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BOR Appoints Prof. Lagmay as 1st Director of the UP NOAH Center, UP Resilience Institute

Prof. Alfredo Mahar Francisco A. Lagmay. Photo from UP Diliman website.
At the 1326th UP Board of Regents Meeting on 5 April 2017, Prof. Alfredo Mahar Francisco A. Lagmay was appointed as Director of the UP Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) Center, effective 21 March 2017 until 20 March 2020, and as Executive Director of the UP Resilience Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, effective 1 April 2017 until 21 March 2018.
Widely recognized as one of the world’s leading international scientific experts on natural hazards, Prof. Lagmay is a Professor at the National Institute of Geological Sciences, UP Diliman. …

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UP creates NOAH Center

The University of the Philippines UP, by virtue of the  approval of the Board of Regents on Feb. 23 and an Executive Order from UP Pres. Danilo L. Concepcion, established the NOAH Center (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards – NOAH Center for climate actions and disaster risk reduction management) in UP on March 21.
The NOAH Center takes off from Project NOAH which began as a research program under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in 2012. In the past five years, the project harnessed technologies and management services for disaster risk reduction activities. These were  offered by DOST through …

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The DNA Analysis Kit: Helping Sex Crime Victims Find Justice

Prototype version of the Sexual Assault Investigation Kit (SAIK).
Rape is one of the most prevalent forms of violence against women (VAW) in the country, ranking third among reported offenses at 13.1 percent from 1999 to 2009. But the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and other concerned organizations are aware that the reality is far more troubling than the figures indicate. The social and cultural stigmatization associated with rape has silenced many victims about their ordeals. Those who do report rape incidents to authorities face another set of difficulties—from an over-reliance on victim testimony to the psycho-sociological and economic costs of …

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Pharma development lab set up at UPLB S&T Park

UP President Alfredo Pascual and Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Concepcion, both chemists, cut the ribbon to inaugurate the Pascual Pharma Corp. (PPC) R&D Laboratory at UP Los Baños with PPC Co-Chair Jay Lardizabal, Director Gani Padolina, and President Virgilio Gomez. Photo by Bong Arboleda, UPSIO.
The Pascual Pharma Corp. (PPC) Research and Development Laboratory became a pioneer of the UP Los Baños Science and Technology Park with its inauguration on January 27, 2017, according to UP and PPC officials.
The laboratory aims at nurturing industry-academe-government partnership for solutions to metabolic syndrome, cancer, and tropical diseases. The laboratory offers an “open …

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UP Min conducts training on natural farming technology with Obu Manuvu community

Farmers of the Obu Manuvu indigenous people mix ingredients to make natural farm inputs in the training-workshop on natural farming technology held in the UP Mindanao Land Reservation in Marilog, Davao City. Photo by Rene Estremera, UP Mindanao.
Farmers of the Obu Manuvu indigenous people availed of a training-workshop on natural farming technology systems throughout October to November 3 in Sitio Ladi-an, Marilog District, Davao City.
The 40 farmers learned to make indigenous micro-organisms, fermented plant juice and fruit juice, fish amino acid, and natural insect attractants for use as inputs to farm production.
The ingredients that were used included rice, muscovado sugar, …

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Academic and Research Initiatives in the University

Students preparing their materials for a session of the Versatile Instrument System for Science Education and Research (VISSER) Summer Workshop. UPSIO file photo.
The following are initiatives and programs of the university undertaken by the Office of Vice President for Academic Affairs:
International Publication Award
The purpose of the award is to encourage faculty, REPS and students to contribute to the body of knowledge in their respective fields/discipline by publishing in internationally respected journals that are peer-reviewed and adhere to high standards of scholarship.
Distinguished Artists, Scientists, and Academics-in-Residence Program 
Through the program, our students and young faculty will have the advantage of learning from and …

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SC decision on Bt eggplant brings ‘rays of hope’ to UP scientists, agri stakeholders

UP Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela P. Concepcion. Photo by Jun Madird (UPSIO).
According to UP Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Gisela P. Concepcion, the recent decision of the Philippine Supreme Court to dismiss the Petition for Writ of Continuing Mandamus and Writ of Kalikasan with Prayer for Issuance of a Temporary Environmental Protection Order (TEPO) that first stopped the field testing of Bt eggplant in 2013 brought “rays of hope” to UP researchers, as well as to stakeholders in the feed miller and livestock/poultry industries.
Concepcion stated in an interview that the Supreme Court’s reversal of its December 2015 …

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UP Welcomes Evidence-Based Approach (EBA) Fieldwork Participants to the Philippines

From left: Dean Caragay from CSWCD, Dean Aguiling-Dalisay from CSSP, and Dean Matias of the College of Engineering pose while emcee, Mr. Pepito Dizon looks on. Photo by Andre Encarnacion.
The University of the Philippines (UP), led by the Office of the President, hosted a dinner to welcome participants of the Evidence-Based Approach (EBA) Fieldwork in the Philippines at UP Diliman’s Executive House on June 13, 2016.
The EBA Consortium is a collaboration of the top universities in the ASEAN region led by Keio University in Japan. It aims to develop human resources able to identify and solve issues based on evidence …

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Pinoy physicists find way to slow down light by ‘twisting’ it

Two Filipino physicists have just found a way to slow light down without touching it, by making it “twist” as it moves through space.
The discovery has potential practical applications in telecommunications and computer technology.
Researchers Nestor Bareza and Nathaniel Hermosa from the University of the Philippines’ National Institute of Physics have been working with a special kind of laser called a Laguerre-Gauss (LG) beam, which has orbital angular momentum—or, put simply, it “twists”—as it travels through space.
In their paper published today, May 27, in the journal Scientific Reports, Bareza and Hermosa were able to precisely describe in mathematical terms how the …

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Blood Match: Elections and Identity in the DNA Age

Left on the doorstep of the Jaro Cathedral in Iloilo as a baby, she was eventually adopted by the King and Queen of Philippine movies, Fernando Poe, Jr. and Susan Roces. Photo from http://gracepoe.ph/meet-grace/
The case that thrust the saga of blood and identity currently playing out in the country’s presidential race into the public eye began almost 48 years in a church in Jaro, Iloilo.
According to facts from both the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Supreme Court (SC), the foundling now named Mary Grace Natividad S. Poe-Llamanzares or Grace Poe was abandoned as an infant in the parish church …

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