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UP Visayas marks Women’s Month

It has become an event that is looked forward to by the UP Visayas community as part of the Women’s Month celebration.

“We make Change Work for Women” – with this theme, UP Visayas, through the Gender and Development Program marked Women’s Month with a variety of events that started with a caravan on March 1, 2017 in Iloilo City. This was participated in by the members of UGSAD Regional Gender and Resource Center and GABRIELLA Panay and Guimaras chapters.

March 8 was celebrated around the world as International Women’s Day. UPV treated its women employees to a pampering day in both its Miagao and Iloilo City campuses. This included manicure, pedicure, full body massage, foot reflex/massage and haircuts. Another event of the day was an open mic poetry reading.

Other activities included a bazaar, film screening, poster-making contest, two public forums on 1) women empowerment and 2) changing issues on women empowerment in today’s global community – a seminar on ethical and gender-fair qualitative research with international scholars, a cook-off, and a boodle lunch.

Chemistry Alumnus wins Endowed Professorship in Science in the US

Dr. Gerard Dumancas, a UPV-DOST Balik Scientist and alumnus of the UPV Department of Chemistry wins the prestigious Huie Dellmon Trust Endowed Professor in Science title at Louisiana State University–Alexandria (LSUA), USA where he has been employed as an Assistant Professor since August 2016. The title was awarded during the annual LSUA Employee Recognition on March 30, 2017. Endowed Professors receive a salary stipend as well as additional funds for professional development or travel activities. They are usually awarded for a two-year term.

These professorships were established through private donations to the LSUA Foundation and matched through the Board of Regents Support Fund to establish a $100,000 professorship endowment. The Endowed Professorship program is a major effort by LSUA, the community, the LSUA Foundation, the Louisiana State University (LSU) Board of Supervisors, and the Louisiana Board of Regents to demonstrate commitment to quality of instruction by recognizing and fostering faculty excellence.

Dr. Dumancas will be returning to UPV this May 2017 to continue with the second phase of his activities as DOST Balik Scientist in the Department of Chemistry. (With sources from Dr. Gerard Dumancas)

OVCRE organizes M & E consultations and workshops on UPVs’ regular public service grants

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension, through UPV’s Adhoc Committee for the Monitoring and Evaluation of UPVs’ Regular Public Service Grants, organized a series of consultations and workshops on the second quarter of 2016 up to the first quarter of 2017. The purpose of the activities was for the establishment of the UPV Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (UPVPMES) for Regular Public Service Grants. Participants composed of teaching and non-teaching personnel and of university officials. Officials from the National Economic and Development Authority-Region VI served as resource persons in the formulation of the UPVPMES.

The UPVPMES aims to provide a system for the integration, coordination, and linkage of all monitoring activities in UPV; provide up-to-date information on the overall status of project implementation at each level, for planning and budget allocation; identify problems/issues that impede project implementation for remedial actions, resolution, and final action through an appropriate body.

The manual can also serve its intended users in the following areas: provide information on lessons learned in project implementation for planning and implementation of future similar projects; assess if implemented projects are aligned with the university's thrusts and plans and with regional and national development goals and plans; and provide a venue for greater participation of non-government organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations in the development planning process.

The Operations Manual (OM) was approved with revisions by the Chancellor’s Advisory Council (CAC) during the February 14, 2017 meeting. The manual will be tested for efficiency and effectiveness to selected PS grants prior to its full implementation. The Adhoc Committee also submitted proposed amendments in RAE 2015-12-074 (Guidelines for Implementing Public Service Activities and Extension Work) to align with the needs of the intended users of the manual.

Department of Chemistry brings the 2017 Chem Tournament to the Negros Island Region

The Department of Chemistry in partnership with UPV Chemistry Society and C&E Publishing, Inc., held the 2017 Chem Tournament – Negros Island Region League on April 1, 2017 at Bago City Elementary School, Negros Occidental.

Dr. Ma. Ana C. Ebon, Education Program Supervisor I (Science) of DepEd Division of Bago City, welcomed the participants; while Dr. Roy B. Basa, Science Supervisor of DepEd Negros Island Region gave the opening remarks. A total of 60 Grade 9 students with their coaches from 15 secondary schools in the Negros Island Region joined the tournament. The Team, composed of Dr. Vivian A. Topor as Overall Chair, Ms. Janica G. Divinagracia, president of the UPV Chemistry Society (Lead Facilitator), along with faculty, staff, and ChemSoc facilitators were welcomed by Hon. Nicolas M. Yulo, Mayor of Bago City. He shared his enthusiasm for more UPV-Bago City-DepEd future collaborations.

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IFPT conducts ‘A Bilateral Academic Symposium on Food Science and Postharvest Fisheries’

The Institute of Fish Processing Technology (IFPT), College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) conducted an Academic Program Improvement (API) lecture on “A Bilateral Academic Symposium on Food Science and Postharvest Fisheries” at the Conference Room, Faculty Center, CFOS, UPV Miagao campus on April 3, 2017.

Invited as Resource Speakers were Dr. Zwe-Ling Kong and Dr. Chi-Chon Kong of the National Ocean University of Taiwan (NOUT) who shared their academic knowledge and expertise. A professor of the Department of Food Science, NTOU, Dr. Zwe-Ling Kong discussed about “The Immunological Perspectives of Fucoxanthin on Colorectal Cancer and Stroke.” His lecture focused on inflammation and disease, inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer, and stroke damage. Dr. Chi-Chon Kong, on the other hand, lectured on “Laboratory Information on Management System and Food Supply Chain.”

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