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Academic units take spotlight in Paliwanagan

(September 4)— The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development held the fourth Paliwanagan sa UP Diliman—OVCRD Colloquium and Fair 2013 on July 29 at the National Institute of Physics Auditorium, National Science Complex in UPD.

Paliwanagan sa UP Diliman is a bi-annual activity that aims to create greater public awareness and appreciation of UPD’s R&D developments and programs.

The colloquium also serves as a venue for a lively exchange of the inventions, research findings and creative outputs among UPD faculty members and researchers. The Fair, on the other hand, showcased UPD’s intellectual properties that have been patented, registered and commercialized and the technologies developed on campus through convergence of art and science. The exhibit was also put on display during the National Science and Technology Week held from July 23 to 27 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

The recent Paliwanagan centered on institutional research and creative works. Fourteen academic units took the spotlight and presented their recent institutional researches, creative works and extension programs, with their deans/directors as the featured presenters.

In his welcome remarks, UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma underscored the importance of the multi-disciplinary effort of UPD researchers in contributing to the country’s development. He noted the call for a dialogue and collaboration among the disciplines has become more urgent in order to solve the myriad multi-faceted problems besetting the country.

“We are a community of researchers not only because being a university, as with any university in the world, we are expected to engage in research and produce knowledge. We are a community of researchers because we are the national university with a mandate to help build our nation,” said Saloma.

Like in the previous Paliwanagan, the paper presentations were divided into four themed sessions.

Three papers were presented under the first session with the theme “Scholarship as Social Commentary: Understanding the Filipino Psyche:” Life Satisfaction, Self –Concept and Possible Selves of Clarkfield Aytas by theUP Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga; The Bangsamoro: Framing Philippine Nation-Building, Reform and Moro Struggle for Self-Determination, a research study by the Institute of Islamic Studies; and Unlocking the Secrets of Philippine Music Notations in UP Music Library by the College of Music.

The paper presentations gave descriptive accounts of the specific contexts of their study. The presentations also analyzed how they are linked to, and impact on Philippine history, politics and culture.

The second session on “Institution Building Towards Honor, Excellence and Service to the Nation,” talked about the service-oriented programs of the units concerned and the collaboration with other academic groups, government and private institutions.

Four papers were discussed in this session, namely: The Technology Core Incubation Facilities of the College of Science by the College of Science; Engineering Research and Development Technology: Models of Collaboration and Resource-Sharing in R&D read by the College of Engineering; Certain Things About Uncertainty: The School of Statistics 60 Years After presented by the School of Statistics; and Principles of Sustainable UP Diliman Campus by the College of Architecture.

The third session featured researches and/or extension programs of the units that have been pivotal in defining the research/creative work landscape in their particular discipline, and in the implementation of a government program.

The session had four paper presentations with a theme “Influencing National-level Initiatives through/for Research, Creative Work and Extension Programs.” These are: Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) and UP Partnership in the Development of Tourism Enterprise Zones by the Asian Institute of Tourism; Working Class Studies: The Importance and Concepts of Work presented by the School of Labor and Industrial Relations; The Art and Science of Discovery: Archaeological Research in the Philippines by the Archaeological Studies Program; and Preservation and Restoration of Philippine Art Music Manuscripts of the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Music, a research project by the School of Library and Information Studies.

The final session on “Prioritizing People: The University as Social Advocate” tackled UP’s role as a partner and critic of the government to ensure that the policies and programs of the government truly benefit the Filipino people.

Three researches comprised this session: Building Resilient and Sustainable Communities Using an Adaptive Social Protection Framework by the College of Social Work and Community Development; Escaping the Middle Income Country Trap: Going Beyond the Statistics presentedby theCollege of Social Sciences and Philosophy; and Assessing the Contribution of Science and Technology in Promoting Inclusive Growth and Poverty Reduction, a research study by the National College of Public Administration and Governance.

Vice Chancellor for Research and Development Dr. Benito M. Pacheco, in his closing message, thanked all the presenters and exhibitors who participated in the colloquium and fair.  He stressed the importance of interconnectedness of the various academic disciplines as reflected in the collaborations or interdisciplinary undertakings presented in the colloquium.

Pacheco invited the audience to the next Paliwanagan scheduled on January 20, 2014. — ACG

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