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Mice research and stampede survival

Researchers led by Dr. Caesar A. Saloma of the University of the Philippines Diliman have found that panicking mice are capable of exiting a confined space in an orderly and efficient manner: by exiting in a single file rather than scrambling over each other.

In the article “How to Survive a Stampede” on the New York Times, Dr. Saloma advises people to devise a mental exit plan from the stadium before a game or a concert starts.

Read more about the article here.

UP Diliman student research bags 3rd in the 2015 AMY Intellectual Property Awards

By Agnes May B. Bantigue

An innovative technique for detecting ionic contamination in printed circuit boards placed third in this year’s Alfredo M. Yao (AMY) Intellectual Property (IP) Awards. The new process was invented by Engr. Helen S. Villanueva, Dr. Prospero C. Naval Jr., and Dr. Manolo G. Mena of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman.

Left: Dr. Prospero C. Naval Jr. (adviser) and Engr. Helen S. Villanueva during the awarding ceremony last 27 October 2015 at the Marriott Hotel Manila. Right: Dr. Manolo G. Mena, co-adviser of Dr. Naval for Engr. Villanueva's MS thesis.

Left: Dr. Prospero C. Naval Jr. (adviser) and Engr. Helen S. Villanueva during the awarding ceremony last 27 October 2015 at the Marriott Hotel Manila.
Right: Dr. Manolo G. Mena, co-adviser of Dr. Naval for Engr. Villanueva’s MS thesis. (Photo from Dr. Naval)

The research, which is a simple and low-cost detection and estimation system for ionic contamination, was the master’s thesis of Engr. Villanueva, conducted under the guidance of her advisers Dr. Naval of the Department of Computer Science and Dr. Mena of the Department of Mining, Metallurgical, and Materials Engineering. Engr. Villanueva, a scholar of the Department of Science and Technology through the Engineering Research and Development for Technology, obtained her degree in Master of Science in Computer Science in 2014.

The AMY IP Awards is an annual competition organized by the PCCI in cooperation with the IP Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) to promote appreciation and application of locally-developed technologies. The competition aims to recognize inventors who contribute to the development of highly innovative technologies that are socially beneficial and sustainable. This is the fourth consecutive year that a UP Diliman nominee entered the finals, and the second year that it placed in the top three.

Winners and finalists of the 2015 AMY IP Awards during the awarding ceremony last 27 October 2015 at the Marriott Hotel Manila.

Winners of the 2015 AMY IP Awards and the other competitions hosted by PCCI during the awarding ceremony last 27 October 2015 at the Marriott Hotel Manila. (Photo from Dr. Naval)

The winners of the 2015 AMY IP Awards were awarded during the 41st Philippine Business Conference and Expo last 27 October 2015 at the Marriott Hotel Manila.

A Philippine patent application for the invention was filed last 23 October 2015. The invention was also presented during an exhibit participated into by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development in Singapore last September, where it garnered interest from potential industry takers.

UP Diliman OVCRD shares best experiences in IP and Technology Transfer to ASEAN WIPO delegates

Agnes May B. Bantigue

Delegates from intellectual property (IP) offices of eight ASEAN countries visited the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman last Thursday, October 15. The UP Diliman Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD) hosted the delegates from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, who were on a Sub-Regional Project Study Visit organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in cooperation with the IP Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL). The objective of the ASEAN WIPO Project Study Visit is to gather insights and learn about the experiences of Philippine universities under the Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) Network established by the IPOPHL.

UP Diliman OVCRD with the ASEAN WIPO delegates during their Project Study Visit to the Philippines on 15 October 2015.

UP Diliman OVCRD with the ASEAN WIPO delegates during their Project Study Visit to the Philippines on 15 October 2015.

UP Diliman, through OVCRD’s IP and Technology Transfer Unit, is a member of the ITSO Network, and was invited to become one of the host universities, along with Adamson University and Mapua Institute of Technology, during the study visit to share its experiences, challenges, and best practices as an ITSO. The ITSO Network was established by IPOPHL in 2010 and is envisioned to enable and support increased innovation in the country by providing services and assistance in protecting, utilizing, and commercializing Filipino-generated IPs.

During the study visit, Vice Chancellor for Research and Development Fidel Nemenzo gave a short introduction about the University and the flagship campus in Diliman, highlighting the breadth of disciplines under the campus and the importance of OVCRD in facilitating the creation and use of new knowledge and research, especially with respect to IP and Technology Transfer.

Vice Chancellor for Research and Development, Dr. Fidel R. Nemenzo, welcomes the delegates and gives an introduction on the University of the Philippines.

Vice Chancellor for Research and Development, Dr. Fidel R. Nemenzo, welcomes the delegates and gives an introduction on the University of the Philippines.

