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Dr. Aida Yap Appointed as NISMED Director

Dr. Aida I. Yap

Dr. Aida Istino Yap has been appointed by the Board of the Regents as the new NISMED Director effective 31 May 2018.  She takes over from Dr. Soledad A. Ulep, who held the position from December 2011 – 30 May 2018.

Dr. Yap joined NISMED as Science Education Specialist I in June 1996.  She has served as Chair of the Elementary School Mathematics Group, Deputy Director for Administration, and Deputy Director for Research and Extension.

She earned her doctoral degree in Mathematics Education from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.  She finished her MA in Mathematics Education from the University of Tsukuba, Japan and graduated cum laude in BS Mathematics from the University of the East-Manila.

Dr. Yap has been actively involved in the Institute’s programs and projects and has spearheaded a number of research projects, professional development programs, and extension activities of the Institute. She envisions NISMED to be a leader and a hub in research and innovation in science and mathematics education.  She plans to strengthen collaboration with other UP constituent units, government agencies and private partners, and international institutions to extend NISMED’s reach as a research unit and extension arm of the University.

She also aims to implement processes and tools for transparency and efficiency in the Institute’s daily operations and adopt strategies that will foster a positive working environment that ensure equal opportunity and a collegial relationship among the staff.

 

 

UP NISMED Staff Honored at the Parangal sa mga Retirado

Three UP NISMED staff were honored at the Parangal sa mga Retirado held at the GT-Toyota Auditorium, Asian Center on May 9, 2018.  Ms. Lolita M. Mondigo of the Audiovisual Group, Mr. Nolito L. Llaguno of the General Services, and Mr. Nilo M. Rocas of the Printing Section were each awarded a medallion and a certificate of appreciation.

The Parangal sa mga Retirado is held every year in recognition of the “loyal and dedicated service” of retirees to the University.

Dr. Angela D. Escoto, Chancellor Michael M. Tan, Mr. Noli L. Llaguno,
Vice Chancellor Evangeline C. Amor, Vice Chancellor Virginia C. Yap, and
Dr. Soledad A. Ulep during the Parangal sa mga Retirado ceremonies.

 


Dr. Angela D. Escoto, Chancellor Michael M. Tan, Mr. Nilo M. Rocas, Mr. Rocas’ daughter and
grandson, Vice Chancellor Evangeline C. Amor, Vice Chancellor Virginia C. Yap, and
Dr. Soledad A. Ulep during the Parangal sa mga Retirado ceremonies.

 


Dr. Angela D. Escoto, Chancellor Michael M. Tan, Ms. Lolita M. Mondigo,
Dr. Soledad A. Ulep, Vice Chancellor Evangeline C. Amor, and Vice Chancellor Virginia C. Yap during the Parangal sa mga Retirado ceremonies.

 

 

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, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2017.12.019 (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.

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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