MSU-IIT IDS celebrates National Science Club month

MSU-IIT IDS celebrates National Science Club month

by Paolo Miguel C. Cañete

The Science clubbers of Region X once again converged at the MSU-IIT IDS grounds last September 3 and 4, 2016 to celebrate the National Science Club Month (NSCM 2016) with the theme, AGRInnovate: Revolutionizing Agricultural Outlook for Sustainable Growth”. This is one of the 10 regional sites for national camping as stewarded by the Philippine Society of Youth Science Club (PSYSC). The PSYSC is the only national federation of youth science clubs in the Philippines created to promote scientific consciousness among the youth.

In consonance with this year’s theme, guest speaker Mr. Victor Lapoot talked about the importance of the agricultural sector and the current challenges that needed to be addressed for a sustainable future. The said lecture articulated PSYSC aim for the youth to find innovative ways in increasing agricultural productivity and ultimately feeding the growing world population while protecting the environment. The two day and one night event saw the members of different science clubs in Northern Mindanao and nearby provinces coming together to discover and explore the wonders of agriculture via series of lectures, workshops and team-building activities.

Lecture and workshops on Science and Health, subcamp quizbee and PSYSC Science Olympiad (PSO) were held on the first day. PSO aims to challenge the participants through written, practical and theoretical exams in different fields of science such as biology, chemistry, physics, information technology and earth science. In the evening, the pledge and socials night were held. This gave the participants an opportune time to relax, get acquainted and bond with each other.

The second day saw the simultaneous hosting of Mathematics, Science and Kapaligiran (MathSciAka) interactive and Engineering/Science challenge workshops. MathSciAKa aims to promote ways of learning Science, technology, and the environment through fun-filled experiments and workshops. This will test the students’ translation and application of different science concepts.

Closing program and awarding ceremony followed in the afternoon. The MSU-IIT IDS PSO participants – Abdel-Nasher Tanggor, Gregg Dominic Sam Rebollo and Ronald Stephen Galorio won 3 rd Place. The partnership of Rhyll Romerosa and Fraunhofer Sherlock Sajonia topped the MathSciAka Engineering/Science challenge workshop with their efficient and powerful water pump design and fabrication. Similarly the IDS team with members Jannah Amerol, Gezen Giganto, Angeli Manseras, Al-Fisher Coronado, and Camille Guarin notched First place in the MathSciAka Interactive workshop after accumulating the most points from 10 stations of varying mental and physical challenges. These major victories catapulted MSU-IIT IDS as the overall winner for the MathSciAka at the end of the Summit.

The MSU-IIT IDS Science department and its student facilitators and volunteers spent dedicated hours in providing the stage for every activity, ensuring the smooth flow of the different workshops and playing gracious hosts to the many participants and guests. These has thus extended a strong support to NSCM 2016 realization of its thrust to promote science in a fun and interactive manner, foster camaraderie and develop the leadership skills among the participants.

Topics : Science club  agriculture  PSYSC Science Olympiad

Dep’t of English holds unique student research colloquium

Dep’t of English holds unique student research colloquium

by RGO

(photo by Michelle Jeanne Caracut)

Responding to comments that it was the only department left at the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) that has not yet held a student research colloquium, the Department of English rose to the challenge and organized a one-day academic conference that took on the works of around 30 fourth-year AB English students.

The September 13, 2016 colloquium opened at the CASSalida theater, and was described by CASS Dean Dr. Marie Joy Banawa to be unique as it featured two plenary and six parallel sessions.

The plenary sessions showcased two nationally-acclaimed artists, Dr. Steven P.C. Fernandez of the Department of English and Dr. German V. Gervacio of the Departamento ng Filipino at Ibang mga Wika.

Fernandez, a key personality in performance studies in the Philippines and the director of IIT’s Culture and Arts Studies Center, delivered the Plenary on Intertextuality.

Gervacio, a multi-Palanca Award winner, delivered the Plenary on Truth and Myth: Ang Mito sa Totoo, ang Totoo sa Mito.

Department of English chairperson Dr. Nelia G. Balgoa said that holding the colloquium entitled, Proposals on Language and Literary Studies, was the “marching order” of Dean Banawa as the department had lagged behind other departments in the college.

She described the activity as a throwback to the “glory days” of the department, and a way for it to develop the presentation skills of its students by exposing them to a conference-like atmosphere.

“It is also a strategy to encourage collaborations that we hope later on would translate into publication, ”Balgoa, who just became chair of the department at the start of the semester, added.

The plenaries were listened to by Department of English faculty and all AB English students, including the 30 or so student-presenters who all belonged to the class of English faculty member Prof. Honeylet E. Dumoran.

The colloquium saw the student-participants presenting their research proposals in six different panels on Forensic Linguistics; Culture and Sign Systems; Leadership Con/Texts; Assessment and Language Learning; Aesthetics of New Text Types; and Stylistics.

Each of the students were given 20 minutes to present their research proposals to their respective panels. The members of the panels – composed of Department of English faculty members – would then give their comments afterwards.

An open forum followed every session where members of the audience were given a chance to ask questions.

Dumoran said that a purpose of the colloquium was to help the student-presenters shape their studies, which are the very same ones they would pursue later on as their theses.

“We also want to encourage the other AB English students who attended the colloquium to consider new areas of study for their own researches in the future,” Dumoran added. (RGO)

Topics : CASS  colloquium  AB English

Acibar is new chair of Chemical Eng’g Tech Department

Acibar is new chair of Chemical Eng’g Tech Department

by RGO

Engineer Catherine O. Acibar is the new chairperson of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology of the College of Engineering and Technology, according to Special Order No. 1729-IIT, Series of 2016.

The Order that is issued on September 8, 2016 fixes Acibar’s term as chair of the department from September 5, 2016 to July 31, 2017.

Acibar is a chemical engineering graduate of the Institute who has been teaching in the campus since 2009.

Acibar replaces Engr. Ronald P. Bual as chair, as the latter has gone on study leave. – RGO

Topics : ChemEng  COET  chemical  engineering

Jamil is PRISM acting director

Jamil is PRISM acting director

by RGO

Former Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) Dr. Ferdinand P. Jamil is now the new acting director of MSU-IIT’s Premier Research Institute of Sciences and Mathematics (PRISM).

According to Special Order No. 1778-IIT issued today, Jamil’s designation as PRISM acting director covers the period September 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

The PRISM, which is already in the final phase of its construction, is the MSU-IIT building that will house all of the research laboratories of CSM and the College of Engineering and Technology (COE&T), as well as other state-of-the-art research equipment and facilities of the Institute.  

According to the current CSM Dean, Dr. Mark Nolan Confessor, part of Jamil’s duties as PRISM acting director is to supervise the transfer of the various laboratories and equipment for research from the CSM and the COE&T.

Confessor said that Jamil, who sits in the Technical Coordinating Panel overseeing the construction of the building, was instrumental in initiating “the many meetings that led to the BOR approval of the PRISM mandate (vision, mission, and structure).”

“As acting director, Jamil will focus on the attainment of the PRISM implementing rules and regulations,” Confessor said.

Jamil is a faculty member of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. -RGO

Topics : CSM  PRISM  director