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The UPLB Horizon is a newspaper/magazine that features articles on instruction, research and public service initiatives and programs, as well as information of general interest to UPLB and its publics. Some articles that are featured in it appear on the UPLB website. For contributions, email opr.uplb@up.edu.ph.

 

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Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. who gave the inspirational message during the 106th Foundation Day Celebration and Convocation Program enjoined the UPLB personnel to make excellence a habit. The Convocation Program was held to honor 16 UPLB personnel and an extension and a research team that were given awards for outstanding accomplishments and acts that brought honor to UPLB.

Chancellor Sanchez said that he will do all he can to create an enabling environment that will promote creativity, innovation, and a culture of excellence in the University.

Dr. Robert S. Zeigler, director general of the International Rice Research Institute, the keynote speaker during the awarding ceremonies, highlighted the collaborative partnership between UPLB and IRRI since IRRI was established in 1959.

Dr. Zeigler’s speech took off from Chancellor Sanchez’s remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for IRRI’s Lloyd T. Evans Plant Growth Facility on Jan. 17 that IRRI is part of UPLB and UPLB is part of IRRI. Dr. Zeigler said, “this mutual identity has been equally beneficial for both institutions.” To highlight this fact, he quoted IRRI luminaries’ statements on the UPLB-IRRI collaborative partnership and named renowned personalities who led in implementing them.

In her speech to accept the awards on behalf of the 18 award recipients, Prof. Loida E. Mojica, a faculty member at the College of Economics and Management said that the awards are meant to reward performance as well as to serve as a reminder to continuously press on and strive further to hone their crafts and be of better service to UPLB and its clients.

The award recipients are the following: Outstanding Administrative Personnel – Elpidio M. Tejano, Eduardo G. Eres, Geronimo M. Reyes, Liza G. Custodio, and Engr. Romulo E. Eusebio; Outstanding Researchers – Dr. Sheryl A. Yap, Dr. Mario V. Navasero, Dulce D. Elazegui, Dr. Leni Diamante-Camacho, and Dr. Barbara L. Caoili; Outstanding Artist – Dr. Susan Aquino-Ong; Outstanding Research Team – ASEAN-Korea Environmental Cooperation Project-Philippines; Outstanding Extension Team – The Cereals Section of the Institute of Plant Breeding, College of Agriculture; Outstanding Teachers – Ivy Amor F. Lambio, Reginald Neil C. Recario, Dr. Liza N. Comia, Gemalyn H. Lozano, and Loida E. Mojica.

 

 

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UP President Alfredo E. Pascual enjoined the UPLB graduate education faculty to intensify the internationalization of graduate programs during the Graduate Faculty Conference on Feb. 15 at the Tagaytay International Convention Center. 

Pascual, who gave the keynote speech during the Conference, said that UP’s mandate as a research, graduate, and regional/global university are intertwined and interrelated.

He also commended UPLB’s tradition of excellence as a graduate and research university, especially in agriculture, forestry, veterinary medicine, and biotechnology.

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“I serve therefore I am… from UP.”

This was the catchphrase of Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr.’s inaugural address as the 9th Chancellor of UPLB on Mar. 6 at D.L. Umali Hall. Inspired by ubiquitous campus apparel that says “I think therefore I am…from UP,” a play on the famous quote from French philosopher Rene Descartes, Chancellor Sanchez called for the UPLB constituents to commit themselves to UP’s motto of “honor and excellence” in serving the nation.

Chancellor Sanchez enjoined everyone to work together in order to propel UPLB to become a globally competitive research university. According to Chancellor Sanchez, the realization of this vision will serve as UPLB’s contribution to national development. In his address, he articulated three guiding objectives of his administration towards achieving this goal. These are leadership in academic excellence; utilization of knowledge and technologies toward inclusive growth; and creation of enabling environment for creativity and innovation.

UP President Alfredo E. Pascual officiated the investiture of Chancellor Sanchez. In his message, President Pascual reiterated the support of the UP System to the realization of Chancellor Sanchez’s vision for UPLB. President Pascual acknowledged that UPLB is a significant contributor to UP’s quest to become a great university. He commended UPLB for its initial milestones in internationalization. He also acknowledged the foundations set by the past UPLB administrators, which Chancellor Sanchez also expressed in his speech.

The event, witnessed by UP and UPLB officials, faculty members, staff, alumni, students, and guests, also served as a venue for the formal introduction of the vice chancellors. In his message, President Pascual specified the opportunities and challenges that UPLB must respond to. These include intensified internationalization in academic affairs; scientific innovation and public service in research and extension; operational efficiency in administrative matters; multi-stakeholder dialogues in the UPLB community; and an environment-friendly principle in infrastructure development.

Also at hand to witness the investiture of Chancellor Sanchez were his parents, former UPLB professors Dr. Fernando F. Sanchez, Sr. and Dr. Priscilla Chinte-Sanchez; his wife, Dr. Patricia Ann Jaranilla-Sanchez; son Tristan Fernando; sister, Dr. Matilde Sanchez-Kam; and parents-in-law, Victor and Julie Ann Jaranilla. Dr. Rene Rafael C. Espino, professor at the College of Agriculture, delivered the formal introduction of the chancellor. (MJE Gloria)

 

 

We all are familiar with barcodes. In fact, we encounter them every time we pay for items that we buy in the supermarket. With the barcoding concept in mind, Dr. Orville L. Bondoc, an animal breeding and genetics expert/faculty member at the Animal and Dairy Sciences Cluster of the College of Agriculture, came up with a proposal in 2010 to conduct the “UPLB-Department of Agriculture DNA Barcoding Project-Agricultural Sub-sector on Animal Production and Health.”

The project, funded by the Philippine Agriculture and Fisheries Biotechnology Program of the Department of Agriculture aimed to analyze evolutionary relationships, genetic diversity and distances among common breeds, strains and crossbreeds of important livestock and poultry species.

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His work as research scientist and an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign would have been the launching pad for a successful career in the US. But the desire to help livestock farmers back home proved very difficult to resist, and soon, Dr. Rommel Sulabo was on a plane back to the Philippines.

Within just a year after his recruitment to the UP Balik PhD Program, he has already accomplished much as a teacher and as a researcher. His contributions to knowledge on livestock nutrition and production are affirmed by the 2014 Outstanding Young Scientist Award that he has just received from the National Academy of Science and Technology - Philippines.

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