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US-Trained Augustinian Professors Receive National Balik Scientist Awards from Philippine Government

Saludes, Dalisay

DR. JONEL SALUDES & DR. DORALYN DALISAY

Two scientists of the University of San Agustin, Dr. Doralyn S. Dalisay and Dr. Jonel P. Saludes, were recently selected as awardees of the Department of Science and Technology’s Balik Scientist Program (BSP). Dr. Dalisay is a professor in the Department of Pharmacy while Dr. Saludes is a professor in the Department of Chemistry. Established in 1975 and re-structured in 2013, the BSP serves as a tool for strengthening the country's scientific and technological human resources and addresses the areas consistent with our country’s S&T priorities (http://bsp.dost.gov.ph). It encourages highly-trained overseas Filipino scientists to return to the Philippines, share their expertise, and empower the new generation of students to be frontrunners in the acceleration of the country’s development. Balik Scientists have been instrumental in providing solutions to national concerns, especially in areas where only a dearth of experts are residing in the country. These awards are unique for Western Visayas health sector and very fitting for the 111th year anniversary of the university, as the University of San Agustin (USA) is the region’s first academic institution of higher learning to benefit from the government’s new BSP program. As in-house experts, Dr. Dalisay and Dr. Saludes will mentor Augustinian students and faculty members (pharmacy, chemistry, medical laboratory science, biology) on cutting-edge, globally competitive education and research. Further, their addition to the USA’s faculty profile is responsive to CHED’s key result areas #2 – quality of teaching and learning and #3 – quality of advanced scholarly activity. Meanwhile, Iloilo and Region 6 in general shall benefit from these scientists as resource of expertise for the development of health science programs that will impact the lives of their fellow Ilonggos.

Dr. Dalisay is currently the Head of USA’s Pharmacy program. She was born and raised in San Joaquin, Iloilo, graduated from USA with a degree in Pharmacy, Cum Laude, and earned her Master of Science in Biology at the University of the Philippines in the Visayas. In 2001, she was awarded a scholarship by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and joined the laboratory of Prof. Staffan Kjelleberg at the University of New South Wales, Sydney to complete her Ph.D. in microbiology. Her graduate studies provided insights in understanding the mode of action of an antibacterial protein produced by an antifouling marine organism. She moved to the US in 2004 to pursue postdoctoral training in marine natural products chemistry and joined the laboratory of Prof. Ted Molinski at the University of California, San Diego. Her work led to the discovery of novel antifungal and anticancer compounds produced by rare marine organisms. She moved to Vancouver, Canada and joined the laboratory of Prof. Raymond Andersen at the University of British Columbia to pursue further training on drug discovery from marine sediment-derived microorganisms. After three years in Canada, Dr. Dalisay moved back to the US and joined the Institute of Biological Chemistry at Washington State University where she developed methods for plant tissue imaging using mass spectrometry as “state-of-the-art” tool for drug discovery and unique approaches to the discovery of novel compounds using evidence-based plant-microbe interactions (http://www.dalisayresearch.org). Throughout her overseas training, Dr. Dalisay published 33 papers in high-impact, international peer-reviewed journals and holds 2 US Patents. She serves as international academic editor of the Public Library of Science journal, PLoS ONE (http://www.plosone.org). As a short-term BSP awardee co-hosted by West Visayas State University College of Medicine (http://bsp.dost.gov.ph/index.php/balik-scientists-on-board/short-term-experts), she will establish a natural products research program using marine sediment-derived bacteria as source organisms, conduct lectures on microbiology and pharmacognosy courses, and offer workshops on effective scientific writing.

