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The 9th Student Research Forum was held on March 8, 2012 at Bro. James McKnight Auditorium. Anchored on this year’s theme “Promoting Life through Responsive Student Research,” the research entitled ” Unveiling the Politics of Sexual Identity. Hearing and Responding to the Cries of Persons Living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (PLHIV)” by Kathyryne Anne Adolfo, Winston Rocky Maquiso and Glennville Sanido with Mr. Nestor P. Blace, Ph.D. as their adviser, creamed nine (9) other researchers from various colleges of NDDU.
The 9th Student Forum hosted by the NDDU Research and Publications Center (RPC) redefined its commitment to enhance students’ reserch capabilities in their respective fields of interests. It also provided an opportunity to NDDU students to contribute knowledge to promote better life and to manifest their abilities in transforming a better society through excellent, quality and community-relevant research outcomes.
Aside from topping this year’s forum, the said College of Arts and Sciences study on PLHIV which analyzed the interplay of the Politics of Sexual Identity and the phenomenon of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) also garnered the Best Oral Presentation award. The study identified emerging themes based on the lives experiences of the PLHIV which include discrimination and stigmatization, appreciation and relief for family acceptance, and living life to the fullest. It recommended that local government units and the civil society organizations should be more aggresive on providing services and programs that will address the problem on HIV aids.
Another study on “Antiangiogenic Activity and Cytotoxicity of the Leaf of Dieffenbachia maculata (Lodd.) Bunting (Spotted Dumbcane)” settled for second place and the Best in Poster award. The study determined the extract of Dieffenbachia maculata (Lodd.) Bunting. The results of the study revealed that leaf enthanolic extract and essential oil have the potential od suppresing angiogenesis which is necessary for cancer prevention. The researchers are: Mark Arvin L. Boyoc and Lady Penelope Denereaux L. Caro. Their adviser is Mr. Jose Antonio A. Guntalidad, Ph. D. An entry from the College of Engineering and Technology took the third spot with the study entitled “Intravenous Fluid Control Device.”
The study successfully developed a control device that facilitated ease and speed in IV infusion with drop rate calculation, monitoring and controlling done at an acceptable accuracy. With this device, patients’ safety is assured since the device can detect unwanted and unsafe conditions. The researchers are: Kim Gaspar S. Altares and Rachell V. Espayos. Their adviser is Mr. Jay S. Villa, MEP-EE. The study entitled ” An Electronic Travel Planner in Sarangani Province with Mobile Tourism Guide” was pronounced as this year’s Most Practical Research. It exemplified the needfulness of the research topic in tune with different stakeholders’ demand for real-time information. It developed and Electronic Travel Planner for Saranggani Province which features a mini-version of a web-based application that could be implemented in Java application-enabled phones. The study hopes to further promote the tourism of Sarangani Province. The researchers are: Melijay A. Ilagan, Abigail S. Javier, and Eric Jim L. Ofredo. Their adviser is Ms. Lorelyn F. Adrales, MCS.
The top three researchers were adjudged from the ten (10) qualify and community-relevant student researchers from the five colleges, which were chosen after thorough deliberation and evaluation by the university’s Research Council and invited faculty members. Guest reactors for the top three researches were: Ms. Emma L. Dorado, Ph.D., Engr. Eriberto Hallarsis, MA., and Mr. Domingo Non Ph.D.
The National Science Quest Champion – Life Science: Team Category from NDDU-IBED also shared their study on “Antimicrobial and Angiogenic Activity of the Epidermal mucus from Clarias macrocephalus (Native Catfist).” The study revealed that epidermal mucus extract obtained from the C. macrocephalus can inhibit the growth of S. aureus, E. coli B.subtilis, A. niger and A. flavus after 24 and 48 hours of incubation. It also revealed that the epidermal mucus extract can promote the development of blood vessels in the Chorioallantoic Membrane (CAM) of duck embryos. In behalf of her groupmates, Ms. Jana Mae Polintan, Ms. Roselle Rosales, Ms. Chloebelle Guinto presented the study. Guest reactor for the guest presentation was Mr. Vincent Louie D. Cabelin, MS.
Abstract of the best student researchers will be published in the student journal SINAG.
(by JM Jimenez)