Science for Society Anniversary Offering, 2017

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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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Parangal and Groundbreakings, 2017

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A Groundbreaking, Time-Capsule Laying, and Inauguration Ceremonies were held for sports and academic facilities on February 3 at the Davao City-UP Sports Complex located in the UP Mindanao campus. UP President Alfredo Pascual and Philippine Sports Commission Chairperson William  "Butch" Ramirez led the Groundbreaking for the Football Stadium Phase 2, the Aquatics Center Phase 1, and the Civil Works for the Football Field and Track Oval that was accompanied by the laying of a Time-Capsule. Groundbreakings were held for UP Mindanao's College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) Cultural Complex, the Center for Advancement of Research in Mindanao (CARIM) Building, the Research Development and Extension (RDE) Building, and the Faculty and Staff Housing.

This was followed by an Inauguration Ceremony of the Multi-Purpose Human Kinetics Building (Training Gym), highlighted by a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and messages from Chairperson William Ramirez, Mayor Sara Duterte, Congressman Alberto Ungab, former congressman Isidro Ungab, and President Pascual. (See more photos here)           

Earlier in the day, a Parangal para kay President Alfredo E. Pascual was held in honor of the president whose term ends on February 9. Messages and other forms of appreciation were given by alumnus Sebastian Angliongto, Mayor Sara Duterte through representative Michael Aportadera, faculty representative Larry Digal, union leaders Michael Gatela and Analiza Fulvadora, Obu Manuvu leaders led by Datu Joel Unad, former congressman Isidro Ungab and UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion. Presentations were given by the colleges, the Koro Kantahanay chorale, and the UP Mindanao Dance Ensemble. The president, in his response, expressed his appreciation to everyone. (See more photos here)

In-house Research Review, 2017

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In-house Review of UP Mindanao-funded Research Projects, 30 January 2017

PARALLEL SESSION 1 – NATURAL SCIENCES, Session Chair: Assoc. Prof. Pedro Alviola IV

8:45–9:00 AM Initiation of Callus from Sago Palm Shoot Explant and Embryos, Dr. Annabelle U. Novero

9:00–9:15 AM Cracking the cDNA Sequence that Encodes the Raw Starch-Digesting Amylase (RSDA) from Sacchaomycopsis fibuligeria 2074, Dr. Joel Hassan G. Tolentino

9:15–9:30 AM Granulation in Pummelo as Influenced by Fruit Size and 1-Methylcyclopropene, Dr. Emma Ruth V. Bayogan

9:30–9:45 AM Photocatalytic Paints for Fabrication of Self-Cleaning and Self Sterilizing Containers, Dr. Erwin Oliver V. Fundador

9:45–10:10 AM Open Forum 10:10–10:15 AM Coffee Break

10:15–10:30 AM Enhancing Sago Palm (Metroxylon sagu Rottb.) Seed Germination through Various Techniques, A/Prof. Aileen Grace D. Delima

10:30–10:45 AM Assessment of Lactobacillus paracasei F2I2 as Biopreservative for Pork under Typical Public Market Condition, Dr. Virginia P. Obsioma

10:45–11:00 AM Valuing Community-Based Sea Ranching of Sandfish Holothuria scabra, Dr. Ruth U. Gamboa

11:00–11:15 AM Measuring Economic Impact of Climate Change on High Value Crops and Fish Commodities Production in Davao Region, Ms. Marie Analiz April A. Limpoco


PARALLEL SESSION 2 – SOCIAL SCIENCES Session Chair: Assoc. Prof. Genevieve Quintero

8:45–9:00 AM Talomo River Anthropological Exploration and Assessment of Its Potentials for ‘Serious Leisure’/’Nature Sport’ Design, a/Prof. Maria Stella R. Salazar

9:00–9:15 AM Assessment of Communication Interventions on Maternal Health in Mintal, Bago Oshiro, and Tugbok District Davao City, a/Prof. Nelfa M. Glova