Dr. Saludes manages the USA Research Laboratory. He hails from Tagum, Davao, earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from USA, Cum Laude, and took his Master of Science in Chemistry from University of Santo Tomas, Summa Cum Laude. He was awarded a fellowship by UNESCO Regional Network for the Chemistry of Natural Products in Southeast Asia and trained under the tutelage of Prof. Mary J. Garson (President, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry – Organic Chemistry Division) at University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He joined the laboratory of Prof. Jacquelyn Gervay-Hague (former director of the US National Science Foundation Chemistry Division) at University of California Davis to complete his Ph.D. degree with emphasis in organic chemistry, peptide science, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. At UC Davis, he discovered novel peptides and helped establish the fundamental principles for sugar amino acid-based anticancer vaccine design. Dr. Saludes pursued postdoctoral training in chemical biology at University of Colorado Boulder BioFrontiers Institute under the supervision of Prof. Hubert Yin. At CU Boulder, he developed a technology for detecting extracellular vesicles, which are nanoparticles that play a significant role in the spread of cancer. As independent investigator at Washington State University, Dr. Saludes focused on understanding key cellular recognition events using small proteins as drug delivery agents and tools for nanoparticle detection (http://www.saludeslab.org). Dr. Saludes is a Co-Chair of Student Affairs Committee of the American Peptide Society, one of the founding members of the International Society for Extracellular Vesicles, and serves in the editorial boards of the American Association for Cancer Research – Chemistry in Cancer Research and SOJ Biochemistry. He published 19 papers in high-impact, international peer-reviewed journals and holds 2 US Provisional Patents. As the Philippines’ only long-term BSP awardee for the year 2015 and the sole BSP expert based outside of Metro Manila (http://bsp.dost.gov.ph/index.php/balik-scientists-on-board/long-term-experts), Dr. Saludes will establish a chemical biology program at San Agustin with an encompassing goal of developing a new generation of drug complexes to treat diseases caused by infectious bacteria. His research program will be funded through a grant from DOST Philippine Council for Health Research and Development. He will also teach classes and serve as research consultant to undergraduate and graduate chemistry and pharmacy students.

Dr. Dalisay and Dr. Saludes are members of American Chemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and American Society for Pharmacognosy. In July 2015, they were elected to Full Membership in the prestigious Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering (www.paase.org) in recognition of the honor and achievements they have brought to the country as scientists.

PCP fellow to address Augustinian graduates

Noe Bataga, MD FPCP RMTNOE BATAGA, MD FPCP RMT

 

Dr. Noe D. Bataga, a Fellow of the Philippine College of Physicians will be the speaker during the 6th Summer Term Commencement Exercises of the University of San Agustin (USA) this Saturday, 30 May 2015.
A native of Balasan, Iloilo, Bataga finished his BS in Medical Technology as a PAMET Safeguard Scholar from the University of San Agustin in 1999. After graduating, he pursued his post graduate studies at West Visayas State University (WVSU) College of Medicine (2002-2006). He also finished post graduate training in Radioisotopes Techniques (Medical) at the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute – Department of Science and Technology (2013) and a Fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the UP - Philippine General Hospital (2015).

He joined the academe in 1999, serving as Instructor II at the USA Department of Chemistry and Biological Sciences. He also served as Physician of Hartman Dialysis Center – Iloilo City (2011-2012) and as visiting Consultant (2011-2013) at the Department of Internal Medicine of WVSU Medical Center, The Medical City – Iloilo, and St. Therese MTC Hospital Iloilo City. Presently, he is a Consultant at WVSU Medical Center, Medicus Medical Center, QualiMed Hospital – Iloilo, and The Medical City - Iloilo.

Bataga is a registered Medical Technologist and Physician, a Diplomate of the Philippine College of Physicians, and the Philippine Specialty Boards in Internal Medicine. His professional society memberships include the Philippine College of Physicians, Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Philippine Medical Association, Iloilo Medical Society, Philippine Thyroid Association, Diabetes Philippines and Philippine Association of Medical Technologists.

Bataga has written the following scientific papers: “Bilateral Pheochromocytoma in a 40-year Old Male presenting with Abdominal Pain”, “Effects of TAS Guidelines in the Management of HAP/VAP Among Patients at West Visayas Medical Center” and “Association of Polypharmacy on Glycemic Control and Health-related Quality of Life among Elderly Diabetics seen at UP-PGH Out-patient Department.”.

Bataga will address more than three hundred graduating students of the University of San Agustin in a ceremony scheduled at 5:00 P.M. at the University Athletic Field on 30 May. A Baccalaureate Mass, to be attended by the graduating class, their parents and mentors, is set at 7:00 o’clock in the morning of 29 May at the USA Chapel. (USA PEAR)

San Agustin to co-host nat’l critics workshop May 4-7

Frederick C. Comendador

 

THE University of San Agustin (USA) in Iloilo City will co-host with De La Salle University (DLSU) this year’s KRITIKA, the national workshop on art and art criticism on May 4 -7, in the USA President’s Conference Room.

