Testimonial Ceremony for SESAM Graduates Held

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"Ang mga palamuti ay kayo (you are the ornaments) and the learnings that you gained," Dr. Decibel F. Eslava, Dean of the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM), reminded the MS and Ph. D. graduates during their 2015 Testimonial Ceremony.

SESAM first in UPLB to conduct fire drill and safety seminar

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The School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM), in cooperation with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) - Los Baños, held its very first fire drill last July 1, 2015 at the SESAM lecture hall. All SESAM faculty and staff attended this event, as well as the UPLB University Police Force (UPF) and Community Support Brigade (CSB). SESAM is the first unit of the university to conduct such a drill, amidst the call for a better preparation for an earthquake that may happen due to a possible movement of the West Valley Fault System.

Dr. Decibel F. Eslava appointed as new SESAM Dean

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After getting the nod from the UP Board of Regents on May 27, 2015, Dr. Decibel Faustino- Eslava, a geologist, is appointed as the ninth dean of SESAM.

Laguna E-Code Back on Track

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With the renewed interest from the Provincial Government of Laguna, the crafting of Environmental Code resumed and a public forum was held last 22 May 2015 at the New College of Arts and Sciences (NCAS) Auditorium at the University of the Philippines Los Baños. This activity was held in order to solicit comments from the public, most especially from the constituents of Laguna, on the Environment Code being drafted and developed by faculty and staff of SESAM, as commissioned by the Provincial Government of Laguna.

SARAI Training on Portal Design and Web Writing for SARAI Research Assistants

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CEC, UPLB – SARAI Project 4, in collaboration with SARAI Project 3, conducted one-day training on portal design and web writing on March 24, 2015 at the Continuing Education Center (CEC), UPLB. The training aimed to equip SARAI Research Associates to become more effective on data processing and delivery since they are the ones involved in processing data/information that will be disseminated to various stakeholders.

Ms. Aletheia Canubas of the Department of Development Journalism, College of Development Communication, UPLB, discussed on how information can be packaged and be laymanized for stakeholders. “If the people can’t understand the information you are feeding them, then, it is useless”, said Ms. Canubas. She started her presentation by engaging the participants to play Taboo. This game can help the participants to communicate more effectively to the target audience. She explained that laymanizing does not only means translating of technical information from English to local dialects but most importantly is to make people understand the information to make informed decisions. 

 “Communication of scientific outputs is a challenge that we, in the research and academe, is facing every day. It is communicating the tricky business of science”, Ms. Canubas added.  

In order to reach wider audience and communities, the SARAI Project 3 is developing an integrated and collaborative information system for climate resilient and sustainable crop production or the SARAI Portal. This is an online knowledge portal managed by the team that will hold various information such as crop advisories, crop forecast, information/learning tools, planting calendar. In line with this, Mr. Toni Jon Monserrat, instructor from the Institute of Computer Science presented a lecture on portal design.

This training is under the capacity and knowledge-building component of Project SARAI, headed by Dr. Decibel Eslava, of the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM), UPLB.