Friday, April 27, 2012

Mathematics Education Specialist Soledad A. Ulep started her new post as the Institute’s 7th director on 10 December 2011. She has served the Institute for 32 years and grew from the ranks. Starting as a research assistant, she has chaired the elementary and high school mathematics groups and has served as deputy director for research and extension and for administration.

Dr. Merle C. Tan, director for three terms (2002 to 2009), turns over
the symbolic key to Dr. Ulep

A soft spoken and humble person, Dr. Ulep’s academic achievements are solid. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Texas-Austin, USA as a Fulbright-Hays scholar. She finished her M.S. Mathematics from the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD) and graduated magna cum laude in B.S. Mathematics for Teachers from the Philippine Normal University-Manila both as a Department of Science and Technology scholar. In 2009, she was awarded the UPD Gawad Chanselor sa Natatanging REPS (Extension Category).

Aside from her multifarious involvements in curriculum development, research, teaching, and training, she has published studies in international publications. Equipped with these experiences and capabilities, Dr. Ulep’s vision is to strengthen the Institute’s research culture. Her term ends on 9 December 2014.
In a simple ceremony held at the Science Teacher Training Center auditorium on 3 February 2012, UP NISMED awarded plaques of appreciation to Mr. Takashi Yamagiwa, Dr. Tomosuke Terakawa, and Dr. Kenichi Hiura, for their contribution to the development of science and mathematics education in the Philippines. Dr. Soledad A. Ulep, NISMED Director, together with former directors Prof. Porfirio P. Jesuitas and Dr. Merle C. Tan handed over the plaques.

From left: Dr. Ulep, Dr. Yoshinobu Tokita representing Mr. Yamagiwa,
Dr. Terakawa, Dr. Hiura, Prof. Jesuitas, and Dr. Tan

Mr. Yamagiwa was in charge of science and mathematics education at the Ministry of Education in Japan at the time the Grants-in-Aid request for the establishment of the National Learning Resource Center for Teacher Training in Science and Mathematics Education (NLRCTT, now Science Teacher Training Center or STTC) was first submitted. As head of several missions to study the proposal, Mr. Yamagiwa’s endorsements were instrumental in the eventual approval of the grant in 1988. Due to a lingering illness, Mr. Yamagiwa was not able to personally receive the award.

Dr. Terakawa, then professor of science education at Hiroshima University, was responsible for the selection and dispatch of Japanese science and mathematics education experts to the Science and Mathematics Education Manpower Development Project (SMEMDP)—a project-type technical cooperation program that lasted for five years from 1994 to 1999, following the establishment of the STTC. Dr. Terakawa also led the SMEMDP evaluation team when the project ended in 1999.

Dr. Hiura, the indefatigable JICA expert in science and mathematics education then assigned at NISMED, was recognized for paving the way for Japan’s technical cooperation to benefit the country’s science and mathematics education. It was through his efforts and persistence that the proposal initially penned in 1981 by NISMED’s founding director, Dr. Dolores F. Hernandez, obtained the Japanese government’s nod of approval seven years later. As team leader, Dr. Hiura led the JICA experts during the SMEMDP project.

The honorees expressed their appreciation for the special recognition in brief but heartfelt messages. The attendees were teary-eyed as they read onscreen the last line of Mr. Yamagiwa’s message, “I will decorate it (referring to the plaque) on my sickbed as my life’s treasure.” Dr. Terakawa, in a shaking voice and trembling hands still holding the plaque, told the audience, “This is the best award I have received in my life.”

An audiovisual presentation depicting documents and activities that highlights the honorees’ respective contributions likewise provided an apt backgrounder to the event. After the plaques were awarded, a group of NISMED staff led the audience in serenading the awardees with a rendition of “With a Little Help from My Friends” and “Kahit Maputi na ang Buhok Ko.” Viewing of the Dolores F. Hernandez memorabilia installed at the STTC Library concluded the event.
On her third and final term as Director of the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (NISMED), University of the Philippines-Diliman awarded Dr. Merle C. Tan the Natatanging REPS sa 2011 Gawad Chanselor (Extension Category). The Search Committee consisted of Dr. Luis G. Sison (Chair), Vice Chancellor for Research and Development, Dr. Miguel D. Fortes of the Marine Science Institute, Dr. Leticia S. Tojos of the College of Social Work and Community Development, and Dr. Benedicta O. Lascano of the Office of Counseling and Guidance. The ceremonies were fittingly held at the NISMED Auditorium. It was a well-deserved honor to cap a long and fruitful career in science education.
Dr. Tan with former UP-Diliman Cancellor Sergio S. Cao 
and UP College of Education Dean Dina Joana S. Ocampo

