The Department of Social Sciences and the Institute of Biological Sciences, in partnership with the UPLB GE Council and the UP Alpha Sigma Fraternity, hosted a lecture entitled “Discovering the Callao Hominid and Its Implications to Human Evolution” last February 16, 2016 at the NCAS Auditorium. Dr. Armand Salvador Mijares, Deputy Director of the Archaeological Studies Program of the University of the Philippines Diliman, served as main speaker who discussed the current ideas in the study of human evolution and prehistoric migration.
Dr. Mijares was one of the lead archaeologists in the excavation of the Callao metatarsal, a fossilized toe bone found in the Callao cave in Cagayan Valley. The discovery of the 67,000-year-old Callao metatarsal pushed back the dates of known human habitation in the Philippines from the earlier estimate of 16,500 based on the Tabon skullcap found in Palawan. Dr. Mijares discussed the process through which he and his team successfully located and excavated the fossil, as well as the different dating techniques they used to determine to age of the metatarsal. Dr. Mijares concluded his lecture by discussing the different implications of his discovery, such as the rewriting of contemporary theories on prehistoric human movements in Asia, challenging the idea that early Homo erectus was only able to settle as far as Indonesia and settling in the Philippine Islands only about 4,000-5,000 years ago. Dr. Mijares plans to conduct additional excavations in the areas of Mindoro and Northern Palawan to look for evidence of prehistoric crossing from Palawan to the island of Luzon.
The PSHS Teacher-participants along with the trainers and some of the members of the organizing committee headed by IMSP Director, Dr. Chrysline Margus N. Piñol (rightmost).
Physics teachers from various campuses of Philippine Science High School (PSHS) System attended a three-day Training/Workshop on Selected/Advanced Topics in Physics organized by the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (IMSP) last December 11-13, 2015. The training is part of the series of capability building trainings for PSHS System teachers and is intended to serve as a ‘retooling’ activity to prepare the teachers for the K to 12 curriculum specialization years (Grade 11-12). The trainers from the IMSP are Dr. Marvin A. Albao (Thermodynamics), Dr. Eduardo C. Cuansing (General Relativity, Nuclear Physics, High Energy Physics, and Cosmology), Dr. Allan Abraham B. Padama (Particle Properties of Electromagnetic Waves), and Dr. Anthony Allan D. Villanueva (Wave Nature of Particles). Dr. Alvin Karlo Tapia assisted the participants in the experimental sessions and Dr. Ranzivelle Marianne L. Roxas-Villanueva and Prof. Jacqueline T. Cuansing facilitated the open forum and group discussions. The training/workshop was initiated by Dr. Christine M. Obusan (Faculty on Special Detail, Office of the Executive Directors PSHS System) and was funded by the Human Resource Development Committee of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
UPLB Swimming Team
The University of the Philippines Los Banos’ Varsity teams garnered a total of 19 gold medals, 26 silver medals, and 22 bronze medals in the recently concluded Southern Tagalog Regional Association of State Universities and Colleges (STRASUC) 2015 held in Aborlan, Palawan last December 14-18, 2015. Western Palawan University (WPU) played host to the event.
The swimming team maintained the strong standing that it cemented during the previous years, garnering a total of 11 gold medals: two from the 50m Butterfly, two from the 50m Freestyle, one from the 200m Butterfly, one from the 100m Freestyle, four from the 4x200m Freestyle Relay, and one from the 200m Backstroke, as well as 22 silver medals, and six bronze medals.
The lawn tennis team was able to get one gold medal from Men’s singles, and six bronzes. The table tennis team got two gold medals both from Women’s singles, one silver medal, and two bronze medals. The archery team got one gold medal from the Qualifying Individual Round, and three bronze medals. The athletics team got one silver medal from the 200-meter Dash event. The chess team was able to get four gold medals in the overall ranking, and three silver and bronze ones. The badminton team got two bronze medals both from mix doubles.