Dr. Concepcion P. Ponce, a faculty member of the Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas was awarded the 2017 Taube Medal by the University of Saskatchewan - Department of Chemistry. The Taube Medal is an annual award given to the graduate student in the Department of Chemistry who is judged to have made the most significant overall contribution to research and scholarly activity.
Dr. Ponce finished her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK Canada in October 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Paige.
Dr. Ponce’s primary research project was aimed at understanding and controlling non-coherent photon up conversion (NCPU) in solids and in thin films. In addition, she also worked on a number of side-projects, including the synthesis of gemini surfactants and measuring photocatalytic properties of titanium dioxide nanoparticles. Her research has led to four peer-reviewed publications. Her research contributions have been in the field of NCPU, a cutting-edge area of spectroscopy research that is also a very challenging one. The challenges in this field are unusual because the optical signals that are being detected are quite small and the kinetics of the spectroscopic processes involved in the energy transfer are very fast.
The University of the Philippines Visayas, through the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), maintains and strengthens its mutually beneficial and enriching partnership with Kagoshima University Faculty of Fisheries (KUFF), Japan.
For 11 years now, CFOS has been conducting short training courses for the graduate students of KUFF. Last July 3-14, 2017, another batch of three Master of Science in Fisheries students of the said University attended the two-week training course on ‘Advanced Lecture on Tropical Fisheries.’ The training sought to give the participants a broad overview of the current status of fisheries and aquaculture in the Philippines. Two of the students studied food hygiene/sanitation in the country while another one got information about seaweeds in the Philippines.
Learning Resource Center, Miagao, Iloilo. The Division of Physical Sciences and Mathematics (DPSM) Statistics Cluster conducted an Academic Program Improvement (API) Workshop which was participated in by faculty members of the BS Statistics program with the aim of improving the proposal for the revision of the BS Statistics curriculum to conform with the new GE framework and AUN standards.
Dr. Ernel B. Barrios served as a resource person for the activity. He is a Professor of Statistics at UP Diliman and formerly the Dean of the UP School of Statistics. During his deanship, the School was accredited by ASEAN University Network – Quality Assessment (AUN-QA), and became the only Center of Excellence for Statistics in the Philippines.
The activity was steered by Dr. Barrios by sharing the different aspects of implementing the AUN Standards in the BS Statistics curriculum. Moreover, he guided the faculty members during the 2-day workshop that revolved on the following topics: Workshop 1 - Formulation and review of the background, rationale, goals, and outcomes of the program; Workshop 2 - Revision of study plan; Workshop 3 - Justification for courses to be instituted, revised and deleted; and Workshop 4 - Finalization of the proposal for the revision of the UPV BS Statistics program curriculum.
Tacloban City. The University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC) marked its 41st Commencement Exercises on June 27, 2017 at the UPVTC Arts and Sciences Grounds. The 277 graduates of Class 2017 were led by Kimberly D. Caimbre, BA (Social Sciences) Political Science and Alexis Eugen Castor who both graduated magna cum laude. There were 53 other honor graduates.
UPVTC class 2017 produced 30 graduates of BS in Accountancy, 77 graduates of BS in Management, 28 graduates of BA Communication Arts, 40 graduates of BS Biology, 10 graduates of BS in Computer Science, 33 graduates of BA Psychology, 22 graduates of BA (Social Sciences) Economics, 28 graduates of BA (Social Sciences) Political Science, two graduates of BA (Social Sciences) Psychology, and seven graduates of Master of Management.
Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevarra, Undersecretary for Science and Technological Services of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) was this year’s commencement exercises speaker. Her message was read by Engr. Edgardo Esperancilla, Regional Director of DOST Region VIII.
A lightning rally participated in by several graduates calling for pressing social issues concluded the 41st Commencement Exercises. (Source: UPVTC)