The OVPAA Symposium for CWRG and ECWRG Recipients last March 1 and 2 was nothing less than a medley of specializations.
From malaria detection and allopurinol to terahertz emissions and Ruthenium complexes, and from begonias and red frog crabs to acts of plagiarism and territorial disputes, the wide range of topics surely took the participants on an enjoyable ride of discovery.
Where else would one find, under one roof, scholars in the technical fields interacting with their artistic counterparts?
The natural scientists were curious about Jose Rizal’s portrayal in films, Shakespeare’s presence in Philippine literature, and the writing of the Palawan epic Dumaracol.
The geologist asked the mathematician about the nature of finite rings; the psychologist who restored native houses in Batad received suggestions from the architect in the audience.
According to Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Research) Carla Dimalanta, it was the first time that UP faculty members from different fields “were provided a venue to interact and discuss their research and creative works.”
The defunct Creative Work and Research Grant (CWRG) as well as its successor, the Enhanced Creative Work and Research Grant (ECWRG), were established to create an enabling environment for scholarly and creative pursuits.
Dimalanta added that “while the amount of the ECWRG is smaller compared to the Emerging Interdisciplinary Research (EIDR) grant, ECWRG recipients have reported significant outputs in the form of publications and creative works.”
Both the ECWRG and EIDR programs are managed by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA).
The eight sessions of the symposium were moderated by Professor Dimalanta, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Project Management) Mary Delia Tomacruz, UP Press Director Jose Neil Garcia, Center for Integrative and Development Studies Director Edna Co, and Professor Elmer Estacio and Professor Christine Villagonzalo of the National Institute of Physics. Garcia said that the symposium, which showcased 40 projects in all, was “a bird’s eye view of where the University is in terms of research.”
Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Concepcion expressed delight at seeing “young faces engaged in scholarly and scientific discussions.” She hoped that similar meetings could be held more often as “they not only allow us to learn about the research and creative work of other people but also open up opportunities for collaborating or working with people we would not typically work with.”
ECWRG supports the faculty and REPS to produce publications or exhibitions or performances of creative work or other significant output such as patents, new software and advanced technologies.
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