Science holds 3rd international confab
In celebration of the 90th year of the College of Science, the 3rd International Symposium on Molecular Science (ISMS) was held December 1 and 2, 2016 at the Benavides Auditorium,
inviting both 10 local and 10 foreign experts to speak. The two-day symposium held four sessions on the following areas: Biophysics and Analytical Sciences, Biodiversity and Environment, Materials Science and Nanotechnology, and Health and Biomedicine.
The 3rd ISMS aimed to serve as a platform for research dissemination and academic discourse, to provide a venue for research collaboration, to foster international cooperation through academic and research partnership, and to promote the Sciences to young Filipinos. Notably, the importance of interdisciplinary and collaborative research was epitomized as non-Thomasians were invited to interact with the presenters and to look for possible future research collaborations. Correspondingly, high school students were invited to promote sciences for their future as their career option. To emphasize, Dean John Donnie A. Ramos, PhD invited both participants and guests to “listen, interact, and forge collaborations with the speakers.”
Moreover, the strive for excellence by the College of Science resonated in this year’s theme, “Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Research towards Intellectualization” as introduced in the opening remarks by Professor Lillian J. Sison, PhD, the Director of the Office of International Relations and Program. This symposium gave the opportunity to researchers not only to inform one another, but to share one’s techniques and ideas in solving scientific problems – providing an environment that allows different researchers to collaborate. Furthermore, this provided research opportunities for students to contribute in the solution of regional and global concerns. Beyond this, however, the symposium provided means to deepen relationship and appreciation of one another’s culture.
The 1st UST-NCU Symposium on Molecular Sciences was held back in 2013 in the University of Santo Thomas as the partnership with Nagoya City University was formalized while the 2nd UST-NCU Symposium on Molecular Sciences was held July 2015 in Nagoya, Japan in celebration of the 65th founding anniversary of Nagoya City University. With the successful partnership with Nagoya City University, the College of Science extended its partnership with other universities: National Dong-Hwa University, Taiwan; Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan; University of Shiga Perfecture, Japan; and Hiroshima University, Japan.
Lecturers, therefore, were from the above universities, along with the researchers of the different departments of the College of Science, University of Santo Tomas. This roster of speaker are the following: Prof. Danny Wen-Yaw Chung, Ph.D., Department of Electronics Engineering; Prof. Hsi-Ya Huang, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry; and Dr. Fang Sheng Tsai, M.D., Ph.D. Director, Urology Department and Vice Superintendent of Academic Affairs, Ten-Chan Hospital; Biomedical Engineering Department – all from Chung-Yuan Christian University, Taiwan.
From National Dong-Hwa University, Taiwan are as follows: Prof. Yuan-Ron Ma, Ph.D. Head, Department of Physics and Prof. Yen-Peng Ho, Ph.D. Department of Chemistry, College of Science and Engineering, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan.
Lecturers from partner universities in Japan are Prof. Hidehiko Nakagawa, Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Prof. Kazunobu Sawamoto, Ph.D. of the Graduate School of Medical Sciences. They are from Nagoya City University. Prof. Shuhei Ban, Ph.D. of the Department of Ecosystem Studies, School of Environmental Science, University of Shiga Prefecture likewise delivered a lecture. Prof. Tsunehiro Aki, Ph.D and Prof. Yoshiko Okamura, Ph.D. from the Department of Molecular Biotechnology, Graduate School of Advanced Sciences of Matter, Hiroshima University, Japan also served as resource speakers.
Experts from the four different departments of the College of Science -- University of Santo Tomas who shared their researches along the line of identified categories are Assoc. Prof. Cecilia I. Banag, Ph.D., Asst. Prof. Richard Thomas B. Pavia, Jr., Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. Pia Marie S.P. Albano, Ph.D., and Asst. Prof. Loida Medina, Ph.D. cand. of the Department of Biological Sciences; Asst. Prof. Glenda D.L.R. Delos Reyes, Ph.D. and Ms. Michelle Inciong, M.S., of the Department of Mathematics and Physics ; Assoc. Prof. Karen S. Santiago, Ph.D., Associate Director, Office of International Relations and Programs, Asst. Prof. Oliver Villaflores, Ph.D. , and Asst. Prof. Dharmatov Rahula B. Albano, Ph.D. of the Department of Chemistry, and Engr. Angelito A. Silverio, Ph.D. from the Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering, Faculty of Engineering.
The event which was chaired by Prof. Ma. Carlota B. Decena, PhD, was graced by Prof. Yuji Imaizumi, Ph.D., Vice-President, Nagoya City University, Japan. The symposium was attended by both the researchers, faculty members, and students from UST and from other schools– more than 200 participants and guests approximated. Truly, “GaLING Science, GAling Science” was exemplified as the College of Science expanded and maintained its academic and research collaborations through the 3rd International Symposium on Molecular Science.
Photo credits: Max Carvajal and Chase Nicole Junio