9:15–9:30 AM Memorializing Mintal, a/Prof. Andrea Malaya Ragragio

9:30–9:45 AM Historical Mapping and Land Valuation of Tugbok District, Archt. Ryan C. Songcayauon

9:45–10:10 AM Open forum

10:15–10:30 AM Analyzing Form, Resolution, and time: An Urban and Spatial Morphology of Mintal, Davao City, Archt. Jean Marie V. Juanga

10:30–10:45 AM Mga Sugilanon Kaniadto ug Karon: The Oral Narratives of Mintal, Dr. Genevieve T. Jorolan-Quintero

10:45–11:00 AM A Look into the Leisure Activities of the Residents of the Resettlement Sites in Tugbok District, Davao City, a/Prof. Armando R. Salazar

11:00–11:15 AM Local Institution Capacity for Science/Education Outcomes, Dr. Antonio G. Moran

11:15–11:30 AM Pangeteb: An Ethnographic Study of Indigenous Tattoo Practices of the Pantaron Manobo of Talaingod, Davao del Norte, a/Prof. Andrea Malaya M. Ragrario

11:30 – 11:50 Open Forum

Forums in November, 2016

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2016 110116 PUBLIC AFF CAL 1On November 15 the UP Board of Regents will elect the next UP President from among the six candidates, to assume office on February 10, 2017.

On November 28 is the CSM Research Colloquium to be held at the College of Science and Mathematics.

Still on November 28 is 2nd Map-Turnover from the UP Mindanao Phil-LiDAR 2 project to selected Local Government Units of the Davao Region, to be held at Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City.

The Davao Writers Workshop, postponed in October, will proceed on November 30 to December 4 at The Big House: A Heritage Home, Davao City.
Some details may change. For confirmations or inquiries, please send a text message to 09398436634.

8th ICAEM, 2016

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DSC 0189Fusarium wilt in banana and other agri-food and industry research findings were disclosed in the 8th International Conference on Agribusiness Economics and Management (ICAEM), held on October 27-28 in Davao City.

A total of 67 researches from 35 organizations were presented on the theme of "Building Resilience: Agribusiness in Times of Flux".

Fusarium wilt, also known as Panama disease, was addressed in talks by Dr. Sietze Vellema of Wageningen University and by Dr. Agustin Molina of Biodiversity International. This threat to the banana industry was further discussed in a plenary panel with experts from different sectors.

The rice industry and the use of climate-smart rice production were presented in a second plenary session.

A total of 175 participants heard the research findings from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Netherlands, Southeast Asia, and the Philippine islands of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Sessions tackled studies on: improving agricultural production for livestock, poultry, and other produce; post-harvest technologies for fruits, sweet pepper, and  dehydrated vegetables, among others; supply and value chains for vegetables, prawns, and sea-cucumber; and agri-products development for sago flour, baked products, chicken burger, and animal feeds.
The use of new technologies such as social media, geographic information systems, wireless-sensor networks, solar energy, and mathematical economic models for prices of rice and cocoa beans were shared.  

Social studies tackled business competencies, sharia-based micro-finance, and household welfare for farmers; community interventions in agrarian reform communities and NGO-assisted enterprises; marketing in aquaculture  and tourism; and consumer studies in consumer rights, genetically-modified crops, organic vegetables, and more.

The 8th ICAEM was organized by the UP Mindanao Office of Research in partnership with the UP School of Management and the UP Office of International Linkages.

In the photo is the Plenary Panel discussion on "The Threat of Panama Disease to the Philippine Banana Industry" with (left-right) Atty. Koronado Apuzen of Foundation  for Agrarian Reform Cooperatives in Mindanao (FARMCOOP), Dr. Edna Anit of Dept. of Science and Technology, Dr. Susan Razo of Dept. of Agriculture, Dr. Lorna Herradura of Bureau of Plant Industry, Dr. Benny Corcolon of Tagum Agricultural Dev't Company (TADECO), and Prof. Larry Digal (UP School of Mgt.), Conference Chairperson.

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