A small area tucked away in the Institute of Biological Sciences of the University of the Philippines in Los Baños gives proof to the saying that good things come in little packages. The wards of the UPLB Bee Program are no bigger than one’s thumb, but they are able to provide a livelihood and a whole range of products to those who are interested.
UP alumni scientists continue to lead research and provide data on saving Philippine freshwater ecosystems such as that which supports the tawilis, recently declared an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
In the three years of the UP presidential award, 21 public service initiatives have been recognized for excellence from a pool of over 50 nominations.
A sizeable group of high school students from the Calabarzon region visited the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) when experts representing both academe and industry pitched the advantages of pursuing a career in Chemistry at the week-long fair, Kapnayan 2019. Kapnayan is a triennial event organized by the UPLB Chemical Society (ChemSoc), that aims to spread awareness about chemistry and its allied sciences through activities based on the year’s theme, and to inspire future scientists to be catalysts for change through the study of Chemistry.
In ceremonies which he said “touched him the most,” Dr. Richard J. Roberts, 1993 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, was conferred by UP the Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, for his contributions in molecular biology, without which UPLB would not have been able to produce its biotechnology products.
Emely Amoloza lost her daughter to cancer seven years ago. But it was gratitude, not grief, that pushed the then administrative officer at the UP Open University (UPOU) to launch a public service initiative that has become an anticipated annual event: the UPOU Blood Donation Drive.
No, she’s not a snake charmer. Nor is she some kind of snake whisperer. She is herpetologist Dr. Leticia “Letty” Afuang of UP Los Baños (UPLB). And while she specializes in all things reptilian and amphibian, she has become quite known as the “snake lady.”
UP Los Baños celebrated the 100th anniversary of the day 193 students and 27 faculty members comprising the majority of the UP College of Agriculture enlisted with the Philippine National Guard to help the Allies fight World War I. The campus has named the day its Loyalty Day, celebrated since 1921.
There’s some kind of food revolution going on at UP Los Baños (UPLB) and it’s begun to take root in student dormitories. Edible gardening is gaining ground as a way of providing students not only more nutritious options in their diet but also food in dorms when students can’t go out to eat. It seems only right, since UPLB is the country’s leading institution in agriculture. The effort also ties in neatly with the University’s initiative on edible landscapes.
Members of the UP Los Baños community packed the historic Charles Fuller Baker Hall on March 6, 2018 to celebrate its 109th Foundation Day. While the celebration was an opportunity to reflect on UPLB’s vital role in research in public service, it also served as a venue to honor the administrative, research and teaching personnel who distinguished themselves through excellent service.