KRITIKA is a summer workshop in criticism, covering various arts and culture, including architecture, literature, visual arts, film, theatre, multi-art, popular culture, and gastronomy. In this one-week live-in workshop, established art critics and talented young scholars gather to form an intellectual community. In line with contemporary critical practice, KRITIKA retains interdisciplinal and multidisciplinal ways of approaching art and cultural forms as texts. This practice is enriched with the creative integration of concepts and modes from diverse disciplines.
Rolando Tolentino, cultural critic and Dean of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication, is the workshop director.

He is supported by a distinguished panel of experts which includes: urban design and landscape architect Paulo Alcazaren, cultural critic and educator Isagani R. Cruz, literature scholar Isidoro M. Cruz, heritage conservationist Rene Luis Mata, visual art critic and artist Cid Reyes, culinary expert and visual artist Claude Tayag, and cultural historian Jose Victor Torres.
Chosen as the 2015 fellows are: Vijae Orquia Alquisola (literature/cultural heritage), Jose Santos P. Ardivilla (pop culture), Gregory Mark Del Carmen (pop culture), Olivia Kristine Nieto (theatre), Seneca N. Pellano (literature), Tito R. Quiling, Jr. (film/architecture), Juan Miguel Leandro L. Quizon (cultural studies), Guillermo Ramos, Jr. (gastronomy), Angela Velasco (gastronomy), and Mavreen Jackie Yapchiongco (literature/architecture).

This project is organized by the DLSU Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center, co-hosted by the USA Fray Luis De Leon Creative Writing Center and the USA Graduate School, and supported by the DLSU Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, the USA Special Projects Office, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. The food writing fellowships are sponsored by the DLSU Angelo King Institute for Economics and Business Studies.

San Agustin hosts K to 12 training for Grade 10 teachers

University of San Agustin

 

The 111 year old University of San Agustin (USA) in Iloilo City is hosting the mass training for Grade 10 Teachers of the K to 12 Basic Education Program in MAPEH (Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health) and Filipino this summer 2015. The training for MAPEH teachers was held on 11-15 May 2015; that for Filipino teachers is being held from 18 to 22 May 2015.

More than 1,200 grade school teachers coming from various divisions of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Panay and Guimaras are attending the training being conducted at the University Auditorium housed at the Urdaneta Hall. Also in attendance are Dr. Gemma Ledesma, DepEd Regional Director, Dr. John Arnold Siena, National Educators Academy of the Philippines Director, Dr. Julieta Braga, DepEd Regional Supervisor for MAPEH and Mrs. Ma. Fe Sumaculub, DepEd Music and Arts Division Supervisor

Fr. Frederick C. Comendador, O.S.A., USA President, in his welcome message said, “We would like to take our hats off to all of you, our dear teachers, for your dedication to your vocation – to your calling as educators. We salute you for your sacrifices, and commend you for your openness to learn new things, and when appropriate, re-learn or unlearn some things. We salute you for embracing change.”

“We are very happy that the Department of Education has once again tapped the expertise of the University, the College of Education in particular, for this training,” said Dr. Belinda Valaquio, Dean of the USA College of Education. The College takes pride as the only Center of Development in Teachers Education in Region 6, and the Department of Education’s Center for Training Institution for INSET Programs. (University of San Agustin)

KAPLAG 2015 Commemorative Book All Set for Launching

Kaplag 2015 Commemorative Book Cover Page

The year 2015 marks the celebration of three events of utmost importance not only to the Augustinian Order (OSA), but to the entire Filipino nation as well – namely, the 450th anniversary of the finding (“kaplag” in Cebuano) of the miraculous image of the Sto. Niño de Cebu (1565-2015), the 450th anniversary of the Augustinian presence in the Philippines (1565-2015), and the 50th anniversary of the elevation of the Sto. Niño Church in Cebu City to the rank of a “minor basilica” (1965-2015).

In line with the above-mentioned events, a commemorative book (entitled “Kaplag 2015”) was published by the Augustinian Province of Sto. Niño de Cebu – Philippines, edited by Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA. It will be formally launched on April 20, 2015 at the North Wing of SM City Cebu, to be attended by various local government officials, representatives from the Augustinian Order, and press people (among others).

Read more: KAPLAG 2015 Commemorative Book All Set for Launching

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