DLSU and UniLaSalle students take part in Ecology field trip to the Br. Alfred Shields FSC Marine Station

As part of the requirements for the Ecology course, 11 out of 13 students from UniLaSalle, a La Sallian University in France, and all 13 students from the BS Human Biology, BS Biology and BSEd Major in Biology programs of DLSU spent their field trip at the Br. Alfred Shields FSC Marine Station in Lian, Batangas last November 10-11, 2018.

 

The students performed laboratory techniques learned in their lab classes in testing the water quality of one of the freshwater streams connected to Talim Bay. They were also able to appreciate the rich marine biodiversity of the area through a guided snorkeling activity of the nearby coral reef with the Lian Fisherfolk Association (LFA), a fisher community fostered by DLSU’s COSCA. Members of the class also went on an early morning hike up Mt. Tikbalang where they saw the interconnectivity of the upland and marine ecosystems of the area. Finally, the class together with COSCA facilitators, Leo Tadeña, Annadel Sapugay and Roel Quenamot, experienced a focused group discussion (FGD) with a new fisher community organization called SAMLOK (Samahan ng mga Mangingisda sa Sulok) to learn more about the socio-economic situation of our fishermen and help in the creation of sustainable development plans for the area.

The faculty organizers for the trip were Dr. Wilfredo Licuanan and Dr. Chona Camille Abeledo of the Biology Department. They were assisted by Ysa Mendoza and Princess Zyrlyn Mordeno of the SHORE Center.

Br. Andrew Gonzalez, FSC receives posthumous award from the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering

Manila, Philippines- De La Salle University (DLSU) Former President Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC was given the Distinguished Vanguard of Philippine Science Award by the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering (PAASE) last October 24, at the National Institute of Physics, Diliman, Quezon City.

The posthumous award was given to Br. Andrew for his path-breaking and innovative contributions to the field of education. A staunch advocate of Science and Technology, he was highly instrumental in transforming DLSU from a teaching institution into a research-centered university.

Br. Andrew supported the deployment of DLSU engineering faculty in order to take PhDs in Australia, Japan, Thailand, and the United Kingdom under the Department of Science and Technology Engineering and Science Education Project (DOST ESEP). This subsequently established DLSU as the flagship private university geared towards building the country’s science and engineering capacity. In addition, he forged strong linkages with academic institutions in the Europe, Japan, and the United States, making DLSU a university of global repute.

The Professor of Language and Literature, University Fellow, and National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Academician was lauded for his numerous academic achievements throughout his lifetime. He is also most well-known for serving as DLSU’s president from 1994 to 1998. He was also a former Secretary of the Department of Education, Culture, and Sports (DECS).

DLSU offers new courses on Islamic Banking

Beginning this term, De La Salle University is offering course electives on Islamic Banking to all graduate students of business.

A pioneering initiative in the country’s academic sector, the programs are offered in pursuit of Senate Bill (SB) 668 or the Philippine Islamic Financing Act.

This move seeks to address the growing need for young professionals versed in Islamic finance both locally and within the region. It also aims to promote SB 668, which provides for the opening of the local Islamic finance sector to new players.

The courses  will be under the tutelage of the Amanah Islamic Bank CEO and Chairman of the Board, Alex Bangcola.  Amanah Islamic Bank is a subsidiary of the Development Bank of the Philippines.

Bangcola has over 20 years of professional work in finance, marketing, and energy development. His experiences in these fields include, among others, working as advisor for the Bangsamoro Affairs for Amanah Islamic Bank from 2012 to 2015, vice-president for World Energy Corporation, and group finance manager for the Lootah Group of Companies (Dubai, UAE). He also taught in Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology and Ateneo de Davao University.

DLSU Libraries celebrates 50TH year of the Archives

     The ribbon cutting ceremony at the DLSU Archives event.

 

The DLSU Library had an event in celebration and commemoration of the 50 golden years of its archives last June 29.

Themed “Memory. Legacy. Continuum,” the event emphasized the outstanding number and quality of Archives of the University.  In addition, the event highlighted how it serves as a resource and an important repository of knowledge.

In attendance were Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Services Kai Shan L Fernandez, former University Archivist and Director of Libraries Fe Angela M. Versoza, and Roselle S. Maestro, the current University Archivist.

To commemorate the Archives, the Libraries put up an exhibit, which was on view until July 29 at at the 6th Floor of Henry Sy Sr. Hall.

 

Nobel Laureates: Great thinkers and leaders you didn’t know are Lasallian

De La Salle University brings world leaders closer to future leaders.

Nobel prizes are given out to exemplary individuals for advancements in various fields. Did you know that several Nobel Prize winners are Lasallian?

