Seminar-Workshop on Research Ethics, 2015

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     WP 20150914 12 16 40 RichThe Office of Research organized a two-day seminar-workshop “Honor before Excellence: The Ethical and Responsible Conduct of Research” on 14 and 15 September 2015, at the CHSS-AVR, UP Mindanao. The seminar-workshop aims to educate researchers at the university on national ethical guidelines for research, particularly research involving human subjects.
     Dr. Marita V.T. Reyes, the chair of the National Ethics Committee of the Philippine National Health Research System, was the resource speaker for the seminar-workshop. Dr. Reyes is a well-respected scientist working in the field of cytogenetics, the study of chromosomes, and is a former faculty member, dean and chancellor of UP Manila, and once served as faculty regent of the UP Board of Regents.
     Dr. Reyes gave lectures on national laws and guidelines in research ethics, principles of good research practice, and responsibilities of stakeholders. Prof. Myfel Joseph Paluga, chair of the Department of Social Sciences also spoke on ethical considerations with research involving indigenous peoples.
     On day 2, Dr. Reyes talked about the ethical review process. Participants were enjoined to give inputs for the operationalization of ethics review in UP Mindanao.
     Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, in her memorandum to faculty members, said, “This is the best time to craft our own ethical review process reflective of UP Mindanao’s requirements/needs.”
     This seminar-workshop is part of the R&D Capability Building Workshop Series 2015 conducted by the Office of Research, which aims to improve capabilities and processes in the university and, in the long run, increase research productivity. The event was made possible through the Academic Program Improvement (API) 2015 fund from the UP System.

"A Different Jihad", in Australia, 2015

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11248885 10153008285061994 50128435812280075 oAssoc. Prof. Jhoanna Lynn B. Cruz-Daliling (Dept. of Humanities) delivered a lecture in Deakin University-Waurn Ponds (Australia) on 26 August 2015. Prof. Cruz-Daliling's lecture was from her research paper, "A Different Jihad: Autobiographical Narratives of Three Muslim Women Writers from the Philippines". The lecture event was supported by the Deakin University School of Communication and Creative Arts' Literary Studies, and was presented as part of their Contemporary Histories Seminar. According to their website, the Waurn Ponds campus is the biggest campus of Deakins University. (Image and information courtesy of Prof. Daliling)

Forum on Public Service Ethics and Accountability, 2015

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2015-08-28-0059     A forum on "Public Service Ethics and Accountability (PSEA) of Officers and Employees" was held by the Human Resource Development Office on 28 August 2015. This forum and seminar had Ms. Maria Nilda A. Rogodon, Director of the CSC Davao Field Office, as resource person, and was attended by mostly Administrative Services personnel.  
     The forum/seminar identified the ethical issues relevant to public service and the promotion of these ethics as part of the quality of service and that of staff discipline.
     PSEA, said Director Rigodon, is part of the efforts to fight corruption and the management of risks arising from the use of new technologies.
     In workshop exercises, the forum also elicited inputs from employees as to what changes are needed in the work culture in their offices, and to some practical strategies to effect these identified changes.

Prof. Obsioma presents paper in Thailand, 2015

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1544566 10206316018612714 4121973803245147759 nAssoc. Prof. Virginia P. Obsioma (Dept. of Food Science and Chemistry) presented her research paper "Proteolytic lactic acid bacteria from nipa infloresence" at the 8th ASEAN Conference for Lactic Acid Bacteria, held in Bangkok, Thailand on 8-10 July 2015. Prof. Obsioma also visited the Suranaree University of Thailand where she met with UP Mindanao Asst. Prof. Dann Marie del Mundo who is taking a doctoral degree program, and the chair of the Dept. of Food Science Technology. The visit also served to gather inputs for the DFSC plans for internationalization. (photo and text from Prof. Obsioma)

Monsanto Philippines Inc. Forum, 2015

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Monsanto Philippines Inc. held a symposium in U.P. Mindanao on 20 August titled "Monsanto and the Work We Do". Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion welcomed the visitors at the Lorenzo Hall venue with a roll-call of the academic programs represented. Most were from the BS Biology, BS Food Technology, and BS Agribusiness Economics programs. Assoc. Prof. Nilo Oponda, Academic Affairs Officer-in-charge, gave a perspective on the forum and introduced the resource persons.  Ms. Charina Garrido-Ocampo, Monsanto Corporate Affairs Lead, began with a talk on the Monsanto mission and vision and dispelled some of the "myths" propagated about the company. Dr. Gabriel Romero, Regulatory Affairs Lead, gave a talk on their science titled, "Monsanto and Sustainable Agriculture", where he echoed the words of their chief executive officer, "We succeed when farmers succeed". He detailed the benefits from the genetically-modified corn, maize, and practices in agriculture, and the testimonials from Filipino farmers. Ms. Cherie Lou Ocampo, Human Resources Lead, spoke of careers that directly help to improve Filipino lives through sustainable agriculture. The students showed their knowledge of biology and genetics in the open forum and continued to engage the visiting resource persons even after the forum.

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