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COS faculty attend international gatherings

Research faculty member of the Biology Department Dr. Wilfredo Licuanan attended the Ninth International Coral Reef Symposium, held in Bali, Indonesia last October 23-27. Researchers, environmental managers, and conservationists represented 52 countries. Over 100 participants came from the Philippines.

Licuanan presented a paper titled, “Neighborhood effect on the growth and survival of stony corals on loose sediment communities” and one poster, co-authored with DLSU-Manila alumnus Edgardo Gomez of the UP Marine Science Institute, on the status and management of Philippine coral reefs, reef fishes, and associated fisheries. Licuanan was also the session chair for the mini-symposium on reef community structure wherein 15 papers were presented. Two of Licuanan’s graduate students, in addition to two other BS Biology graduates of the DLSU System, also attended.

Meanwhile, College of Science Dean Dr. Florencia Claveria presented a paper on bubaline, bovine, and swine sarcoystis spp. infection studies at the joint 3rd Seminar on Food-Borne Parasitic and Joint International Tropical Medicine Meeting 2000 last December 6-8 at the Royal River Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. Held once in four years, the meet is supported by the World Health Organization, UNESCO, and USAID. ”

IE Department conducts seminar in Tarlac

The Industrial Engineering (IE) Department conducted a seminar-workshop on IE Curriculum Development last November 20-21 at Tarlac State University. This was done as part of the department’s community service for being chosen as Center of Development by the Commission on Higher Education.

The schools represented were Tarlac State University, University of the Assumption (Pampanga), St. Louis College-La Union, and University of Regina Carmeli (Bulacan). Other topics tackled during the seminar included Flowchart Design and TPEAE Requirements. The seminar-workshop was facilitated by five IE faculty members, namely Dennis Cruz, Willy Zalatar, Dennis Beng Hui, Jenny Gutierrez, and Rose Seva.

Research papers accepted for international publication

Two research papers written by Dr. Francisco Magno, Social Development Research Center director and Political Science faculty member, have been favorably reviewed and accepted for international publication. The first paper titled “Forest Devolution and Social Capital: State-Civil Society Relations in the Philippines” will appear in the Journal of Environmental History. The study was supported by the Center for International Forestry Research. The second paper, “Human and Ecological Security: The Anatomy of Mining Disputes in the Philippines,” will be published in a three volume set, edited by David Dewitt and Carolina Hernandez, under contract with Ashgate Publishers (UK and USA). Magno’s research output was based on his participation in a three-year project on Development and Security in Southeast Asia that was financed by the Canadian International Development Agency.

Religious Education Faculty lectures on Systematic Theology

Dr. Jose M. de Mesa of the Religious Education Department was invited by Fr. Klaus Biltel last September 13 to give a lecture on “Filipino Theology” to pastors, religious, and lay pastoral workers from Germany serving in different parts of Asia during their regional meeting at Pius XII Catholic Center. On September 18, speaking before theology professors of the Salesian Seminary, de Mesa lectured on the inculturation of theology in the Philippines. He was also a speaker at the East Asian Pastoral Institute of the Jesuits last November 9-10.

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