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UP Diliman Technologies Bring Ready-To-Eat Cooked Rice, Noodles to Typhoon Yolanda Victims

By Agnes May B. Bantigue

A professor from the College of Home Economics (CHE) of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman  led a team of volunteers to produce ready-to-eat (RTE) cooked rice and bihon noodles for deployment to areas severely affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

Dr. Ma. Patricia V. Azanza, food scientist and professor at the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, pioneered the novel processes for producing the RTE cooked rice and noodles.

The RTE cooked rice and noodles are retrogradation-resistant and shelf-stable for a month. These goods do not require further cooking, reheating, or hot water hydration like actual cooked rice and noodles, but can be stored for weeks. These properties make the products ideal for situations where cooking is not an option, such as in evacuation centers of calamity-stricken areas and during military field operations.

Units of RTE pasteurized rice ready for deployment. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Ma. Patricia V. Azanza)

Units of RTE pasteurized rice ready for deployment. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Ma. Patricia V. Azanza)

In fact, these situations prompted Dr. Azanza to create the technology for RTE cooked rice and noodles. She aimed to produce a meal that provides the carbohydrates needed by soldiers who will be expending a lot of energy. She determined that such meals should not require cooking to avoid compromising a soldier’s location in the field. The meals must be retrogradation-resistant and shelf-stable, so there is little risk of food spoilage. Dr. Azanza immediately saw the potential for RTE meals in evacuation centers where people are in need of food that will satisfy their hunger.

In the Pilot Food Plant of the College of Home Economics, over 300 students, staff, and faculty members work hand-in-hand for the production of ready-to-eat products for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. OVCRD file photo.

In the Pilot Food Plant of the College of Home Economics, over 300 students, staff, and faculty members work hand-in-hand for the production of ready-to-eat products for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. OVCRD file photo.

Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan), reported to be the most powerful typhoon in 2013, caused catastrophic damage to much of the Visayas Region, leaving 1.9 million people homeless and more than 600,000 displaced. Since the typhoon’s devastation, there has been overwhelming support from both local and foreign organizations to ensure relief operations in the affected areas. Dr. Azanza saw the opportunity to help out, and immediately planned the production of 5,000 units of 150-gram packs of RTE rice and 3,000 units of 150-gram packs of RTE noodles. Over 300 students, staff, and faculty from the College of Home Economics volunteered for the 12-day production in the Pilot Food Plant (PFP) at CHE. The production was funded through a Source of Solution grant by the UP Diliman Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD).

The retrogradation-resistant shelf-stable cooked rice, one of the technologies in this initiative, was registered as a Utility Model in the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) in 2011. A Philippine Patent Application for the RTE noodles will also be filed through the IP and Technology Transfer Program of the UP Diliman OVCRD.

UPD Scientist is 2013 PCAARRD Pantas Awardee for Most Outstanding Researcher/Scientist

By Agnes May B. Bantigue

Dr. Marco Nemesio “Coke” E. Montaño of the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI) has been conferred the prestigious Pantas Award for Most Outstanding Researcher/Scientist by the Department of Science and Technology Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD). “Pantas” is a Tagalog word that means wise, scholarly or erudite, and the Pantas Award is given to scientists/researchers who have made exemplary contributions to the development of the country’s agricultural, aquatic and natural resources.

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Dr. Marco Nemesio E. Montaño, the 2013 PCAARRD Pantas Awardee for Most Outstanding Researcher/Scientist.
Photo courtesy of Dr. Montaño.

Dr. Montaño, a professor at the UP-MSI, was recognized for his extensive work on seaweed and sea grass utilization, which has benefited not only the scientific community but also the seaweed industry. The DOST-PCAARRD cited him for his research-based initiatives that have been instrumental in “promoting the growth and competitiveness of the Philippine seaweed industry, and provided the scientific basis for championing the Philippines seaweeds in the global market especially against attempts to discredit the product.” Dr. Montaño was also cited for his deep commitment to mentoring, and his enthusiasm in sharing his technical expertise on seaweeds with various stakeholders, among which is the Seaweed Industry Association of the Philippines (SIAP).

