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DOST Holds the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 National Science and Technology Week

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) launched the 2010 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration on July 19, 2010 at the Centennial Hall of the Manila. The event is the first of the two-day opening ceremony for NSTW under the theme “Filipinnovation: The Way Forward”.

Secretary Mario G. Montejo started the program with a keynote message on the future of Philippine Technology. As an inventor and a technopreneur, Sec. Montejo stressed the importance Philippine innovation and supporting the local industries. He suggested adapting foreign technologies and improving them to suit local needs. Sec. Montejo also announced DOST’s research and development initiatives in the areas of mass transit, weather monitoring systems, malnutrition alleviation, dengue control, and election counting machines.

The 2010 NSTW Award Ceremony commenced after Sec. Montejo’s inspiring message. The Awards were given to commendable researchers for their exceptional research and development projects and technology commercialization collaborations. Among the awardees were Dr. Caesar Saloma for the Outstanding Science Administrator Award, Dr. Eulito Bautista Dr. Lilian Pateña for the Outstanding Technology Commercialization Award, and Dr. Guillermo Tabios II and Dr. Victoria Lapitan et al for the Outstanding Research and Development Awards. The awarding ceremony and the program were then brought to a close with a special number from the Modern String Quartet.

Sec. Montejo and his wife, Mrs. Maria Rosario Montejo, with assistance from Undersecretary Fortunato dela Peña and Undersecretary Graciano Yumul, then performed the ribbon cutting ceremony to open the exhibits of various DOST’s agencies to the public. The DOST exhibits provided updates of their current research and development initiatives to members of Research and Development Institutions, the Academe, students, and the media.

For more information on National Science and Technology Week, you could contact the NSTW secretariat at (02) 837-2071 loc. 2074. You could also visit NSTW’s official website at http://nstw.dost.gov.ph.

By Cedrik Ben Gayares

Plays by Filipino Americans

The Pearl Project

This SUMMER, some of the finest Filipino and American artists will converge at Theatre Row (The Clurman Theater).

DO NOT MISS the world premiere of original works by award-winning Filipino-American Playwrights.

July 6-35, 2010, www.TicketCentral.com

Click HERE for more details.

Dulaang UP Launches its 35th Season

Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas (Dulaang UP), the University of the Philippines’ official performing theatre arts group launches its 35th season with the theme “Return Engagement: Plays Deserving a Second Look” on July 22, 3:30 pm at its improved home, the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theatre, 2nd Floor, Palma Hall, Diliman, Quezon City.

The season will restage various DUP productions, among which are Orosman at Zafira on August 11-29, a musical hailed as 2008’s first great production with Dexter Santos as director and original music by Carol Bello; Shock Value..Take 2 on September 14 –October 3, a new chapter is added in this exciting comedy that mirrors the wacky and controversial truth about showbiz life with Floy Quintos as playwright and Alexander Cortez as director; Isang Panaginip na Fili on November 24-December 12 is another powerful and compelling post-modern musicale of Rizal’s El Filibustersimo and nominated as 22nd Aliw Awards Best Musical production under the direction of Floy Quintos with Cj Javier providing the music; and Amphitryon on February 16 to March 6, a Filipino translation by Jerry Respeto based on Heinrich Von Kleist’s play with Josefina Estrella as the director.

Also, UP Playwrights’ Theatre on its 22nd season will present Floy Quintos’ new play Fake on May 4-13 at the Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan with Dulaang UP founder Tony Mabesa as director. Aside from these theatre productions, Dulaang UP has two upcoming fund-raising efforts: Backstage Sale with various Dulaang UP artists on July 27-30 at the College of Arts and Letters’ new building and the launching of Friends of Dulaang UP on July 22.

For further details, please contact telephone numbers (632) 9261349 and 9818500 local 249 and Telefax (632) 4337840.

UP SMYPC launches Student Packaging Competition

The University of the Philippines Diliman (UP) in cooperation with the San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corporation (SMYPC) launched the first UP-SMYPC Student Packaging Design Competition last June 29, 2010 at the Beta Epsilon Multi-Media Room of the College of Engineering. Representatives from SMYPC and the student and the faculty members of the College of Engineering and the College of Fine Arts attended the launch.

