Prof. Rex Ferdinand M. Traifalgar, faculty member and Director of the Institute of Aquaculture, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UP Visayas, delivered a talk at the 36th Annual Meeting and Symposium (36th APAMS) of the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering (PAASE) on July 14-15, 2017 at the Manila Hotel, Metro Manila.
Traifalgar discussed about the “Production and Evaluation of High-Protein Fermented Sweet Potato (Proen-K) as Feed Ingredient for Economically Important Aquatic Organisms.” He said the project is about the biotechnological conversion of agricultural biomass (sweet potato with 3-6% protein) into a high protein feed material containing 18-40% protein.
Three graduate students of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UP Visayas is set to travel to Japan next month to participate in a 40-day exchange study program from August 18 to September 28, 2017 at Kagoshima University (KU).
Jessie O. Jimenez, Fedelia Flor C. Mero, and Jean Rose H. Maquirang, all first year Master of Science in Fisheries (Aquaculture) students of the CFOS were invited by Koshio Shunsuke, Dean of Faculty of Fisheries, Kagoshima University to take part in the student exchange program between the two Universities.
The students will participate in the research training under the Summer Session for Postgraduate (Master) Programme on Tropical Fisheries through the International Linkage Program (ILP). Their travel will be sponsored by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).
UPV, through CFOS, is the sole member-school from the Philippines in the ILP that started in 2015. Other than KU and UPV, the ILP is also joined by Kasetsart University (Thailand), Nha Trang University (Vietnam), Sam Ratulangi University (Indonesia), and Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (Malaysia).
Meanwhile, UPV has been conducting an “Advanced Lecture on Tropical Fisheries” for the Masters of Science Fisheries students of Faculty of Fisheries, Kagoshima University for 11 years already. The latest was held on July 3-13, 2017.
The University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC) has secured a back-to-back win in the Visayas hub of the National Accounting Quiz Showdown (NAQDOWN) held on July 16, 2017 at the University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu City. The NAQDOWN is an annual nationwide inter-school academic quiz bee competition held simultaneously in four hubs across the country - namely NCR, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Incoming fifth year BS Accountancy (BSA) student of the Division Management, Kim D. Limosnero, accompanied by his adviser Mr. Carlo Angelo T. Negado, bested 35 other participants from Accountancy schools across the Visayas Region. Coming in second and third places were Jana Kryzyl B. Dibdib of the USC and Princess O. Gumanit of the University of San Jose – Recoletos (USJR), respectively.
Dr. Concepcion P. Ponce, a faculty member of the Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas was awarded the 2017 Taube Medal by the University of Saskatchewan - Department of Chemistry. The Taube Medal is an annual award given to the graduate student in the Department of Chemistry who is judged to have made the most significant overall contribution to research and scholarly activity.
Dr. Ponce finished her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK Canada in October 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Paige.
Dr. Ponce’s primary research project was aimed at understanding and controlling non-coherent photon up conversion (NCPU) in solids and in thin films. In addition, she also worked on a number of side-projects, including the synthesis of gemini surfactants and measuring photocatalytic properties of titanium dioxide nanoparticles. Her research has led to four peer-reviewed publications. Her research contributions have been in the field of NCPU, a cutting-edge area of spectroscopy research that is also a very challenging one. The challenges in this field are unusual because the optical signals that are being detected are quite small and the kinetics of the spectroscopic processes involved in the energy transfer are very fast.
The University of the Philippines Visayas, through the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), maintains and strengthens its mutually beneficial and enriching partnership with Kagoshima University Faculty of Fisheries (KUFF), Japan.
For 11 years now, CFOS has been conducting short training courses for the graduate students of KUFF. Last July 3-14, 2017, another batch of three Master of Science in Fisheries students of the said University attended the two-week training course on ‘Advanced Lecture on Tropical Fisheries.’ The training sought to give the participants a broad overview of the current status of fisheries and aquaculture in the Philippines. Two of the students studied food hygiene/sanitation in the country while another one got information about seaweeds in the Philippines.