philippines. The new species are Mirogalumnaleytensis from Mt. Pangasugan in Leyte and Mt. Makiling in Luzon, and Pergalumnapanayensisin Panay, Leyte and Luzon. A […]

Handel’s Messiah 2015

The College of Music of the University of the Philippines and the UP Parish of the Holy Sacrifice, with the support of UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan and parish priest Fr. Henry Ferreras, present the nativity portion of G. F. Handel’s immortal classic, The Messiah, on Wednesday, 9 December 2015, 7:00pm, at the UP Parish of the Holy Sacrifice. ​Held annually at the UP Campus, the performance of Handel’s Messiah in December is a much-awaited event for it brings together UP Diliman’s world-famous choirs such asthe  UP Madrigal Singers, UP Singing Ambassadors, and UP Concert Chorus.  This year, the alumni of […]

Piano Music from Romantic Manila

Piano Music from Romantic Manila

The College of Music is proud to present a concert of Philippine original solo piano music from the end of the Spanish colonial period to the time of the first Philippine republic in 1960s. It will be held on 7 December 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium. To be played by visiting artist from Dartmouth College, Sally Pinkas, the program consists of short compositions in light cosmopolitan music styles such as waltz, mazurka, nocturne, habanera, serenade, and so on. These works were written by three generations of composers who lived in Manila: from Hispanic Ignacio Massaguer to the first […]

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  — […]

Annual symposium brings together UP researchers from diverse disciplines

Annual symposium brings together UP researchers from diverse disciplines

More than 50 oral presentations were given during the 2015 OVPAA Research Symposium organized by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA). Held on November 12 and 13 at the Intel Center for Science Innovation Auditorium of the National Institute of Physics in UP Diliman, the symposium featured the results of research projects under the OVPAA-administered Emerging Interdisciplinary Research (EIDR) and Balik PhD programs.  In her keynote speech, National Scientist Dolores Ramirez mentioned, among others, how intellectual property is receiving more “meticulous attention” now than during her time. On the second day, Dr. William Padolina, president and academician of the National Academy […]

Tribute in UP celebrates the life and work of Nobel laureate Richard Heck

Tribute in UP celebrates the life and work of Nobel laureate Richard Heck

The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs in collaboration with the UP Diliman Institute of Chemistry held a tribute for Nobel laureate Richard F. Heck on 22 October 2015. Heck, who shared the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki for palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis, died in the Philippines on October 10 after years of illness. Guests from the Philippine scientific community, the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering, the US embassy and Heck’s family came to share anecdotes and lectures on the significance of Heck’s work. “To be inventive, to be […]

“Isyu sa Kuwento, Kuwento sa Likod ng Isyu” to tackle sensitive topics in children’s literature

To increase appreciation for local books which tackle topics and issues (often or long) considered taboo in reading fare for the young, the UP Reading Education Area in partnership with the National Book Development Board is inviting everyone to “Isyu sa Kuwento, Kuwento sa Likod ng Isyu: A Forum on Sensitive Topics in Children’s Literature. It will be held on 14 November 2015, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Benitez Theater of the UP College of Education.  Program: 7:30-8:00         Registration 8:00-8:30         National Anthem                              Opening […]

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 […]