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UP President Danilo L. Concepcion and UP Researchers
Visit Université Clermont Auvergne

University of the Philippines President Danilo L. Concepcion visited Clermont-Ferrand, a university city in the central part of France on 10 -12 May 2018.  Pres. Concepcion met with faculty members and administrative staff of Université Clermont Auvergne to discuss areas of further collaboration between the two campuses. Assisting in this meeting were Prof. Mahar A.Lagmay of the National Institute of Geological Sciences, Prof. Rolando G. Talampas of the Asian Center, and Eligio C. Obille of the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development.

The UP delegation, led by UP President Danilo Concepcion (fifth from left), met with faculty and administrative officials of Université Clermont Auvergne to discuss ways of collaboration in relation to disaster risk and resilience. [Left to right: Rolando Talampas, Naomi Irapta, Michaël Grégoire, Catherine Morgan-Proux, Pres. Concepcion, Cécile Bernard, Didier Laporte, Vianney Dequiedt, Benjamin van Wyk de Vries, Mahar Lagmay, Gaby Concepcion, Julie Morin, and Eligio Obille Jr.]


The University of the Philippines (UP) and Université Clermont Auvergne(UCA) have enjoyed a long-standing academic cooperation during which numerous faculty and student exchanges have been made. The objective of this particular visit was to explore and expand the possible areas where cooperation can be strengthened, mainly in the field of risk and resilience in relation to natural hazards and climate change. The two universities plan to engage in resilience research through trans-disciplinary programs that cross the boundaries between the sciences, humanities, and arts.

The UP delegation was met at the train station by Prof. Benjamin van Wyk de Vries of the Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans at UCA, accompanied by Prof. John Murray, a visiting researcher from the School of Environment at the Open University in the UK. Upon arrival, the delegation was immediately taken around the city whose rolling streets were built on the slopes of a volcano.The use of lava stones was evident everywhere, most especially in the towering Gothic cathedral that stood out magnificently in the city center.

On top of Gergovie Plateau. UP Pres. Concepcion, M. Lagmay, and G. Concepcion listen to Prof. van Wyk de Vries (second from left) as he explains the geological setting of Clermont-Ferrand. The famous Puy de Dôme volcano looms in the distance.


On the next day, Prof. van Wyk de Vries brought the delegation to the top of the Gergovie Plateau to learn more about the surroundings of Clermont-Ferrand, whose geological setting may be compared to that of certain places in the Philippines. He pointed out various features, among them the Chaîne des Puys, a line of volcanoes surrounding the city, and explained their origin. After a short drive to Ceyrat to take a look at the Limagne Fault, Prof. van Wyk de Vries then brought the group to the Laboratoire Magmas etVolcans for a quick tour.

Over lunch at PavillonLecoq, Pres. Concepcion spoke with a number of UCA staff who wanted to learn more about the ways that the two universities could collaborate. A smaller group of people moved later to the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme to discuss about the broad strokes of future cooperation, which would include, among other things, a review of the existing memorandum of understanding,the establishment of learning agreements for student exchanges at the Masters and PhD level, and the provision of assistance in the capacity building of UP faculty.

Example of the proposed use of geomojisfor risk communication

Prof. van Wyk de Vries and his fellow researchers are excited to find out how this proposal will be met by the global audience, specialists and non-specialists alike. UP NISMED could contribute in the further development of the proposed drawings and exploration of their prospective uses by conducting tryouts of teaching and learning materials where teachers and students will use the geomojis while they learn about Earth and Space concepts as provided by the K to 12 Science Curriculum.

1Geomojis – a symbolic alphabet to communicate Earth Sciences (poster), Benjamin van Wyk de Vries, Dougal Jerram, VladislavRapprich, Andrew Harris, and Dana Martin in theEuropean Geosciences UnionGeneral Assembly 2018,Vienna, Austria, 8–13 April 2018

2 A global framework for the Earth: putting geological sciences in context, Van Wyk de Vries, B., Global and Planetary Change, 2017, (in press)


UP NISMED Conducts Professional Development Program for 167 Teachers and Teacher Educators

Donors and Partners

(Seated, L to R) Prof. Victoria Jardiolin-Villa (Vice President, Tendence Corporation), Hon. Junie E. Cua (Governor, Quirino Province), Mr. Vicente S. Quimbo, Jr. (Chairman, Calabria Company Limited)
(Standing, L to R) Mr. Elmor Villaruel (Executive Assistant, Office of the Governor), Mr. Francisco E. Josef (Consultant, Ropali Group of Companies), Dr. Samuel O. Benigno (President, Quirino State University), Dr. Soledad A. Ulep (Director, UP NISMED), Dr. Orlando E. Manuel (Division Superintendent, DepEd Quirino), Mr. Paul R. Tamayo, Jr. (Chief Finance Officer, Calabria Company Limited), Mr. Jenard A. Guevarra (Business Process and Financial Analyst, Calabria Company Limited)

UP NISMED, in partnership with Tendence Corporation, Calabria, Ropali Group of Companies, Office of the Governor (Province of Quirino), Department of Education (DepEd, Division of Quirino), and Quirino State University, conducted the Professional Development (PD) Program for Elementary and High School Science and Mathematics Teachers and Teacher Educators of Quirino Province (Phases 1 and 2) on 24-30 April 2017.  The training for 140 DepEd teachers and 27 Quirino State University faculty was held at the Dolores F. Hernandez Hall, Science Teacher Training Center, UP NISMED.  The opening ceremonies was attended by the PD program’s donors and partners.

