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Memo No. LGS 08-013

The Sumitomo Foundation is now accepting applications for the “Fiscal 2008 Grant for Japan-Related Research Projects.”  The grant will be awarded to Asian researchers for their Japan-related research projects in the field of social science and humanities. Please see Application Guide and The Sumitomo Foundation brochure for your reference.  You may download the Application Form from HERE or at

Deadline for submission of applications is on October 31, 2008.

Memo No. LGS 08-015

The Asia Research Review, a magazine which highlights research projects from Asian Universities and research institutes, is now accepting submissions of project summary for their upcoming issue.

Project summaries of ongoing projects or projects to be completed in 2009 are accepted.  For those interested, please submit hard and soft copies of your write-up of less than 300 words describing your project  to the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development on or before September 19, 2008.  The University is allowed to field in only 30 articles, which will be reviewed by the magazine’s editorial board.

For more information, please click HERE.

The Asia Research Review will be distributed to relevant businesses, industry leaders, research consortia, research funding agencies, top universities and research institutions across the world , and the international press so we encourage you to take this opportunity to highlight your research projects to other researchers and potential investors.

Memo No. LGS 09-002

The Research, Extension, and Professional Staff (REPS) Category of the Gawad Chanselor or the Natatanging REPS, is now accepting nominations.  For nomination guidelines and forms, please click HERE.

All nominations should be submitted to the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development on or before January 30, 2009, 5:00 pm.

Memo No. LGS 09-004

Please accomplish and submit the following in line with the annual data collection of the Office of the Vice President for Planning and Finance (OVPPF):

  • Intellectual Property Rights (Form 19)
  • Research Projects (Form 22)
  • Research Units Profile (Form 23)
  • Soft Copy of publication listing in CV of Faculty Members

Blank Forms 19-23, accomplished forms 19 and 22 for 2008, and the recommended CV format can be downloaded from HERE.  Please accomplish the forms properly as “these are the bases of reports sent to Congress, Commission on Audit, etc.”  Submit the accomplished forms (hard and soft copies) on or before March 13, 2009.  You may also email the files to ovcrd(at)

Memo No. SSC-07-024

Please be informed that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is requiring counterpart funds for the approval of some projects submitted to them.  Henceforth, proposals requiring counterpart funding must first be cleared with the Office of the Chancellor prior to submission to the DOST.

UP Diliman’s DNA Analysis Laboratory Head Bags 1st Prize in the 2009 Regional Young Women Scientist Award

The University of the Philippines, home of outstanding researches in the country, once again claimed the limelight in the recently-held 2009 Scopus Regional Young Women Researcher Awarding Ceremony with the theme “Bridging the Science Gender Gap in Developing Countries” held at the National Science Centre and Royal Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Dr. Maria Corazon Abogado De Ungria, Head of the DNA Analysis Laboratory, Natural Sciences Research Institute, University of the Philippines Diliman won the first prize awarded under the Life Science Category. She shared the recognition with Dr. Mai Thi Quynh Le from National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Vietnam.

Dr. Corazon De Ungria (2nd from the left) and Dr. Mai Thi Quynh Le (3rd from the left) receive the 2009 Scopus Regional Young Women Scientist Award from Dr. Lilia Margarita Alvarez Diaz (left), Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS) Vice President for Latin America (Courtesy of

Dr. De Ungria presented her research work entitled “Development of Forensic DNA Technology in the Philippines” during the awarding ceremony and symposium. The 2009 Scopus Regional Young Women Researcher Award was given to Dr. De Ungria in recognition of her outstanding contributions in forensic applications and molecular anthropological studies in Philippines. Among these studies are the following:

1.    The establishment of Philippine population databases for forensic applications and in a molecular anthropological context
In 2006, Dr. De Ungria joined the PanAsia SNP consortium, which has members from different Asian countries who have contributed to the multi-center study on genetic diversity in Asia. Dr. De Ungria worked in generating over 5000 autosomal SNP data from several groups of Philippine Negritos and other ethnic populations of the Philippines using the microchip technology from Affymetrix.

