Breeders Science Celebration on its 4th
February 25, 2011
Students checking out the Physics Department's booth.

Students checking out the Physics Department’s booth.

Western Mindanao State University-College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) in cooperation with Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines held the 4th Breeders Science Celebration. The 2-day event showcased the Research Output Presentation, Science and Math Fair 2011 and Modern Biotechnology Symposium for Agriculture and Food last February 23 and 24.

Day 1 of the event featured the Research Output Presentation. The event was a paper presentation of eight CSM faculty members. It served as a venue for queries and clarifications on the presented researches. The following are the research papers and their authors: “Ethnicity and Epistemological Instructions: Effects on Beliefs, thinking skills and Concept Understanding Chemistry” by Lourdes Filoteo, Ph.D. in Chemistry Education; “Transformational Leadership Behaviors and Total Quality Management Practices of Middle Level Administrators in Higher Education Institutions in Zamboanga City” by Sheeva Saddalani, Ed.D. in Educational Administration; “Change Generating Sets” by Alex Zambales, MS in Teaching Mathematics ; “Septage Management in Zamboanga City” by Susan Montebon; “Alternative Conceptions of Human Cardiovascular System Concepts Among BS Nursing Students in Zamboanga City” by Mario Obra, MS in Teaching Biology; “Infinite Sum Formulas from Efthimiou’s Laplace Transform Technique” by Rhudaina Mohammad, MS in Mathematics; “X-Ray Diffraction Analysis of MBE-grown InGaAs/GaAs Superlattices on GaAS (100) Substrates” by Joel Fernando, MS in Physics; and “Some Special Linear Sum of Graphs Resulting from Some Graph Operations” by Yasser Salih, MS in Mathematics candidate.

“Pure sciences are the first step but the application will give social relevance as a result of the study,” Vice President for Research, Development and Extension, Dr. Milabel E. Ho challenges the crowd. Ho addressed the audience in her message. “It is time that we make a difference in our community. I have been to several universities in the country and their science department, we are not far behind,” she asserted.

Simultaneously during the first day of the event, the Science and Math Fair 2011 carried on successfully. The latter is an activity initiated by the students of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Statistics Department. Selling of home-made products, exhibit of experiments, games and information dissemination abounded throughout the activity. Other enticed WMSU students took part in the interesting and fun activity.

Day 2 of the celebration presented the Modern Biotechnology Symposium for Agriculture and Food. It encompassed different talks on agricultural biotechnology, food safety and the like. The event was held at Garden Orchid hotel of this city.

On the other hand, a convocation and nature trek to Pasonanca Natural Park and Camicutan River was held the following day. The Biology and Natural Science faculty and students were headed by its Chairperson, Prof. Clarito Concepcion in celebrating the “World Wetlands Day.” An ecological study of the river was conducted. (Ekeena O. Lim)