Category: In Focus

Problems preventing academic reforms

by Flor Lacanilao, 19 June 2009 Academic excellence has always been the dream of every UP official and faculty member. Effort has been directed to improve teaching and research as far back as many...

Doing research for development

by Prof. Flor Lacanilao Perhaps you are wondering why I should be speaking of R&D at a meeting of systematic biologists. One reason is that knowing R&D is as important to biological research as...

Nonscientists run Philippine science academy

by Flor Lacanilao There is no scientist or social scientist in the 7-member Executive Council of the country’s National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). Not one. The EC is composed of the organization’s...

Philippine science: Time for a fresh start

by Flor Lacanilao Fifty years after putting up an S&T agency (Department of Science and Technology) and 30 years after a national science academy (NAST), the Philippines has yet to find a scientific system...

Only 3 of 8 new Academicians are scientists

By Flor Lacanilao The Philippine Star reports yesterday (11 Sept) the 8 new members of NAST. It says, “Academician is a title given to Filipino scientists whose significant scientific works have considerably contributed to...