In line with the purpose of stimulating enthusiasm for, and awareness in, the field of Chemistry, the UPLB Chemical Society held KAPNAYAN 2016 pegged with the theme “Aligning Chemistry Education with ASEAN Integration Towards Global Competitiveness in Agro-Industrial Technology,” last January 18-23, 2016.
The 14th in the series, KAPNAYAN is one of the largest nationwide events in Chemistry. It focuses on different activities that promote Chemistry in various aspects of daily life, from health and medicine, popular technology, and energy efficiency, to research and academics.
This year’s KAPNAYAN focused on the ASEAN integration of Chemistry education towards global competitiveness in agro-industrial processes. The event started with a message from H.E. Elizabeth P. Buensuceso, the Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations; and Dr. Benigno D. Peczon, President of the Coalition for Agricultural Modernization in the Philippines, Inc.
Among the highlights of the activity are educational trips, seminars that featured discussions from distinguished academics like Dr. Ruel C. Nacario and Dr. Evelyn Mae Tecson-Mendoza, a Chemical Magic Show, and investigatory project, poster making, extemporaneous speaking, essay writing, and Chemistry quiz competitions participated in by high school students from all over the country. Emerging as the winners in these competitive events are the following: Investigatory Project – Marvin Jericho E. Cava, Beatrice Gail C. Burgonio, and Pancho E. Ruedas, “Design and Synthesis of Graphene/ZnO Hybrid Electrodes for Flexible High-Performance Supercapacitors” (Philippine Science High School – Ilocos Region campus); Poster Making – Leopoldo Aquino (Don Bosco College); Essay Writing – Sophia Rochelle Tidoso (Sotero B. Cabahug Forum for Literacy); Extemporaneous Speaking – Jericho Dayne Angcana; Alumni Choice – Victoria Mae Sugepang (De La Salle University –Junior High School); and National Chemistry Quiz Contest – Junifer R. Sombilon, Jr., Dann Lawrence G. Llabore, and Althea Angela L. Roy (Philippine Science High School- Southern Mindanao Campus).
Ultrafast spectroscopy data Analysis workshops in IMSP-Physics by Dr. AKG Tapia
The technological advancements on laser and detector technologies paved way to the observation of ultrafast phenomena. These are in the pico- to femto-second timescales by which many chemical and physical processes take place. The technology has applications in imaging, spectroscopy and observation of ultrafast dynamics in life and environmental sciences. Dr. Alvin Karlo G. Tapia from IMSP-Physics spearheaded the Symposium on Ultrafast Spectroscopy in UPLB attended by scientists from Japan, Denmark, Brunei and the Philippines last August 2014. This was followed by researches from the UPLB Physics group to study ultrafast dynamics of indigenous materials like charcoal and honey, with the latter in collaboration with the UPLB Bee program. The IMSP-Physics group is currently developing a pool of students and researchers who are interested in ultrafast science to identify its possible applications in life and environmental sciences. Although the only ultrafast laboratory in the Philippines is housed at the National Institute of Physics (UPD), UPLB poses as a gold mine of scientific problems, which can be probed by ultrafast science. At the moment, workshops and seminars are being conducted on ultrafast techniques and data analysis. Setting up a physical laboratory requires a huge investment thus the measurements are conducted in ultrafast laboratories abroad. The generated data are analyzed by our students and researchers. The active group presented posters in the Asian Conference Ultrafast Phenomena in UP Diliman from February 22-23, 2016. These endeavours would hopefully bring cutting-edge ultrafast researches in UPLB and, hopefully, build our own ultrafast laboratory in the future.
Prof. Layeta Bucoy, associate professor at the Department of Humanities, was appointed UP Artist III, the highest distinction under the UP Arts Productivity System, which recognizes “outstanding productivity in the creative arts or in arts scholarship for national development.”
A graduate of the BA Communication Arts program, Prof. Bucoy is a celebrated writer for film, television and theater whose accolades include several Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for her plays. Named UP Artist II last 2013, Prof. Bucoy remains to be the only UPLB faculty given recognition by the UP Arts Productivity System. The UP Artist is appointed for a period of three years and is given corresponding annual monetary rewards.