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RCNAS FBS group conducts seminar-workshop for high school students

Seventy six high school students of Makati Science High School in Makati City participated in a one-day lecture and hands-on training on basic techniques in microbiology held last September 24, 2014.

Organized and conducted by graduate students who are members of the Fungal Biodiversity and Systematics (FBS) Group of the Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences (RCNAS), the seminar-workshop focused on two parallel activities. In the session, 'Discovering Microbes: Learning Basic Techniques in Microbiology', participants learned how to cultivate bacteria, identify mushrooms, and test plant extracts for antibacterial activities. A lecture was also delivered highlighting the diversity of microorganisms and their varied applications.

In the session 'Introducing Lichens: A Hands-on Activity on Lichen Identification', students learned how to identify lichens. They also learned about its applications such as being sources of antibiotics and serving as bioindicators of air pollution through a lecture given by Ms. Krystle Angelique Santiago, an alumna of the College of Science and Graduate School and currently an instructor at Far Eastern University.

Prof. Thomas Edison dela Cruz, Ph.D., professor of microbiology at the College of Science and Graduate School, and group leader of the FBS group, also delivered a lecture on the science and art of doing research. Mr. Kin Israel Notarte, a M.Sc. Microbiology student and a recent recipient of the Novartis Biocamp Award in Basel, Switzerland, also inspired the students to pursue a career in science with his talk on his research experiences.

A similar one-day lecture and hands-on training was also conducted in St. Bridget College in Batangas City on September 29, 2014. This seminar-workshop was participated this time by 90 high school students from St. Bridget. Facilitators and lecturers of this two-day event were Carlo Chris Apurillo, Melissa Pecundo, Louise Tse Yan Wong, Arfel Tayona, Shenly Marie Gazo, Nur-Aisa Abdulmajid, all students of M.Sc. Microbiology, and Bryna Thessa LeaƱo and Rio Frances Callores, students of M. Sc. Biological Sciences at the UST Graduate School. TEDC

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