College of Science, UST
ASM International Education chair lectures on sticky teaching and learning
In response to the thrust of the University to facilitate the outcome-based education, the Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science and the Graduate School hosted and sponsored a lecture-seminar titled “Sticky Teaching, Sticky Learning” on May 19, 2016 at the Tanghalang Teresita Quirino.
Dr. Spencer A. Benson, chair of the International Education Committee of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) served as the resource speaker who expounded on how knowledge of the brain functions can be used to increase “sticky-ness” of learned materials and how to improve teaching and learning.
During the session, the participants were made to engage in an interactive, lively, interesting, and effective discussion as they experienced to be the subjects of the student-centered learning style. Six strategies in increasing stickiness were discussed which include the awakening intrigue, beginning and ending often, creating lots of contrasts, storytelling, emotional engagement, and focusing on big ideas.
Lowinger visits UST
On June 27 to July 6, 2016, the UST Psychology Department hosted the visit of Assoc. Prof. Robert Lowinger, PhD. of the Bluefield State College, Bluefield, West Virginia, USA. During his stay, he served as the speaker-facilitator of the seminar-workshop for the faculty members of the Psychology Department which focused on psychological research and advanced behavioral statistics. This was held July 4 and 5, 2016. He likewise conducted a fast track course on Advanced Statistics at the UST Graduate School for those enrolled in the MA and PhD Psychology programs.
Lowinger, a PhD holder of Educational Psychology and Statistics from the University of New York at Albany spent a number of years in private industry, taking charge of administering and overseeing research and statistics.
As a member of the academe, one of his research endeavors was “The Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for PTSD in New York City Transit Workers: A Preliminary Evaluation,” which examined the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy, whereby false beliefs and misperceptions held by an individual, when challenged constructively, can help to correct behavior that had been based on those false beliefs. It was published in the December 2012 issue of North American Journal of Psychology.
Another research effort was published in the College Student Journal of December 2012 issue which is titled “College Students’ Perceptions of Severity and Willingness to Seek Psychological Help for Alcohol Problems”.
Both of the said researches are products of his experience in both public administration and education.
(Write up partly lifted from/based on the Faculty Profile of Bluefield State College, Bluefield, West Virginia, USA)
Dela Cruz invited in the first ASEAN SLP in Thailand
The National Science and Technology Development Agency of Thailand in cooperation with the Global Young Academy recently initiated the first ASEAN Science Leadership Programme (SLP). Inspired by the Africa Science Leadership Programme, the ASEAN SLP brought together 18 participants (fellows) from six countries in Southeast Asia – Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. One of them is Prof. Thomas Edison E. dela Cruz, Dr. rer. nat., a faculty member of the UST Department of Biological Sciences.
Composed mainly of mid-career ASEAN academics, the programme assisted the fellows in learning science leadership and communication in order to provide the fellows with skills to think of solutions to problems and concerns that are common to both ASEAN and the global scientific community.
The four-day seminar-workshop held June 09-12, 2016 in Bangsean, Thailand also trained and encouraged the participants to develop inter-connected and inter-disciplinary approach to various scientific issues and concerns of the region.
Faculty in the news
A Thomasian alumna, Asst. Prof. Maria Chiela M. Cremen delivered a lecture last January 27, 2016 on “Taxonomic Revision of Halimeda in Southwestern Australia” at Rm 320, Main Building, University of Sto. Tomas. The lecture covered her recent research...Read More...
“Just like any job, it requires hard work and determination. Alongside these should be good intention, order, commitment, and guidance from God.” These are the words of Assoc. Prof. Mary C. Martin, M.Sc., the new College Secretary as the College...Read More...
Teacher Enrichment Activity in Microbiology: Mentoring Our Mentors (TEAM MOM), the Fungal Biodiversity and Systematics (FBS) group of UST RCNAS conducted a two-day training for 30 teachers from 23 high schools in the provinces of Samar and Leyte on April...Read More...
Internationalization Beefed up
Osaka University prof lectures on Nanoscience
The College of Science, together with the Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences, hosted a special lecture among BS Chemistry students at Blas Hall, UST Main Building on October 3, 2016 with Prof. Hidehiro Sakurai, PhD of Osaka University as the resource person. Primarily, the activity aims to share among the future chemists the importance of nanoscience and to open their minds to one of the many fields they may pursue in their future studies and research endeavors.
Dela Cruz, delegate to international workshop
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Edison E. dela Cruz of the Department of Biological Sciences is one among those who represented the Philippines in the international workshop held February 24 – 26, 2016 at Pathum Thani, Thailand. The workshop focused on “Opportunity and Impact Assessment for Research Projects: A Methodology with Applications to Industrial Microbial Biotechnology.”
Science internationalization agenda beefed up
The internationalization agenda of the College of Science continues to beef up as shown through a linkage with international universities, faculty mobility, and academic as well as research collaborations.
On November 12, 2015, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the University of Santo Tomas (College of Science) and Academia Sinica (Institute of Physics), Taiwan, R.O.C. In the pipeline is the partnership with Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan and Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea.
Assoc. Prof. Bernard John V. Tongol, Ph.D. of the Chemistry Department of the College of Science participated in the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) Satellite Meeting on New Devices for Energy Conversion and Storage through a poster presentation.