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UP System-supported research projects give year-end reports

Posters of research projects are manned by researchers to answer queries from participants of the 2016 OVPAA Research Symposium. Photo by Jun Madrid.
A total of 23 research projects were presented to the public at the 2016 Research Symposium of the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA) held on November 28, 2016 at the National Institute of Physics, National Science Complex, UP Diliman.
The symposium allowed the researchers to publicize their OVPAA-supported projects and discuss research concerns with administrators, senior scientists, and other researchers of the University. Project heads and proponents gave the status, accomplishments, and future plans of …

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Academic and Research Initiatives in the University

Students preparing their materials for a session of the Versatile Instrument System for Science Education and Research (VISSER) Summer Workshop. UPSIO file photo.
The following are initiatives and programs of the university undertaken by the Office of Vice President for Academic Affairs:
International Publication Award
The purpose of the award is to encourage faculty, REPS and students to contribute to the body of knowledge in their respective fields/discipline by publishing in internationally respected journals that are peer-reviewed and adhere to high standards of scholarship.
Distinguished Artists, Scientists, and Academics-in-Residence Program 
Through the program, our students and young faculty will have the advantage of learning from and …

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UP Manila prof is world’s most prolific editor

Dr. Jose Florencio Lapeña, Jr. of UP Manila is the world’s busiest editor.
This was according to Publons, the UK company behind the inaugural Sentinel of Science awards.
Lapeña received the award for handling the highest number of manuscripts across all the world’s journals. As this year’s top contributing editor, he will get $100 cash and a $200 credit with Wiley.
Publon created the awards to “honour the expert peer reviewers and editors who stand guard over research quality, and lead the charge for better, faster science.”
On 20 September 2016, Dr. Lapeña was recognized by the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery in San Diego, California with the Star …

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UP figures in Times Higher Education rankings

To view the University of the Philippines profile on the Times Higher Education website, please click through this graphic. Graphic from THE.
Expanding its coverage, the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings now includes institutions from 10 more countries for 2016-2017, including one from the Philippines, its national university, the University of the Philippines.
In its communication to UP, THE said UP ranked “in the band of >800 this year out of 980 institutions” from 79 countries. UP got its highest scores in knowledge transfer and lowest in research influence.
THE ranks universities based on five “pillars”: 1) teaching or the learning …

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PH and US researchers: Luzon hosts highest concentration of unique mammals

Two UP Biology researchers were part of the US–Philippine team which undertook the 15 year study that showed 93% of Luzon Island’s land mammals are found nowhere else
Figure 1. Map of Luzon and adjacent islands, showing the locations of mountain ranges and mountains referred to in the text, and the locations of our intensive study areas (Source: “Mammals of Luzon Island” by Heaney et al 2016.
Based on their 15-year study published in the scientific journal Frontiers of Biogeography, a team of American and Filipino researchers concluded that Luzon Island, Philippines, has the greatest concentration of unique mammals in the world.
“At …

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Five from UP faculty named to Duterte cabinet

President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet when he starts his term of office on June 30, 2016 will include five experts from the University of the Philippines faculty.
Included in the list of future Cabinet secretaries which Duterte presented to the press in Davao City on May 31, 2016 were the names of Leonor Briones for the Department of Education, Fortunato Dela Peña for the Department of Science and Technology, Benjamin Diokno for the Department of Budget and Management, Ernesto Pernia for the National Economic Development Authority, and Judy Taguiwalo for the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
UP President Alfredo Pascual congratulates the …

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Memorandum PAEP No. 16-18: Internet Bandwidth Updates

In line with eUP’s thrust to upgrade hardware and infrastructure of the University, I am glad to inform you that over 7800 Mbps of additional bandwidth have been provisioned to the entire UP System. Additional bandwidth has been activated on 01 April 2016 with the following allocations per CU:
This additional bandwidth of 7850Mbps is on top of the existing bandwidth of 1237 Mbps, for a new bandwidth more than seven (7) times the present.
I hereby enjoin you to encourage your constituents to maximize the utilization of the additional bandwidth.
With faster connectivity, students and members of the faculty may now fully utilize online learning …

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UP scientists and artists offer hearts and minds to the nation

“Celebrating UP’s Knowledge Heroes” was the theme of UP Knowledge Festival’s opening ceremonies, where UP artists and scientists were honored for their meaningful work and productivity. (Photo by Misael Bacani)
UP’s scientists and artists showcased their innovative work to the public in a “UP knowledge festival” titled “Utak at Puso para sa Bayan” held on April 17-19, 2016 at Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay City.
The event, which featured an exhibit of more than a hundred technologies, research and creative work, also featured discussions with successful science and arts applicators, media practitioners, and media experts on how to collaborate with people beyond one’s …

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UP faculty urged to register with Google Scholar

In a memorandum issued recently, Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela P. Concepcion encouraged faculty members to register and create their Google Scholar profile “so that the current list of UP scientists with citations could be updated and corrected in future editions of the Cybermetrics Lab ranking.”
Last month, Cybermetrics Lab has announced the list of top 250 scientists in Philippine institutions. One hundred sixteen (116) of those who landed on the list are affiliated with UP, with UP Manila-based scientists occupying the top spots.
Prepared by Spain’s largest research body Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, the list was based on the public profiles of scientists as they appeared on …

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For the first time: UPCAT application now online!

Good news for students interested in taking the UPCAT in August of this year: You can now file your application online! For the first time in UP’s history, the eligibility, documentary and procedural requirements of the University of the Philippines College Admission Test are now available via The UPCAT Online Application website (https://upcatonline.up.edu.ph/).
The online application is part of the efforts of the national university to make the UPCAT application more accessible and convenient for today’s younger generation – who are digital natives more adept at using the internet and social media in pursuit of their passions and interests, including their …

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