The numerous restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic led to the adoption of alternative ways for many industries and sectors worldwide to survive. The scientific community is not exempted from this. Researchers and scientists worldwide struggled to manage and thrive in this so-called “new normal” set-up to deliver high-impact results and products that could help solve significant modern global problems. To celebrate their feat, selected scientists from Ehime University (EU) and De La Salle University (DLSU) presented their researches in the 2nd international webinar last November 29, 2021, with the theme, “Usable Science Resulting in Impact Series II.” This event was co-presented by the Center for Natural Science and Environmental Research (CENSER) and the Leading Academia in Marine and Environment Pollution Research (LaMer). There were roughly 180 participants from both universities and other Philippine institutions who registered and participated in the event.
The webinar was welcomed and opened by Dr. Divina M. Amalin, Director of the Center for Natural Science and Environmental Research (CENSER-DLSU). This was followed by the virtual signing and launching of the EU-DLSU International Collaborative Research Laboratory, facilitated by Dr. NISHINA Hiroshige, President of Ehime University and Bro. Bernard Oca, FSC, President of De La Salle University.
The keynote speaker for this event was Dr. Raymond R. Tan, Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation of DLSU. As a chemical engineer and top climate researcher, his talk focused on engineering models for carbon drawdown concerning enhanced weathering. His presentation drew interest and catalyzed conversations from participants of both universities.
Speakers from both universities joined and shared their expertise on this one-day event, showcasing what both universities can offer in research and development, resulting in impact.
The morning sessionwas started with Dr. Koichi Kamiya (EU) with his presentation on the phylogeographic diversity of the Southeast Asian tropical rainforest trees. This was followed by Dr. ZebaAlam’s (DLSU) talk on strategies to monitor and mitigate the effects of E-waste in the Philippines. The morning session was concluded by Dr. Ming-Chih Chiu’s (EU) research presentation on environmental DNA in modeling interactive riverine communities.
The afternoon session commenced with Dr. Michael Angelo B. Promentilla’s (DLSU) thought-provoking talk about nutrient cycling toward a circular green bioeconomy. This was followed by Dr. Angelyn R. Lao’s (DLSU) presentation on Graph Theoretical Analysis of Ecological Systems. Following this, Dr. Yumiko Obayashi (EU) discussed how microbes affect the biogeochemical cycles in marine ecosystems. Dr. Dan Jeric A. Rustia (DLSU) presented a new approach to integrated pest management using an intelligent monitoring system. Lastly, Dr. Miina Yanagihara (EU) talked about her research on the utilization of bioassay for protecting benthic organisms in the water environment.
This second webinar series of Ehime University (EU) and De La Salle University (DLSU) proved that exchanging ideas and providing an intellectually stimulating cyberspace for experts and audience to have an open conversation is undeterred by the limitations brought about by the pandemic. The webinar ended with high praises and anticipation for more from the audience, stating reviews such as:
"The webinar is very informative. I can apply this for future research and can be a stepping stone in choosing my undergraduate thesis."
"I am amazed by how ecological studies are now being dealt with. In particular the ecological relationships among species supported by mental models."
"The overall presentation is thorough and well organized. This webinar talks about the use of genomics in agriculture. Also, this webinar provides information to understand science and optimize which contributes to the ecosystem and for the benefit of everyone."
“It was a great webinar. Very thankful to have attended. Hoping to be part again in the next webinar series.”
The webinar concluded with remarks from Dr. Hisato Iwata, Head of Leading Academia in Marine and Environment Pollution Research (LaMer). He talked about the importance of the continued collaboration of researchers and scientists during this difficult time. He also emphasized his gratitude to the presenters for sharing their expertise and dedication in honing their skills in their chosen fields of interest.
Indeed, the audience was all inspired and enjoined not just to survive but thrive in this “new normal” set-up. This holds to the proverb, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
ICRL Project Staff Members awarded as "Flash Talk Competition Winners" during the GARD Global Conference
Last June 25 and 26, Two ICRL Project Staff Members were awarded as "Flash Talk Competition Winners" during the GARD Global Confrerence.
Ms Sharin Albacete won 1st place in Category 1: Convergence - Sustainable Health, Other Cross-Cutting Topics while Ms Leslie Ormenita won 2nd place in Category 2: Food Safety and Security.
Congratulations to our ICRL Project Staff Members
Organized by Michigan State University (US), De La Salle University and the University of the Philippines - Los Banos, we are inviting you to participate in the global conference of the Global Alliance of Rapid Diagnostics (GARD) with a theme: Bridging Innovative Technologies and Market Needs on June 25-26, 2021. The Global conference will consist of several symposia from different parts of the world namely: (a) East- Southeast Asia (b) South Asia (c) US and Latin America and (d) Africa. The conference allows scientists worldwide to connect, network and share their ideas and best practices.