2.    The promulgation of the Rule on DNA Evidence with the inclusion of the section on post-conviction DNA Testing
Dr. De Ungria became the head of the DNA Analysis Laboratory at the time when the Philippines still had the Death Penalty. For more than six years, she worked actively with the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), a group of private lawyers who provided free legal assistance to indigent death row inmates. The objective of this collaboration was to assess the feasibility of post-conviction DNA testing which at that time was not yet an available procedure. She was also in the technical panel that formulated the Rule on DNA Evidence which was submitted to the Philippine Supreme Court for approval.

3.    The adoption of a systematic system for handling sexual assault evidence by the Child Protection Network
Dr. De Ungria is actively involved in helping the Child Protection Network (CPU-Net), a network of different government and private hospitals that have a special section dedicated to helping children who have suffered physical abuse. One major problem in the collection of biological evidence from victims of sexual abuse is the absence of a sexual assault investigation kit (SAIK). Together with medical doctors of CPU, Dr. De Ungria and her team validated and subsequently introduced into the market, a prototype SAIK, which has been adopted by hospitals of the CPU-Net.

Dr. De Ungria finished her Bachelor of Science with Honors in Biology degree at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Microbiology at the University of New South Wales also in Sydney, Australia. She started working at the DNA Analysis Laboratory of the University of the Philippines in 1999. In the same year, Dr. De Ungria joined the Third World Organization of Women in Science (TWOWS) (see in order to meet other young women scientists in the region. In 2006, Dr. De Ungria won the Outstanding Young Scientist Award given by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and The Academy of Sciences for Developing Countries (TWAS) (see In 2007, Dr. De Ungria was amongst the first batch of TWAS Affiliate Fellows after being chosen by the TWAS Regional Office for East Asia and Southeast Asia. This was the first year that TWAS welcomed young scientists to be part of the academy in order to encourage young researchers to actively participate in promoting science in their own respective regions.

In 2009, the Young Women Researcher Award was jointly organized by TWAS, TWOWS, the Malaysian National Science Centre and SCOPUS-Elsevier. The aim of the organizers were to acknowledge and strengthen women representation and their technological leadership, particularly in their efforts and contributions in achieving research excellence. Other categories for the awards were medicine, engineering and technology and agricultural science. (

Winners received a certificate and cash prize.

By Gracious Romero

Call for 2010 Research Proposals under Outright Research Grants: Deadline Extended until March 15

Deadline for submission is extended until March 15, 2010.

Call for Papers: Musika Jornal


The UP Center for Ethnomusicology invites scholars, thinkers and music practitioners to submit scientific papers or critical essays on the theme Music & Ritual.

MUSIKA JORNAL is a refereed scholarly periodical that saw the publication of three issues during the incumbency of Dr. Jose Maceda as Chair of the Department of Asian Music in the late 1970’s (77,78,79).  Its revival issue was launched in January 2008 featuring articles on performance and performance theories.

For the coming issue, Musika Jornal 7, submissions must follow this format:

  • Language in English or Filipino (with short summary in English)
  • Not less than 6 pages and not more than 30 pages of text
  • Double-spaced, 12pts, 1.5″ margin all-over
  • Text and bibliography formatted according to the Chicago Manual Style, MS Word 2007
  • All annotations must be reflected as endnotes
  • Accompanying pictures must be properly labeled/captioned, resolution in 300-600 dpi jpeg, and source properly acknowledged
  • Name of transcribers, annotators and other collaborators in the article should be properly recognized in the submissions

Submission should include:

  • A bibliography of all sources quoted or mentioned in the paper
  • A glossary of musical/technical terms appearing in the text, with short (1 phrase or 1 sentence) definitions
  • An abstract of no more than 150 words
  • A short biography of the author (not more than 100 words)
  • Hardcopy and electronic file

All contributors shall receive token honoraria, 5 complimentary copies for major articles and 1 complimentary copy for reviews.

Author shall secure permission for all copyrighted materials that will be included in the article/s.

Musika Jornal 7 is intended to be launched in November 2010. Deadline for submission is June 25, 2010.

