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2nd Session of Lecture Series on Modelling and Simulation

Dr. Florian MikschThe Department of Computer Science (DCS) and the whole of the Sciences Cluster of the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) are inviting educators and researchers to the 2nd session of their Lecture Series on Modelling and Simulation.

The 2nd part of the lecture series by Prof. Florian Miksch, current visiting professor of the DCS from the University of Technology (Austria), will be on Wednesday, January 29, 4-5 P.M., at the ILC-AVR in UP Cebu. The lecture will cover Modelling System Dynamics.

This is open to all interested. Free registration. You may forward this to your friends and colleagues who might be interested in Modeling and Simulation.

Certificate of Completion is given to those who can complete at least 5 of 6 sessions.

Program of Seminar on Gene Therapy

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Seminar on Gene Therapy
1:00PM, January 22, 2014
UP Cebu Union Building

12:30 PM

1:00 PM
Pambansang Awit

Welcome Remarks
by Atty. Liza D. Corro (Dean)

Introduction of Speaker
by Prof. Geofe Cadiz

Seminar on Gene Therapy by Prof. Galileo Encabo
Senior Biological Scientist
Department of Ophthalmology
University of Florida

Open Forum

Awarding of Certificates
by Dr. Mary Joyce Flores
(CVSC Director)

Prof. Brisneve Edullantes
Prof. Fleurdeliz Maglangit


For inquiries contact:
(032) 233 9034 or


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Florida-based Cebuano scientist to lecture on molecular genetics, gene therapy

cvscUniversity of the Philippines Cebu Central Visayas Studies Center (UP Cebu-CVSC) in partnership with the university’s Sciences Cluster is inviting students and interested participants to a Seminar on Gene Therapy of Professor Galileo Encabo on January 22, 2014.

In an effort to inspire young students to pursue studies on molecular genetics, Professor Encabo, Senior Biological Scientist at the Department of Ophthalmology in the University of Florida, aims to demystify molecular biology.

This includes the study wherein diseases that arise due to a failure or destruction of a gene may be cured by replacing the failed or destroyed gene with a functional gene. Normally a healthy gene will “give a command” to the cell to produce a certain protein. If that protein is not produced, then a disease condition arises.

A native of Asturias, Cebu, and a former UP Cebu faculty, Professor Encabo is now part of a group of research scientists at the University of Florida that are trying to use “gene replacement” in order to cure certain diseases.

The Seminar on Gene Therapy will be held in UP Cebu Union Building at 1:00PM and is open to all interested students and individuals.

For more inquiries, please contact the Central Visayas Studies Center office at (032) 233-9034.

Sciences Cluster invites researchers, faculty to lecture series on modeling and simulation

Dr. Florian MikschThe Sciences Cluster of the University of the Philippines Cebu, in coordination with its Department of Computer Science (DCS), is offering a lecture series on modeling and simulation for the period January – March 2014.  Prof. Florian Miksch, PhD, DCS visiting professor from the Vienna University of Technology, will share his expertise and experience on the field during the lectures.
The first session of the six-part Lecture Series on Modeling and Simulation started yesterday, January 15, 2014, at the UP Cebu ILC-AVR. Next sessions will be on January 29, February 12, Febuary 26, March 12, and March 26.
Researchers and faculty who are interested to attend the next lectures are free to register.
The organizing committee has decided to give the Certificate of Completion to those who can attend at least 5 of the six(6) sessions. This is to give chance to those who were not able to attend today’s session.
Hope to see you in the next session on January 29 about Modeling System Dynamics at ILC-AVR in UP Cebu. Feel free to forward this to your friends and colleagues who might be interested in Modeling and Simulation.
Download this document for details on the schedule and venue: Memo 2-13-January-2014-SciencesCluster Lecture Series-Dr Miksch

Visiting prof to start lecture series on modelling and simulation

Dr. Florian Miksch, DCS visiting professor.

Dr. Florian Miksch, DCS visiting professor.

The visiting professor of the Department of Computer Science, Dr. Florian Miksch, will begin his bimonthly talks entitled “Lecture Series on Modelling and Simulation: Theory and Applications” starting 11 December 2013. The talk tomorrow will be at 4-5 PM at the UP Cebu AVR2.

