INS Faculty and Students Attend International Confab

By Fitzgerald L. Fabelico, Ph.D.
Director, Institute of Natural Sciences(INS)

"The Art and Science of Green Technology" was the theme of the 1ST International Research Conference held last September 8, 2010 at the Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija. This International Conference was attended by the faculty and the students of the Institute of Natural Sciences (INS) of Saint Mary’s University (SMU). There were 31 delegates from SMU which consisted of the following: Dr. Fitzgerald L. Fabelico, the INS Director; the INS Biology instructors - Mr. Robert Aceret, Mr. Daniel Ramel, and Mrs. Arlene Tabaquero; the SMUHS Biology teachers – Ms. Bryna Leaño, and Mrs. Edna Ramel; and the BS Biology, BS General Science, and MA Biology students.

To discover novel solutions to environmental, community, and global problems, the conference aimed to promote research on the theory and practice of Green Technology for local researchers and scientists to address current issues on climate change, loss of biodiversity, waste and resource management, poverty alleviation, social issues, among others.

The international resource speakers discussed the theme for the plenary lecture such as the "Mass mortality of Oak trees (Japanese Oak Wilt) caused by Raffaelea quercivora in Japan". This was discussed by Dr. Shin-ichiro Ito, a Professor of Forest Pathology, Mycology, and Bioresources, of Mie University, Japan. Moreover, Dr. Kasem Soytong, a multi-awarded scientist and an Associate Professor of Agricultural Technology of King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand, discussed comprehensively the topic on the “Microbial products for organic crop production.” In relation to this topic, Dr. Hak-Ryul Kim, an Associate Professor of Applied Life Sciences of Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea, delineated the relevance of "Microbial modification of lipids for industrial application".
Aside for the international resource speakers, lectures for the plenary session were also discussed by Mr. Dexter Jane Indong of the University of the Philippines – Baguio, and Assoc. Prof. Ferdinand Lopez of the University of Santo Tomas. Mr. Indong and Assoc. Prof. Lopez talked about the "Modeling of malaria transmission and seasonality", and "In the cavities, corners, and crannies of culture: Green literature and the technology of survival", respectively.

With the different themes discussed in the plenary sessions, the participants were able to understand the application of Green Technology. Moreover, they were also inspired to conduct basic and applied researches to explore for innovative solutions to respond to environmental, community, and global challenges.
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