Phase 1 of the PD program, which ran from 24-27 April 2017, consisted of sessions on Teaching Science through Inquiry and Teaching Mathematics through Problem Solving, and content sessions on selected topics in Elementary School and High School Science and Mathematics.  Phase 2, the lesson study component of the PD program, immediately followed and was conducted on 28-30 April 2017.  Phase 3 (Visit 1), the school-based follow-through, was recently implemented on 26-27 September 2017.


Deputy Director: 1993-1995
Chair, Chemistry Group: June 1986-December 2004

Dr. Marcelita C. Magno peacefully passed away at age 77 on 24 September 2017. Her remains lie in state at St. Peter Memorial Chapel at Commonwealth Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City. Interment will be after the 8:00 a.m. mass on Sunday, 1 October 2017.

During her stint of almost three decades at UP NISMED, Dr. Magno demonstrated unwavering commitment, admirable dedication, and remarkable efficiency, which resulted in quality outputs delivered on time. Through her excellent work, she helped UP NISMED move towards what it has become today.

She was a devoted mother, a doting grandmother, and a problem-solver who often took on difficult and challenging projects at work.

Dr. Magno truly lived life to the fullest. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, former students, and colleagues.

JFC-Coop Sponsors Training of Elementary School Mathematics Teachers in Geometry and Algebra

Jollibee Foods Corporation Employees’ Multi-Purpose Cooperative (JFC Coop) in partnership with the UP NISMED Elementary School Mathematics (ESM) group conducted a 3-day training program titled “Training Program on Upgrading Elementary School Mathematics Teachers’ Competence in Teaching Geometry and Algebra.” The training was attended by 30 teachers of Palatiw Elementary School, Pasig City. It was held on 3, 10, and 17 September 2016 at UP NISMED. More

NISMED Conducts Training Program on Interactive CoursewareResponding to the needs of Grade 2 mathematics teachers of Region IV-A, the DOST-SEI collaborated with UP NISMED to conduct a training program titled, Developing Technology-Enhanced Lessons for Improving Grade 2 Pupils’ Mathematics Skills within May to June and October to November 2016. More 2016 Gawad Tsanselor sa Natatanging REPS Goes to NISMED Science Educator
Dr. Risa L. Reyes, former NISMED deputy director for research and extension, received the Gawad Tsanselor sa Natatanging Research, Extension, and Professional Staff (REPS) for her significant efforts to push forward Lesson Study, a school-based teacher professional development model. The awarding ceremony was held at the Institute of Biology Auditorium on 20 May 2016. More
KaSaMa Teachers Online Community Wins UP Diliman Parangal
KaSaMa Teachers online community, an extension program initiated by UP NISMED, won the first UP Diliman Parangal para sa programang pang-ekstensiyonMore
NISMED Staff Publishes Article on Lesson Study
Rolando Tan of the Elementary Science Group published an article titled Improving the use of physical manipulatives in teaching science concepts through lesson study in the International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies. The article is about how the lesson study process has guided the teachers in improving the manipulative model they used in teaching a particular science concept or lesson. More
Dr. Ulep Invited as Panelist in the 13th Japan Education Forum
Dr. Soledad A. Ulep, UP NISMED Director, was invited as a panelist in the Thirteenth Japan Education Forum (JEF) which was held on 24 February 2016 in Tokyo, Japan.  During the forum, Dr. Ulep presented a paper titled, “Providing quality education for all through professional development.” More
NISMED Staff Attend International Conference in Japan

Dr. Soledad A. Ulep, Director of UP NISMED, and Dr. Aida I. Yap and Mr. Guillermo P. Bautista, Jr. of the High School Mathematics workgroup attended the 10th APEC-Tsukuba Conference… More
MSE Professional Development Program for Iloilo UP NISMED staff from the Elementary School Science and Mathematics Groups carried out the second of two visits under Phase 2 of the Marikina Shoe Exchange (MSE) professional development program for elementary school science and mathematics teachers of Iloilo on 22-26 February 2016. More Yap Invited as a Research Fellow Dr. Aida I. Yap of the Elementary School Mathematics Group was invited as a visiting foreign research fellow by the Center for Research on International Cooperation in Educational Development (CRICED), which is based at the University of Tsukuba in Japan on 4-31 January 2016, with Prof. Masami Isoda as her host professor. As a research fellow, Dr. Yap worked on the translation to English of Japanese mathematics textbooks for the Junior High School, which was published by Gakko Tosho Co., Ltd., Japan. More

Lesson Study Guidebook Out Now The Lesson Study Guidebook will show teachers how to conduct lesson study, a teacher-led, school-based continuing professional development model that originated in Japan. It has been in practice in Japan since the 1800s and is often cited as the reason why Japanese schoolchildren rank high in international assessments.

In doing lesson study, teachers will be able to conduct action research while collaboratively developing and implementing their lessons, discovering how students think and learn, what will work most effectively with students, and in the process, grow professionally themselves. The Lesson Study Guidebook is based on publications of experts as well as UP NISMED’s experience of more than a decade in doing lesson study.

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