The memorandum of agreement for the competition was ceremonially signed by UP Chancellor Sergio Cao and SMYPC President Ferdinand Tumpalan to officially launch the competition. Chancellor Cao and Mr. Tumpalan spoke about the competition’s aim to improve the talents of the future engineers and industrial designers. The contest is also a means of strengthening of the collaboration between the SMYPC and UP. Professor Aura Matias, Chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, and Dr. Rowena Guevara, Dean of the College of Engineering, also addressed the audience with the contest’s collaborative and innovative purpose.

The Competition calls for packaging design entries from all UP Diliman Engineering and Industrial Design students. Individual participants or groups, with guidance from a faculty adviser, may provide a single entry for the contest The entries should address consumer needs such as convenience, environment-friendliness and monetary value. Five judges from the SMYPC would judge the entries based their graphics design, functional design, and material design. Deadline for submission of entries is on September 24, 2010.

For more details about the competition, contact the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the following numbers:

Landline: 434-3636
UP Trunkline: 920-5301 local 5520
Fax Number: 434-3640

By Cedrik Ben Gayares

ASTI hosts FP7 Seminar

The Advance Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) hosted an Awareness Seminar on European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) on June 24, 2010 at the EDSA Shangri-La Manila. The Seminar was done in partnership with Sigma Orionis, a private company that aims to improve research in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The company is also the Project Coordinator of SEACOOP, an initiative that is backed by the European Commission and the ASEAN Secretariat that aims to improve cooperation in ICT research between Europe and Southeast Asia. Representatives from various ICT and electronics based research institutions such the University of the Philippines-Diliman, Ateneo De Manila University, ASTI, and Globe Telecoms attended the Awareness Seminar.

 

Mr Roger. Torrenti, CEO of Sigma Orionis, presented the FP7 as the main research funding programme in Europe. The programme dedicates an annual budget of one billion Euros for funding ICT based research projects. Projects proposals that would be submitted to the FP7 should provide innovative ICT based objectives which could potentially produce the greatest impact from the resources granted by the FP7. Philippine research institutions and ICT based enterprises are encouraged to collaborate with three different European institutions from three different European Union members in establishing an ICT based project that could avail funding from the FP7.
Inquiries about the research funding programme may be directed to the Advance Science and Technology Institute the SEACOOP project partner in the Philippines.

 

E-mail: info@asti.gov.ph
Website: www.asti.dost.gov.ph

 

By Cedrik Ben Gayares

Asian Institute of Management Hosts AAPBS Mid-Year Conference

The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) organised the regional Mid-Year Conference of the Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools (AAPBS) on May 27-28, 2010. The conference was organized through the collaboration between AIM, AAPBS and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. The Conference, themed “Building Research Bridges: Networking across Asia-Pacific”, was held at the Yulo Caseroom, Global Distance Learning Center at the AIM Conference Center Manila. Delegates from various Business Schools of the Asia Pacific region attended the two-day event to discuss the challenges that face Business Schools in wake of the present Financial Crisis. Spokespeople from various distinguished business institutions provided the participants new research initiatives and novel methods of training that may be adapted to improve or create new business programs.

 

The first day of the conference was divided into different sessions where various members of business organizations share their insights into and expertise on different business practices and teaching methods. Representatives from the National University of Singapore, KAIST University, Keio Business School, Fudan University, and the Asian Institute of Management showcased novel methods of teaching business skills and strategies on crafting competitive business courses. They also showed the participants new ways of reaching out to socio-economic groups through improved social entrepreneurship initiatives and cross-national market segment studies.The second day was dedicated to Case Teaching and Discussion. Dr. Roger King of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology described the benefits of teaching Case Studies and how both instructors and students alike respond positively to such courses. Prof. Nieves Confessor of the Asian Institute of Management then engaged the participants with a dynamic Case discussion about how Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Ek Sonn Chan was able to convert the ailing Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority into a competitive potable water provider.

