Central Visayas Study Center 2014 Annual Report

The Central Visayas Studies Center continued supporting UP Cebu’s thrust to intensify research and enhance research outputs. This year, faculty members and REPs produced 24 publications, of which 13 were published in ISI or Scopus-indexed journals, 4 creative work exhibits, and 39 paper/poster presentations in international and local/national conferences. 5 UP System International Publication Awards were given to three faculty members: Prof. Kaira Alburo-Cañete for her international publication entitled “Bodies at Risk: “Managing” Sexuality and Reproduction in the Aftermath of Disaster in the Philippines,” Prof. Eukene Bensig for her publications, “Oil degrading and heterotrophic bacteria composition in the oil-spilled affected mangrove forest sediment in Mactan Island, Central Philippines” and “Fecal and coliform levels as indicative factors in deterioration of the water quality of Lahug River, Cebu City, Philippines” with Dr. Mary Joyce Flores. Dr. Flores received an additional IPA for her publication, “An assessment of the physicochemical parameters of Mananga River, Cebu, Philippines.”

The Sciences Cluster faculty commenced implementation of three research projects with external funding support. These included two LIDAR Projects on Data Processing and Validation in Western Visayas under PHIL-LIDAR Program (Hazard Mapping of 2/3 of the Philippines Using LIDAR) and PHIL-LIDAR 2 Program (Detailed Resources Assessment Using LIDAR) with P12 million pesos each from DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIERD) and the Parallel Language Resources for Cebuano project with P1.5 million pesos from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Fifteen proposals submitted under the UP Cebu 2013 Faculty Grant and Research and Creative Work Grant (RCWG) were approved for implementation during the year. In addition, 12 faculty members were awarded with the UP Cebu 2014 Faculty Grant while 12 proposals were submitted for funding under the UP Cebu 2014 RCWG.

Table 1: Research Output of UP Cebu Faculty and REPS in 2014

Arts and Humanities

Business Management

Sciences

Social Sciences

REPs

Total

Publication

3

4

17

2

24

   ISI/Scopus-Indexed

1

1

9

2

 

13

       Peer-ReviewedLocalInternational

2

 

2

1

  

6

     

4

7

 Creative Work/Exhibit

3

1

4

 Paper/Poster Presentation

 

4

 

6

 

15

 

12

 

2

 

39

     Papers Presented – International

3

2

4

6

 

15

       Papers Presented –Local/National

1

4

5

6

2

18

       Posters Presented –Local/National    

6

   

6

International Publication Award

4

1

 

 5

Research Projects with External Funding

3

 

3

Researches with Approved Proposals

3

1

5

6

 

15

Completed Researches

3

3

3

3

 

12

 

UP Cebu faculty members, REPs, and administrative staffs participate in the IBM SPSS training, conducted by STRAND Asia.

UP Cebu faculty members, REPs, and administrative staffs participate in the IBM SPSS training, conducted by STRAND Asia.

 

CVSC streamlined the process flow of the UP Cebu Faculty Grant and RCWG to fast track their implementation. It organized the From Writing to Publishing Seminar-Workshop, with Mr. Bin Walters of SpingerOpen Journal as guest speaker, to reinforce capability of faculty researchers in preparing manuscript and publishing. It also partnered with the Computing Services Unit in arranging the three-day IBM SPSS Training by STRAND Asia.

CVSC revived its official research publication, the Lahutay, starting in the second quarter of 2014 to document and disseminate research and research related activities and outputs of UP Cebu. Three quarterly issues were completed and e-copies were distributed to faculty members.

CVSC also provided support and secretariat assistance to the following activities other UP Cebu units: Seminar on Gene Therapy by Prof Galileo Encabo of the University of Florida; visit of Kansai University International Studies Program; Policy Forum on Medical Marijuana; Molecular Phylogenetics and DNA Barcoding: Studies of the Thomasian Angiosperm Phylogeny and Barcoding Group by Dr. Grecebio Jonathan Alejandro of the University of Sto. Tomas; Seminar on Outcomes-Based Education and 21st Century Learning; Workshop on Computation Theory and Practice of the Department of Computer Science; Workshop on the Elevation of Programs/Clusters into Departments/Colleges; Seminar on Laboratory Safety and the 41st Annual PSBMB Convention of the Biology Program. It also extended assistance to PhilSHIFT researchers from UP Manila in disseminating information about their research project and the survey they would conduct in UP Cebu.

Prof. Galileo Encabo shared his expertise during the Seminar on Gene Therapy.

Prof. Galileo Encabo shared his expertise during the Seminar on Gene Therapy.

Dr. Grecebio Jonathan Alejandro with faculty members from the Biology Program of the Sciences Cluster after his discussion on the "DNA Barcoding: Studies of the Thomasian Angiosperm Phylogeny and Barcoding Group."

Dr. Grecebio Jonathan Alejandro with faculty members from the Biology Program of the Sciences Cluster after his discussion on the “DNA Barcoding: Studies of the Thomasian Angiosperm Phylogeny and Barcoding Group.”