The citation that was read during the awarding rites summed up in a nutshell what Dr. Tan has achieved in the four decades since she joined NISMED: Para sa kanyang ambag sa pagpapabuti ng edukasyong pang-agham sa pamamagitan ng pagbuo ng isang balangkas ng curriculum pang-agham, na gabay sa pagsisiyasat para sa batayang edukasyon. Para sa kanyang aktibong papel sa pagbuo ng ugnayan sa iba’t ibang institusyon at sa pagdudulot ng mga yaman upang mapalaganap ang kakayahang pang-agham sa publiko. At para sa pagtataguyod ng pagtulong sa mga guro upang maimulat ang mga mag-aaral mula sa tradisyonal na “Nauunawaan ko” sa mas makapangyarihang “Nauunawaan ko kung paano ito.”

The award recognized Dr. Tan’s advocacy for educational reforms, her being a tireless educator, always on the go, cooking up countless projects to advance the cause of science and mathematics education, not only here in our own country but abroad as well. In the past three years alone prior to the award, Dr. Tan has led the Institute in holding two conferences and one seminar-workshop: Meeting the Challenges in Science and Mathematics Education: Innovations in Action (International Conference, 2008); Let Children Shine, Theme: Assessment for Learning (National Seminar-Workshop, 2009); and Assessing Learning: Innovations and Practices (International Conference, 2010).

The accolade also expressed appreciation for Dr. Tan’s role in the development of resources not only for students and teachers but also for policy- and decision-makers. In 2008, together with Dr. Vivien M. Talisayon of the UP College of Education, she edited the book Science Education for Sustainable Development. In the same year, she was one of the editors of Addressing Misconceptions in Mathematics and Science, a book designed ‘to overcome the proliferation of misconceptions.’ In 2009, she was the project coordinator in the revision of the Department of Education (DepED) textbook Integrated Science. And most importantly, Dr. Tan labored mightily as chair of the technical working group that produced Teach Less, Learn More, Proposed Science Curriculum Framework for Basic Education, and Raising the Bar for Science Teachers, Proposed Framework for Science Teacher Education with Standards of Performance.

Undoubtedly, the success of Dr. Tan’s varied undertakings depended greatly on her extensive network within the science education community and beyond, having worked with the Environmental Management Bureau - Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, the Science Education Institute and Philippine Science High School System, both of the Department of Science and Technology, the Bureau of Elementary Education and Bureau of Secondary Education, both of DepED, and the Commission on Higher Education. Overseas, Dr. Tan has also served as Academic Adviser at the Hiroshima University International Development in Education and Cooperation Graduate School.

There is no off position on Dr. Tan’s educator switch. She sees learning opportunities everywhere, especially at home where she has to play babysitter now and then to a growing number of apo. She is known to lighten up otherwise prim and proper meetings by recounting teachable moments involving her grandchildren. Given the slightest excuse, Dr. Tan would quote Mica’s incredulous question again, for the nth time. “You mean I’m an animal, Lola?” The Gawad Chanselor Award could not have gone to a more worthy recipient.
Citing “long dedication to the cause of education,” the UP College of Education Alumni Association, Inc. (UPCEAAI) honored NISMED Dr. Merle C. Tan by awarding her the prestigious Professional Achievement Award during its homecoming and reunion held at the Bahay ng Alumni on 26 June 2011. The alumni group underscored Dr. Tan’s leadership of UP NISMED particularly in the conceptualization and implementation of “professional development programs that have local, regional, and international impact.”

Dr. Tan was one of four recipients in this year’s UPCEAAI’s Professional Achievement Awards. Also honored were Dr. Carolina S. Guerrero, Director of the Department of Education (DepED) Bureau of Alternative Learning System, Dr. Avelina T. Llagas, former Chair of the Board of Professional Teachers, and Dr. Orfelina O. Tuy, OIC-Regional Director of DepED Region V.

