"Bomen" Guillermo on the Filipino novel, 2015

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     Prof. Ramon "Bomen" Guillermo gave a talk on September 28 in U.P. Mindanao about his novel, "Ang Makina ni Mang Turing", published by U.P. Press and the recipient of the Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in a Philippine Language conferred by the National Book Development Board in 2014.
     According to Prof. "Bomen", the novel is set in the historical period of Rizal and focuses on the game of "sungka" and on the search for a winning combination through the use of a machine, and other philosophical meditations.
     When asked, he confessed that he used the novel form, instead of the essay or non-fiction form, partly to amuse himself, and also to align the book to the tradition of the Filipino novel in the 1900-1930 period, which he referred to as "the golden age of the Filipino novel" wherein the novel served to introduce new ideas and to provoke discussions among the public.
     At the insistence of the audience, he read the opening, "Mula sa kinatatayuan natin ngayon, kinamamangha natin ang kamangmangan mga panauhin ng kasaysayan; tungkol sa kanilang sariling daigdig at panahon. Kapag nagbabasa ng mga kasaysayan ay umiiling-iling tayo habang pinagmamasdan silang lumulusob sa mga landas na nalalaman natin ngayon ay walang pinatutunguhan. Hindi natin sila mapipigilan habang sila'y tumatalon sa mga dagat na walang sukat ang kalaliman, o buong tiwalang lumulusob sa mga malaput na kumunoy na hindi na nila matatakasan. Natitiyak natin na ang mga eksperimento nila ay mabibigo kahit na ilang beses pang ulit-ulitin. Paulit-ulit itong mabibigo.
     Pero nakikita natin, sa hindi mabilang na halimbawa, na wala nang nilalang na mas matigas pa ang ulo kaysa sa isang tao na ayaw tumanggap ng pagkatalo. Bugbog-sarado, pikit na ang mga mata, basag ang mga buto ng mga daliri, nakahandusay sa maruming kanal, pero ang lagi pa ring sinasambit na parang nababaliw, 'Darating din ang araw na maglalaho ang mga inaapi at mang-aapi! Mababanaag ang pagkapantay-pantay ng sangkatauhan!'"
     In addition, Prof. "Bomen" showed a sheet of paper that showed the numbers to play in order to win a sungka game everytime, which, he said, forms part of the book. He disclosed that he used a computer to make millions of iterations in order to come up with the numbers to win.
     On the question of Filipino readership, he said that current studies showed that Filipinos bought an average of only 5 books a year --mostly on the Bible, romances, and cookbooks--while Malaysians, Indonesians, Vietnamese, and Singaporeans read much more. He said that Japan published 440,000 books in 2014 while the Philippines published only 5,000.    
     The talk of Prof. "Bomen" Guillermo was organized by A/Prof. Jhoanna Cruz (Dept. of Humanities) as part of their academic program improvement, and was attended by students of the BA English (Creative Writing) program, faculty members of the Humanities and of the Social Sciences, and Mr. Tyrone Velez, a columnist of Sun-Star Davao.

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)

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