At this very instant, the Leyte Normal University (LNU) is hosting the Regional Science Research Summit 2017 at the LNU AV studio. The two major purposes of the two-day (October 26-27, 2017) summit are to provide an avenue for the dissemination of findings of researches and to promote scientific skills and collaboration through science quiz bees. Poster and oral research paper competitions in tertiary level are scheduled for the first day and science quiz bees for the junior high school, senior high school and tertiary levels for the second day. The plenary speaker, Dr. Ian A. Navarrete, 2016 National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Awardee gave a presentation titled, "Translating Soil Science Research for Effective Participation of Schools and Communities in the National Greening Program of the Philippines." The participants of the summit are teachers, instructors, professors and students coming from state universities and colleges and different national high schools of the Department of Education.
Dr. Jude A. Duarte, University President of LNU, warmly welcomed the participants of the summit taking note that science is present in our daily lives so teachers must continue to inspire, guide, and stir the imagination of the youth. Furthermore, Dr. Navarrete, a home-grown scientist of Eastern Visayas (Dr. Navarrete was born and raised in Javier, Leyte), in his presentation, emphasized the important role that soil analysis plays in the National Greening Program. The soil should always be taken into account so trees can successfully thrive. He also highlighted that the gap between scientists and the community and schools must be narrowed so the benefits of science may well impact the lives of the people. He was also glad to note that a conference like the Regional Science Research Summit gives him the opportunity to converse with students and teachers who are usually the ones who participate in tree-planting activities.
The summit is made possible by the Science Questors Unlimited (an organization of LNU undergraduate students who are majoring in science), the science faculty, and the Research and Development Office. They are ably supported by the IGP office, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Vice-President for Administration and Finance, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, and Vice-President for Research and Extension.
The Regional Science Research Summit 2017 was graced by (seated at second row from left to right) Mr. Ricky P. Alalid, Professor at Eastern Visayas State Univesity; Dr. Leni G. Yap-Dejeto, Professor at Univesity of the Philippines in the Visayas Tacloban College; Dr. Nestor C. Sedanza, Vice-President for Research and Extension; Dr. Jude A. Duarte, University President; Dr. Ian A. Navarrete, 2016 NASY Outstanding Young Scientist Awardee; Dr. Evelyn B. Aguirre, Vice-President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Cleofe L. Lajara, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Justina T. Lantajo of Chair of Science Unit and Dr. Ma. Victoria D. Naboya, Director of Research and Development