Dr. Montaño, whose other research interests include marine natural products and marine pollution chemistry, has published over 50 peerreviewed journal articles, with topics ranging from seaweeds and sea grass utilization to marine environmental toxicity testing. He played a key role in the formulation of the standard specifications of carrageenan and raw dried seaweed. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including last year’s (2012) Outstanding Professional of the Year Award by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

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Dr. Montaño (right) receiving the PCAARRD Pantas Award for Most Outstanding Researcher/Scientist during the PCAARRD Exhibits and Awarding Ceremonies
held last 8 November 2013 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.
Photo courtesy of Dr. Montaño.

Dr. Montaño received his award during the PCAARRD Exhibits and Awarding Ceremonies held last 8 November 2013 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. Aside from a trophy and a cash prize of PhP300,000, Dr. Montaño received a PhP2-million research grant from PCAARRD.

UP Diliman co-hosts Sustainable Building Conference 2013

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UP Diliman Invention Wins 2013 Ambassador A.M.Y. IP Awards Grand Prize

By Agnes May B. Bantigue

A method for the production of oral vaccine for fish has won the National Prize of the 2013 Ambassador Alfredo M. Yao Intellectual Property Awards (A.M.Y. IP Awards). The winning invention was created by a team of researchers led by Dr. Anacleto M. Argayosa of the Institute of Biology (IB). The members of the research team are Dr. Chelo S. Pascua (National Institute of Geological Sciences), Dr. Florentino C. Sumera (Institute of Chemistry), John Anthony D.L. Yason (IB), and Alpha Rae M. Espigar (IB).

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Dr. Anacleto Argayosa (center) receiving a certificate from PCCI Chairman Alfredo Yao (left) and PCCI President Atty. Miguel Varela (right) during the recognition of finalists last 23 October 2013 at the Manila Hotel. Photo courtesy of Dr. Anacleto Argayosa.

The invention is a novel process that improves the efficacy of the fish vaccine through the inactivation and subsequent clay microencapsulation of the antigen. The clay microencapsulation protects the antigen so that it is still intact when it reaches the immunization site. The resulting vaccine can be dressed onto fish pellets to make administration easier. “The science and technology of the oral vaccine is simple yet promises innovative production engineering and various applications waiting to be explored for animal and human health,” says Dr. Argayosa. The research was funded by the Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAMRD),

Of the entries submitted for this year’s A.M.Y. IP Awards, only 13 were shortlisted for presentation before a panel of judges composed of representatives of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce (PCCI), Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). The entries were judged based on uniqueness and originality, readiness for commercialization, environmental impact, social impact, and demonstration/presentation. The invention of Dr. Argayosa and his team was the lone entry of UP Diliman.

The A.M.Y. IP Awards was launched in 2009 by the PCCI, in collaboration with IPOPHL and DOST. The competition aims to support the development and commercialization of locally-developed intellectual properties – patents, utility models, industrial designs, and trademarks – that have contributed, or show strong potentials to contribute, to economic development and social awareness.

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Dr. Anacleto Argayosa (center) received the A.M.Y. National IP Award with UP Diliman Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development Dr. Benito Pacheco (left) and research proponent Ms. Alpha Rae Espigar (right) during the awarding ceremony held last 24 October 2013 at the Manila Hotel.

 

The awarding ceremony was held last October 24 at the Manila Hotel. The grand prize award was received by Dr. Argayosa together with Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development Dr. Benito M. Pacheco, who represented UP Diliman Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma. The research team is honored and pleased to have been recognized for their invention. They are now looking forward to the transfer of the technology to the commercial sector. “We hope that this recognition will attract investments from the government and the private sector to finance an industry based on this innovative technology,” says Dr. Argayosa.

In preparation for the invention’s commercialization, a Philippine patent application has been filed by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD) for the protection of the oral fish vaccine technology. A Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) application, followed by foreign patent applications, is also in the pipeline.

Paliwanagan sa Diliman: Colloquium and Fair 2013

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Social Science Diliman June 2013 issue is now available online!

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Social Science Diliman June 2013 issue is now available online!

Visit http://www.journals.upd.edu.ph/index.php/socialsciencediliman/issue/current for more details.