Dr. Miksch is a professor from Vienna University of Technology. He is active in the fields of modelling and simulation, data mining, and project management. His PhD dissertation is entitled “Mathematical Modelling for New Insights into Epidemics by Herd Immunity and Serotype Shift”.

Among the recent published works he co-authored are “Hybrid Combination and Modular Modelling Techniques in Health Technology Assessment – An Example Based Explanation for Communicable Diseases”, “Analysis and comparison of different modelling approaches based on an SIS epidemic”, and “Modular modelling and hybrid combination in health technology assessment models – examples and technology”.

Library subscribes to online research database

EBSCO shared to UP Cebu faculty members how to utilize the company's online database last July 17, 2013. Photo courtesy of Prof. Mae Claire Jabines.

EBSCO shared to UP Cebu faculty members how to utilize the company’s online database last July 17, 2013. Photo courtesy of Prof. Mae Claire Jabines.

The University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) Library is subscribing to the online database EBSCO for a year beginning September.

Students will be given an orientation on using the database for research, among other academic uses, said Mylah Pedrano, UP Cebu librarian.

“EBSCO would really be a great help for our library users, not just for students but also for teachers,” Pedrano said.

“We want to teach them, especially the students how to use it because it would not be as easy as flipping a book.”

Dates for the UP Cebu orientation and available database services will be announced as soon as the library finalizes financial arrangement with EBSCO, Pedrano said.

In an e-mail dated Aug. 29, the UP Cebu library released to the faculty a user identification and password to access EBSCO on and off campus.

Students may ask for these from their teachers if they need bibliographic references for research. The EBSCO user identification and password may not be shared with persons outside the UP Cebu community.

Mary Claire Christner Catado, a mass communication student, said she is glad that the library subscribed to the database.

“EBSCO will make it easier for students like me to access more references for my school research and projects. It’s good that they are planning to give us orientation about it,” Catado said.

No library fee increase will be imposed with the subscription, Pedrano said.

According to a document released by the UP Open University, which subscribes to EBSCO, the database offers more than 60 electronic book collections from some of the world’s most renowned publishing houses.

These include Springer, Taylor and Francis and Wiley InterScience.

Contributed by Donna Mae Ocmeja
*This story is brought to you by students of Journalism 102: News Writing and Journalism 104: Editing in cooperation with the UP Cebu Public Information Office.

Faculty, students help address town’s oil spill woes

For raising more awareness about an oil spill in Cordova town in Cebu’s east coast, an environmental lawyer extended her appreciation to the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu).

Lawyer Gloria Estenzo Ramos lauded the UP Cebu community for heading the forum dubbed “Impact of Oil Spill in Cordova” at the school’s Audio Visual Room 2 last Sept. 11.

The forum, the first convened by the academe about the spill, was hosted by the Political Science 189 or Environmental Politics and Policy class of Prof. Zenaida Ligan.

Ramos, an instructor with the University of Cebu College of Law also encouraged UPians to do more particularly through research.

“Cordova needs our help and we can do that through forums like this,” said Ramos, who is also the coordinator of Philippine Earth Justice Center Inc.

She sought assistance for running an information campaign, saying that her group cannot do all the work by itself.

Ramos was joined by Julieta Baguio of the Cordova agriculture department and Owen Migraso of the Central Visayas Fisherfolk Development Center.

Cordova is the worst-hit town in the aftermath of an oil spill that followed the collision of MV St. Thomas Aquinas and a Sulpicio Lines cargo ship at the Lawis Ledge Aug 16.

Cordova townsfolk, most of whom depend on fishing for their livelihood, are unable to make ends meet since their catch is considered unfit for eating.

Hectares of mangroves in the area may die of oil contamination.

UP Cebu Dean Liza Corro said the faculty will certainly release a study about the spill “especially on social economics” in Cordova.

She also said the biology and environmental science professors gave preparedness advice to the Lapu-Lapu city government even before the spill.

Dr. Mary Joyce Flores, a UP Cebu biology and environmental science faculty said they are are doing research in collaboration with the University of San Carlos.