Registration to this event is FREE. You may register using the link below:
Attached herewith is the overall Global Conference schedule and the invited speakers for East and Southeast Asia Symposia.
Dr. Thaddeus Carvajal is a former JSPS Research Fellow & MEXT Scholar in Ehime University and has currently joined De La Salle University as a Balik Scientist Fellow from the Philippine Council Health & Research Development (PCHRD). Dr. Carvajal is tasked to assist in the projects of Dr. Divina Amalin in relation to Vector Biology, Ecology and Control. Dr. Carvajal will also help in facilitating the set-up and operations of the International Collaborative Research Laboratory of Ehime University and De La Salle University located in its Laguna Campus.
Call of Applications for An Assistant Professor (non-tenured) at Molecular Ecology and Health lab, Ehime University, Japan (Application deadline: 12 April, 2021)
Call of Applications for An Assistant Professor (non-tenured) at Molecular Ecology and Health lab at Ehime University, Japan (Application deadline: 12 April, 2021). Please click the link below for more information:
Webinar: “Understanding the Relationship of Climate Change on Agriculture, Environment, and Health: The Case in ASIA
The De La Salle University - Center for Natural Sciences and Environmental Research (CENSER), in collaboration with the Association for Environment Management and Sustainability (AEMS) present a symposium with the theme “Understanding the Relationship of Climate Change on Agriculture, Environment, and Health: The Case in ASIA”.
The Center for Natural Sciences and Environmental Research (CENSER) through the Environmental Biomonitoring Research Unit and The Center for Marine Environmental Studies (CMES) through the Molecular Ecology and Health Laboratory invites everyone to attend the International Symposium (Webinar) entitled Research Collaboration: Usable Science Resulting in Impact.
November 4-5, 2020
9:00 am to 12:00 nn (Philippine Standard Time)
10:00 am to 1:00 pm (Japan Standard Time)
Zoom Link Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_r90TP3VSS1in0mmytPoN_g?fbclid=IwAR2gnFNZ3A84brGXNP-IxRWVY0yDH8Rw5GOc9G3Gm5XxAvso29S8feIH4Mo
DAY 1: HEALTH & MEDICAL
Dr. Hidemitsu Uno
Executive Director and Vice President (Research and Environment) Ehime University
Dr. Kozo Watanabe
Unit Head, Research Unit for Environmental and Health Studies in Southeast Asia, Ehime University
Speaker #1: Dr. Satoru Suzuki
Ecological Perspective of Dissemination of Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Marine Environment
Speaker #2: Dr. Ma. Luisa Enriquez
Bioassays for Natural Product Research - Strategies and Methods in the Search for Anti-Cancer Activity
Speaker #3: Dr. Yasitsugu Suzuki
Endogenous Viral Elements and their Role in Antiviral Immunity in Mosquitoes
Speaker #4: Prof. Maria Nilda Munoz
Traditional Medicine and Modern Medicine form Natural Products: That was then, this is now.
Speaker #5: Dr. Thaddeus M. Carvajal
The Status of Biological Control Approaches Against Aedes-borne Disease: How far are we in effectively controlling this mosquito vector?
DAY 1: AGRICULTURE / BIODIVERSITY
Dr. Raymond Girard Tan
Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, De La Salle University
Dr. Divina M. Amalin
Director, Center for Natural Sciences and Environmental Research (CENSER), De La Salle University
Speaker #1: Dr. Hisato Iwata
Introduction of Ecotoxicology Researches from Iwata's Lab
Speaker #2: Dr. Lilia Fernando
Nanobiosensors for Agricultural and Environmental Applications
Speaker #3: Dr. Albeto Barrion
Farming Landscape and Farmer's Agronomic Practices: Key Drivers in Cacao Insect Pests Regulation
Speaker #4: Dr. Jose Isagani Janairo
Monitoring and Mitigating Microplastic through Research
Speaker #5: Dr. Billy Joel Almarinez
Biological Control of the Coconut Scale Insect, Aspidiotus rigidus: Research Impacting Coconut Pest Management Policy in the Philippines
University Research Associates, Angelique Taverna and Meril Mariano, did a self-introduction and research presentation to the Molecular Ecology and Health Unit of Ehime University during their weekly seminar. Angelique presented her former research area entitled: Semiochemical screening for the cacao mirid bug Helopeltis bakeri Poppius. On the other hand, Meril showcased her research entitled: Surface Characterization and Wetting Properties of Coconut Scale Insects, Aspidiotus destructor Signoret and Aspidiotus rigidus Reyne (Hemiptera: Diaspididae). Both University Research Associates presented also their research plans. The Molecular Ecology and Health Unit conducts weekly webinars during the COVID pandemic.
Last Feb 4-8, 2020, Dr Kozo along with PhD candidate Von Herbuela visited the Philippines to discuss updates and plans about the EU-DLSU International Collaborative Research Laboratory.