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The SC kills Bt talong, and takes down Philippine science as well

A Filipino scientist blasts Supreme Court justices for ruling against GMO field trials, debunking claims they’re not safe

“No consensus on safety,” says the headline as news outlets reported yesterday that the Supreme Court has banned field trials for Bt talong, a GMO eggplant developed to resist pests.
I have no words. But as a scientist and as a plant biologist, I have to speak up.
There is clear consensus! Ask the various national academies of science around the world, or the various independent scientific professional societies. They have concluded that GMO technology is safe.
An Italian research in 2014 published a major review …

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Pascual: UP needs P3B to replace retiring PhDs

One of the priorities – if not the priority – of the University of the Philippines (UP) under its proposed P12.61 billion ($287.08 million*) budget for 2015 is to strengthen and incentivize its faculty.
In fact, the premier state university will need P3 billion ($68.3 million) to replenish the retiring doctorate degree (PhD) holders in its faculty, UP President Alfredo Pascual said on Thursday, September 11, at the budget hearing of UP and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) at the Senate.
Pascual revealed that at least 400 or 40% of the UP faculty are PhD holders who will be retiring within …

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UPLB Debate Society hosts 6th Luzon Intervarsity

From Rappler.com
Collegiate “debate season” is in full swing as the 6th Luzon Intervarsity (LIV) kicks off this September 13-15 at the University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna.
The LIVs is a debate tournament held in the British Parliamentary (BP) format. Since 2008, it has provided a competitive debate arena for the Philippine debate community in preparation for the National Debate Championship (NDC), the official national tournament in BP format. The Parliament: UPLB Debate Society continues to be the tournament’s host.
With over 300 participants registered this year, LIV is currently the biggest debate intervarsity tournament in the Philippines. The tournament also …

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Jardeleza appointed as Supreme Court justice

NEW SC JUSTICE. Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza. (from Rappler.com)
President Benigno Aquino III has appointed Solicitor General Francis H. Jardeleza as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
The appointment was transmitted to the Supreme Court on Wednesday morning, August 20, 2014, Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr said in a statement.
Jardeleza thanked Aquino and pledged to serve with the “interests of the Filipino people” in mind.
“I am thankful for the trust and confidence that President Aquino exhibited in appointing me to the Supreme Court. Rest assured, I will dispense my duties with competence, integrity, probity, and independence – always bearing in mind …

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For UP, the bonfire signals an end and a beginning

The bonfire burned bright after UP’s first win in two years. Photo by Joel Leporada. (Photo courtesy of Rappler.com)
In local college basketball, the bonfire normally signifies a huge accomplishment, like the end of a long, arduous and fruitful journey to winning a championship.
The bonfire that lit up the night sky from the Sunken Garden at University of the Philippines-Diliman on Saturday, August 9 was meant for something far from a title, but something just as significant – a win that marked the end of a long, painful drought from a 27-game losing streak in 720 days.
The UP Fighting Maroons saw …

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UP Maroons fight to stay positive despite season struggles

Four games into Season 77 of the UAAP, it’s clear that the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons are in for another season of struggles.
As the game clock expired on Sunday, July 27 and the final score recorded 85-71 in favor of the FEU Tamaraws, the Maroons effectively clocked in their 25th straight loss dating back to two seasons ago.
They are still winless, they are still cellar dwellers, and they are still groping through a decades long dark ages in collegiate men’s basketball. But it is during these times that head coach Rey Madrid would like to see his team …

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To UPCAT takers: Go for it

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It has been 16 years since I took the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT).
I grew up in Vigan City oblivious to what UP can do to change lives. I didn’t have big dreams then. My answer when my parents asked me where I wanted to study after high school was, “Anywhere but here.”
I was frustrated with my high school experience. I wanted a better education and I always felt I didn’t belong to a small town.
Days before the UPCAT application deadline, I was asked by our guidance councilor if I wanted to take advantage …

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UP Mountaineers runs 138 km on its 37th year

From Rappler.com
The UP Mountaineers, a pioneering outdoor organization based in the University of the Philippines – Diliman, will hold a 138-kilometer run from the UP Diliman campus in Quezon City to Real, Quezon to mark its 37th year. The run will start at 9 pm on June 20, Friday, at the Diliman campus.
Instead of holding the anniversary run at the UP Diliman academic oval, which has always been the venue, this year’s epic run will be in relay format that will take runners and their bike support crew from the campus to a rented beach house in Real, Quezon. Each …

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UP offers rare course with world renowned conservation biologist

World-renowned conservation biologist Prof. Eberhard Curio, from Ruhr University Bochum will teach a course with the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology, College of Science (IESM-CS) in UP Diliman where he is now a visiting professor.
The course is open to both credit students and non-credit participants who wish to develop and strengthen competencies on conservation biology and behavioural ecology.
Prof. Curio will teach Envsci297, Special Topics with Module A focusing on behavioural ecology, from 12 to 23 May 2014, with lectures and workshops at the UP IESM – CS.
The following topics are covered:
Principles of population ecology
Principles of behavioral ecology
Ecology
Territoriality
Optimal foraging theory
Parental …

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Senate hearing: New rules for UAAP, student athletes sought

STUDENT FIRST. Sen Pia Cayetano files a bill countering the UAAP’s two-year residency rule for student-athletes. Photo by Romy Bugante/PRIB (As posted on Rappler.com)
Alleged unethical practices that had gone unchecked in school athletics for years came up during a Senate hearing Thursday, April 10, on a bill that seeks to protect the rights of student athletes.
Most of the malpractices and the restricting effects of the residency rule cited were from various fields in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, leading the a University of the Philippines professor to propose new rules to govern the UAAP.
“We are branded as the …

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