Last year, Dr. Tan was also recognized by the UPCEAAI for her “inordinately high productive output and excellent service.” In the coffee table book titled GURU: Distinguished Educators, the alumni body cited Dr. Tan’s research that had significant “policy implications such as: Systems Approach to Teacher Mentoring and Urban Achievement-Science Component (UP-OVCRD 2010), The National Learning Strategies for Science and Mathematics, BESRA (DepED, 2006), and Market Leavers: Brain Drain of Technology Transfer (DOST-SEI, 2005).”
Three hundred educators trooped to UP NISMED on 26 to 28 October 2011 to participate in the National Seminar-workshop on the K to 12 Curriculum. Hosted by UP NISMED in cooperation with the Department of Education (DepED), the theme of the seminar-workshop was “Nurturing Young Minds to Build Their Future: Opportunities for Science and Mathematics in the K to 12 Curriculum.”

Held in preparation for the implementation of the new K to 12 curriculum in June 2012, the seminar-workshop familiarized the teachers, teacher educators, and school administrators with the K to 12 curriculum framework with focus on science and mathematics; elicited feedback on various features of the curriculum in science and mathematics lessons in relation to content, instructional materials, teaching-learning approaches, and assessment; and provided a venue for participants to exchange effective and relevant strategies in implementing curricular reforms in their classes.

UPD Chancellor Saloma opens the seminar-workshop.

UP Diliman Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma opened the seminar-workshop and DepED Undersecretary for Programs and Projects Yolanda S. Quijano keynoted the event. Through cyberspace, a Webinar on Intel® Education Thinking Tools started the plenary sessions. Theresa I. Maves of Intel Corporation Worldwide K to 12 Training and Social Media Manager with three senior Intel trainers namely, Vikki Costa, Dan Morris, and Glen Westbroek demonstrated how the thinking tools can be used in science and mathematics classes.

Key personalities from the academic and technical sectors shared their perspectives on the new curriculum. Robert D. Steele, Founder and Director of Systainability Asia and AtKisson workshopGroup International of Bangkok talked about teaching strategies to incorporate climate change in the classroom. Dr. Dina Joana S. Ocampo, Dean of the UP College of Education discussed how language proficiency impacts learning of science and mathematics. Mr. Gil P. Casuga representing Ms. Imelda B. Taganas, Director of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, presented the draft policy operational guidelines for the technical vocational education and training embedment in the K to 12 curriculum. Dr. Marlene B. Ferido, NISMED Deputy Director for Administration, delivered the paper of Dr. Maria Cristina D. Padolina, President of Centro Escolar University. The paper dealt with the initiatives taken to define the College Readiness Standards which will serve as inputs for the development of both the basic education curriculum and the curricula for the various undergraduate degree programs.

Dr. Merle C. Tan, Director of UP NISMED focused on the characteristics of an inquiry-based, spiraling, and integrated science curriculum. Dr. Soledad A. Ulep and Ms. Lydia M. Landrito presented the proposed K to 12 mathematics curriculum vis-a-vis the old curriculum citing the important bases in formulating the new curriculum. Ms. Celia R. Balbin launched and demonstrated the “KaSaMa Teachers,” an online community of science and mathematics teachers who strive for excellence through innovation and collaboration.

The science and mathematics specialists of NISMED handled 14 parallel sessions. Sample assessment tasks and related lessons spiraled across grades and year levels were modeled. Teacher-participants were encouraged to comment on the lessons and provide feedback on the performance standards.

The participants evaluated the seminar-workshop with an overall mean rating of 3.52 on a scale of 1 to 4 with 4 as the highest.

Honorable Juan Edgardo M. Angara, representative of Aurora, Lone District; Honorable Mariano U. Piamonte Jr., representative of A Teacher Party List; and Atty. Mercedita S. Nolledo, alumna of Nueva Ecija High School sponsored teacher-participants from their respective areas. Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Mathematics Education and Research, Inc. sponsored a plenary speaker.

Intel®, ScienceStar, Corp., and Dane Publishing House, Inc. were the major sponsors of the event. Del Monte Philippines, Inc., UP Information Technology Training Center, Manila Water Company, Inc., and Philippine National Bank-UP Campus were the promotional product sponsors. AGHAM Party List Representative Angelo B. Palmones, who delivered the closing message, donated hand lenses for distribution to selected schools. PHIVOLCS-DOST, PAGASA-DOST, Environmental Management Bureau-DENR, Department of Health, Public Affairs Office-DENR, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-DENR, UP Marine Science Institute, UP Natural Science Research Institute, Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau-DENR, and Prof. Rhodora V. Azanza of UP Marine Science Institute donated Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials for the seminar-workshop kit.
NISMED science and mathe-matics education specialists are currently involved in two of the five major projects of the College of Engineering funded by the Department of Science and Technology under the Engineering Research and Development for Technology Project (ERDT).

