Thomasians Dominate National Biology Awards
Manila Bulletin – Thu, May 17, 201
MANILA, Philippines - Thomasian biologists sweep six out of six awards given by the Biology Teachers Association (BIOTA), Philippines during its 47th Annual National Convention and Scientific Sessions held at the Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City last April 12-14, with the theme "The 21st Century Biology: Pedagogy and Scientific Research".
More than 250 Biology educators and researchers from different parts of the country attended the three-day event where a total of 74 papers were presented during plenary and concurrent sessions including one keynote, five plenary lectures, six Young Biologists Forum papers, 21 seminar papers, six workshops and 35 poster papers.
Prof. John Donnie A. Ramos, Ph.D., assistant dean of the UST-College of Science and a researcher at the UST-Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences, was declared Best Workshop Presenter. He demonstrated a "pen and paper" exercise entitled "PCR: A Practical Classroom Research-Based Activity to Simulate Polymerase Chain Reaction". In the lecture presentations, two Thomasians were judged Best Lecturers. Asst. Prof. Anna Cherylle M. Ramos, Director of the UST-Educational Technology Center and a faculty member at the AMV-College of Accountancy was declared Best Lecturer (Pedagogy Category) while Jayson Chavez, a student at the UST-Graduate School garnered the Best Lecturer (Research Category). asst. prof. Ramos presented a lecture entitled "Greenflicks: Documentary Film Production as a Performance-Based Assessment Strategy for Environmental Science Classes". Chavez, on the other hand, delivered his masteral thesis on the "Incongruence between Linnaean and Hennigian Systematics: An Illustration from the Polyphyly of Antirhea Juss. with a Description of a Novel Philippine Endemic".
In the competition for best undergraduate students' research called Young Biologists Forum (YBF), two fresh graduates of BS Biology from the UST-College of Science were declared winners. Joshua Johnedel Salvacion was declared the YBF Winner with his undergraduate thesis entitled "Description of Two Novel Endemic Species of Gynochthodes Blume and cpDNA Confirmation on the Placement of Morinda elliptifolia to the Gynochthodes".
Ma. Carissa Nebrida, was judged YBF 2nd Place for presenting her group's thesis entitled "Immunomodulation of Blomia tropicalis-Induced Allergic Reactions In BALB/C Mice Using Allium sativum, Curcuma longa, And Draco spilopterus Aqueous Extracts".
Meanwhile, the poster presentation of Neil Michael Sese, also a BS Biology graduate of the UST- College of Science, was declared Best Poster. Sese represented his group's thesis entitled "Delineation of Two Annonaceae Species Using DNA Markers with a Potential Antioxidant Property".
The Biology Teacher's Association of the Philippines Governing Board for 2011-2013 is headed by Dr. Jessamyn Marie O. Yazon of the Philippine Science High School, BIOTA president and supported by Dr. Edna Amparado, University of the Philippines - Diliman, BIOTA vice president and board of directors and officers from the University of the Philippines- Los Baños & Diliman, Ateneo de Naga University, University of Santo Tomas, University of Baguio, Philippine Science High School - Main Campus/Bicol Region Campuses, and the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (NISMED-UP Diliman).