Training on Research Proposals by PSITE-XI, 2015

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Lectures

PSITE-XI-Res-Proposal-Trng-WorkshopThe Philippine Society of IT Educators-Region XI organized a "Training- Workshop on Making Research Proposals" last May 13-15, 2015 at the Holy Child IT Academy, Davao City. The 3-day event was attended by 23 participant-educators from different schools in Region 11 and Region 12. According to PSITE-XI president Prof. Vic Calag (UP Mindanao Dept. of Math., Physics and Comp. Sci.), the workshop was aimed to enhance the skills of the educators in conducting research from problem identification to writing research proposals.
     He said, "Conducting research is one of the important activities of educators. Research activities widen the educators’ perspectives and knowledge of their subjects and help them to become better teachers. With the present technological advancement, educator should not only keep themselves abreast of development in their fields but should also be catalysts for advancement in their areas by conducting research and sharing or disseminating their research findings."
     Prof. Calag further said that the training-workshop was held for participants to be more informed about the importance, advantages, benefits, ethics, and intricacies of research activities. It also offered training for participants to identify research problems, frame research questions, and discuss the significance of their research to their field of study and to the broader sector of society.
     Prof. Vicente Calag thanked Dr. Genaro V. Japos for conducting the training. He also thanked the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Trade and Industry for the financial assistance, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED-XI), and the Holy Child IT Academy for the venue. He expressed sincere appreciation to the PSITE XI SY 2014-15 Officers for their assistance in running the workshop, particularly Engr. Chrys Velasco, Ms. Nancy Mozo, Ms. Trixie Dimacali, Prof. Meljohn Aborde, Prof. Dennis Gajo, Ms. Iris Mae Mendoza and Dean Perly Pantojan.

Dr. Isagani Cruz on Literature and K-12, 2015

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Dr. Isagani Cruz poses for a photo with some UP Mindanao students who attended his lecture on "Teaching Creative Writing and Literature in the Light of K-12". Dr. Cruz focused on the literature and creative writing subjects from kindergarten to Grade 12, including the content, competencies, and suggested activities. Dean Stella Salazar of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences gave the Welcome Remarks, Assoc. Prof. Jhoanna Cruz-Daliling gave the Introduction of the Guest Speaker, and Asst. Prof. John Bengan of the Dept. of Humanities gave the Closing Remarks. Also present were Julienne Suganob, Jeffren Miguel, and Jocelin Diaz of the University of the Immaculate Conception, Ana and Dodie Gualberto of Apo Learning Village, and UP Mindanao's Antonino de Veyra, Lysette Sandoval, and Jomar Quintos of the Dept. of Humanities, Armando Salazar of the Dept. of Human Kinetics, and Antonio Moran of the Dept. of Social Sciences.   

ORIGINAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The public is invited to a forum with Dr. Isagani Cruz, the President of The Manila Times College, who will be giving a talk titled, "Writing K-12, Or Not: Teaching Creative Writing and Literature in the Light of K-12" in UP Mindanao, Mintal, Davao City. The venue is the college of Humanities and Social Sciences Audio-visual Room, located at the Administration Building. The forum with Dr. Cruz is from 9:30-11:30am. This is an Academic Program Improvement project organized by the UP Mindanao Department of Humanities. Dr. Cruz is a former Philippine Undersecretary for Education and Governor of the National Book Development Board. He is a Professor Emeritus and a University Fellow of De La Salle University in Manila. He was the Curriculum Adviser of the Steering Committee on K to 12 of the Department of Education, the Commission on Higher Education, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. He has been a professor, a visiting fellow, or a lecturer at various universities in the Philippines, the United States, Iran, Japan, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom, including the University of Oxford. He has given lectures or read papers in Australia, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. (sources: www.isaganicruz.com; Prof. JLB Cruz-Daliling)

Bangsamoro Basic Law, Pangeteb, and Pasundayag, 2015

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The College of Humanities and Social Science (CHSS) Student Council presents the "Culture and Arts Week 2015 Lecture Series".

On April 28 (Tuesday), 1:00 pm, is a forum on the Bangsamoro Basic Law with Mindanao historian Ms. Lualhati M. Abreu. The venue is the Lorenzo Hall, Administration Building, UP Mindanao, Mintal, Davao City.

On April 29 (Wednesday), 1:00 pm, a unique aspect of Talaingod-Manobo culture - the "Pangeteb", or tattooing - will be presented and discussed by Asst. Prof. Andrea Malaya M. Ragragio (Department of Social Sciences). The venue is the Lorenzo Hall, Administration Building, UP Mindanao, Mintal, Davao City.

On April 29, 6:00 pm is "Pasundayag 2015", a stage theater presentation featuring "Lakan and Lakambini sa CHSS" who will show aspects of the heritage of Mindanao cultural communities through the wearing of indigenous costumes, depicted as accurately as possible. The venue is the University Atrium, Administration Building, UP Mindanao, Mintal, Davao City.  

The events are open to the public. Admission is free of charge.

(source: CHSS Student Council)


Workshop on Real-time PCR, 2015

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     A Workshop on Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction was held on 20-21 April at the UP Mindanao College of Science and Mathematics for faculty members in the disciplines of chemistry and biology. The Workshop resource persons were Ms. Stephanie Dy and Ms. Karina Gulay of Lifeline Diagnostics Supplies, Inc., dealers of life science equipment from Bio-Rad, Macherey-Nagel, and Integrated DNS Technologies brand-names.
     The workshop modules included a refresher lecture on Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and real-time PCR (qPCR), and the real-time PCR workflow: the preparation and assessment of samples, the design of primers and probes for qPCR, and its applications such as for the detection of bacteria in blood samples. Laboratory activities and discussions were carried out to complete the workshop.
     Food science department chairperson Virginia Obsioma said the qPCR equipment will contribute to the desire of UP Los Baños to have labs with equal capabilities in Mindanao.
     College Dean Annabelle Novero said the equipment will be useful for the upcoming projects with the Philippine Genome Center.
     Among the participants to the workshop were Kriza Calumba, Noreen Fundador, Erwin Fundador, Jennifer Fronteras, Joel Tolentino, Catherine Otero, Aleyla de Cadiz, Eloisa Sales, Chairperson Obsioma, and Dean Novero.

Workshop on Wacom products, 2015

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DSC 0689American Technologies Inc. gave a seminar-workshop on design software for some 40-plus students and staff on March 2, 2015 at Lorenzo Hall. Software from Adobe, 2D and 3D animation, and other design-related software were demonstrated using devices manufactured by the Wacom brand. According to Asst. Prof. Vic Calag (DMPCS), Information Technology Office chief, the seminar/workshop can widen the perspective and understanding of digital design by students from the computer science, communication arts and architecture programs.

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