One project is entitled Learning While Playing (LEAP), taking advantage of the advancements in digital technology (specifically video games) to facilitate learning of science concepts and development of thinking skills. The NISMED team provides inputs on the appropriateness of the science concepts covered for the grade level and the pedagogical techniques used in the games. The authors of the educational games are undergraduate engineering students aided by software programmers, graphic artists, and musicians. LEAP has so far finished 15 educational games in science under the topics Earth, the Solar System, Force and Motion, and Ecosystems. The games are aligned with the Grade 6 science curriculum of the Department of Education. Elementary school pupils evaluate the efficacy of each game in terms of learning science concepts and ease of use of the technology. The LEAP project is being managed by the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute.

The other project is entitled Towards a Context-Aware Classification and Retrieval System of E-Learning Materials. It aims to help teachers, students, and other stakeholders discriminately select the most relevant materials for their specific learning objective knowing that there is a huge volume of e-learning materials in the Internet. The project initially digitized NISMED-developed teaching and learning materials for science and mathematics. The materials from NISMED are multimodal and consist of sourcebooks for teachers, self-learning modules with activity sheets for students, video, powerpoint and audio presentations, posters, and many others. NISMED science and mathematics specialists classified and labeled the materials for grade level appropriateness and specific use. The Department of Computer Science Team identified and developed key words to facilitate data search and retrieval by employing generalized algorithms that will provide the best results for a specific domain with particular features. The project will provide a wider exposure for NISMED’s products and services.
Dr. Yoshinobu Tokita, Vice President and Executive Director of Joetsu University of Education (JUE), presented “The Establishment of Graduate Schools of Education in Japan: Key Learnings and Strategies from the Joetsu University of Education” in a lecture on 3 February 2012 at the STTC auditorium. The 28th in the series, the lecture is the first lecture for 2012.

Dr. Tokita started his lecture stating that in Japan, national universities having been recently transformed into corporations have the function of contributing to local development. As such, their programs must bring about local progress in regions where they are located, in aspects that include not only education but also economy, historical and cultural heritage, sports, and healthcare. According to him, JUE’s core contribution to regional development is achieved through teacher training, in particular, through initiatives at the graduate school (master’s and PhD programs). Dr. Tokita then spoke at length about the Core Science Teacher Training Program (CST), a collaborative project between JUE and the Prefectural Education Board (PEB). Key points in the presentation included:
  • The training curriculum is jointly designed by the university and the PEB consistent with local development goals.
  • The program provides re-training of in-service teachers within and outside the prefecture with the aim of equipping them with high-level capabilities for specialized practice.
  • Local PEB selects five teachers from cities and municipalities within the prefecture for admission to a two-year master’s degree program with their salaries for two years already guaranteed.
  • In addition to coursework in the university, teacher-trainees complete on-the-job training and experiments at the Niigata education center, 12 local science education centers, museums and public education facilities, and cooperating schools.
  • After completion of the graduate program, these teachers return to the schools in the original region that dispatched them and reengage in the teaching profession, already equipped with high-level competencies in research and instruction as well as the ability to deal quickly and effectively with various problems and phenomena in school education in their respective regions.

Professors from the Philippine Normal University, teachers from Old Balara Elementary School, NISMED staff and consultants, and other science educators were among the audience.

Organized in honor of UP NISMED’s founder Dr. Dolores F. Hernandez, the lecture series aims to disseminate information on current trends, development, and research findings in science and mathematics education.

For years, UP NISMED has been developing curriculum materials either in print or video format. In 2011, the Institute explored the possibility of developing materials which can both be accessed online and through using the traditional disk storage device for those with no internet connection. The Institute sought the help of UP Information Technology Training Center for this project and they generously gave NISMED free hosting in their server and technical assistance for its administration.

