University of the Philippines Los Baños
Monday, 21 November 2016 00:00

Faculty and student researchers present studies at CAS conference


Students and teachers alike were given the chance to share the results of their researches to the public at the 9th College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Student-Teacher Research Conference on Nov. 14. With the theme “Filipino Innovation: Working Locally, Thinking Globally,” it featured more than a hundred researches.

Dr. Felino P. Lansigan, dean of CAS, said in his opening remarks that the Conference is a unique opportunity for students and teachers to showcase their theses, special problems and other research works. He said he hoped that the Conference will entice students to pursue careers in research and academe.

In a keynote address read by Dr. Romulo P. Aggangan, director of the DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute, Dr. Fortunato T. dela Peña, secretary of science and technology, commended the CAS for holding the forum and cited the researches’ potential contribution to the economy and the world. He said that we must “harness the innate creativity of the Filipino mind” and extract from it ways to improve the community. He expressed DOST’s willingness to support the participants’ research and encouraged the audience to submit proposals in time for the setting of the national agenda.

Dr. Lydia S. Manguiat, assistant regional director for technical operations, representing Dr. Alex R. Madrigal, regional director of DOST IV-A (CALABARZON , gave a talk on innovation as a core value. Madrigal said that true innovation responds to the needs of and reaches more people and must challenge tradition. He cited DOST’s efforts to encourage employees to innovate and implement changes to improve their workplace. “Sana lahat tayo ay mag-innovate, hindi lang sa research, but also in our homes and offices.”

Research outputs

The research presentations were made in five parallel sessions with the themes agriculture and environment, health and education, economics and governance, technology, and society. A separate session was also opened for other practical researches from the arts and sciences.

Some notable researches include the development of a web application to help farmers plant using real-time weather updates; the role of smallholder farmers in developing agricultural policy; the effects of organic farming on proponents’ lifestyle and perspective; exploring the community narrative of a village in Lemery, Batangas; and a study on possible contamination in selected recreational pools in Calamba, Laguna.

There were also presentations on using social media in gauging consumer happiness; correlating males’ and females’ workforce and life expectancy; understanding the role of communication in company productivity; using tabletop games to instruct and evaluate students; and looking at the Philippines through Hollywood monster films. In between presentations, there were open forums where the audience asked questions about the featured researches.

Aside from the parallel sessions, CAS also held a poster presentation featuring diverse studies in the arts and sciences. These cover marine life in the midst of rapid climate change; technological innovation in agricultural production; Filipino women’s roles in the evolution of the family and society; education in cross-cultural online communication; political and social issues in Philippine films; and the development of rhetoric in local politics, to name a few.

Dr. Rosario Baria, associate professor at the Department of Humanities, said that the screening panel was overwhelmed and pleased with the rise of poster presentation participants compared to last year.

The Conference was held as part of the week-long celebration of the 44th anniversary of CAS. (Jessa Jael S. Arana, with reports from Bianca Baldoza and Albert Pagunsan)