Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Dean Marie Therese Angeline P. Bustos of the
College of Education (far left) and Director Soledad
A. Ulep of NISMED (2nd from left) look on as
Dr. Risa L. Reyes receives the Gawad Tsanselor sa
Natatanging REPS award from Chancellor Michael
L. Tan.
Dr. Risa L. Reyes, former UP NISMED deputy director for research and extension, received the Gawad Tsanselor sa Natatanging Research, Extension, and Professional Staff (REPS) for her significant efforts to push forward Lesson Study, a school-based teacher professional development model. The awarding ceremony was held at the Institute of Biology Auditorium on 20 May 2016.

Doc Ris, as her UP NISMED colleagues fondly call her, wrote the lion’s share of “How to Conduct Lesson Study in your School: A Tool Kit.” This UP NISMED publication was distributed in the 2014 International Conference in Science and Mathematics Education (ICSME) and is now being used as a reference material by teachers and graduate students as they conduct lesson study in their own schools or universities. Dr. Reyes also very ably coordinated the training of trainers of the K to 12 Grades 1, 2, 7, and 8 science and mathematics teachers under the Basic Education Assistance for Mindanao-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BEAM-ARMM) Project of the Department of Education funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

The award caps her 35 years of government service as she retires in June 2016.

Congratulations, Doc Ris!
KaSaMa Teachers online community, an extension program initiated by UP NISMED, won the first UP Diliman Parangal para sa programang pang-ekstensiyon in the non-degree granting unit category held on 17 May 2016 at the Malcolm Hall, UP College of Law.

In awarding the online community, the Search Committee headed by Dr. Fidel R. Nemenzo, Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development, recognized UP NISMED’s excellent use of technology in bringing to teachers in and out of the country much needed help and effective strategies in teaching science and mathematics.
The KaSaMa Team (Ms. Celia R. Balbin (2nd from left), Mr.
Michael Anthony B. Mantala, Mr. John Alex M. Reyroso, and
Ms. Ma. Dulcelina O. Sebastian (2nd from right) is joined by
Dr. Soledad A. Ulep, UP NISMED Director (3rd from right),
Dr. Fidel R. Nemenzo, Vice-Chancellor for Research and
Development (extreme left), and Chancellor Michael L. Tan,
(extreme right).
For over four years now, the online community has been carrying out its mission of leveraging technology and relationships to help teachers implement curriculum reform. It has become now, in effect, the logical go-to site not only for teachers who look for K to 12 resources but also for teachers who want to share their K to 12 resources; not only for teachers who seek help in implementing the learner materials but also for teachers who wrote the learner materials themselves.

The online community has nurtured through the years professional relationships among its members. This is key in transforming the virtual platform into a veritable forum in which members engage in conversations with one another – conversations which take shape on wide-ranging issues like curriculum reform, on immediate concerns such as how to go about an activity in the learner material, and on just about anything that affects teachers and their teaching of science and mathematics.

Previous to the awarding ceremonies, an extension colloquium featuring presentations of finalists to the Parangal was held on 29 April 2016 at the College of Mass Communication. During the colloquium, Ms. Celia R. Balbin, the program leader, presented to the UP Diliman community, the contributions of the online community to science and mathematics teachers. The other program team members include Mr. John Alex M. Reyroso, Mr. Michael Anthony B. Mantala, Ms. Ma. Dulcelina O. Sebastian, and Dr. Monalisa T. Sasing. Two other programs of the Sentro ng Wikang Filipino headed by Dr. Rommel B. Rodriguez made up the list of finalists for the non-degree granting unit category that presented in the colloquium.
Responding to the needs of Grade 2 mathematics teachers of Region IV-A, the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) collaborated with UP NISMED to conduct a training program, titled “Developing Technology-Enhanced Lessons for Improving Grade 2 Pupils’ Mathematics Skills” within May to June and October to November 2016.

Ms. Edna Callanta of UP NISMED models
the implementation of a technology-
enhanced lesson.
The training program, which consists of four batches, is part of the Mobile IT Classroom project of the DOST-SEI which aims to expose the teachers and students to state-of-the-art education technology and promote appreciation of Information and Comunications Technology (ICT) as a tool for teaching and learning science and mathematics in areas where ICT facilities are either scarce or absent. For each batch, 20 teachers were selected to participate in the 3-day training program.

The Elementary School Mathematics Group designed the training program to build the teachers’ capability to integrate an interactive courseware in their mathematics lessons. It was also meant to enhance the teachers’ content knowledge on the concepts covered in the 8 lessons of the interactive courseware for Grade 2 through discussions about these concepts. The interactive courseware for Grades 1 to 6 mathematics was jointly developed by DOST-SEI, DOST-ASTI, and UP NISMED from 2011 to 2014.

