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.

 

 

 

 

Lasallians win 2018 Philippine Inter-Collegiate Debating Championship

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PIDC National Champions: DLSU students Kit Albert, Patrich Lozano, and Marina Lim

 

The La Salle Debate Society (LSDS) bagged the national championship for this year’s Philippine Inter-Collegiate Debate Championship (PIDC), which was held last June 8 to 13 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Mandaluyong City.

All three members of LSDS also bagged other major honors. Kit Albert (IV-Japan Studies and Legal Management), Patrich Lozano (III- Marketing Management), and Marina Lim (III- Development Studies and Management of Financial Institutions), were named Overall Best Speaker, 3rd Best Speaker, and 7th Best Speaker respectively.

120 debaters from 24 schools from all over the Philippines vied for the coveted title. The competition had 7 preliminary rounds and 4 rounds for the final series. Each round had different themes such as education, economics, health, social movements, international relations, powers of the state, religion, national issues, and environment. For the grand finals, the motion debated was about housing and development.

The PIDC is the largest national debate tournament in the Asian Parliamentary format.

DLSU CE PhD student won best presentation at 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering

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At the 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE 2018) held in Osaka, Japan last March 29 to 30, Engr. Erica Elice S. Uy was awarded “Best Presentation” for her paper entitled “Full-Field Estimation of Cyclic Threshold Shear Strain.” Engr. Uy is a PhD student of the Civil Engineering department and a scholar of the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT). She is currently at Nagoya University for her Sandwich Program which is also funded by the ERDT. The paper is co-authored by her adviser Dr. Jonathan R. Dungca, Civil Engineering Department and Sandwich Program supervisors Dr. Toshihiro Noda and Dr. Kentaro Nakai, Geotechnical Engineering Division Graduate School of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Nagoya University Geotechnical Engineering.

The ICSMGE aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.

Original article can be found here.

 

World Water Day 2018 at DLSU

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Last March 22-23, 2018, the first World Water Day (WWD), with the theme “Answer is in Nature; Nature for Water”, was held in De La Salle University-Manila.  It was organized by the Civil Engineering Department – Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering Division and the Civil Engineering Society.  World Water Day is sponsored by Healthy Family Purified Water which is an advocacy by Manila Water Total Solutions.  By celebrating World Water Day, the organizers promoted sustainability and awareness regarding the emerging technologies in water resources engineering and how nature is the solution to water-related problems.

On the first day of the celebration of the World Water Day, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held in Velasco Bench 3 to officially open the booth.  The Gokongwei College of Engineering Dean, Dr. Jonathan Rivera Dungca, the Vice Chairperson of Civil Engineering Department, Dr. Mario De Leon, alongside Dr. Marla Maniquiz-Redillas, Engr. Richard De Jesus, Engr. Joenel Galupino, Engr. Maria Emilia Sevilla, Engr. Paolo Ian Lucero, and Engr. Miller Cutora were present during the opening ceremony of the booth.

 

The booth design itself revolved around the theme, where numerous civil engineering students, and professors were wearing blue and were seen participating in the booth activities. After the ribbon cutting, videos about water resources from UNICEF and civil engineering students who took CIVWARE in the previous term were shown to the audience. Free bottled water were also distributed to students who posted photos or selfies online using WWD’s official hashtags.

A seminar on the second day of the World Water Day celebration was held in the Don Enrique T. Yuchengco Hall of DLSU-Manila. Civil Engineering students especially students taking up water-related subjects and students specializing in Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering actively participated in the discussion during the seminar.  The invited speakers, Engr. Trevor Morrish-Hale from Royal HaskoningDHV, Engr. Anya Arguelles from CH2M, and Dr. Renan Tanhueco from the CE Department, each talked about their research and experiences in the water industry field.

Engr. Morrish-Hale, discussed the technologies behind land reclamation. He started the talk by asking the audience about what they know about the sea level rise, and expounded on the process behind reclamation and the challenges that can be encountered when conducting it. Dr. Tanhueco, on the other hand, shared his case study in partnership with other researchers who were also faculty members in DLSU, perceptions towards the use of eco-toilets in rural or low communities. The benefits of using eco-toilets, such as water conservation, nutrient supplementation for plants, and refined sanitation, were emphasized during his talk. The third and last speaker, Engr. Arguelles talked about the treatment of wastes, specifically industrial wastes.

