05 May 2015
Dr. Melvin Carlos of DOST-PCAARRD discusses the result of a survey on human resource needs in agriculture, aquaculture, and natural resources as various science education stakeholders gathered to review and update the priority science and technology courses of DOST-SEI’s Scholarship Program during the 2015 Roundtable Discussion on Priority S&T Courses at the Astoria Plaza, Pasig City.
The Science Education Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-SEI) recently led a brainstorming activity with key science education stakeholders in the country as it aims to review and update the list of priority science and technology (S&T) courses covered in its Scholarship Programs.
At the Roundtable Discussion on Priority S&T Courses held on 22 April at the Astoria Plaza in Pasig City, SEI together with officials and representatives from the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) , Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) reviewed the statuses of human resources in key S&T sectors such as agriculture, aquatic and natural resources; basic sciences; health and nutrition; industry, energy and emerging technologies, and science and mathematics education.
15 April 2015
From the coast Puerto Galera and off to the shores of Zambales.
The annual Science Camp organized by the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) will once again gather 60 high school students and teacher delegates from 20 selected public schools in Regions I, II, III and CAR for a real-world climate science learning experience in Sta. Rita, Masinloc, Zambales on 13-21 April this year.
With the theme “The Ocean in a Warming World”, the Youth Camp aims to challenge the incoming fourth-year students and their mentors through lectures and hands-on laboratory and on-site field activities to inspire them to pursue science and technology (S&T) careers and ultimately become scientists in the future.
Joining the 60 delegates are scientists, researchers, and instructors from the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI), Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), and De la Salle University Araneta.
26 March 2015
Aiming to aid the banana industry in its fight against fungal disease epidemic through his study on a banana plant pathogen, a student from Ateneo de Davao University topped this year’s Bank of the Philippine Islands – Department of Science and Technology (BPI-DOST) Best Project of the Year Awards.
Christian John Capirig, a BS Biology student, bested seven other finalists from the University of the Philippines Diliman, De la Salle University and University of Santo Tomas with his project entitled “In Vitro Evaluation of Selected Bacteria against Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. Cubense Tropical Race 4”.
In his study, Capirig determined the antifungal ability of the soil bacteria Bacillus subtilis, Pseudomonas fluorescens, and Streptomyces aureofaciens against Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 better known as Foc TR4, in Potato Dextrose Agar (PDA). He found that B. subtilis and P. fluorescens “proved to be potentially effective inhibitors mainly because of the metabolites they produce.”