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UP to host Forensic Science Symposium 2016

The UP Diliman Institute of Biology (UPD-IB) first offered Biology 397 Forensic Biology Seminar Series as a graduate course in November 2012. The course covered fundamental topics in forensic sciences which included DNA analysis, botany, microbiology, crime scene investigation and legal/ethical issues in forensics.
Bio397 also provided opportunities for students to work with the DNA Analysis Laboratory of the Natural Sciences Research Institute (UPD-NSRI-DAL) and the Program on Forensics and Ethnicity of the Philippine Genome Center (PGC-PFnE) to co-organize a forensic symposium that was open to the public.
The 1st Forensic Science Symposium (FSS2014) was held at the NSRI Conference Room on …

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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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Pioneering conference promotes STS discipline in the country

Students and representatives of higher education institutions listen to UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan deliver the keynote lecture of the First National Conference on STS. Photo by Jun Madrid.
Representatives of higher education institutions in the Philippines attended “STS-PH ONE: First National Conference on Science, Technology, and Society (STS)” conducted by the STS program of UP Diliman on June 18 and 19, 2015 at the Institute of Biology, National Science Complex, Diliman, Quezon City.
The event started with discussions on the recognition of STS as a discipline, its philosophy and history, and directions for the discipline in the country.
In his welcome remarks, …

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UPD Institute of Biology to hold Forensic Science Symposium on April 7

The Biology 397 class of the Institute of Biology, UP Diliman, in collaboration with the Philippine Genome Center Program on Forensics and Ethnicity, DNA Analysis Laboratory of the Natural Sciences Research Institute, and the Philippine-American Educational Foundation Fulbright Commission, is hosting the 2nd Annual Forensic Science Symposium entitled “The Next Generation/The Now Generation Forensic Science Symposium”.
The symposium will be held on April 7, 2015 (8am-5pm) at the auditorium of the new Institute of Biology building, inside the UP Diliman National Science Complex, UP Diliman, Quezon City.
In a country where over 90% of convictions are based on testimonial evidence, there is …

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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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UP names hibiscus hybrid after senator, CHED chair first honoree in new series

Honorees and UP officials pose for photos after the presentation of new hibiscus varieties. From left to right, UP Los Baños (UPLB) College of Agriculture Dean Domingo E. Angeles, UP President Alfredo E. Pascual, CHED Chair Patricia B. Licuanan, Senator Pia S. Cayetano, UPLB Chancellor Rex Victor O. Cruz, and Institute of Plant Breeding Prof. Pablito M. Magdalita. Photo by UPSIO.
Source: Institute of Plant Breeding
The University of the Philippines has named two new hibiscus hybrids after Senator Pia S. Cayetano and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan.
Created through the hibiscus breeding program at the Institute of Plant …

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UPLB couple chooses path of public service

She would refer to him as her “greatest assistant” while he would call her his best “research collaborator.”
Their most recent work together was to discover a parasitoid, a wasp-like insect and a “natural enemy” of the coconut scale insect or “cocolisap,” which has infested hundreds of hectares of coconut farms in southern Luzon.
Couple Mario and Marcela Navasero first discovered the presence of the parasitoid Comperiella sp. (Encytidae, Hymenoptera) in March at farm in San Pablo City, Laguna province.
The parasitoid measures less than 1 millimeter in length. Under the microscope, it looks like a wasp that punctures the scale body of …

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In Search of Common Ground: Indigenous Education and Western Academics for Biodiversity Conservation

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In a rapidly changing world driven by technology, mass media and the effects of climate change, knowledge of biodiversity conservation has become an absolute necessity. And in their eagerness to be able to discover as well as implement various techniques in adapting to the environment, research institutions as well as academia have become more receptive to such alternative sources of expertise as the indigenous communities.
In an interview with the UP Forum, San Francisco State University Professor and Cultural Conservancy President Dr. Melissa Nelson said that in recent years indigenous knowledge has become more attractive for some members of …

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Finding plants that eat metals: The story behind this important new discovery

Rinoreaniccolifera Fernando, shown as a nickel hyperaccumulator by a field test using filter paper impregnated with 1% dimethylglyoxime dissolved in 95% ethanol. Scale bar = 10 mm. Fernando 2421 (LBC). Photograph by Edwino S. Fernando.
Scientists from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños have discovered a new plant species with an unusual lifestyle — it eats nickel for a living — accumulating up to 18,000 ppm of nickel in its leaves without itself being poisoned, says Professor Edwino Fernando, botanist and lead author of the report. Such an amount is approximately a thousand times higher than in most other plants.
According …

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UPLB to Launch 18 Interdisciplinary Studies Centers on March 4-5

Eighteen interdisciplinary studies centers will be presented to the public at UPLB’s Science and Technology Forum and Exhibit on March 4-5 at the SMX Convention Hall in Pasay City. The event, with the theme “Making Science Work for Sustainable Development,” aims to uphold and promote science and technology in the country as well as to showcase some of UPLB’s innovative and cutting edge technologies. The exhibit will also serve as a prelude to the UPLB’s 105th Foundation Day on March 6 and a venue to recognize the University’s most outstanding personnel for 2014.
The interdisciplinary studies centers are the 1) Biofuels …

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