Teachers explore the lessons in the
interactive courseware.
The interactive courseware in elementary school mathematics, as well as those for high school science and mathematics, are provided for free to public schools. They are also made available as online resources for teachers and students.

The training for the first two batches had already been conducted. The first batch of teachers, from the Division of Biñan City, Laguna, had their training on 31 May – 2 June 2016. The second batch of teachers, from the Division of Calamba City, Laguna, had their training on 7-9 June 2016. Both training programs were conducted in the Mobile ICT Classroom. The two batches of teachers rated the training program favorably.

The last two batches of teachers will be from the Division of Bacoor City in Cavite and the Division of Batangas City in Batangas. The schedule for these two batches has yet to be finalized.
After analyzing the early grade mathematics and reading performances of Grade 1 pupils from the various divisions of the country, the Department of Education (DepEd) and UP NISMED completed baseline studies on early grade mathematics and reading in June 2016. The study established baseline data on the literacy and numeracy of beginning Grade 1 pupils from the selected divisions that made use of their mother tongue as a medium of instruction. These studies were done to address one of the components of the Learning, Equity and Accountability Program Support (LEAPS) Project that dealt with the improvement of the teaching and learning in early grade mathematics and reading.

For reading, the study reported beginning Grade 1 pupils’ ability to recognize letters of the alphabet, read simple words, understand sentences and paragraphs, as well as their ability to write down simple sentences dictated to them. On the other hand, for early grade mathematics, the study reported beginning Grade 1 pupils’ ability to identify and discriminate numbers, identify number patterns, solve simple number operations and word problems, and complete geometric pattern. DepEd will conduct another round of assessments for beginning Grade 2 pupils for academic year 2016-2017. Results of which will be compared to the baseline data to track if the numeracy and literacy levels of pupils improved.
The UP NISMED radio program broadcast over DZUP 1602 Go Teacher Go! welcomed a team of Filipino teachers from Bahrain on the 19 May 2016 episode titled Inquiry-Driven Interdisciplinary Projects at Philippine School in Bahrain (PSB). The team was led, Ms. Gydabelle B. Naval, the school principal. Ms. Ma. Josephine N. Buaron, Intermediate Department Head, Ms. Ivy Jan O. Simbala, Science and Mathematics Department Head, and Ms. Avigail C. Laraño, Science Teacher, completed the team.
PSB teachers in the DZUP booth

According to Ms. Naval, the Philippine School in Bahrain is implementing the Philippine Educational System and the K to 12 Curriculum. The school also follows requirements of the Ministry of Education Bahrain System. The school population is close to 1,140 students from K to Grade 10. Grade 11 started in the school year 2016 – 2017. The community school caters to the children of overseas Filipino workers who are holders of Philippine passports.

The highlight of the discussion was the inquiry-driven interdisciplinary project which starts with formulating questions with the questions coming from the teacher or from the students. Two or more teachers of the same grade level collaborate with one another in conceptualizing the objectives of the project. This project makes it easier for the students to relate concepts from different subjects and comply with the requirements.
The Lesson Study Guidebook will show teachers how to conduct lesson study, a teacher-led, school-based continuing professional development model that originated in Japan. It has been in practice in Japan since the 1800s and is often cited as the reason why Japanese schoolchildren rank high in international assessments.

In doing lesson study, teachers will be able to conduct action research while collaboratively developing and implementing their lessons, discovering how students think and learn, what will work most effectively with students, and in the process, grow professionally themselves. The Lesson Study Guidebook is based on publications of experts as well as UP NISMED’s experience of more than a decade in doing lesson study.
UP NISMED conducted Project HOTS (Hands-on Teaching and Learning of Science through Inquiry), a professional development program of the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) designed to help Grade 4 science teachers of the Division of Taguig City and Pateros develop inquiry-based science activities and lessons. Project HOTS consists of two phases. Phase I of the program was participated by 114 teachers at the 21st Century Classroom of DOST-SEI.

Participants interact with the Life Science facilitator,
Ms. Ma. Dulcelina Sebastian, as they develop an inquiry-
based lesson in Science.
Phase I, which ran in four batches (Batch 1: 12-14 April 2016; Batch 2: 26-28 April 2016; Batch 3: 4-6 May 2016; Batch 4: 24-26 May 2016), is a three-day seminar-workshop on developing inquiry-based activities and assessment for a science lesson. Phase II, which is the lesson study component of the program, is a school-based follow-through where the inquiry-based science lessons developed in Phase I will be implemented in two Grade 4 classes handled by the teacher-participants. The follow-through is scheduled to take place from August to November 2016.