 

Humanities Diliman is now indexed in Scopus

by Narita EC de las Alas

Humanities Diliman joins the prestigious list of journals indexed in Scopus. The indexing starts with the June 2012 issue of the journal.

Scopus is an abstract and citation database maintained by Elsevier. The database contains almost 20,500 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers. Titles nominated for inclusion in Scopus are reviewed by an independent Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB) composed of subject experts from all over the world. The rigorous review process employs both qualitative and quantitative criteria that are grouped into five main categories: journal policy, content, journal standing, regularity, and online availability.

Humanities Diliman is the first UP Diliman journal to be indexed in Scopus. It is a journal on arts and humanities in the Philippines published biannually by the University of the Philippines Diliman through its Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD). In their review of Humanities Diliman, the Scopus CSAB noted that: “The editorial policy, abstracts, homepage and many articles impress in this journal.”

Scholars in Philippine humanities are invited to submit papers for possible publication in Humanities Diliman. To access the submission guidelines, as well as the journal’s contents, please visit this link: http://www.journals.upd.edu.ph/index.php/humanitiesdiliman

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OVCRD Co-hosts Elsevier 2013 Workshop for Journal Editors

by Narita EC de las Alas

The UP Diliman Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD), in cooperation with Elsevier, held the Elsevier 2013 Workshop for Journal Editors last 24 April 2013 at the PhilStar Seminar Room 1, College of Mass Communication, UP Diliman. Dr. Wim Meester, Senior Product Manager of Scopus, was the workshop resource person.

The workshop acquainted the participants with the content coverage and journal selection process of Scopus. Scopus is an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature maintained by Elsevier.

At present, there are 20,470 titles in the Scopus database, 95% of which are peer-reviewed journals. Overall, there are more than 50 million records (journal articles and other documents) in the Scopus database. Citation metrics are generated using the SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) and Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) methodologies, which are different from the bibliometrics used by other citation databases. Dr. Meester emphasized, however, that bibliometricians agree that “there is no single bibliometric that can effectively capture the entire spectrum of research performance”.

Regarding Scopus’ journal selection process, Dr.Meester said that there are five minimum criteria that journals should satisfy before they can be endorsed to the Content Selection Advisory Board. These criteria are: 1) the journal should be peer reviewed; 2) its articles should have an abstract in English; 3) it should be published regularly; 4) all its references should be in Roman Script; and 5) it must have a publication ethics statement. Journals that meet these five criteria then undergo an evaluation process that involves an intensive examination of their editorial policy, content quality, citedness of articles and editorial board members, regularity of publication, and online availability.

On the average, about 47% of the journal titles submitted to Scopus for review pass the evaluation process. To date, there are only 26 Philippine journals indexed in Scopus. Only one of these – the OVCRD’s Humanities Diliman – is published by UP Diliman. The challenge, therefore, is to have more UP Diliman journals indexed in Scopus, as well as in other international citation databases.

Present during the workshop were editors/representatives of the following UP Diliman journals: Alipato, Asian Studies Journal, Daluyan, Humanities Diliman, Journal of English Studies and Comparative Literature, Journal of Urban and Regional Planning, Kasarinlan, Philippine Journal of Labor and Industrial Relations, Plaridel, Review of Women’s Studies, Science Diliman, and Social Science Diliman. Representatives from other UP Constituent Units were also present, namely, Dr. Vicente Y. Belizario, Jr., Vice-Chancellor for Research of UP Manila; Dr. Juliana Baylon, Executive Editor of the Philippine Journal of Natural Sciences (UP Visayas); Prof. Charmaine Carreon (UP Cebu); and Prof. Aura V. Lacaste and Ms. Joan Serrano (UP Open University). Dr. Antoinette Bass Hernandez, Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs of UP, also attended the event.

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Dr.Wim Meester, the workshop resource person, is Scopus Senior Product Manager for the Academic and Government Markets Group and takes charge of the company’s content selection and content strategy

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Some of the workshop participants with Dr. Meester, RDUO-OVCRD Director Violeda Umali (center), Elsevier Customer Development Manager Lionel New of Elsevier (5th from left), and other representatives from Elsevier

UP Diliman Convocation 2: Report by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development

Click here for the PDF version of the Presentation entitled: UP Diliman Convocation 2: Report by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development

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