SOSE-ARISE Holds First Ever Research Colloquium

July 05, 2021
Angela Maree Encomienda

Scientists and researchers from the School of Science and Engineering and ARISE gather together for a colloquium that underscores how important socially relevant research is now more than ever.

The School of Science and Engineering at the Loyola Schools and the Ateneo Research Institute of Science and Engineering (ARISE) held its first-ever research colloquium, with the theme: "SOSE-ARISE-sing off into the Future!" last 24 June as part of SOSE Week 2021. 

The research colloquium featured a lineup of presenters who are experts and thought leaders in their respective fields.

SOSE Dean Dr. Raphael Guerrero delivered the opening remarks, emphasizing SOSE's commitment to serving the national and global community and conducting research as multidimensional: "Our school has found purpose in generating knowledge for the good of society. Today we celebrate SOSE's initiatives and accomplishments and research that are as diverse as they are relevant." 

University President Fr. Roberto C.Yap, SJ, opened the plenary with his reflections on the research agenda of a Jesuit university. Fr. Yap spoke about Ateneo de Manila as a university participating in the Jesuit mission of justice and reconciliation, focusing on the poor, the young, the earth, and God.  He also shared his thoughts on Covid-19 and trends on its impacts and how it could shape our research agenda to understand these and provide solutions.  

ARISE Director Dr. Emilyn Espiritu then discussed the role of ARISE as the center for world-class, innovative, and socially relevant research initiatives of SOSE. Espiritu showcased the highlights of ARISE's research programs and activities, including the Ateneo Molecular Pathology Laboratory (AMPlify), the Climate and Disaster Resilience Laboratory (CDR Lab), and the Ateneo Blue Swab, a drive-thru or walk-thru Covid swabbing facility. 

The other presenters in the research colloquium included Dr. Toby Dayrit, Bayan Biomedical Research Group's Dr. Keith Moore, Dr. Ricky Guerrero, and Dr. Erwin Enriquez. Dayrit talked about his research on natural cures,  focusing on coconut oil and medicinal plants. Moore and Guerrero shared their study on enabling collaborative research to combat COVID-19 while Enriquez presented his work in printed electronics and nanotechnology. 

In her closing remarks, Ateneo Institute of Sustainability (AIS) Director Dr. Kendra Gotangco congratulated and thanked the presenters for their innovative and pioneering research. "I believe that with the current initiatives of SOSE, we are already grappling productively and creatively with what it means to research in these shifting times. SOSE-ARISE will, I am sure, continue to play a larger role in nation-building with its vision to produce socially relevant research and its mission to catalyze innovations with concrete applications towards sustainable development."

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