“We don’t want to compete. We want to help Cordova,” said Flores, who joined Prof. Henry Francis Espiritu and Dr. Mary Gretchen Chaves as forum reactors.

Prof. Ligan’s environmental politics and policy students will also conduct research in Cordova.

“We will endeavor to ascertain what possible livelihood programs can be suggested or recommended to the municipality based on what the affected community wants,” she said.

“We are pro-active.”

The students, Ligan said, went to Cordova Sept. 24 to interview affected residents.

They will present their research in the Oct. 7 session of the Cordova Municipal Council.

Contributed by Carmen Jonahville Matarlo
*This story is brought to you by students of Journalism 102: News Writing and Journalism 104: Editing in cooperation with the UP Cebu Public Information Office.

Teachers present research on pageants, games, arnis

Physical Education (PE) instructors from the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) presented their research works to an international audience Aug. 9.

Professors Alena Macasil, Joan Grace Empleo and Marlon Timbang joined the 23rd Pan Asian Sports and PE Conference at the Summit Circle Hotel in Cebu City.

The gathering drew delegates from 18 countries.

Macasil presented her thesis titled “Dynamics of Beauty Pageants in Intramurals” an analysis of beauty pageants as a component of school sports festivals.

Timbang demonstrated indigenous games played by the Mamanwa tribe of Sison, Surigao del Norte province in Mindanao.

Empleo presented results of a field test following her production of a manual on arnis, local martial arts that feature two sticks as weapons.

Macasil said she found out that pageants complemented the competitive aura of sports events.

“Beauty pageant is also an avenue for them (students) to explore their talents and build their self-confidence,” her study reads in part.

Timbang invited the foreign delegates to participate in the games, which he said “showed the Mamanwas’ affinity with nature.”

He said the games evince the tribal people’s “excellent skills in hunting animals through the use of different traps.”

Timbang said he is pushing for the inclusion of the games in the physical education curricula of Surigao schools to preserve them.

The UP Cebu instructors said they were overwhelmed to present their works to an international audience for the first time.

They received certificates and will join the Pan Asia Sports and PE Society, Philippine Chapter.

Contributed by Ianne Clarisse Ortiz

*This story is brought to you by students of Journalism 102: News Writing and Journalism 104: Editing in cooperation with the UP Cebu Public Information Office.

Canadian professor to lecture on improving Java garbage collection

Gerhard W. Dueck, Ph. D. (CS)

Gerhard W. Dueck, Ph. D. (CS) Faculty of Computer Science, University of New Brunswick (Photo credit to:

The UP Cebu Department of Computer Science will host a lecture by Dr. Gerhard W. Dueck on Garbage Collection in Multi-Threaded Java Programs this September 23, 2013, 10:30AM-12NN, at the auditorium of the UP Cebu Interactive Learning Center.

Dr. Dueck’s lecture will deal with the problem of stop-the-world phases in the garbage collection mechanism of the Java programming language which are “particularly undesirable in a multi-core multi-threaded environment.” He will present a possible prediction method that will reduce the instance of stop-the-world phases.

Dr. Dueck is a visiting professor from the University of New Brunswick, Canada. His research interests also include Reversible Logic, Multiple-Valued Logic, Minimization of Logic Functions, Symmetric Functions, Simulated Annealing, Reed-Muller Expansions, and Digital Design.

View the abstract of the talk here: AbstractGC_Dueck.

DCS offers 2-day seminar-workshop on Advanced Data Structures

The Department of Computer Science of the University of the Philippines Cebu will be holding a two-day seminar-workshop on Advanced Data Structures this September 20-21, 2013 at the Audio-Visual Room (AVR)-2 of the college’s Lahug campus. This seminar-workshop will be given by Dr. Jaime DL Caro of the University of the Philippines Diliman, a recognized expert in the field.

The activity aims to offer better appreciation and application of selected topics in Advanced Data Structures. It is further aimed to enhance and improve the participating school’s curricular activities and offerings.

This Advanced Data Structures seminar-workshop is offered free to universities and colleges in Central Visayas as part of the mandate by the UP Cebu Department of Computer Science as a Center of Excellence in I.T. Education awardee of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).