The IP and Technology Transfer staff of OVCRD all participated in sharing best practices of the unit as an ITSO by presenting both the challenges that the unit has encountered and milestones it has achieved since UP Diliman’s first technology transfer activities began. While the group cited the lack of budget allocation during the initial implementation of the then-Technology Transfer Program, it was also noted that the University was supportive of the initiatives of the unit and provided the needed resources to be able to pursue IP and technology transfer activities.

The group also highlighted the role played by IPOPHL in the unit’s development and successes as an ITSO. All of its staff members have undergone trainings and workshops organized by the IPOPHL in partnership with institutions like WIPO. With the help of IPOPHL, the University was also able to acquire subscriptions to patent databases, and to participate in international trainings and conferences in technology transfer and IP.

The presentation was concluded by IP and Technology Transfer Unit’s Dr. Geoffrey Ducanes, who highlighted the future plans of the unit to increase its capacity to more efficiently accommodate the increasing number of IP disclosures by hiring more personnel and providing more mechanisms to enable inventors, authors, and artists to transfer to the public their IPs.

The OVCRD IP and Technology Transfer Unit answers questions from the ASEAN delegates. (L-R: Ace Acosta, Agnes May Bantigue, Head of Unit Dr. Geoffrey Ducanes, Engr. Jorge Salang, Paul Natividad).

The OVCRD IP and Technology Transfer Unit answers questions from the ASEAN delegates. (L-R: Ace Acosta, Agnes May Bantigue, Head of Unit Dr. Geoffrey Ducanes, Engr. Jorge Salang, Paul Natividad).

After the presentation by the unit, the delegates were given a chance to ask questions through an Open Forum. Many were asking about the commercialization of technologies, saying a patent has been granted but they aren’t able to license it out. Dr. Ducanes revealed to them that this is also the case in most universities not only in the Philippines, but also worldwide, because most university-developed technologies are not actually ready for commercialization. Dr. Ducanes said that some of the initiatives of the OVCRD is to provide bridge funding to further develop the readiness of the technology, and to work with industry partners at early stages of the researches to generate more applied research outputs.

Vice Chancellor Nemenzo, in closing the program, said that he hoped that the delegates learned from the practices of the UP Diliman ITSO and that they will apply their new learnings when they go back to their respective countries and offices.

“Handa… Awit… Lindol!”: Preparing for earthquakes through music

By Agnes May B. Bantigue

Handa…Awit…Lindol!, a collection of songs for the preparedness and awareness of earthquakes and related calamities, was formally launched on Monday, July 13, at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Auditorium. The album is a collaborative effort of Filipino artists Rev Mendoza, Ma. Stephanie Joy Andaya, Roberto Mendoza, Arlan Camba, Mark Simon dela Cruz, Jonel Sarmiento, Marvin Lai, Jose Fernandez, Leomar Requejo, under the leadership of Dr. Glecy Atienza of the Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature of the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) College of Arts and Letters. The development of the album was funded through a Source of Solutions Grant from the UPD Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD).

Project leader of Handa...Awit...Lindol! Dr. Glecy Atienza talks about the development of the music

Project leader of Handa…Awit…Lindol! Dr. Glecy Atienza talks about the development of the music

According to Dr. Atienza, their aim was to create catchy songs that would help inform the listeners about earthquakes and related calamities, and about preparing for them. They wanted to create songs that everyone will enjoy—which is why the album is composed of music in different genres such as rock, R&B, ballad, and folk.

Handa...Awit...Lindol! artists use their talents to promote earthquake preparedness

Handa…Awit…Lindol! artists use their talents to promote earthquake preparedness

During the launch, Dr. Atienza, together with artists Rev Mendoza, Leomar Requejo, Arlan Camba, Roberto Mendoza, and Mark Simon dela Cruz, sang original compositions. Natural Ang Lindol gives the different stories of why earthquakes happen such as the awakening of a giant; Intensity talks about how different intensity levels on the PHIVOLCS Earthquake Intensity Scale feel; Ang Cute Na Kit Ni Buboy gives listeners an idea of what they should have in their emergency kits in case an earthquake should strike. PHIVOLCS Director Dr. Renato Solidum even joined the artists in singing May Plano Ba Tayo?

Dr. Solidum sings "May Plano Ba Tayo?" with the musicians

PHIVOLCS Director Dr. Solidum sings “May Plano Ba Tayo?” with the musicians

Dr. Geoffrey Ducanes of UPD-OVCRD welcomed the audience and congratulated the artists on the successful project, citing the inter-disciplinary approach to developing creative works, while Director Solidum and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Corazon Jimenez likewise praised the team, and expressed their excitement in using the songs in their campaigns for earthquake preparedness.