DLSU is the only Philippine university that has the initiative to regularly invite Nobel Laureates, some of the most brilliant minds in the world, to share their knowledge and interact with members of the Lasallian community such as faculty, students, alumni, and staff. The University also confers upon them honorary degrees.

As the University’s honorary degree holders, the Nobel Laureates are welcomed to the academic community comprised of students, faculty, personnel, and alumni. They are community members and Lasallians who serve as an inspiration to the youth and society as a whole.

Some of the most popular Nobel Laureates include Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr., Marie Curie, Ernest Hemingway, Malala Yousafzai, and Barack Obama. Isn’t it great to know there are Lasallians — namely Mario Vargas-Llosa, Ada Yonath, Richard Heck, and Eric Maskin — amongst these brilliant minds?

Read on to learn more about Nobel Laureates who are Lasallian!

 

 

Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel Prize in Literature (2010)

A Lasallian at heart, Llosa would recall fondly his formative years at the Colegio La Salle in both Bolivia and Peru, where a La Salle brother taught him how to read. “Learning how to read was the most important event in my life,” he said. He also added that his vocation as a storyteller was ultimately born in those years.

Vargas Llosa received the Nobel Prize in Literature for his “cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat.” He has also received numerous international awards for his body of work. During his talk in DLSU in 2016, Vargas- Llosa received an honorary doctorate in literature.

 

 

Ada Yonath, Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2009)

Yonath is a woman of many firsts. She is the first woman in 45 years to win a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. She is also the first Israeli and Middle Eastern woman to take home this prestigious honor.

Professor Yonath is widely known for her revolutionary study that helped make antibiotics more effective. She has generated 3D models that have revolutionized the field of structural biology and are now used by scientists in order to develop new antibiotics, directly assisting the saving of lives. Dr. Yonath delivered a lecture in DLSU in 2015 and received an honorary doctorate in science from the University.

 

 

Richard Heck, Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2010)

American scientist Richard Heck received a Nobel for his work in palladium catalyzed coupling reactions and organic synthesis. Heck and his team were able to invent new ways to bind carbon atoms.

Results of this study have been used for various purposes such as combating cancer, manufacturing thinner computer screens, protecting crops, and improving anti-inflammatory analgesics. Heck received an honorary degree from DLSU in 2012. Heck was also an adjunct professor of the University’s Chemistry Department. He retired and made the Philippines his home until he passed away in 2015.

 

 

Eric Maskin, Nobel Prize in Economics (2017)

Dr. Maskin received his Nobel in 2007 for laying the foundation for mechanism design, which has applications in economics, politics, and networked systems. Most of his work overlaps with fields such as mathematics, law, government, computer science, biology, and philosophy.

Maskin has a professorship at Harvard University, the highest honor given to their faculty members. He was named Adams University professor in 2012. He came to DLSU in 2017 and was conferred an honorary degree in economic sciences.

In pursuit of its mission as a resource for Church and Nation, DLSU fosters global understanding by opening its doors to international movers and shakers, like these Nobel Laureates!

 

DLSU College of Law wins top award in international mediation competition

Reanne Nichole Lelius Apostol (left) with YIMC officials

 

HONG KONG – The De La Salle University College of Law (DLSU COL) bagged one of the top awards from the recently concluded 4th Youth International Mediation Competition (YIMC) organized by the prestigious Vis East Moot Foundation Ltd. held in Hong Kong.

Senior year law student Reanne Nichole Lelius Apostol received the Toscar Award, which recognizes the best mediation client during the competition.

The DLSU COL delegation was composed of sophomore student Vin Ching, who took part as mediator, and senior student Fidea Encarnacion, who worked alongside Apostol as counsel. Last year’s Colin J. Wall Award for Best Mediator Awardee, Romeo Lanzarrote, served as the team’s coach.

The YIMC is a competition organized by Vis East Moot Foundation Ltd. Delegates are made to take part in a 2-day training program before commencing with the competition proper. It is an international arbitration mooting competition, which is attended by more than 120 teams from all over the world.

DLSU Full Professor is 2018 Outstanding ASEAN Science Diplomat

DLSU Full Professor Dr. Michael Promentila

 

DLSU Chemical Engineering Full Professor and DLSU Laguna Campus Pioneer Research Faculty Dr. Michael Promentilla was recently named as one of the 2018 Outstanding ASEAN Science Diplomats.

Organized by the Environmental and Climate Change Research Institute of De La Salle-Araneta University, the awarding ceremony was held during the 2nd ASEAN Science Diplomats Assembly at Ritz Hotel, Davao City last April 23-27.

The summit gathered the scientists and engineers from the region. The participants were trained for scientific language communication in the context of climate change and energy for public and professional engagements.

