Founder-Director of the pioneering Culture and Arts Studies Center (CulArtS-C) Steven Patrick C. Fernandez, D.F.A., presented his keynote lecture in the 3rd International Conference of the Performing Arts (ICPA) held November 9 and 10 in the ancient city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
The invitation was extended by host Indonesian Institute of Arts (ISI), Indonesia’s oldest and biggest Institute in Central Java. Yogyakarta the seat of the Sultanate is famous for its rich Javanese art and gamelan music.
The theme of the conference focused on the ASEAN Integration, a subject with direct implications to the development of our own culture and arts. Fernandez widely recognized by peers for his contributions in Cultural and Performance Studies has lectured on the subject in various occasions here and abroad. He is an awarded playwright and scholar.
His speech “The Performing Arts as Key in the ASEAN Integration: Challenges, Opportunities, and Strategies” to over 300 delegates from various countries impelled strategies to strengthen the integrity of our performing arts threatened by the onslaughts of the ASEAN Integration.
The lecture presented paradigms in the trans-disciplines of Culture and Arts Studies provoking questions which time in the plenary could not accommodate. He has received another invitation to lecture and conduct a course in the performing arts next year for a longer period of time. Thereafter, and in the closing ceremonies, his concepts of transcreation, trans-media, and trans-disciplines have become by-words.
The visit to the ISI has expanded the MSU-IIT’s network with personalities representing important institutions in the ASEAN, among them Thailand’s distinguished ethnomusicologist Dr. Manop Wisuttipat, eminent Malaysian choreographer Dr. Joseph Gonzales (now Academic head of the HK Academy of the Performing Arts), and Dr. Miroto, Indonesia’s pre-eminent choreographer and dance-hologram conceptor who will choreograph the “tiger dance” portion in the opening of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, among others.
Fernandez’s visit preludes the collaborations with the MSU-IIT Center in various undertakings in joint creative productions, knowledge sharing, and in faculty-student exchanges. ISI has proposed the signing of a formal memo of agreement with the MSU-IIT for these future undertakings.
Faculty members from the College of Engineering (COE) and the School of Computer Studies (SCS) comprised the largest delegation from Mindanao among the research paper presenters of the 8th International Conference on Humanoid, Nanotechnology, Information Technology, Communication and Control, Environment, and Management (HNICEM) 2015.
Out of the 135 research presentations from Asia and the Pacific, 16 came from the MSU-IIT.
HNICEM 2010 was held on December 9-12, 2015 at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City. It was organized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Philippines Section together with the Neuronemech and the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, Philippines Chapter.
One of the HNICEM 2015 plenary speakers was Prof. Carl John Salaan faculty of the Department Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering who is now taking up his doctorate at the Tohoku University.
The theme of the conference was “Humanitarian Technologies for Disaster Prevention and Risk Reduction’.
Dr. Cesar G. Demayo, Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences of the College of Science and Mathematics keynoted the International Conference on Health and Life Sciences Research at the Novotel hotel in Manga Dua, Jakarta, Indonesia on December 18-19, 2015.
The conference was hosted by the International Postgraduate Network (IPN) in cooperation with the Malaysia Doctorate Support Group (MDSG) and the Islamic World Network for Environmental Science and Technology (IWNEST).
Demayo’s keynote address was on the Global epidemiological trends of some major diseases in comparison to regional and local cases in the Philippines.
Mr. Mark Lloyd Dapar receiving his certificate of Distinction as Best presenter
At the conclusion of the conference, Demayo’s three graduate students won the Best Presenter awards. These were: Mr. Mark Lloyd Dapar, an MS Biology student who presented the research paper comparing the faces of homosexual and heterosexual males using the tool of landmark-based geometric morphometrics; Mr. Junnasir Sakilan, an MS Environmental Science student presented the paper on Indoor pollutants in selected homes; and, Mr. Cordulo Ascano, a PhD Biology student who presented his paper on the diversity of reptiles within and outside of a mining area.
Mr. Junnasir Sakila receiving his certificate of Distinction as Best presenter
Mr. Cordulo Ascano receiving his certificate of Distinction as Best presenter
College of Education – Integrated Developmental School (CED-IDS) faculty members stood out at the 6th International Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (CoSMEd). Ivy Claire V. Mordeno of the Integrated Developmental School (IDS), CED’s Dr. Myrna E. Lahoylahoy, Prof. Sotero O. Malayao and CSM’s Dr. Arnold C. Alguno won the Best Paper Award under the Science Education category for their paper presented at the said conference.
The team’s paper “Designing Experiments in Thermodynamics: Its Effectiveness to Students’ Conceptual Understanding” is a classroom-based research that explored the merits of the Design Your Own Experiment (DYOE) activity in a student-centered setting.
According to Lahoylahoy, thermodynamics is considered to be one of the most difficult topics for senior students. The study hopes to enhance the instruction of thermodynamics by letting the students design the experiment, added Dr. Lahoylahoy. The finds imply that the “DYOE activity guides help students build a mental framework about the concepts in Thermodynamics.” In other words, with minimal guidance, the learners gain the ability “to recognize the problem, make predictions, and construct methods.”
The CoSMED International Conference has the objective in providing a platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences on the development of science and mathematics education at all levels.
Mordeno presented the paper at the conference where she was accompanied by co-authors, her adviser Lahoylahoy, and the panelists, Alguno and Malayo. The 6th International CoSMED was held on November 16-19 at the SEAMEO RECSAM in Penang, Malaysia.
Professor Gloria Sheila E. Coyoca of the College of Nursing was one of the keynote speakers during the 1st Almuslim International Conference on Science, Technology and Society held at the Almuslim University Bireuen, Indonesia on November 7-8, 2015.
She spoke on “Undertaking Global Health Issues through Research and Innovation”. During the plenary session, Coyoca also presented her research study on “Prevailing Problems of Exclusive Breastfeeding: Implications for International Roles of Health Professionals in Breastfeeding.”
“The learning experience that I had is incomparable; it made me realize that the nursing profession has a great contribution in the world of research in the sense that our studies have a direct impact on people’s lives. Moreover, this conference created opportunities of engaging in collaborative studies from other countries,” Coyoca said.
Aside from Coyoca, the four other speakers with varied expertise in their own disciplines were Gregory Vanderbilth (California, USA), “Religious Memory & Scientific Ethics after Hiroshima and Nagasaki”; Prof. Dr. Jamaluddin. M.Ed (Indonesia), “International Networking by Research Development and Technology”; Dr. Boriboon Pinprayong (Thailand), “ASEAN ICT Manpower: Case Study of Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam”; and Dr. Mohammad Ali Fulazzaky (Malaysia), “Water Quality Evaluation System for Assessing the Status and Suitability of the Citarum River Water for Various Uses and Its Aquatic Ecosystem.”