Category: In Focus

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Family Planning: Dangers without contraceptives

After a decade of campaigning by global health scientists and civic organisations, the survival of mothers, newborns, and children had finally been embraced as an emergency that demands unprecedented action by all governments. That has been articulated in a Family Planning…

Is PNoy succeeding where his predecessors failed?

This can be seen in his third SONA — whether his programs and claimed achievements are sustainable, whether the programs are guided by the accepted basic prerequisites of growth, and whether the progress is measured by indicators of equitable well-being.…

Climate change: What more can science organizations do?

From global terrorism and the spread of disease to the dangers of global warming, we are increasingly facing the sorts of threats for which governments everywhere will need to turn to their scientists. (“The scientific impact of nations,” Nature, 15 July…

Coming Home for Good: for Real?

By now it is likely that most PhDs outside the country must be aware of the UP Balik PhD Recruitment Program launched last February. In case you have somehow missed it, here is the link to the memo from the Office…

Papers published in Nature journals with Filipino researchers as co-authors

Nature is one of the top-notch interdisciplinary science journals available today. It publishes peer-reviewed research on the basis of its “originality, importance, interdisciplinary interest, timeliness, accessibility, elegance, and surprising conclusions”. With an impact factor of 36.101, it is currently one…

2011 QS Asian University Rankings: 4 Philippine Universities in Top 200

As part of an expansion to the QS World University Rankings, the QS Asian University Rankings was first published in 2009. It ranks Asia’s top universities based on academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, papers per faculty, and citations per paper,…

Learning from Success Stories

by Prof. Raul Suarez Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology University of California, Santa Barbara When we examine success stories in Philippine science, we see common features.  For example, at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, the National…

ISI-journal myths and phobias

by Raul Suarez Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology University of California, Santa Barbara Some recent messages may appear to sanctify ISI-indexed journals as well as to demonize local journals and everything published in them. A consequence of “rule…