CENSER to intensify science research program
The College of Science (COS) hopes to generate more quality research outputs and to improve the handling of research projects on the sciences with the recent opening of the Center for Natural Sciences and Environmental Research (CENSER), a merger of the Environmental Research Center and Marine Biological Station.
CENSER Director Dr. Eric Punzalan said the Center, which would cover all areas of natural sciences and mathematics, was established upon the advice of the concerned offices to streamline the research program of the College.
Punzalan noted that for its first year of operations, CENSER targets a 50% increase in externally funded projects. To achieve this, COS should generate about six research proposals, three of which would be eyed for external funding. Each department should submit at least one proposal.
Another short-term goal is the promotion of inter-departmental and inter-collegiate collaboration coursed through CENSER. He said that the center targets a research sharing demonstration every two weeks to encourage more faculty to participate.
At the same time, Punzalan said CENSER will also continue to spearhead the hosting of the 3rd Annual DLSU Science and Technology Conference, an event that gathers S & T leaders in the academe, the government, and the industry.
CENSER will continue to pursue the environmental protection and sustainable development initiatives of the ERC, among which are air and water quality monitoring, ecotoxicoloy, waste management (solid, toxic and hazardous), environmental modeling and information systems, and environmental software development.
The Center will also absorb the MBS, the research facility located on a one-hectare lot in Matuod, Lian, Batangas. Meant to further research and extension activities in coastal areas, this station has basic laboratory and field research facilities including scuba diving gear, tanks, and a compressor; an outrigger boat (“bangka”); a dry laboratory; a reference collection of common marine organisms; computers and various communication and video equipment. About to be delivered sometime this week is an inflatable boat with an outboard motor.
Some of the recent research and outreach activities conducted by the MBS were: a marine resource assessment of Cauayan, Negros Occidental; the evaluation of coral reef conservation at Maricaban Strait by Dr. Wilfredo Licuanan’s group; monitoring of Palico River in Lian by Dr. Jose Carandang and Dr. Eric Punzalan’s group and various undergraduate and graduate theses on coral recruitment, competition and bleaching.
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