Visit the conference website at http://aapbs.aim.edu/ for inquiries and details.

By Cedrik Ben Gayares

DECL Celebrates 100 Years

The Department of English and Comparative Literature (DECL), College of Arts and Letters opened its year-long centennial celebration on June 18, 2010. This coincided with the 102nd Foundation day of the University of the Philippines and the centennial of four other units. In the morning, the DECL contingent paraded around the Academic Oval with representatives of the Institutes of Biology, Mathematics and the Departments of History and European Languages. An exhibit showcasing publications, awards and other achievements of DECL in the past 100 years opened at the Faculty Center lobby in the afternoon. Chancellor Sergio Cao, College of Arts and Letters Dean Dr. Elena Mirano and the DECL Chairman Dr. Adelaida Lucero officiated the ribbon cutting to open the exhibit.

A program followed at the Claro M. Recto Hall of Bulwagang Rizal. Dean Mirano gave the opening message. Dr. Lucero, on the other hand, presented the history of the department in her powerpoint presentation entitled “Celebrating the Glory and the Grandeur of the Department of English and Comparative Literature.” Chancellor Cao challenged the faculty of the department to help increase enrollment and to plan sustainable initiatives.

The program featured performances by DECL alumni and students: a Shakespeare performance poem by Jeena Marquez-Manaois, an interpretative singing of John Donne’s “Batter My Heart” by Dr. Jonathan Malicsi and a modern dance on Mi Ultimo Adios excerpted from Itim Usu by Myra Beltran.

Dr. Adelaida Lucero, Chancellor Sergio Cao, Dr. Elena Milano, National Artist for Literature Prof. Bienvenido Lumbera (at the background), Professor Emeritus Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio, Former DECL chairman Dr. Elmer Ordonia, Professor Emeritus Dr. Thelma Quintanar, Professor Emeritus Dr. Gemino Abad, and DECL Alumni and former College of Mass Communication dean Dr. Georgina Encanto

Chancellor Cao addressing the DECL faculty and alumni

By Gracious Romero

Biotech Lecture Series on the Business of Diagnostics and Vaccines

Call for Papers on UP-DECL Centennial and the 2nd Access Philippine International English Language Conference

The University of the Philippines DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND COMPARATIVE LITERATURE and the BRITISH COUNCIL are pleased to announce that the UP-DECL Centennial and the 2nd Access Philippine International English Language Conference will be held from 16 to 17 September 2010 at the SMX, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City Philippines. This event will coincide with the Manila International Book Fair, the biggest book fair in the Philippines.

Speaker proposals for the breakout sessions should fall within the conference theme and the plenary topics. Proposals on one of the topics listed below are also encouraged.

  • Content Based Instruction
  • Global issues in language learning / education
  • Teacher development
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
  • “Grammaring”
  • Teacher training and education
  • Critical Thinking
  • Leadership and management
  • Teaching large classes
  • Cross Cultural Communication
  • Literature, media and cultural studies
  • Teaching methodologies
  • English for academic purposes
  • Materials design
  • Testing, evaluation and assessment
  • English for specific purposes
  • Materials writing in ELT
  • Varieties of English
  • English for the workplace
  • Pronunciation Young learners

Sessions should be as practical as possible and based on the experience of the presenter. They may take the form of a presentation (45 minutes) or a workshop (90 minutes). We welcome proposals from all sectors and levels of the ELT profession, including ministries, universities, schools, both primary and secondary and the business sector. Our aim is to provide as broad a range of ideas as possible. Workshop proposals and research for classroom practice are preferred.

Send your proposals to Adelaida F. Lucero at aflucero@gmail.com, or to Jansen Mayor at jansen.mayor@britishcouncil.org.ph and Digi Castillo at digi.castillo@britishcouncil.org.ph on or before 30 July 2010, Friday.

The U.P. Proposal Committee will review the abstracts/proposals accepted on or before Friday, 30 July 2010. The members will notify you whether your proposal has been accepted by the middle of August 2010.

Click HERE for the conference program.

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