To broaden the reach of the dissemination of the songs, the album can be shared to the public at no cost, in accordance with Fair Use of Copyright. Interested parties may request copies of the album from the UPD-OVCRD, PHIVOLCS, and MMDA.

For more information about Handa…Awit…Lindol!, you may get in touch with us through e-mail at techtransfer.ovcrd@up.edu.ph.

Four UPD research projects featured in ARN magazine

By Narita E.C. de las Alas

Asia Research NewsFour UP Diliman research projects are featured in the 2015 Asia Research News Magazine. Research projects by Dr. Hazel O. Arceo of the Marine Science Institute (MSI); Dr. Joyce A. Ibana of the Institute of Biology (IB); Dr. Edieser L. Dela Santa of the Asian Institute of Tourism (AIT); and Mr. Kent Renier M. Carandang  and Mr. Rhey Joseph S. Daway of the Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE).

The research of Dr. Arceo aims to assess the Philippine marine biodiversity, determine local hotspots, and assess its current management. The results of the study will contribute to our understanding of Philippine marine biodiversity at the same time address conservation issues.

The study of Dr. Ibana focuses on the immune-suppression mechanism in the female genital tract that can lead to the design of drugs that can treat cancer.

Dr. Dela Santa’s research project highlights the restructuring and strengthening of Philippine Tourism via the Tourism Act of 2009. The study analyzes the macro-level implementation of the Act that is important in the in-depth studies of the new policies.

The team of Mr. Carandang and Mr. Daway designed the Gaia dam as part of their undergraduate thesis. Low-cost in production, eco-friendly, easy to build, and as effective as its concrete counterpart, the Gaia dam also promotes plant growth.

To read more about these projects, visit  Asia Research News.

Asia Research News magazine is published annually by ResearchSEA to raise awareness about research and experts in Asia to the international community.

 

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UP Diliman signs Memorandum of Agreement strengthening partnership with UNICEF

The University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed a Memorandum of Agreement last 20 January 2015.

UNICEF Philippines Representative Ms. Lotta Sylwander and UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan shake hands after signing the Agreement last 20 January 2015.

UNICEF Philippines Representative Ms. Lotta Sylwander and UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan shake hands after signing the Agreement last 20 January 2015. (OVCRD file photo)

After a very successful collaboration involving the Population Institute of the UP Diliman College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, UP Diliman, with its mandate to lead as a public service university, and UNICEF decided to enter into a broader engagement that aimed at improving the institutional capacities of government agencies, not just with regard to social development and disaster preparedness, but also in addressing issues such as public financial management.

UNICEF Philippines Representative Ms. Lotta Sylwander, UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan, and UP Diliman Vice Chancellor for Research and Development Fidel Nemenzo during the MOA signing last 20 January 2015.

UNICEF Philippines Representative Ms. Lotta Sylwander, UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan, and UP Diliman Vice Chancellor for Research and Development Fidel Nemenzo during the MOA signing last 20 January 2015. (OVCRD file photo)

The signing of the agreement is only the beginning of a renewed partnership, and UNICEF hopes to tap the different institutions in UP Diliman, with the help of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development, in the fulfillment of its mission as a child rights advocacy organization.

OVCRD IP Campaign hits airwaves

By Karen N. Azupardo

Are you familiar with the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy of the UP System and related policies on Technology Transfer? The Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD) invites you to learn more by tuning in to Sciencia na Kayo sa DZUP this Friday, November 28, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM. The program is aired over 1602 MHz in the AM band and streamed online at www.dzup.org.

Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Unit, represented by Mr. Ace C. Acosta, Team Leader, and Ms. Agnes B. Bantigue, IP and Technology Transfer Officer, will share their insights with listeners. The team also went on air on November 14 to discuss the basics of IP and IPR in line with the OVCRD’s IP Awareness Campaign. The campaign also aims to promote services that will help UP constituents in transferring their creations and technology to the public.

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The IP and Technology Transfer unit of the OVCRD, represented by Mr. Naason Velasco (second from left), Mr. Paul Natividad and Ms. Karen Azupardo, with Sciencia na Kayo sa DZUP hosts Dr. Marian P. Roque and Dr. Richard A. Lemence during their November 14, 2014 show.

Sciencia na Kayo sa DZUP is a weekly program hosted by Dr. Marian P. Roque and Dr. Richard A. Lemence of the Institute of Mathematics. Dr. Roque, Director of the Institute, is a Gawad Chanselor “Natatanging Guro” awardee. Dr. Lemence was named 2014 Outstanding Young Scientist in the field of Mathematics by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Philippines.

OVCRD is working closely with the College of Science, with the support of Dean Jose P. Balmaceda and Associate Dean of Student and Public Affairs Giovanni A. Tapang, to help students, faculty and staff to become more IP savvy in education and research. The IP and Technology Transfer Unit recently held an orientation session for the College on November 17, 2014 at the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (IESM). Dean Balmaceda, Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development Fidel R. Nemenzo, and Dr. Geoffrey M. Ducanes, Director of the IP and Technology Transfer Unit, attended the session.

