Visayas State University Phi Delta, the Honor Society for Science, hosted its 6th Inaugural Lecture and Acceptance Ceremonies for its eight (8) new members on May 28, 2019, at the VSU Center for Continuing Education (CCE).

The new members are recruited, nominated, and accepted by the current members of the society.

The new members are: Dr. Norberto Milla, Dr. Angelica Baldos, Dr. Deejay Lumanao, Dr. Luz Asio, Dr. Ana Marquiza Quilicot, Dr. Mar John Nino, Dr. Mary Joy Abit, and Dr. Santiago Pena Jr.

Among the eight new members, two are pioneering from the animal doctors group, both from the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Below are the new Phi Delta members, with their respective research studies presented during the inaugural lecture:

Researcher

Title of the Paper/Study

Dr. Norberto Milla

Ph.D., Statistics

University of the Philippines Los Banos

Associate Professor

Department of Statistics

Research Interest: Statistics

Small Area Estimation of Poverty Incidence with Sampling Error Variances through Generalized Variance Function

Dr. Angelica Baldos

Ph.D., Forest Soil Ecology

University of Goettingen, Germany

Assistant Professor

Department of Forest Science

College of Forestry and Environmental Science

Research Interest: Forest Soil Ecology

Cycling and Fates of Nitrogen in Tropical Montane Forests

Dr. Deejay Lumanao

Ph.D., Soil Science

Georg-August University, Germany

Assistant Professor

Department of Soil Science

College of Agriculture and Food Science

Research Interest: Soil Science

Phosphorus Fluxes in Hyperdystric Folic Cambisol Assessed by P Labeling Technique

Dr. Luz Asio

Ph.D., Crop Science (Agronomy)

Central Luzon University

Assistant Professor

Department of Agronomy

College of Agriculture and Food Science

Research Interest: Agronomy (Crop Physiology and Plant Nutrition)

Growth Response Function, Mineral Nutrition and Quality of Sweet Potato (Ipomea batatas [L.] LAM. var Siete Flores) in Relation to Fertilization

Dr. Ana Marquiza Quilicot

Ph.D., Veterinary Medicine

University of Zagreb, Croatia

Assistant Professor

College of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interest: Veterinary Medicine

Chlamydia gallinacea as an emerging pathogen in chickens (Research from 2014-present)

Dr. Mar John Nino

Ph.D., Crop Science

Chungbuk National University, South Korea

Assistant Professor

Eco Farm and Resource Management Institute

Research Interests: Functional Genomics, Molecular Plant Pathology, Molecular Plant Breeding, Soil and Plant Microbiome.

Transcriptome Dynamics of Cysteine Protease-mediated Response against Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae in Rice

Dr. Mary Joy Abit

Ph.D., Agronomy (Weed Science)

Kansas State University, USA

Associate Professor

College of Agriculture and Food Science

Research Interests: Weed Science (weed control, herbicide, resistance, herbicide physiology, and spray technology)

Atrazine Carryover in Winter Canola

Dr. Santiago Pena Jr.

Ph.D., Tropical Veterinary Science

James Cook University, Australia

Instructor

College of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interest: Veterinary Science

Antioxidant Supplementation Mitigates DNA in Boar (Sus scrofa domesticus) Spermatozoa Induced by Tropical Summer

To become a member of Phi Delta, these are the following qualifications:

  1. Should have a Ph.D. degree;
  2. Has at least two (2) publications in peer-reviewed journals; and
  3. Age must not be older than 50 years old prior to membership.

Moreover, this membership is not only limited to the researchers and scientists of VSU. In fact, there are some that were recruited, nominated, and accepted outside the university.

Phi Delta as a professional, non-profit organization, has organized and hosted lectures and workshops on thesis or publication writing and proposal making for almost 15 years.

The society was founded by Dr. Victor Asio on September 7, 2004, with twelve (12) pioneering members. Being true in upholding its ideals to contribute in the growth and development of science, in the university, and community, the society is dedicated and committed to encouraging young students and professionals to conduct relevant and original research.

In the recently concluded Search for 2019 Phi Delta Outstanding Thesis, the winner for each category are as follows:

Phi Delta Undergraduate Theses:

OUTSTANDING THESIS IN BASIC NATURAL SCIENCES

JOVANIE L. OLASIMAN, BS in Chemistry

Thesis: Evaluation of Stability and AnThesis: Evaluation of Stability and Anti-Inflammatory Activity of Encapsulated Phenolic-Rich Extract from Pineapple (Ananas comosus L (Merr) var. Queen) ti-Inflammatory Activity of Encapsulated Phenolic-Rich Extract from Pineapple (Ananas comosus L (Merr) var. Queen) Peel

Faculty Adviser:  PROF. RONALD ARLET P. VILLABER

                              Department of  Pure and Applied Chemistry

OUTSTANDING THESIS IN APPLIED BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

JAMIEL D. MAGOMNANG JR., BS in Biotechnology

Thesis: Genomic and Plasmid DNA Extraction and Polymerase Chain Reaction for Screening Potential Cadmium-Resistant Bacteria Isolated from Visayas State University Dumpsite and Wastewater Pond

Faculty Adviser:  DR. CANDELARIO L. CALIBO

                              Department of  Pure and Applied Chemistry

OUTSTANDING THESIS IN APPLIED PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

RICHIE MAR M. ELISEO, BS in Biotechnology

Thesis: Heavy Metal Tolerance of Filamentous Fungi from the Sediments of Visayas State University Settling Pond

Faculty Adviser: PROF. JAYZON G. BITACURA

                             Department of  Biological Sciences

OUTSTANDING THESIS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES

CARL LENCER T. REBADOMIA, BS in Development Communication

Thesis: Effects of Video Game on Children’s Intention to Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

Faculty Adviser:  DR. ROTACIO S. GRAVOSO

                              Department of  Development Communication

OUTSTANDING THESIS IN BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS

THICH ELOISE PARIS, BS in Economics

Thesis: Assessing Macro-Level Effects of Tax Reform Using Dynamic Tax Analysis: The Case of Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) II

Faculty Adviser:  PROF. LEMUEL S. PRECIADOS

                              Department of  Economics

The finalists presented their papers on June 7, 2019, at CCE. Only one winner was chosen in each category and was awarded during the 2019 VSU Commencement Exercises on June 14, 2019. Each winner received a cash prize and a medal.