RESEARCH AND CREATIVE WORK

President Pascual: “Our outlook must become global while continuing to address local concerns”

14th Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Senior Staff Meeting 7-9 September 2016, Crimson Hotel, Mactan Island, Cebu Welcome & Opening Address: The Internationalization of Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific Alfredo E. Pascual President, University of the Philippines   Good morning to you all! It is my honor and pleasure to welcome you to the 14th Senior Staff Meeting of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), here on the historic island of Mactan, Province of Cebu. It is here in Mactan where Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan fell in battle in 1521 against the warriors of the island, led by […]

IPA Recipients for September 2016

IPA Recipients for September 2016

Anna Lena Lopez Institute of Child Health and Human Development National Institutes of Health UP Manila Evaluation in Cameroon of a Novel, Simplified Methodology to Assist Molecular Microbiological Analysis of V. cholerae in Resource-Limited Settings. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 10 (3): e0004573, 14 pages, 21 March 2016. Catchy title of research: Use of a simplified methodology for molecular analysis of Vibrio cholera in developing countries Laboratory confirmation and sample preservation in areas where cholera is a problem is difficult. To improve the ability to identify cholera and understand its epidemiology, we used simplified collection methodologies to facilitate timely molecular characterization of […]

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

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

According to UP Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Gisela P. Concepcion, the recent decision of the Philippine Supreme Court to dismiss the Petition for Writ of Continuing Mandamus and Writ of Kalikasan with Prayer for Issuance of a Temporary Environmental Protection Order (TEPO) that first stopped the field testing of Bt eggplant in 2013 brought “rays of hope” to UP researchers, as well as to stakeholders in the feed miller and livestock/poultry industries. Concepcion stated in an interview that the Supreme Court’s reversal of its December 2015 decision to deny petitions to dismiss the 2013 ruling of the Court […]

Fiction and public science education

Fiction and public science education

Dennis Posadas is a technical consultant for clean energy projects and author of Leap: A Sustainability Fable (Singapore: Pearson, 2015). His previous books include Greenergized (UK: Greenleaf, 2013), Jump Start: A Technopreneurship Fable (Singapore: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2009) and Rice & Chips: Technopreneurship and Innovation in Asia (Singapore: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007).   His latest novella on biomass energy, Santander’s Revenge, hit number one early this month on Amazon.com in the green business (Kindle ebook) category. Santander’s Revenge is a business mystery-adventure short novel that discusses some of the real challenges faced by businesses as they try to adopt low carbon and renewable energy strategic […]

Water distribution in Cordillera highlands “embedded in culture”

An article on how economic activities in water distribution and exchange are embedded in the culture of indigenous communities in the Cordillera highlands of Northern Luzon appeared in the August 2016 issue of the journal Asia Pacific Viewpoint.  Written by researchers from the Institute of Management in UP Baguio, it presented some of the findings of Towards Good Water Governance for Development: A Multi-Case Analysis. The program, which is now in its fourth and last year of implementation, was funded using UP’s Emerging Interdisciplinary Research (EIDR) grant. The cases of three communities “suggest that water distribution and exchange are embedded in the community’s socio-cultural spaces, but the extent of […]

Bt talong technology to proceed as SC reverses own ruling

The Supreme Court has reversed its ruling that prevented the field testing of the genetically engineered Bt talong. In a unanimous decision, the high court granted the motions for reconsideration filed by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications Inc., Environmental Management Bureau, Crop Life Philippines, University of the Philippines Los Baños Foundation and University of the Philippines. The court agreed that “the case should have been dismissed for mootness” since the Bt talong field trials have been completed and terminated and the biosafety permits issued by the Bureau of Plant Industry have already expired. Thus, these “effectively negated the need […]

IPA Recipients for August 2016

IPA Recipients for August 2016

Laura J. Pham BIOTECH UP Los Baños “Pili (Canarium ovatum)” in Industrial Oil Crops. Thomas A. McKeon, Douglas G. Hayes, David F. Hildebrand and Randall J. Weselake (editors). London, United Kingdom: Academic Press, 2016.  Laura J. Pham BIOTECH UP Los Baños “Coconut (Cocos nucifera)” in Industrial Oil Crops. Thomas A. McKeon, Douglas G. Hayes, David F. Hildebrand and Randall J. Weselake (editors). London, United Kingdom: Academic Press, 2016.  Wilson M. Tan Department of Computer Science College of Engineering UP Diliman On the Design of An Energy-Harvesting Noise-Sensing WSN Mote. EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, 167 (1): 18 pages, December 2014. In this […]

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 […]

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.  […]

UP biodiversity conference to focus on innovations, interdisciplinary research

UP biodiversity conference to focus on innovations, interdisciplinary research

The University of the Philippines (UP), through the UP Diliman Marine Science Institute (MSI) and Institute of Biology (IB), is hosting the conference Biodiversity & Chemical Biology of Marine and Terrestrial Life in the Philippine Region (BCBMTP) on 16-20 October 2016 at the Bellevue Resort in Panglao Island, Bohol. Gathering researchers from around the world, BCBMTP will highlight technological innovations that harness the wealth of biodiversity in the Philippines and have useful applications in healthcare and community development. It will be an opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration, connecting evolving fields within the life sciences at varying scales of inquiry, from the molecular level to the […]