Chemistry prof wins best paper award in Palawan Symposium

Prof. Concepcion P. Ponce, a faculty member of the Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas won the Best Paper Award (Oral Presentation, Professional Category) during the 3rd Palawan Research Symposium (National Research Forum on Palawan Sustainable Development) held at the Citystate Asturias Hotel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on September 15, 2016. “Towards Innovative Environmental Research for Sustainability and Climate Resiliency” is the theme of the symposium.

The winning paper, “Mining Seafood Wastes for Valuable Materials,” is an output of a brainstorming session with experts at the Impact Center, University of Toronto. The said session was conducted to come up with projects suited to the limited resources in the Philippines, but would still generate high impact to society. The study involved conversion of fishery wastes resources into high value nitrogen-doped carbon quantum dots, which have valuable applications in diverse industries especially in solar cells, bioimaging and catalysis.

Ponce just returned from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK Canada where she completed all the requirements for a Ph.D. in Chemistry degree and is just waiting for her convocation in October 2016. (By: Enrique N. Legaspi III)

CAS admin personnel participate in PRMA seminar-workshop

Six administrative personnel from the College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas participated in the live-out seminar-workshop on “RM201: ISO-Compliant Records Management Processes and Control” organized by Philippine Records Management Association (PRMA), Inc. on September 13-15, 2016 at the Deluxe Hotel, Capt. Vicente Roa, Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental.

The three-day seminar-workshop aims for the participants to be able: 1) to know how to classify records; 2) to learn the most efficient ways of filing, saving time in locating records, as well as saving on office space, and 3) to know the legal time period for keeping and disposing a records.

The participants from the different CAS units include Ms. Ma. Susan C. Otero (CAS Dean’s Office), Ms. Jenelie A. Acosa (Division of Professional Education), Ms. Maritess C. Ferraris (Office of the CAS College Secretary), Ms. Gene Ann F. Camaymayan (Division of Biological Sciences), Mr. Enrique N. Legaspi III (Department of Chemistry), and Mr. Samuel L. Funtecha (Division of Social Sciences).

The PRMA is a non-profit organization organized and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It is a professional organization that specializes in the sharing of knowledge about records and information management at the national and international levels. (By: Enrique N. Legaspi III)

URA Bagsit qualifies for a Fulbright grant

“I will be pursuing my PhD in Coastal Resources Management at the East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. My background is marine fisheries and my work as a researcher at the Institute of Fisheries Policy and Development Studies (IFPDS), College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UP Visayas, brought me closer to real issues on the ground. I’d like to focus my research work on helping the small-scale fisheries in our country as this hosts a gamut of issues, and remains a marginalized sector.”

With this in mind, Farisal U. Bagsit, Univiversity Research Associate I of IFPDS left for the United States in August this year to pursue a Ph.D. under the Fulbright Scholarship Program (FSP).

Bagsit said she first applied for a slot under the FSP 2014 and was shortlisted for an interview but did not make the final list of scholars for the 2015 intake. She applied again the following year and her perseverance paid off and was selected as one of the principal candidates for the Fulbright Classic Program. This was something to be happy because only 10 slots out of the 191 applications were received for the 2016-2017 intake. Bagsit also patiently went through the entire application, selection and placement process that took more than a year. Finally, after completing all the requirements, she is now enrolled at the East Carolina University.

In addition, Bagsit pointed out that she applied for a Fulbright scholarship because of its reputation wherein only the best are selected. She recalled an occassion wherein UP Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gisela P. Concepcion, was a speaker. Concepscion said that, “If you want a rigid training, you go to the United States.” Bagsit said that Concepcion’s message was very clear and resonated to all who were listening including her.

“It was what made me decide to apply for a Fulbright scholarship. I knew it’s going be hard, but excellence entail hard work. It’s a continuing process,” she said of the work ahead of her.

Review of Tilapia, Mud Crab R&D Programs held

The University of the Philippine Visayas conducted the annual review and industry consultation on the research and development of shrimp and tilapia, aquafeed and mussel on September 14-16 at the Training Rooms of the Graduate and Continuing Education Building of UP Visayas, Iloilo City campus.

Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa welcomed the participants and Dr. Dalisay DG. Fernandez, Director of Inland Aquatic Resources Research Division Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (IARRD-PCAARRD), Department of Science and Technology.

The Tilapia and R&D programs that focused on “Increasing Productivity of Tilapia Farms Using Product and Technology Innovation” include: 1) On-farm trials of phytoandrogen for sex inversion of tilapia - Dr. Ravelina Velasco, CLSU; and 2) Pilot scale application of aquashade to reduce water temperature in hatchery systems for tilapia - Dr. Emmanuel M. Vera Cruz, CLSU.

For the “Refinement of Mud Crab Hatchery Technology,” Dr. Emilia T. Quinitio, SEAFDEC/AQD presented the Sustainable production of mud crab through selective breeding.

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Maquiran, other Metrobank awardees presented in Malacañan

Prof. Dominic J. Maquiran, 2013 Metrobank Outstanding Teacher awardee along with other Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos, was presented to President Rodigo R. Duterte on September 13, 2016 at the Malacañan Palace in Metro Manila.

Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino is a collective term for the winners of the Metrobank’s Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), Country’s Outstanding Police in Service (COPS), and The Outstanding Soldiers of the Philippines (TOPS).

Winners of these awards for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 were acknowledged during the ceremony.

Maquiran is a faculty member of the UP High School Iloilo, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas.

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