The Multimedia Materials Development Project (MMDP) team created the AGIMAT sa Pagtuturo website. AGIMAT is an acronym for Agham, Impormasyon, at Matematika. The site contains free resource materials developed by UP NISMED staff for teaching K to 12 science and mathematics and for teachers’ continuing professional development. AGIMAT went live in March 2012 at The materials for teaching science that are now onsite include: how to construct a lung-chest model and how to use it; how to make an improvised electrolysis apparatus; and conducting science investigatory projects. For the mathematics teaching materials, there are now over 10 interactive worksheets for teaching basic geometric construc-tion, triangle congruence, and functions including a sample investigation for elementary school mathematics. For teachers’ professional development, two presentations on lesson study have also been uploaded. The resources are in slide presentations, videos, podcasts, applets, and document formats. So far, the materials are in English but resources in Filipino are in the offing.

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The Institute continues to use mass media to reach a greater number of teachers in science and mathematics through the radio program, Go Teacher Go!. Aired over DZUP 1602 kHz AM band, which is the University’s official radio station, the program aims to provide information and strategies to help improve the teaching and learning of science and mathematics at the elementary and high school levels.

Scheduled on Thursdays at 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., the discussions cover topics that are aligned with DepED’s Basic Education Learning Competencies. Strategies on how to teach the topics, learning activities for students, and ways to address misconceptions and develop critical thinking skills are also discussed.

Now on its third season, Go Teacher Go! is alternately hosted by Ma. Lourdes S. Agad and Lolita M. Mondigo of the Audiovisual Group. NISMED subject area specialists serve as discussants and co-hosts of the program. The program will run from February to July 2012 (See Program Schedule). Although the program caters to teachers, the listening public can also benefit from the discussions and can be accessed via live streaming at

From right: Program hosts Agad and Mondigo
with discussant Michael Anthony B. Mantala

Program Schedule

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through its attached agencies, the Science Education Institute (SEI) and the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), collaborated with NISMED in the development of a new courseware for Grade I mathematics under the project Technology Package for Student Learning Empowerment: Pilot Testing of Courseware and Tablet PC. The project aims to determine the effect of using digitized learning materials on the academic performance of Grade 1 pupils in mathematics, to identify the problems associated with the use of the Tablet PC, to determine the benefits of using the Tablet PC in the teaching and learning of mathematics, and to recommend actions based on the results of the pilot testing.

The interactive courseware in mathematics is a supplementary material and will be loaded in Tablet PCs. There are 10 lessons included in the courseware: six on Whole Numbers, three on Fractions, and one on Linear Measurement. Each lesson has three parts: Activities, Fixing Skills, and Evaluation. The courseware is accompanied by a teaching support material that will guide the teachers on how to use the interactive courseware effectively in the classroom.

The project has four major phases: design and development of the lessons for the courseware; digitization of these lessons; training of teachers; and pilot testing of the courseware using the Tablet PC. The third phase of the project was completed in August 2011. A total of 20 teachers from NCR, Region I, Region IVA, Region VIII, and Region X participated in the training program held at the Information Science Laboratory, STTC Building, UP NISMED. The teacher-participants were familiarized with the features and operation of the Tablet PC as well as on the use of the interactive courseware.

The pre-pilot testing of the courseware started in November 2011 and ended in March 2012.

Twenty mathematics teachers from Ligao National High School, Albay, participated in the Seminar-Workshop on Lesson Study on Teaching Mathematics Through Problem Solving with GeoGebra on 9 to 13 May 2011 at the University of the Philippines National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (UP NISMED), UP Diliman. The aim of the seminar-workshop was to equip the participants with knowledge and skills in conducting lesson study in their schools as well as in integrating GeoGebra in teaching mathematics. Lesson study is a professional development model that originated in Japan, where teachers collaboratively develop, implement, critique, and improve a research lesson. GeoGebra is a free mathematics software that combines the capability of a dynamic geometry software and computer algebra system.

The seminar-workshop was divided into two parts. The first part focused on enabling the participants to conduct lesson study. The topics discussed were the importance of lesson study, its benefits and challenges, and the methodology in conducting it. It also highlighted teaching through problem solving, the teaching strategy being promoted in lesson study.

The second part focused on the use of GeoGebra in teaching mathematics. Participants were taught how to use the software which includes basic drawing, geometric construction, and graphing functions. At the end of the session, participants created their own applet and uploaded them on the web.

