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NASA Engr shares “what it takes to operate a rover on Mars”

Gregorio Villar III. Photo from UP EEE.
“When you think of operating something, you think of the control room. Once again, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a lot of people and rooms involved.”
Gregorio Villar III, a Filipino-American operations systems engineer in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) addressed an audience of high school students, college students, and professionals in a talk entitled “Moving the Joystick: What it really takes to operate a rover on Mars,” held in the National Institute of Physics- Intel Auditorium, University of the Philippines Diliman, 11 August 2016.
Villar, …

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Messages of the President of the University of the Philippines

Alfredo E. Pascual is the 20th President of the University of the Philippines (U.P.), the country’s national university. He assumed the position in February 2011 for a term of six years. He teaches finance and management.
President Pascual is implementing a strategic plan to launch U.P. on a trajectory of becoming a great university in the 21st century—a university that takes leadership in the development of a globally competitive Philippines. He has carried out reforms, programs, and projects to transform U.P. into a research-intensive university, promote internationalization, modernize pedagogy, formalize quality assurance, and strengthen public service and sports development. He has …

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UP Forum issue on Transportation off the press

This is volume 15, number 5 of the bi-monthly UP Forum. This is a special issue for the months of September to December 2014, which tackles the issues on public and mass transportation in the country.
Among the contributors in this issue are School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP) Associate Professor and National Center for Transportation Studies (NCTS) Faculty Fellow, Dr. Cresencio Montalbo; and UP Diliman Office of Design and Planning Initiatives and SURP Graduate Studies Director and Professor, Dr. Hussein S. Lidasan.
Senator Grace Poe and University of Canberra Center for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Nicole …

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UP to promote diversity, inclusion in AD/HD National Conference

This October, on National Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) Awareness Week, UP System’s Office of the President and ADHD Society of the Philippines will co-present a national conference on AD/HD in young adults.
To be held from 10 to 11 October 2014 at UP NISMED Auditorium, the conference will have experts from psychology, medicine and other fields giving presentations around the theme, “The AD/HDult Journey: From Home and School to the Workplace.”
Nikki Pe
“As the national university of the country,” says UP undergrad senior Nikki Pe, “UP should strengthen and uphold its standards of education. Preparing and equipping students for the adult life …

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UP Diliman’s Monsoon Sunflowers

Photo from GMA News Online
The sunflowers are back at UP Diliman, and I thought it would be a good time as well to resume my blog on sense, sensibility and science.
According to Emil Sotalbo, the retired former head of the Campus Maintenance Office (CMO), the sunflowers were first planted as a natural remedy against nematodes or worms that were attacking Dona Aurora flowers that lined the University Avenue.
Commencement tradition
The sunflowers rose high and, planted in large numbers, were so visually pleasing that it became a tradition to plant them every summer, in time for commencement exercises in April. It took …

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UP scientists set sail to explore new Phl territory

Benham Science Team departing the UP Marine Science Institute for an exploratory and oceanographic cruise in the Benham Rise. (Photo from the team’s Twitter account https://twitter.com/msi_cruise)
A team of scientists from the University of the Philippines (UP) left Manila last Saturday, May 3, on board a Philippine research vessel to conduct surveys of Benham Rise, a 13-million-hectare area off the eastern coast of Luzon which has just been acquired by the Philippines.
Led by Dr. Hildie Nacorda of UP Diliman’s Marine Science Institute (UPD-MSI), the all-Filipino oceanographic surveys come in the heels of the recent United Nations approval of the Philippine claim …

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UP Students invade Europe with Red Bull cans in hand

This April, three students from UP Diliman will get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to race across Europe – with only their wits and 24 cans of Red Bull to sustain them.
Red Calayan, 3rd year BA Broadcast Communication; Dave Agbayani, 5th year BS Chemical Engineering; and R-Jay Esposo, 4th Year BS Community Nutrition, collectively known as the Beasts of the Southeast will be representing both the university and the country in the upcoming ‘Red Bull Can You Make It?’ contest. They will join 99 other teams from around the world, all of whom will have seven days to race across Europe to …

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Spooky school stories: UP Diliman edition

Illustration from Rappler.com
Established in 1949, the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines is replete with urban legends and ghost stories. The 493-hectare property with its old buildings and dark, uninhabited areas provide the perfect setting for spooky stories passed on from one generation of Iskos to another.
Check out some of the university’s stories below:
1. Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater
The theater, located on the second floor of Palma Hall, is known for its resident ghost named “Marisa” (although this name changes every time the story is told).
Some say that she was a famous star of the university’s theater productions, but …

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