DLSU Publishing House publishes two-volume Betsy Westendorp coffee-table book

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A CELEBRATION of art and life, Betsy Westendorp is a two-volume coffee-table book that was launched last Thursday, February 22 at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. It presents the extraordinary range of the world-renowned painter, who remains a dynamic force of the cultural scene at the golden age of ninety! Her paintings are timeless classics.

 

A citizen of Spain and the Philippines, Betsy Westendorp has received prestigious awards from both countries. In 1976, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain bestowed on her the distinguished Lazo de Dama de la Orden de Isabel la Catolica, the equivalent of knighthood for ladies.

In 2008 during the term of Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Merit for Art and Culture.

Published by the De La Salle University Publishing House, the book was lavishly created by Filipino art critic Cid Reyes and Spanish graphic designer Iñigo Cerdan. It is unique in its inclusion of the Spanish text by the famed Spanish art critic Elena Florez, who wrote an expansive and eloquent critique of the artist’s works. It was translated by the artist’s daughter Isabel Brias Westendorp.

As Cerdan states, “Designing these volumes is a way to show the world how valuable and successful is the career of Betsy Westendorp.”

DLSU co-hosts Cinema Rehiyon Film Festival and Forum

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De La Salle University Department of Communication, together with Team Communication, will be co-hosting the Cinema Rehiyon Film Festival and Forum of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). As part of the celebration of the National Arts Month this February, the 10th edition of Cinema Rehiyon will be held on February 25-28, 2018 in Metro Manila, with Day 2 (Feb 26) to be held at the Natividad Fajardo Auditorium, Br. Andrew Gonzalez Hall, from 8:30AM to 6:00PM.

Dubbed as “Cinema Rehiyon X: One Country. One Cinema. One Future”, the festival aims to be the platform for critical conversations for shaping the future of Philippine Cinema and to highlight the value of cultivating regional cinema and its valuable contributions to the development of national cinema. For four days, the festival will bring together delegates and participants from all over the country for a series of film screenings, forums, workshops, and activities. These are all geared towards supporting the flourishing of regional cinema, the continued development of Filipino filmmakers, and the convergence of stakeholders in fostering the growth of the Philippine Film Industry. The festival is expected to be attended by around 200-300 participants from all over the country and is free of charge.

This is an important community engagement endeavor for DLSU as Cinema Rehiyon has served as a crucial springboard of independent film making and regional cinema in the country, one of the thrusts strongly supported by the DLSU Department of Communication.

The full festival program is available from Cinema Rehiyon’s Facebook page. Panelists for the forum will include film makers from the region whose films will be screened during the festival, as well as DLSU Department of Communication Faculty and staunch advocates of regional and independent cinema: Prof Clodualdo Del Mundo, Dr. Miguel Rapatan and Mr. Ed Cabagnot.

For non-DLSU delegates and guests, please register at: bit.ly/CRXregistration

For DLSU students, Faculty and staff, please register at: https://tinyurl.com/CRXxDLSU

DLSU Eco Car Team launches new eco cars for 2018 Shell Eco Marathon

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As part of its commitment to advance sustainable and renewable technology, De La Salle University’s Eco Car Team (ECT) unveiled its latest eco vehicles last January 26.

The cars, “Bumakaya,” meaning “one load roar,” and “Imakadiwa,” which translates to “relentless warrior,” will take part in the upcoming 2018 Shell Eco Marathon (SEM) in Singapore.

According to the team, the cars are 30-40% lighter, makes use of more exotic materials, are more aerodynamic, and have improved weight distribution.

The student-led ECT has been competing regularly in Shell Eco Marathon since 2011. It has won two championships: for the category, Urban Concept Car (Battery Electric) in 2015 and the Drivers World Championship (Asia) in 2017.

ECT has also won several first runner-up awards: In 2014, for the Urban Concept Car  (Battery Electric) and Urban Concept Car (gasoline); and in 2016, for Urban Concept Car (gasoline).

DLSU hosts Stanford University Dean for big data short course and roundtable discussion on women in technology

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De La Salle University, with support from the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), hosted the dean of Stanford University’s School of Engineering, Prof. Jennifer Widom, who has embarked on the Asian leg of her global advocacy to provide free training on big data, particularly for the youth and women in developing countries.

Big data is the systematic analysis of large volumes of data and statistics in order to uncover patterns and correlations that will, in turn, produce usable insights for business managers, policy makers, and other stakeholders.

