RCEAID Newsletter
UCRD spearheads Research Forum
The 8th Faculty and Students Research Forum, an annual activity by University Center for Research and Development (UCRD) in collaboration with Community Extension Center (CEC) and Integrated Agriculture Department (IAD), highlighted the presentations of five faculty researches at the NWU New Media Center last February 2, 2010.

UCRD Director Dr. Estrella Calixto emphasized that the forum was not only to acknowledge the efforts of the researchers but also to disseminate research results which improve quality of lives of people.

Presenters were UCRD Asst. Director Engr. Rolando Javellonar on Design, Development and Evaluation of a Prototype Buko Peeler, UCRD Researcher Engr. Joseph Allan Gamiao on Ambient Temperature Effects of Bricks on a Concrete House, CAS Faculty members Rodalyn Dufourt on Oral Communication Strategy Use of College Students and Rodolfo Pingao on Anti-Bacterial and Wound Healing Property of Ang-Gapang (Graciularia eucheumoides Harvey) and International Researcher Dr. Alicia Pingol on Diasporic Lives: Filipinos in Saudi Arabia. An open forum followed the presentations where some of the participants like SVPAA Dr. Lori Marseli De Castro, Arch. Sherwin Paz, CTE/VJSSGS Dean Dr. Elsie Pilar and CAS Dean Prof. Evelyn Baraoidan inquired on the research papers.
UCRD Staff attend SOLAR seminar in Baguio
To further improve one's knowledge on solar energy harvesting technology, UCRD Researcher Engr. Joseph Allan Gamiao and RCEIAD Technology Development Asst. Lloyd Delaraga attended the regional seminar of the CHED Zonal Research Center for Region 1 and CAR Program Cluster Implementer (CHED-ZRC-PCI) held at Saint Louis University, Baguio City last June 10, 2010.

The seminar was focused on "Harvesting Energy from the Sun" which was expounded by Dr. Danilo B. Romero, a Professor in Physics and a DOST Balik Scientist. He informed the participants on the current issues and developments on solar energy worldwide particularly the latest development in the USA.
UCRD's ceramic projects at SC
To cater event-souvenirs of NWU clients and visitors, UCRD Researcher Engr. Joseph Allan Gamiao finally exhibited his new unglazed and glazed ceramic products at Student Center (SC) during the 78th University Foundation day last January 31, 2010.

Both unglazed and glazed ceramics had four designs and were colored with white, light pink and light green. These were formed through slip casting method, a process using liquid clay called slip and a mould made of gypsum to form irregularly shaped ceramic wares. Unglazed ceramic wares were fired at 1,000 degree Celsius for 6 hours. A combination of a red clay from Payas, San Nicolas and commercially available stone-ware clay were used to make the wares. Glazed wares were initially fired at 850 degree Celsius for 6 hours, dipped in a glaze and fired again at 1,100 degree Celsius for 6 hours.

CEC holds training on Mushroom production
Mushroom production was chosen by the Mahogany 4-H club as their livelihood project. After the seminar on mushroom production held on June 14, 2009 at Northwestern University Eco-Tourism and Botanic Garden and after setting up a mushroom house within six months, the organization went through another training to reinforce their application for funding at the Department of Agriculture Region I.

This training was held at the Zamboanga Barangay Hall, Laoag City last January 9, 2010. As stated in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) made between NWU and Mahogany 4-H Club, technical assistance will be the counterpart of NWU. UCRD Researcher Mona Liza Ganal was the speaker being the leader of the Mushroom Project of the University. She discussed culture media preparation, tissue culture and subculture, mother spawn preparation and making fruiting bags.
UCRD Director initiates 2010 CTE Faculty Training
"Enhancing the Teaching Competencies of NWU-CTE Faculty". This was the theme of the 5-day seminar-workshop of College of Teacher Education in collaboration with the University Center for Research and Development (UCRD) held at the Old Media Center last May 24-31, 2010. Dr. Estrella Calixto, Director of UCRD, initiated the said event being the CTE consultant. She pointed out that it was designed to reorient the faculty on their roles as teachers of new generation learners seeking for new chal-lenges and things. She added that the training aimed to build the pre-sent competencies of the faculty by updating their knowledge and skills, by reorienting them to the Restructured Basic Educa-tion Curriculum and by reawakening and strengthening the need to grow in the profession.

Discussants were: Dr. Estrella R. Calixto on Behavioral Objectives as Part of Instructional Planning, Basic Methodologies and Approaches in Teaching the Different Learning Areas, Teaching Strategies in Makabayan (AP at EKAWP), and Assessment of Student Learning; Dr. Candelaria Garo on The Basic Education Curriculum and the Phil Elementary and Secondary Learning Competencies;
CLSU Vet. Med. Student conducts Thesis Study in IAD

Ms.Precious Pablo, a graduating student of Veterinary Medicine from Central Luzon State University (CLSU) in Science City of Muños, Nueva Ecija conducted her research at the Integrated Agricultural Development Projects (IAD) of Northwestern University last May 2010.

The study focused on Trypanosoma evansi, one of the most widely distributed blood parasites which causes epidemics commonly called surra. It is transmitted mechanically by biting such as horses, buffaloes, cattle, goats, pigs and dogs. To prevent this infection from spreading, an accurate diagnosis must be done to determine what animals are affected so that treatment of the infection will be effective. She used 30% sampling for each species of animal population.

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