The OVCRD provides a range of IP and Technology Transfer services. To schedule a consultation or orientation, contact 981-8500 local 8763 or send an email to techtransfer.ovcrd@up.edu.ph. You may also reach the team via Facebook and Twitter @IPtechtrans_UPD.

Young inventors from UP Diliman compete in PCCI Alfredo M. Yao IP Awards 2014

By Agnes May B. Bantigue

The undergraduate thesis of University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman Civil Engineering alumni qualified for the coveted Alfredo M. Yao Intellectual Property (AMY IP) Awards 2014, with co-inventors Kent Renier Carandang and Rhey Joseph Daway delivering their final presentations last 29 September 2014 at the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) office in Taguig. The National Award eventually went to UP Manila faculty and researcher, Dr. Jose B. Nevado Jr., who developed a novel naturally-derived composition from endogenous plants with anti-inflammatory and anti-diarrheal applications.

Rhey Joseph Daway and Kent Renier Carandang, UP Diliman Civil Engineering alumni and inventors, at the finals of the PCCI Alfredo M. Yao IP Awards last 29 September 2014. OVCRD file photo.

Rhey Joseph Daway and Kent Renier Carandang, UP Diliman Civil Engineering alumni and inventors, at the finals of the PCCI Alfredo M. Yao IP Awards last 29 September 2014. OVCRD file photo.

The UP Diliman team presented Gaia Dam, which Mr. Carandang and Mr. Daway developed with fellow student, Ralph John Barte, under the supervision of their advisers, Prof. Mark Albert Zarco and Prof. Leonardo Liongson. Gaia Dam is an earth material gabion-type low dam that utilizes a specialized, eco-friendly core material designed for irrigation systems. Its innovative design provides stability against water forces while providing enzymes and acids that can help increase agricultural productivity, improving the yield of farmers.

Inventors Kent Renier Carandang and Rhey Joseph Daway, with their advisers Dr. Leonardo Liongson and Dr. Mark Albert Zarco, with the Gaia Dam prototype built at the UP Diliman Lagoon. Photo courtesy of Kent Carandang and Rhey Daway.

Inventors Kent Renier Carandang and Rhey Joseph Daway, with their advisers Dr. Leonardo Liongson and Dr. Mark Albert Zarco, with the Gaia Dam prototype built at the UP Diliman Lagoon. Photo courtesy of Kent Carandang and Rhey Daway.

 

Mr. Carandang and Mr. Daway have been pursuing the patent application and commercialization of their invention by taking part in start-up competitions. For their patent application, they enlisted the assistance of the IP and Technology Transfer Unit of the UP Diliman Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD).

The AMY IP Awards is an annual competition organized by the PCCI in cooperation with the IP Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) to promote appreciation and application of locally-developed technologies. The competition aims to recognize inventors who contribute to the development of highly innovative technologies that are socially beneficial and sustainable. Nominations are screened prior to the final judging based on uniqueness and originality, readiness for commercialization, and impact and benefits to society. The finalists of the AMY IP Awards 2014 were recognized during the 40th Philippine Business Conference and Expo last 22 October 2014 at the Manila Hotel.

Rhey Joseph Daway and Kent Reinier Carandang with PCCI and IPOPHL officials. Finalists of PCCI’s Alfredo M. Yao IP Awards 2014 were recognized during the 40th Philippine Business Conference and Expo last 22 October 2014 at the Manila Hotel. Photo courtesy of Kent Carandang.

Rhey Joseph Daway and Kent Reinier Carandang with PCCI and IPOPHL officials. Finalists of PCCI’s Alfredo M. Yao IP Awards 2014 were recognized during the 40th Philippine Business Conference and Expo last 22 October 2014 at the Manila Hotel. Photo courtesy of Kent Carandang.

Gaia Dam won numerous awards prior to becoming a finalist in the AMY IP Awards 2014 (2nd Place – UP Diliman College of Engineering Undergraduate Project Competition 2013; 2nd Place – IdeaSpace Adamson Bootcamp; and 1st Place – UP Diliman Engineering Innovations Congress) and was presented and exhibited during the Sustainable Building International Conference 2014; the 2014 National Science and Technology Week organized by the Department of Science and Technology; TechInnovation 2014 organized by the Intellectual Property Intermediary in Singapore; and the October 2014 Paliwanagan sa UP Diliman Colloquium organized by OVCRD.

With the interest that Gaia Dam continues to generate from different sectors, the young inventors are hopeful that their homegrown technology will soon be deployed for the benefit of the public.

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