Microbiology Conference, 2017

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The 22nd Mindanao Convention of the Phil. Society for Microbiology was held on 17-18 November 2017 in Ritz Hotel, Davao City, on the theme of "Strengthening Academe-Industry Partnership in Microbiology for a Sustainable Mindanao". Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion gave the Welcome Remarks. 

Instructor Rovi Gem Villame (Food Sci. and Chem.) was awarded 1st Place in the Scientific Poster Category for her paper, "Rapid capture and detection of E.coli O157:H7 using biofunctionalized magnetic nanoparticles in tandem with a DNA-based nanobiosensor".

Research Associate Shem Gempesaw et al received 2nd Place in the Scientific Poster Category for "Molecular Surveillance of Rotavirus A in Backyard Pig Farms in Davao City". 

Conference on PE, 2017

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In the 2017 International Conference on Physical Education, Recreation, Fitness, and Sport Science, organized by International Federation of Physical Education, Fitness, and Sport Science Associations, held 26-28 October in Davao City:

“Leisure Activities of Two Resettlement Sites in Tugbok..” research paper was presented by Asst. Prof. Stella Salazar

“Motivational Facets of Filipino Players in Multi-Player Online Battle Arena..” was presented Instructor Albert Francis Ramos

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, 2017

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Assoc. Prof. Jhoanna Cruz (Humanities) served as Philippine representative to the 2017 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival on 25-29 October in Bali, Republic of Indonesia. Touchdown Magazine reported "the Philippines' own Jhoanna Lynn Cruz will be presenting alongside Indonesian luminaries such as octogenarian feminist novelist NH Dini and international names like best-selling crime writer Ian Rankin".  
On 27 October, Prof. Cruz performed a literary reading at Seniman Coffee Studio at Tony Raka.On 28 October, she served in the panel on ASEAN literature where she reported that despite the tough topic the conversations and the differing perspectives made the discussion enjoyable. She shared the panel with Bernice Chauly, Marc Nair, and Leila S. Chudhori with Intan Paramaditha as Moderator.  Also on 28 October, Prof. Cruz served on the panel on writing fiction together with Veronica Stigger of Brazil that was moderated by Tenzin Dickie of Tibet. According to Prof. Cruz the audience was very engaged with the discussion. 

She found time to meet Ian Rankin and renew ties with colleague Jennifer Mackenzie. Prof. Cruz said the Ubud 2017 experience made her "fired up to write more because.., it matters".

Awards in Phil. Soc. of Biochem. & MoleBio., 2017

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In the Philippine Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology International Banana Conference and 1st PSBMB Mindanao Scientific Conf., held 26-27 October in Gen. Santos City, were:

•    Papers by BS Biology graduates in the Young Scientists' Forum (YSF)    

"Assessment of Intra-Individual Heterogeneity of Metroxylon sagu Rottb.", by Reu Zandro C. Enguito (BSB 2017), 1st place  
"Isolation of an Alpha-amylase Gene from Saccharomycopsis fibuligera 2074", by Agape Shelley Valila (BSB 2017), 2nd place
"Optimization of Coconut Calloid Induction and Proliferation", by Mae Joyce Lynn C. Asumbrado (BSB 2016), 3rd place

•    Presentations by faculty members

"Biotechnology Researches at UP Mindanao" by Dr. Annabelle U. Novero
"Davao Region plant extract library for screening of bioactivity against various diseases and isolation and purification of potential anti-lung cancer compounds” by Dr. Aleyla E. de Cadiz
“Utilization of Sago Palm Zygotic Embryos for Cryopreservation" by Asst. Prof. Aileen Grace D. Delima
"Raw Starch Digesting Amylases from Indigenous Sources" by Asst. Prof. Jennifer P. Fronteras

•    Scientific posters

"Molecular Surveillance of Rotavirus A in Backyard Pig Farms", 3rd Prize, by Michael O. Bacus (4BSB), Maria Catherine B. Otero, Pedro A. Alviola, Lyre Anni E. Murao
“Improving Sterilization and Tissue Culture Methods of Coconut" by Cyrose Suzie Silvosa-Millado, MC Asumbrado, AD Delima and AU Novero
"Understanding the Genetics of Spine Formation in Sago Palm" by Milce Villanueva (BSB 2016), Maria Brigada Mabras, and AU Novero

Awards in PNHRS and RHRDE, 2017

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In the 11th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week, held 22-25 August 2017 in Metro Manila:

•    Gayle Lagmay (BS Food Tech. 2016) was 1st Prize winner-Undergraduate Research Paper Oral Presentation for “Photocatalytic and Antimicrobial Studies of Polyhydroxybutyrate-CO-Hydroxyhexanoate Nanocomposite Film”. Her study shows that biofilms have potential as packaging material for food and as material for wastewater treatment in the textile industry. Jessa Mae Villanueva (BSFT 2016) won 3rd Prize for "Investigative Study of the Antimicrobial Property of Sodium Alginate/TiO2 Nanocomposite Film".  

In the 7th Regional Health Research and Development Expo, 21-22 September, Davao City:

•    Elizabeth Velasco (BSFT 2017), 1st Place, Research Paper Presentation and 1st Place-Poster Exhibit for “Development of Antimicrobial Durian Starch-Carrageenan/Carvacrol Films”.
•    Ruby Ricalde (BS Agribusiness Economics 2017), 2nd Place-Poster for “Optimal Diets of Indigenous Children in Conflict and Non-Conflict Areas of Davao del Norte”

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