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.

Dr. Gaillard speaks in UP Mindanao (with video link), 2015

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A French geographer and disaster expert gave a public lecture with interactive activities in UP Mindanao on 30 January 2015, Dr. Jean-Christophe Gaillard is an associate professor at the University of Auckland, and the title of his lecture was “Gender beyond men and women: Reflections on gender minorities in disasters”. Dr. Gaillard’s topics of research are disaster risk reduction (DRR), participatory tools for DRR, marginalization and DRR with focus on ethnicity, gender minorities, prisoners and homeless people, small-scale and neglected disasters, livelihood assessment and strengthening in DRR, and post-disaster resettlement. His regions of interest are the Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Samoa, New Zealand, and Mexico. Dr. Gaillard did his doctorate thesis paper on the Mt. Pinatubo rehabilitation program and he speaks fluent Tagalog and Kapampangan as a result of his studies in the area. SEE THE VIDEO HERE

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