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Updated: 06 Feb 2014 
"More than 80% of the human genome's components have now been assigned at least one biochemical function", according to ENCODE (Encyclopedia Of DNA Elements) - a science consortium of 30 institutions. The dizzying collection of data and analyses are all freely available HERE. The official project website is HERE(Photo Credit: Nature)
The Story of You. Watch this delightful VIDEO explaining the meaning of the ENCODE project.

Training the Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers
The 2016 Annual PAASE Meeting and Symposium was held last July 8-9, 2016 at George Washington University, Washington DC.  The event included a plenary lecture by 2016 Severino and Paz Koh Lectureship awardee in Engineering, Dr. Joel Cuello and two panel discussions entitled "Training the Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers" and "Bt Eggplant in the Philippines: R&D, Testing, Politics and Progress".  The event also featured 9 poster presentations and technical sessions on space science and aeronautics, emerging infections and response, entrepreneurship, chemistry, biotechnology, biological and biomedical sciences, and physics, mathematics and engineering.  The event was organized by scientists and engineers led by PAASE president Dr. Xenia Tigno with aid from USAID Stride program.

Dr. Gisela Concepcion Receives DOST-NSTW Award
UP Diliman Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gisela Concepcion is the recepient of this year's Outstanding Science Administration Award, also known as the Disccorro L. Umali medal.

She is awarded for her involvement in improving and encouraging balanced environment for interdisciplinary research in UP by providing university funds, and for simplifying the Balik Scientist program.

Aug. 11, 2016
Former PAASE President Heads New Journal
Former PAASE president, Prof. Raymond Tan, will be co-editor of the forthcoming Springer Nature journal, Process Integration and Optimization for Sustainability (PIOS). The new journal is also co-edited by Prof. Dominic Foo of the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and Prof. Santanu Bandyopadhyay of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. The main focus of PIOS is on the development and application of mathematical and computer models for improving the sustainability of industrial processes. The maiden issue of the journal is scheduled to be published in early 2017. Click the link below to know more about the journal.

Aug. 1, 2016
Ernesto Pernia Named as the New NEDA Director General under the Duterte Administration
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte announced yesterday, May 22, five new Cabinet appointments. One of them is Ernesto Pernia who is appointed as the new General Director of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

Ernesto Pernia served as Duterte's economic advisor during his Presidential campaign.
May 23, 2016
PAASE Supports the Continuation of the Development of Bt Eggplant in the Philippines
PAASE strongly supports the continuation of the research and development and field testing of Bt Eggplant in the Philippines under the newly enacted DOST-DA-DENR-DOH-DILG Joint Department Circular No. 1, Series of 2016.

The Bt Eggplant is an alternative to fight pest infestation  without the use of pesticides which is costly for Filipino farmers, and may pose hazardous risks in health for both farmers and consumers of eggplant.

To read more about the statement, click here.
May 12, 2016
Sugars Found in Mother's Breast Milk Responsible for Healthy Gut Microbial Growth in Infants 

The research team led by Dr. Jeffrey Gordon had discovered that sialylated milk oligosaccharides found in human breast milk are the key components in aiding growth in gut microbia in healthy babies.  Selecting Malawian mothers with 6-month old healthy and stunted babies, they have discovered that mothers with stunted growth infants lack the sugars found in mothers with healthy infants.  To verify their findings, the group compared the effect on germ-free mice, one group was introduced to cultured fecal microbia from infants with stunted growth while the other group remained as is.  Both groups were fed Malawian diet with the presence of the sugars.  Results show that gnotobiotic mice have improved liver, muscle and brain development compared to germ-free mice.  Results are also the same with gnotobiotic piglets.  Read more about their work here.

Dr. Manuel Datiles III Receives Manggagamot Award 
The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) awarded the 2015 Manggagamot Award to Dr. Manuel Antonio B. Datiles III. The award was given during the One World New Year's Eve Gala Ball last December 31, 2015 at the Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church, VA. Click here to read more about Dr. Datiles.
New message from 2015 PAASE President Raymond Tan. 
A Portrait of Modern Humans as Artists, Scientists and Engineers
Dr. Joel Cuello talks about how the arts, science and engineering help humans perceive and understand our world.  Click here to read more about his essay.
Fab Labs are "low-cost labs that let people build things they need using digital and analog tools. It's a simple idea with powerful results." Fab Central | Global Network | FAQs
ENTROPY IS WHAT YOU DON'T REMEMBER is a delightful video on the meaning of entropy presented by PAASE member Prof. Alfonso Albano and produced by the UP Diliman Interactive Learning Center.
Pinoy Scientists. Yes, we exist. Get to know us! A tumblr maintained by Reina Reyes for "Filipinos doing all kinds of science in all kinds of places."
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In 2050, "the Philippines is set to become the world's 16th largest economy" according to HSBC. Download the HSBC report HERE. More from CNN and the BUSINESS INSIDER. A PAASE member thinks THIS.
PAASE members share their thoughts & interesting activities HERE.
Improving K-12 Science Education in PH. Read all the inspiring stories now, and get more involved!
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"An eloquent and affecting testament to the triumph of brains and hard work over circumstance, of a childhood dream realized through extraordinary will and dedication" - The New York Times. MORE