For submissions/queries:

U.P. Center for Ethnomusicology
Rm 220 Abelardo Hall, College of Music
University of the Philippines, Diliman
1101 Quezon City, Philippines
Telefax: (+632) 9257139

Call for Papers/Presentations for an International Conference on Postcolonial Praxis

Postcolonial Praxis: Theories, Cultural Practices and Movements for the Global South

July 21-23, 2010

Bulwagang Rizal (Faculty Center), College of Arts & Letters
University of the Philippines-Diliman
Quezon City, Philippines

Through this conference, we invite participants from other parts of the Philippines and from other former colonies /countries in the “Global South” (i.e., “underdeveloped , “developing”, “Third World”, decolonizing societies)  to re-examine and to re-territorialize  Anglo-American, English, American, French, German, Dutch, Hispanic, Latin American  Studies, programs and projects.  The conference aims to provide a venue for the construction of a general  programmatic of postcolonial knowledge-production and other postcolonial cultural practices which can be disseminated through formal educational institutions as curricula and courses; informal/alternative educational groups; professional organizations; mass media;  computer-aided technologies, and through cultural networks. To be engaged in this process are hundreds of scholars from the humanities and social sciences, teachers, creative writers, journalists and broadcast  media practitioners , studio, visual and performance artists, architects, design specialists .

The time is right to re-examine the colonial and neocolonial pasts as functions of both particular and world-wide geopolitical and temporal conditions in order to limn possible futurities for cultural discourses (knowledge production) and cultural practices as forms of local/ national/ regional resistance to neocolonialism and global capitalism.

Conference Sub-Themes: (Panel & Papers/Multimedia Presentations may revolve along these sub-thematics)
•    Postcolonial Writing/ Visual Arts / Performance Arts and the New Technologies (computer-based)
•    Recuperating Colonial Languages (English / French / Spanish / German / Dutch) in the Global South
•    Re-territorializing English/ American/ French/ Spanish/ German/ Dutch Language & Literature Studies in the Global South
•    Problematizing the “National” in National Cultural Practices (e.g., national language, national theater, national treasures, national artists, etc)
•    Issues and Concerns of a National Language in a Decolonizing Society
•    Dialectics of Native Authenticity & Cultural Hybridity
•    Politics of “Otherness”, “Politics of Othering” (gendered, ethnic, class, religious, and historiographic othering ) and Postcolonial Responses
•    Nation Formation and Postcolonial Cultural Studies
•    Understanding / Re-sematicizing the Role of the  “the Folk” / “Millenarian”/ “Cargo Cults” in the Histories of Nation Formation
•    History and Counter Memory or Alternative Historiographies in / for Postcolonial/ Cultural Studies
•    Problems of Representation (e.g., essentialism vs ghettoism; “strategic essentialism”; tokenism)
•    Politics of Location (ethnic, class, race, gender, religion, generation, etc ) and Cultural Praxis
•    Postcolonial Politics and Climate Change
•    Postcolonialism and Critiques of Disciplinary Domain Assumptions / Theoretical Legacies / Subject Areas / Methodologies Towards Postcolonial Cultural     Studies (multidisciplinal, situated, contextualized against global flows)

Each panel (of at most 4 participants) will be allotted 1 hour and 30 minutes with Open Forum.  A paper reader and/or multimedia presentor will be given 15 minutes each.

Please submit panel and paper/multimedia proposals to the Conference Convenor: “Professor Priscelina Patajo-Legasto” < // This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it // >.

Deadline for submission of panel and paper/multimedia presentation abstracts will be on March 30, 2010. Final Conference schedules and other information (conference registration, travel and accommodation details) will be posted on April 15, 2010.

Plenary speakers include Professor Reynaldo C. Ileto of National University of Singapore and University Professor Emeritus Gemino H. Abad of University of the Philippines-Diliman.

This conference is being organized by the Department of English and Comparative Literature, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines-Diliman in celebration of its centennial anniversary (1010-2010); with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Philippine Studies Association (PSA), the Office of the President, UP System and the Office of the Chancellor-UP Diliman.

Call for Papers: Philippine Management Review 2009 Issue

The Philippine Management Review is now accepting papers for publication in its 2009 issue. Papers may be in the form of theoretical or policy analysis, or empirical investigations of concerns in the areas of finance and management.

Deadline for submission is on 30 March 2010.

Click HERE for more details.

Please submit papers electronically to Issue Editors:

Sergio S. Cao, PhD
Department of Accounting and Finance
College of Business Administration
University of the Philippines-Diliman
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Ma. Fe Cadiz-Dyball, PhD
Faculty of Business and Economics
Department of Accounting and Finance
Macquarie University Sydney NSW 2109 Australia


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