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Comm Res holds first int’l conference

Pres. Pascual discusses three ideas related to the conference theme: internationalization, ASEAN integration, and communication. Photo by Misael Bacani
The Department of Communication Research (Comm Res) of the College of Mass Communication (CMC) held its first international conference from September 22 to 23 at the UP Diliman (UPD) campus.
Titled “Voices and Noises: Communication and Integration within and across ASEAN Communities,” the event was an offshoot of the department’s National Communication Research Conference (NCRC) which began in 2012. The NCRC, on the other hand, was an expansion of its Metro Manila-wide Communication Research Student Conference which began in 2007.
During the CRIC opening …

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UP Manila prof is world’s most prolific editor

Dr. Jose Florencio Lapeña, Jr. of UP Manila is the world’s busiest editor.
This was according to Publons, the UK company behind the inaugural Sentinel of Science awards.
Lapeña received the award for handling the highest number of manuscripts across all the world’s journals. As this year’s top contributing editor, he will get $100 cash and a $200 credit with Wiley.
Publon created the awards to “honour the expert peer reviewers and editors who stand guard over research quality, and lead the charge for better, faster science.”
On 20 September 2016, Dr. Lapeña was recognized by the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery in San Diego, California with the Star …

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UP figures in Times Higher Education rankings

To view the University of the Philippines profile on the Times Higher Education website, please click through this graphic. Graphic from THE.
Expanding its coverage, the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings now includes institutions from 10 more countries for 2016-2017, including one from the Philippines, its national university, the University of the Philippines.
In its communication to UP, THE said UP ranked “in the band of >800 this year out of 980 institutions” from 79 countries. UP got its highest scores in knowledge transfer and lowest in research influence.
THE ranks universities based on five “pillars”: 1) teaching or the learning …

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The Internationalization of Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific

Address of the President at the 14th Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Senior Staff Meeting
7-9 September 2016, Crimson Hotel, Mactan Island, Cebu
Good morning to you all!
It is my honor and pleasure to welcome you to the 14th Senior Staff Meeting of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), here on the historic island of Mactan, Province of Cebu. It is here in Mactan where Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan fell in battle in 1521 against the warriors of the island, led by Datu Lapu-Lapu. Cebu Province is also where the first seeds of Christianity were planted in the Philippines, and …

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ASEAN youth volunteers finish DRRM program in Manila

Photo by Misael Bacani.
The month-long 2016 ASEAN Youth Volunteer Program (AYVP) closed on August 26, 2016 at the NISMED Auditorium of UP Diliman, with speeches delivered by top officials of: the host universities, UP, the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), and De La Salle University (DLSU); the program administrator, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM); and the funding agency, USAID.
Selected youth volunteers and barangay and NGO personalities from sites chosen for the immersion activities shared their stories on the program, which focused this year on disaster risk reduction. The volunteers also performed a cultural dance number.
Fifty young men and women from the …

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Leyte-based radio broadcaster receives UP award

Radio broadcaster Francisca “Babes” Custodio delivers her UP Gawad Plaridel lecture. Photo by jun Madrid (UPSIO).
The UP Gawad Plaridel, the sole award of the University for outstanding media practitioners, was given this year to Radio DYVL-Tacloban City station manager Francisca “Babes” Custodio.
Custodio was recognized for her promotion of the Waray oral literary form Siday, language, and culture. She was also cited for public service as exemplified by her remaining on duty during Typhoon Yolanda, which ravaged the station and killed two of the staff and five from a janitor’s family taking shelter in the station.
The 12th Gawad Plaridel ceremonies were …

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UP hosts 1st Global Labour University Asia Alumni Workshop

Photo by Bong Arboleda (UPSIO).
The University of the Philippines hosted the first Global Labour University Asia Alumni Workshop where international and local labor scholars, trade union leaders and experts gathered at the week-long workshop, which opened on Aug. 8 at the Bonifacio Hall, UP School of Labor and Industrial Relations (UP SOLAIR), Diliman, Quezon City.
The workshop had as its theme, “Confronting Precarious Work in Asia: The Role of Labour Market Institutions and Trade Unions.”
In the workshop rationale, the following was stated, “The current processes of neoliberal economic growth in the Asian region, predicated by free trade and investment agreements and …

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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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UP co-organizes Asian knowledge networking conference

CRRU President Thosapol Arreenich (extreme left, partly shown) introduces UP President Alfredo Pascual to Thai university officials. Photo by Bong Arboleda.
The UP System Office of International Linkages (UP-OIL) hosted the 12th international conference under the Inter-University Cooperation Program headed by Chiang Rai Rajabhat University (CRRU) of Thailand.
With the theme, “Asian community knowledge networks for the economy, society, culture, and environmental stability,” the conference brought together researchers, experts, NGOs, and government and intergovernmental organizations to exchange ideas and build networks for understanding issues confronting the Asia-Pacific, the Greater Mekong Sub-region, and the ASEAN.
From June 6 to 11, 2016, around 180 participants …

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PH and US researchers: Luzon hosts highest concentration of unique mammals

Two UP Biology researchers were part of the US–Philippine team which undertook the 15 year study that showed 93% of Luzon Island’s land mammals are found nowhere else
Figure 1. Map of Luzon and adjacent islands, showing the locations of mountain ranges and mountains referred to in the text, and the locations of our intensive study areas (Source: “Mammals of Luzon Island” by Heaney et al 2016.
Based on their 15-year study published in the scientific journal Frontiers of Biogeography, a team of American and Filipino researchers concluded that Luzon Island, Philippines, has the greatest concentration of unique mammals in the world.
“At …

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