In celebration of its 22nd Anniversary, UP Mindanao presented the Science for Society Symposium 2017 on February 22 on the theme "From Insights to Impacts: Transforming Mindanao Through Research". This featured lectures in the natural, applied, and human sciences.
According to Research Director, Dr. Emma Bayogan, the symposium emphasized the importance of communicating research and science to the public through forums and other media, and contribute to development.
Academician Dr. Evelyn Mae Tecson-Mendoza began by speaking on scientists' responsibilities to practice ethics, create public awareness, and lead regulatory initiatives for government in her keynote lecture, "Doing our Share".
From the field of microbiology, Dr. Lyre Anni Murao (Dept. of Biological Science and Environmental Studies) spoke of the virus of HIV patients, flaviviruses of dengue, and the foot-and-mouth disease virus in her talk, "Viruses at War".
From the field of scientific computing, Dr. Ritchie Mae Gamot (Dept. of Math., Physics, and Computer Science) described nature-inspired algorithms in her talk, "An Intelligent Algorithm for Arranging Atoms in a Molecule".
From biochemistry, Dr. Joel Tolentino (Dept. of Food Science and Chemistry) spoke of producing bioethanol from sago starch in "Decoding the Gene Sequence of a Starch-Degrading Enzyme".
The talks were mixed with a "live interview" where the speakers engaged in conversation with the audience and interviewer Mr. Michael Bonghanoy. Among the audience members who participated were constituents of Brokenshire College, Holy Cross College of Davao, Davao Doctors College, and University of Mindanao.
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