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Lecture by Professor Yong-Chao Su of Kaohsiung Medical University

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     The University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao is hosting a free webinar lecture by Associate Professor Yong-Chao Su (left) of the Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan, on June 24, 2022, from 9:00-11:00 A.M. via Zoom. 
     Prof. Su will talk on "Genomic Tools for Biogeography and Ecological Adaptation - The Case of Arachnids and Insects." The talk is organized by the Department of Biological Science and Environmental Studies as Lecture 2 of its Feature Lecture Series, a public offering in celebration of the 27th Anniversary of UP Mindanao.
     Interested persons may register at the URL,

Prof. Jhoanna Lynn B. Cruz appointed UP Artist 1

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Prof. Jhoanna Lynn B. Cruz of UP Mindanao's Department of Humanities was appointed UP Artist 1 by the UP Board of Regents on 9 June 2022. The appointment under the UP Arts Productivity System serves as recognition and a reward for artistic productivity among UP faculty and staff and to encourage further artistic productivity. Prof. Cruz's appointment as UP Artist 1 (Batch 2019-2021) was awarded for her accomplishments in 2014-2018, in which she exhibited steady productivity in creative work and scholarly publications. During that period she represented the Philippines in international writers' festivals, such as the Melbourne Writers Festival, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, and the Tokyo International Literary Festival, to name a few. She also served as president of the Davao Writers Guild and as regional coordinator of the National Committee on Literary Arts for six years. Her column “Lugar Lang” ran for two years in Mindanao Times. 


In more recent years, Prof. Cruz has realized higher levels of productivity. She published "Abi Náko, Or So I Thought" (UP Press, 2020) a memoir chronicling her experiences as a woman rebuilding her life in Mindanao, and edited "Tingle Anthology of Pinay Lesbian Writing" (Anvil, 2021). Her works have been published in various local and international anthologies and journals. Notably, her Palanca award-winning essay "Sapay Koma" has become part of the literary canon in secondary and tertiary education. She continues to serve the Mindanawon literary community through the Davao Writers Guild.



Ika-114 na Anibersaryo!

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From UP OVPPA-MPRO: The University of the Philippines (UP) has come a long way since its establishment in 1908.
It emerged from the ravages of World War II, fought through political upheavals, braved new frontiers of technology, and soldiered on in this current pandemic. Throughout its history, it has been guided by its traditions of honor, excellence, and public service. It has never wavered in its commitment to work for social transformation that benefits the Filipino nation and humanity.
As UP marks its 114th anniversary, it looks back on its journey thus far, reflecting on lessons learned, actions taken, and challenges overcome. In the commemorative video especially created for this occasion, UP remembers its early years and highlights its achievements in the last year—from bringing faster connectivity to Barangay Kalinawan, Binangonan, Rizal just two days before lockdown, to the longed-for championship in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
These markers in the University’s history serve to guide its journey forward. UP continues on, taking to heart its responsibilities to the country, its people, and the global community. Going into the next normal of UP life, the University remains attuned and responsive to the evolving needs of its constituents and the publics it serves, not backing down in the face of disruptions and forging ahead with courage.
To borrow from a University cheer that its alumni would remember clearly: “Push on to victory with all your might . . . Push when the game goes hard . . . Push on, UP, and fight . . . Rise, rise, UP.”
Read more about UP's history via this link:
Text by Arlyn Romualdo, UP Media and Public Relations Office
Video edited by Al Nikko John, UP Media and Public Relations Office
Happy 114th birthday UP!

ASIMOV Program-wide Congress, June 2022

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UP Mindanao's research program named Autonomous Societally Inspired Mission Oriented Vehicles [ASIMOV] held its ASIMOV Program-wide Congress on 13 June 2022, Davao City. ASIMOV is composed of:  Project 1: Harmonized Aerial Watch and Knowledge-based Survey (HAWKS); Project 2: Robot for Optimized and Autonomous Mission Enhancement Responses (ROAMER). The conference featured a demo of a prototype robot vehicle with navigation capabilities and the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the program and the agricultural partners in the banana industry. 
Davao City Mayor and now Vice President-elect of the Republic of the Philippines, Sara Duterte-Carpio, in her message, said, "Filipinos are known for gadget uses; hence I am optimistic that with their current engagement with technology, you’ll be able to encourage more Filipinos to be involved in empowering their field of research and development, including related endeavors. These artificial intelligence projects are anticipated to produce technological breakthroughs to address specific gaps and bring beneficial transformation to various industries both in the private and government sectors in the succeeding years. Today’s crucial event may open new opportunities for everyone to generate more effective methods that will help in the goal of bringing the country to a more progressive state. Congratulations and good luck in all your future endeavors!"
Program Leader Prof. Jose Ildefonse "Joe" Rubrico (Dept. of Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science) acknowledged the presence of the Department of Science and Technology through the Philippine Council for Industry Energy & Emerging Technology Research & Development, the DOST Advanced Science & Technology Institute team of Project Roamer, the Philippine Space Agency, the Davao del Norte Provincial Agriculturist’s Office, the Biao Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative, the Diamond Individual Farmers Cooperative, the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) Southern Mindanao Campus and the PSHS Zamboanga Peninsula Region Campus, and the University of the Philippines Mindanao, lead implementing agency.

Off-Campus MS in Human Movement Science to be opened

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2022 060922 MSHMSThe MS in Human Movement Science will be offered in UP Mindanao beginning Academic Year 2022-2023, in September 2022. In preparation for this, the Department of Human Kinetics held the "Forum on the Off-Campus Offering of UP Diliman's Master of Science in Human Movement Science in UP Mindanao" on 09 June 2022.

Ms. Zenia Sanchez, in her presentation, expressed the MSHMS's goals "to equip its graduate with critical inquiry and research skills" and "contribute to nation-building through the promotion of human movement/physical activity-related pursuits."

Prof. Jonathan Cagas, the graduate studies coordinator of UP Diliman's College of Human Kinetics, answered questions regarding admissions. About 30 people who expressed interest in the degree program attended the forum.

UP Mindanao is working towards a proposed College of Human Kinetics. It presently offers the Diploma in Exercise and Sports Science (DESS) and the new Associate in Arts in Sports Studies (AASS). Undergoing final preparations are the Bachelor of Sports Science and the MSHMS.

The MSHMS in AY 2022-23 will be open for graduates of BS Education major in Physical Education, Bachelor of Physical Education, and DESS. As a UP Diliman off-campus extension program, pioneer graduates of MSHMS in UP Mindanao will receive a UP Diliman diploma.

[Clarification: UP Diliman is offering the MSHMS. UP Mindanao will only host it. The teaching faculty will be from the UP Diliman College of Human Kinetics, augmented by a UP Mindanao faculty member]

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