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OVCRD holds second Paliwanagan sa UP Diliman

(September 12)- With the success of the first Paliwanagan sa UP Diliman in January this year, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD) held the second Paliwanagan sa UP Diliman (OVCRD Colloquium and Fair 2012) on September 5 at the National Institute of Physics Auditorium.

The second Paliwanagan brought into the loop the external stakeholders who are helping UPD advance research and development initiatives. Designed to be relevant and interesting to undergraduate students, the second Paliwanagan also featured a Fair highlighting UPD’s successful exhibition during the National Science Technology Week 2012 held last July at the SMX Convention Center, and a parallel exhibition of activities of UPD’s research and development partners.

In his message, UPD Chancellor Dr. Caesar A. Saloma said, “As the country’s only National University, UP must encourage graduate-level thinking, meticulous research, prolific publication, and service to the nation.”  He also urged younger scholars and faculty members to pursue further studies and carry out UP’s unending duty to seek truth, to uphold honor and intellectual rigor and pursue excellence in their respective fields.

Seventeen papers, divided into four major sessions, were presented. The researches were funded by the Ph.D. Incentive Awards (PIA) and Outright Research Grants (ORG).

PIA is a 2-year grant to faculty members who recently obtained their doctoral degrees to do their research or creative work and start building their academic career, while the ORG is a one-year grant that supports the researchers and creative workers who are embarking on start-up projects.

Under the first session on “mitigating health and environmental hazards,” four papers were discussed, these are: Expression, purification and characterization of the Plasmodium falciparum merozoite surface protein 1 (MSP1) block 2 variants; Testing effectiveness of coral spat seeding as reef restoration tool; Geometric morphometrics, DNA barcoding, genetic diversity, and length-weight relationships of sea catfishes from Laguna de Bay, Philippines; and Structurally controlled landslides: Recent examples from Guinsaugon and Little Kibungan, Philippines.

The second session on “seeking new perspectives, pursuing innovative ideas” included papers on The excavation of the old town of San Juan, Batangas; Wittgenstein misunderstood religious thought; Generation of recombinant integrin subunit fusion proteins for biophysical analysis; Primal-dual active set methods with central tendencies in the inactive set; and Multigrid optimization schemes for solving control-and state-constrained elliptic optimal control problems.

Three researches comprised the third session on “delineating the nuances of Philippine politics and governance.” These are: A cultural biography of overseas contract work: Migration, narration, standpoint; Framing the population debate: A comparison of source and news frames in the Philippines; and A study on the institutionalization of people’s involvement in disaster management by LGU’s in two barangays in Metro Manila.

The last session on “promoting the welfare of children, youth and women,” had the most number of papers presented. Discussed in this session were the following: Detection of Angiostrongylus cantonensis and other nematodes in Metro Manila populations of Achatina fulica using the SSU rRNA gene; The development of class management and visualization system for mobile educational games; Y-STR DNA analysis of 154 female child sexual assault cases in the Philippines; Communication variables that influence the job retention and attrition of call center agents in Makati and Cebu; and Support system of female managers in Philippine quick-service restaurants.

Vice Chancellor for Research and Development, Dr. Benito A. Pacheco, in his closing remarks, underscored the importance of having a discussion group like the Paliwanagan. He said that the colloquium provided a venue for a scholarly dialogue and presentations among academic disciplines, and be acquainted and updated of what their colleagues are currently doing. Mindful of being a research university, Pacheco said that the current UPD administration is committed and is doing its best to provide more funding for researches and creative outputs of hardworking UPD academic personnel. He also encouraged the audience to come up with researches and invention that are beneficial to society.

The Vice Chancellor also announced that the next Paliwagan is scheduled on January 21, 2013. — ACG