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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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UPLB is a university known for its numerous contributions to science, so much so that UPLB has become the go-to institution when it comes to scientific know-how. This has been ingrained in UPLB’s image for as long as we can remember.

However, within the walls of UPLB lie gems in the field of the arts. Artists inspired by the refreshing environment of Mt. Makiling thrive within the University. If you are an arts enthusiast and frequenter of exhibits and plays in campus, chances are you have encountered the ‘artsier’ side of the UPLB crowd. Among these gems, none probably shines brighter than Prof. Layeta P. Bucoy, associate professor V at the Department of Humanities of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).

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UPLB College of Agriculture’s Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB) awarded its two newest breeds of Hibiscus to two exemplary women. These included the Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Pia S. Cayetano’ to Philippine Senator and lawyer Pia S. Cayetano (Women in Public Service) and Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Patricia B. Licuanan to Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education, on Aug. 28 at the UP Executive House in UP Diliman, Quezon City.

The Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Pia S. Cayetano, has fuschia-colored flowers that are simple and regular with dark purple eyes. The leaves are simple, discoid, ovate and glossy, and arranged alternately. The plant is shrubby, vigorous, semi-erect, and tall. It is also a fast grower and very floriferous, blooming all-year round, peaking from May to December.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Patricia B. Licuanan has simple and regular flowers that have solferino purple color and ruby red eye surrounded by gray halo. The leaves are simple, ovate and glossy, and arranged alternately. The plant is shrubby, vigorous, and erect. It is a fast grower and very floriferous, with the bracts blooming all-year round, peaking from May to December.

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