Science for Society Anniversary Offering, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Forums

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 spoke of the virus of HIV patients, flaviviruses of dengue, and the foot-and-mouth disease virus in her talk, "Viruses at War".

Dr. Ritchie Mae Gamot, from the field of scientific computing, described nature-inspired algorithms in her talk, "An Intelligent Algorithm for Arranging Atoms in a Molecule".

From biochemistry, Dr. Joel Tolentino spoke of producing bioethanol from sago starch in "Decoding the Gene Sequence of a Starch-Degrading Enzyme".

In the built environment, Architect Isidoro Malaque III proposed housing policies for informal settlements in "My Journey Through Space: Research in Architecture and Urban Planning".

From anthropology, Instructor Janus Ruel Cabazares spoke of the Matigsalug language in "How Speaking Uncovers Concepts of Spirits".     

From arts and humanities, Dr. Genevieve Jorolan-Quintero related how her research into the indigenous peoples created new experiences for writing in "Finding My Writing Space: From Research to Storytelling".

In agribusiness management, Prof. Luis Hualda described "How to Develop an Enabling Environment for Smallholder Vegetable Producers in Mindanao".

Finally, in natural resource economics, Dr. Aurelia Luz Gomez disclosed "How Much is the Mt. Apo Natural Park Worth?"

The talks were mixed with a "live interview" where the speakers engaged in conversation with interviewer Mr. Michael Bonghanoy and members of the audience. In the audience were constituents of Brokenshire College, Holy Cross College of Davao, Davao Doctors College, and University of Mindanao.

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