 

National Privacy Commission call for papers

As part of the National Privacy Commission’s advocacy of establishing a culture of privacy among the public and empowering them to assert their rights, the NPC launched the Call for Papers with the theme “Building Privacy Resilience in the Digital Age” as part of the Privacy Awareness Week celebrations. 

 

This research papers competition aims to provide an avenue for the public to convey their viewpoints in privacy and data protection in the digital age. Moreover, it will also enable the NPC to determine crucial issues and concerns of various stakeholders, which is essential in formulating effective policies for a better implementation of the DPA. 

 

More more information, visit https://privacy.gov.ph

DLSU’s first woman and lay president receives honorary doctorate from St. Mary’s College of California

DLSU Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Carmelita Quebengco

DLSU Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Carmelita Quebengco

DLSU’s first woman and lay President, now Chancellor Emeritus, Dr. Carmelita Quebengco AFSC marked another milestone in her career and in the University’s history as she was conferred an honorary doctorate by St. Mary’s College of California during its Academic Convocation in the first quarter of 2018.

The first woman honoree of St. Mary’s College Academic Convocation, Quebengco was conferred the degree Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, honoris causa. It is her second honorary degree; she received her first honorary doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management in 2010 from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota, USA.

She was recognized for her pioneering work and leadership in education, specifically at De La Salle College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) where she served as founding Dean; the various innovations she introduced at DLS-CSB and DLSU; and her establishment of a culturally appropriate school for Mangyan children in the uplands of Southern Mindoro.

Furthermore, she was cited for her work at the Pacific Asia Regional Conference of the Lasallian Institute as well as the Lasallian Education Mission Office of the Christian Brothers Institute in Rome, where she is one of only two first lay women Lasallian Partners appointed by the Superior General to a leadership post.

In her speech, Quebengco shared lessons from her experience as a Lasallian teacher, researcher, and administrator. A University Fellow who has risen from the ranks, she spoke of the various challenges that she faced, such as the time she was still a teacher at La Salle Green Hills until she found her vocation, helping the Hanunuo Mangyans, an indigenous tribe in Mindoro and one of the most neglected sectors in the country.

She became a DLSU faculty and later administrator assigned to various posts, eventually becoming the first woman Executive Vice President/Chancellor of the University. During her watch as the first lay and woman University President in 2003, DLSU received the highest accreditation level in the Philippines and ranked as the top private university in the country in the THES-QS World University Rankings that year. She currently serves as Senior Consultant to the DLSU President, and likewise holds the position of one of three At-large Trustees of the International Association of La Salle Universities (IALU).  There are only two women in the IALU Board. Quebengco is also a Trustee of some 20 schools and universities, national professional organizations, NGOs, and educational accrediting bodies.

DLSU international congress highlights innovation through action research

 

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Focusing on the theme “Action Research for Innovations in Education,” the Lasallian Institute for Development and Educational Research (LIDER), together with the DLSU Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education hosted the 3rd International Congress on Action Research, Action Learning (ARAL 2018) last May 24-26 at the Henry Sy, Sr. Hall.

A pre-congress intensive lecture workshop was held on May 23 to orient researchers on the process of producing a clear Action Research Plan, from conceptualization of topics, brainstorming, and writing of the AR plan, to the presentation of output and critiquing of outputs by experts.

ARAL 2018 was formally opened on May 24, with DLSU President Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC delivering the welcome remarks.

The keynote lecture entitled, “Conducting Research, Dissemination of Knowledge and Building a Career: A Discussion from Different Perspectives,” was delivered by Prof. LO Sing Kai of the Education University of Hong Kong.

For the plenary lectures, the featured speakers were: Dr. Bronwyn Williams, professor of English and Director of the University Writing Center of the University of Louisville, who talked on “Joining the Conversation: Strategies for Publishing Action Research”; DLSU Management and Organization Department Professor Dr. Benito Teehankee,  who delivered the lecture “Critical Realist Action Research”; and DLSU Science Education Full Professor Dr. Maricar Prudente, who shared her research on “Filipino Teachers’ Perceptions about the Principles, Attitudes, and Processes in Doing Action Research.”

The workshop series touched on action research in the fields of math, science, languages, educational technology, and educational leadership.

Speakers for the lecture seminars, aside from Williams, were: Dr. Mary Brydon-Miller, also from the University of Louisville ; Dr. Mimi Rojo-Laurilla, program coordinator of Speakers Bank and Innovative Business Programs of Annecto Inc. in Australia; Dr. Jerome Ouano, an Educational Psychology specialist; and  Dr. Sterling Plata, an advocate of assessment reform for a growth mindset.

 

 

 

 

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