UP NISMED has been promoting lesson study since 2006 and is also the host of the GeoGebra Institute of Metro Manila, the first GeoGebra Institute in the Philippines.
23 Nov 2011. It was a momentous gathering of former directors, alumni, and staff to celebrate NISMED’s 47th anniversary and honor its founder, Dr. Dolores F. Hernandez.

The day started with a thanksgiving mass officiated by Rev. Fr. Michael James I. Ty of the UP Parish of the Holy Sacrifice. This was followed by the blessing of the Dolores F. Hernandez memorabilia, “An inspiration… Her legacy….” Family members of Dr. Hernandez, Evelyn H. Concepcion and Ingrid M. Hernandez, representing Atty. Eduardo F. Hernandez, opened the exhibit. Located inside NISMED’s Library, the permanent exhibit highlights Dr. Hernandez’s trailblazing efforts to upgrade science and mathematics education in the country.
Conceptualized by the exhibit team Maria Laura V. Ginoy, Ramoncito Rizaldo S. Saliva, Alvin J. Encarnacion, Arnul M. Magdurulan, Angelita L. Montes, Cherry A. Velasco, and Ester A. Bautista with the assistance of the NISMED Library and Maintenance Sections, the exhibit came to fruition after two years of research and planning. Close coordination with Dir. Gerard A. Lico and exhibit designer, Arch. Juliet J. del Valle, both of the UP Office of the Campus Architect was made. The Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Mathematics Education and Research, Inc. provided funds for the project.

The afternoon activities included the awarding of Certificates of Appreciation to 18 NISMED staff who rendered 15, 20, 25, and 40 years of service. The awardees were Ferdinand C. Damasco, Marlene B. Ferido, Teresita R. Mañalac, Cerilina M. Maramag, May R. Chavez, and Aida I. Yap, 15 years; Antonia H. Lopez, 20 years; Celia R. Balbin, Ronaldo P. Liwag, and Vicente V. Ompod, 25 years; Arturo V. Abaloyan, Alejandra P. Abaya, Renante M. Lunas, Lolita M. Mondigo, Erlinda A. Ostalle, Amelia E. Punzalan, and Rebecca C. Salayo, 35 years; and Narcisa P. Gandeza, 40 years. For the response, Gandeza delivered a poem she herself composed reminiscing her 40 years of service in NISMED.

An audiovisual montage of the awardees’ “Then and Now” photographs delighted the staff and group games capped the day’s activities.

Exhibit of major awards

the Hernandezes open the exhibit

guests delightedly look at an album and collage of photographs

Erlinda A. Ostalle, a service awardee for 35 years with Dr. Soledad A. Ulep,
Dr. Marlene B. Ferido, and Dr. Merle C. Tan

the service awardees

Posters presented in Prague

Dr. Teresita R. Mañalac and Dr. Aida I. Yap of the Mathematics group presented posters in the 2011 International Symposium on Elementary Mathematics Teaching (SEMT 11) held on 21 to 26 August 2011 at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. With the theme The Mathematical Knowledge Needed for Teaching in Elementary Schools, the symposium focused on the teaching of Mathematics to 6 to 12 year old children.

Dr. Mañalac presented a poster entitled Assessing Pupils’ Skills in Reading and Interpreting Graphs. It showed how pupils read and interpret situations that are presented in line graphs.Dr. Yap’s poster, entitled Assessing Pupils’ Ability in Estimating Linear Measure, is based on her study on Filipino elementary school pupils’ ability to give reasonable estimate of length, strategies employed in getting estimates, and ability to give other estimation strategies aside from the one first used.

Research Made Easy

Thirteen NISMED staff attended the In-House lecture on Research Made Easy: NISMED Edition. The lecture was conducted by Ms. Marian Ramos, head of the reference section of the UP Main Library. This is a Library Instruction Program (LIP) of the University Library that serves as a venue for providing information literacy experience in order to build expertise in mining the wealth of resources available to all the students, faculty, and staff. Specific sessions are being held in every UP Unit or College upon the request of the College Librarian.

The half-day session was held at the Information Science Laboratory on 22 November 2011. 


Ms. Eve: Life after NISMED

Retirement came to Evelyn Josue on 24 April 2011after 36 years of service at UP NISMED. Guests, including her family, friends, and former colleagues graced the simple program held in her honor on 26 April 2011. In recognition of her contribution to the field of science education and her dedicated service to the Institute, she was given a plaque of appreciation. A Facebook account in her name created by the Socials Committee was also launched. Ms Eve’s expertise in science curriculum development and teacher training will be missed by the Institute.