Project HOTS was inspired by La main à la pâte, an initiative of the French Academy of Science to promote inquiry based science education.
Dr. Erlina Ronda (3rd from right) with the some of the workshop participants; (L to R)
Ravi Subramaniam (India); Jill Adler (South Africa and team leader);
Mike Askew (South Africa), Erlina Ronda ( Philippines)
Dr. Erlina Ronda of the High School Mathematics Group participated in an international research workshop hosted by the School of Education of the University of the Witwatersrand last 2-14 May 2016. This is a continuation of the workshop that begun in August 2015 that focused on the Mathematical Discourse in Instruction (MDI) framework they are developing using data from the Philippines, India and Tanzania, as well as South Africa. The participants of the workshop include mathematics education professors from India, Tanzania, United Kingdom, and South Africa. Apart from presenting the analysis of the video transcript from the Philippines, Dr. Ronda also presented her use of the MDI Analytic tool as a pedagogic tool in the organization of the content of Grade 11 materials she is working on at NISMED. The workshop also included preparation for the joint Discussion Group the MDI team will run at ICME13 in Hamburg in July 2016.
UP NISMED honored Ms. Zenaida N. Bose for her 39 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Institute during the retirement program prepared by the Socials Committee.

During the program, Ms. Bose was awarded a plaque of appreciation, a bouquet of flowers, a birthday cake, and a photobook. Adding to her delight was a video presentation of birthday wishes from her family. Other well-wishers were former Desktop and Printing Section Head, Ms. Agustina Bautista, and the present Head of the Art and Desktop Section, Ms. Ma. Laura V. Ginoy. The Director of UP NISMED, Dr. Soledad A. Ulep, also expressed her appreciation for a job well done and wished Zeny a happy retirement life. As a response, Zeny thanked everyone and read a “prayer” -- her gift to UP NISMED.

The program was held on 1 June 2016 at the first floor lobby, Dolores F. Hernandez Hall (Science Teacher Training Center), UP NISMED. It was attended by Zeny’s husband, Ricky, and relatives, the UP NISMED staff, and close friends.

“It was a blessing, more than anything else!” These were the words of Dr. Risa L. Reyes when
UP NISMED honored her for her 35 and a half years of service at the Institute during the retirement program held on 29 June 2016 at the UP NISMED Auditorium. Dr. Reyes’ narrated through a picture presentation her experiences, the many people whom she had met and worked with, and the places that she had been while working at UP NISMED. Her story served as an inspiration to all especially to the new and young staff. Dr. Soledad A. Ulep, UP NISMED Director, recalled the countless contributions of Dr. Reyes as science educator and as Deputy Director of the Institute for five years. Dr. Reyes was presented with a plaque of appreciation, a bouquet of flowers, and a photobook. Retirement wishes from family, friends, and colleagues were shown through a video presentation.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

UP NISMED staff from the Elementary School Science and Mathematics Groups carried out the second of two visits under Phase 2 of the Marikina Shoe Exchange (MSE) professional development program for elementary school science and mathematics teachers of Iloilo on 22-26 February 2016. Seven schools were involved, six of which were in the district of Oton. Phase 2 entailed two consecutive research lesson implementations, each of which was followed by a post-lesson reflection and discussion involving members of the lesson study teams, with UP NISMED staff and UP High School Iloilo faculty acting as knowledgeable others. In all, 9 lessons in mathematics and 8 in science were developed.
Teachers of Oton Central Elementary School during a post-lesson reflection and discussion following a lesson implementation on “How Heat Travels.”
This program, funded by MSE, started with a seminar-workshop on lesson study and teaching science through inquiry and teaching mathematics through problem solving held on 19-22 August 2015 in UP Visayas Iloilo City Campus. The school-based follow-through under Phase 2 started with the first visit on 24-27 November 2015. The conduct of the second visit ends this professional development program.
The Teacher Education component of the Basic Education Sector Transformation Program (BEST), a collaborative effort of the Governments of the Philippines and Australia to improve the quality of education outcomes and increase access to quality education services, organized training and development planning workshops in Cebu on 3 February 2016, Iloilo on 2 March 2016, and Tacloban on 13 March 2016 for Regions 7, 6, and 8, respectively. UP NISMED Director, Dr. Soledad A. Ulep and Deputy Director for Research and Extension, Dr. Maria Helen D. Catalan were invited by BEST to orient regional and division supervisors of the Department of Education (DepEd) on lesson study. They explained how this professional development (PD) model can work in schools and help improve teacher competence and student performance. A video on the lesson study process was presented. Videos of UP NISMED’s partner schools as they conduct lesson study were also shown to the workshop participants.

During the open forum, the DepEd supervisors expressed their interest in lesson study as one of the PD models that they want to include in their annual teacher development plan.