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The course was held at the University’s Henry Sy, Sr. Hall last January 23 to 26 to an audience of about 400 senior high school and college students, faculty, and professionals.

Prof. Widom is a computer science professor and Massive Open Online Course pioneer and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She has co-authored four academic textbooks, providing students with a beginning and advanced introduction to database systems. Her books have been utilized at the junior, senior and graduate levels in Computer Science.

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She capped her DLSU visit with a roundtable discussion on the topic “Women and Technology,” attended by leading women from industry, the academe, and government. Among those who joined her were Senator Risa Hontiveros, consultant for ASEAN University Network and DLSU Society of University Fellows member Dr. Wyona Patalinghug, Department of Science and Technology Assistance Secretary Rowena Cristina Guevarra, as well as administrators and faculty of DLSU, University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, Philippine Science High School, and executives from Accenture, Inc.

The discussion focused on inclusivity and equal representation of women in the fields of sciences and technology. It also touched upon the personal experiences of the participants, including how they balance career and family roles.

 

DLSU at the FDI International Arbitration Moot

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De La Salle University College of Law (DLSU COL) was named the Top 3 Highest Ranked Team in the Global Finals of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) International Arbitration Moot competition held in Boston, Massachusetts last November 2 to 5.

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104 schools worldwide were part of the competition. Two oralists from DLSU COL Julia Pineda and Rob Concepcion ranked 2nd and 3rd highest advocates respectively for the competition. The team received support and instruction from the DLSU College of Law and were coached by two international law practitioners Foreign Attorney  Dr. Harald Sippel and New York Attorney Amanda Lee.

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The FDI Arbitration Moot is an annual competition organized by the Center for International Legal Studies in cooperation with the following founding institutions: Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts (FDI 2017 Host School); Pepperdine University Law School Malibu, California; Centre of European Law, King’s College London; and the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), Frankfurt/Cologne, Germany.

 

Jack Ma shares thoughts on success, social advocacy with DLSU students

 

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Alibaba Group Founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma encouraged De La Salle University students to continue finding opportunities despite constant failures in an open dialogue last October 25 at the University’s Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium. 

Sharing that he was not a great student as he failed a number of times in his entrance exams, from primary school to middle school to college, he said that they should pursue the dream they are most passionate about. He likewise shared his insights and experiences about success and failures, the future of entrepreneurship, and his advocacy on social development.

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“How can young people have opportunities? We should enable them by technology and we should improve the education system,” he said, as he noted the importance of constant learning and development.

In his conversation with DLSU students, he highlighted the importance of UN social development goals and mission and responsibility. He also shared some words of encouragement with the audience, which was comprised of students, educators, and leaders in the business sector.

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Best known for his innovation in e-commerce, Ma has received numerous awards from prestigious global institutions such as the “2015 Entrepreneur of the Year” at the Asian Awards and the “2009 CCTV Economic Person of the Year Award:  Business Leader of the Decade Award.” In addition, Ma was named 30th Most Powerful Person in the World” by Forbes Magazine in 2014, “Business Person of the Year” by Business Week in 2005, and “World’s 100 Most Influential People” by Time Magazine in 2009.

As a leader and philanthropist, he has supported and served in various advocacy and socio-civic organizations which include: being the Founder of the Jack Ma Foundation, Co-Chairman of Paradise Foundation, Special Adviser to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development for Youth Entrepreneurship and Small Business, United Nations Special Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals, and Member of the Global Board of Directors of The Nature Conservancy.

During the event, DLSU honored Ma by awarding him an honorary degree in Technopreneurship, honoris causa. “This is a great university with a long history and a great mission, and the thing that I feel most excited about is that this university carries the SDG or the Sustainable Development Goals. As one of the UN’s advocate for that, I feel extremely happy for our school to continue this mission,” he said.

Other notable personalities who have received honorary degrees from DLSU in the past years include Nobel Laureate for Physics David Jonathan Gross, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Richard Heck, former Timor-Leste President and Nobel Laureate for Peace Jose Ramos-Horta, Nobel Laureate for Economics Eric Maskin, Nobel Laureate for Economics Robert Mundell, Nobel Laureate in Literature Mario Vargas Llosa, former President of Poland and Nobel Laureate for Peace Lech Walesa, Nobel Laureate for Medicine Torsten Wiesel, former World Bank President James Wolfensohn, and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Ada Yonath.

 

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