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Six get award for original, socially relevant researches

Six professors representing different disciplines will each receive the St. Miguel Febres Cordero Research Award for 2001 on August 9, 4 pm, at the Ariston Estrada Seminar Room.

The awardees are Dr. Ma. Andrea Santiago of the College of Business and Economics, Dr. Maricar Prudente of the College of Education, Dr. Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr. (for the humanities) of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Romeo Lee (for social science) also of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Susan Gallardo of the College of Engineering, and Dr. Arlene Pascasio of the College of Science.

Santiago has been selected as one of the awardees for her research, “Succession Experiences in Philippine Family Business.” The work is a bold and original assertion that succession planning is not a necessary condition for succession success in Philippine family business.

Prudente will receive the award for publishing six research articles which were featured in refereed journals. Her research findings contribute to existing scientific knowledge in the fields of toxicology and water pollution. Studies in these areas are done by only a few scientists in the Philippines because of the expensive specialized equipment required for laboratory determinations. The author collaborated with scientists abroad to conduct her studies.

Del Mundo is chosen for his film “Bayaning Third World.” His work has been cited as a seminal moment in the history of Filipino theatrical motion pictures, not just by virtue of bringing the documentary approach to a work of intellectual speculation, but by introducing a novel style and attitude of film making.

Lee will be awarded for his research Filipino Men and Domestic Violence. The study made original contributions to social science research in the Philippines in the areas of methodology and research findings. The study added to the knowledge of Filipino men’s perspectives on marriage, family life, inter-spousal conflicts, domestic violence, and behavioral change. It has successfully put men as the object of research investigation and of behavioral change intervention.

Gallardo joins the list of awardees for her three research projects. Taken together, her area of interest is related to carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons, two of the most significant pollutants from motor vehicles. It seeks to investigate the factors that affect the efficiency of alumina as an oxidation catalyst for automobile emission control. The use of three-way catalysts now in use in developed countries needs to be improved and adapted to the needs, resources, and circumstances of developing countries like the Philippines. Any improvement in the control and management of air pollution from the burning fossil fuels has a great potential to contribute to the well being of Filipinos.

Pascasio’s research titled An Inequality on the cosines of a tight-distance-regular graph has been included in Elsevier Science’s Linear Algebra and Its Applications , a publication highly regarded for its choice of outstanding articles. The main results of her research are the extensions of the inequality involving the first, second, and third cosines associated with the second largest or smallest eigenvalue of a 2-homogeneous bipartite distance regular graph to a light distance regular graph. Her paper also examines conditions under which equality is attained in the inequality.

St. Miguel Febres Cordero awardees all have the rank of at least assistant professor. To qualify, a faculty member should be a full timer, either permanent or probationary, and has a research output/creative work that has gained recognition either in the national or international level. The work must have been published or presented to the public the year before the award is given.

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