TinaB: “Hindi MaisasantaB”

Nagtrabaho ng 47 taon bago nag-retiro. Sariling sikap ang kanyang pagtatapos ng kolehiyo. Ito ang mga kahanga-hangang karanasan ni Agustina C. Bautista.

Taong 1964, 18 pa lamang siya nang pumasok sa pribadong kumpanya at 20 taong gulang naman naging sales clerk sa University Book Center. Makalipas ang 10 taon, naging accounting clerk sa UPSEC (dating pangalan ng UP NISMED). Sa simula pa lamang ay kinakitaan na siya ng kanyang angking kasipagan, pagmamalasakit, at tiyaga sa kanyang mga gawain. Ni minsa’y ‘di siya naringgan ng anumang reklamo sa trabaho kahit na ang opisina niya’y nasa mainit at mababang silong ng hagdanan ng Vidal A. Tan Hall. Kinakailangan siyang yumuko upang hindi mauntog kung mayroong kliyenteng kakausapin. Lahat ay kanyang kakayanin at agad tatapusin nang may tuwa ng paglilingkod. Sa kanya, ang oras ay ginto. Walang sinasayang na panahon sa mga tungkuling iniatang sa kanya.

Ito ang mga naging sangkap ng kanyang tagumpay. Binigyan siya ng maseselang tungkulin dahil siya’y taong mapagkakatiwalaan—bookkeeper, collecting officer, at printing quality control officer II. May kakayanan, masipag, matiyaga, laging maaasahan, at hindi naghihintay ng anumang kapalit.

Inilaan niya ang 2/3 ng kanyang buhay sa pagtupad ng mga gawaing opisina. Sa likod nito, nanatili siyang mabuting anak, kapatid, at ina. Sa kanyang pagpupunyagi, siya ay nangangalap ng mga outside jobs para sa printing—hindi lamang sa ibang UP units kundi pati na rin sa labas ng unibersidad. Ito’y “dagdag yaman sa kaban ng NISMED.” Dito sa aming institusyon, ang tawag sa kanya ay “TinaB”: masinop, matipid, mahigpit, makulit, at makuwento.

Hindi matatawaran ang kanyang pagiging mabuting kawani kaya nga siya’y ginawaran ng isa sa mga prestihiyosong karangalan ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas—Gawad Chanselor sa Natatanging Kawani noong 27 Pebrero 2009.

Ngayong retirado na siya nag-iwan siya ng magandang halimbawa na kailanma’y ‘di malilimutan ng karamihan. Siya si TinaB—ang kaibigan natin at kaibigan ng bayan.

In Memoriam

Goodbye Ms. Kathy

Dr. Kathy A. Josue, a science education specialist of the Mathematics Group, passed away on 17 August 2011 at 53 years old. Before her employment in the University, she was a mathematics teacher for 17 years at the Quezon City Science High School, Sergio Osmeña Sr. High School, and National College of Business Administration. A BSE major in mathematics graduate of the University of the Philippines-Diliman, she finished her master’s in science teaching and doctoral course in mathematics education as a DOST-SEI scholar from De La Salle University.

Committed to the demands of the teaching profession, she coached students for mathematics competitions wherein students and the schools won top awards. Because of her exemplary work, she was a recipient of various awards, such as Parangal ’92 by DECS-NCR, Outstanding Public Mathematics Teacher of Quezon City sponsored by the Quezon City Jayceerettes Foundation, Inc., and Exemplary Secondary Mathematics Teacher of Metro Manila (Public and Private) sponsored by the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines.

Kathy had been with the Institute for 16 years. As a trainee of the Philippine-Australia Science and Mathematics Project (PASMEP), her NISMED trainers considered her as the best participant of her batch in terms of mathematical content and problem solving ability. Her close associates describe her as a very organized person, extremely dependable, and a non-talker in big groups. But she also had a sense of humor. With a dead-pan face, she donned on a bikini swimwear over a t-shirt and pants during a Christmas celebration. Colleagues remember her as “game” and gave out hearty laughter during the Institute’s yearly team building activity. She retired from the service on 18 July 2011.

Kathy, indeed you were an asset in mathematics education and we will truly miss you!