Lesson study is a PD model that teachers engage in to systematically examine and improve their practice. In this process, teachers work collaboratively to plan, teach, observe, critique, and improve lessons.
The lesson study group at Flora A. Ylagan High School (FAYHS), consisting of the school’s entire Science Department and the High School Biology Group of UP NISMED, completed the first cycle of lesson study in biology in March 2016. The research lesson was on mitosis.

During the planning stage, the group came up with an inquiry-based activity in which the students created flipbooks to simulate the events that take place in each of the different stages of mitosis. It also allotted ample time for the teachers to devise a comprehensive rubric for evaluating the flipbooks. Even at this stage – and also considering that this is their first experience of conducting lesson study – the members of the lesson study group have already expressed satisfaction at the level of rigor they have exerted in carrying out every step of the process.

Three teachers implemented the research lesson: one in the middle section, another in the lowest section; and still another in the top section. During the post-lesson reflection and discussion, all nine teachers and their department head shared their insights about the lesson and its implementation as well as their observations and thoughts about how the activity was performed by the students. Each implementation provided a different learning experience for the group. The second cycle will start in January 2017.
In its role in making science accessible to the public, UP NISMED conducted stargazing sessions in January to March 2016. A total of nine requests from different schools, all the way from Bataan to nearby schools, were received by the Institute. The schools which participated in this year’s skywatching activities were Morong National High School, Ingenium School, Parañaque Science High School, Assumption College (San Lorenzo), Bacoor National High School, The Learning Tree, St. Theresa’s College, Village School of Parkwoods, and Holistic Education and Development Center. Over 700 students participated in the sessions.

The students, who were accompanied by their teachers and at times by their parents, were so much awed by the sight of several celestial objects on a moonless night. The students were able to observe the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, a number of well-known stars, a nebulae and a galaxy to boot.

The High School Earth and Environmental Science Group regularly conducts overnight skywatching activities during the months of December, January, February, and sometimes March. For further details and reservation, interested parties may reach UP NISMED through or call at 928-3545. The night sky awaits you.
The Elementary School Science (ESS) and the High School Physics Groups (HSP) conducted pilot tests of Grade 5 learner’s materials (LMs) aligned with the Enhanced K to 12 Science Curriculum. For the ESS Group, a total of three learning modules were tried out at the Old Balara Elementary School (OBES) on 9-14 December 2015, 21-22 January 2016, and 25-29 January 2016. The modules focus on Grade 5 topics: Motion (a new addition to the K to 12 curriculum), Changes in the Weather, and Physical and Chemical Changes. The HSP Group, on the other hand, pilot-tested one module on Electric Circuits at OBES on 25-29 January 2016.
Grade 5 pupils examining the circuit in a flashlight.
The learner’s material on Motion is an introduction to the physical quantities associated with moving objects such as time and distance, and how the distance travelled over a period of time is measured. Experiments included in the module are intended to provide opportunities for the pupils to investigate the effect of variables, such as size of the wheel, weights of moving objects, and height of the ramp, on the motion of the object.

In the module Changes in the Weather, pupils will learn how to observe the changes that happen before, during, and after a typhoon. The pupils will then correlate their observations with information from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration regarding typhoon signals and the necessary precautions. The material on Physical and Chemical Changes focuses on pupils’ observation skills on the different changes that take place around them, and how physical and chemical changes differ from one another.

After conducting an investigation, pupils record their data.
The module on Electric Circuits involves pupils in constructing different connections using a dry cell, electrical wires, and a flashlight bulb, differentiating series and parallel connections, and investigating which materials allow electricity to flow through.

Insights gained during the tryout will be taken into consideration in the revision of the learner’s materials and in the development of the teacher’s guides. The next phase of the tryout is the pilot testing of the teacher’s guides where teachers of OBES themselves will be using the learning modules to teach the lesson.
With the goal of improving early grade literacy and numeracy, DepEd worked jointly with UP NISMED in conducting a baseline study on early grade reading and mathematics. Baseline assessments were conducted during the second quarter of the academic year 2015-2016 for beginning Grade 1 pupils. UP NISMED processed and analyzed the early grade reading performances of 5,014 beginning Grade 1 pupils from selected divisions of Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Region V, Region VIII, Region IX, and Caraga Region from January to February 2016. In addition, the Institute processed and analyzed a total of 6,561 early grade mathematics performances of beginning Grade 1 pupils from selected divisions of CAR, Region V, Region VI, Region VIII, Region IX, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), and Caraga Region.

The tools used in the assessments were validated and adapted from the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) and Early Grade Mathematics Assessment (EGMA) developed by the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International.Cognizant of the initial implementation of the Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE), DepEd also contextualized the EGRA and EGMA tools in five selected Philippine mother tongues namely, Ilokano (for CAR), Bikol (for Region V), Waray (for Region VIII), Chavacano (for Region IX), and Sinugbuanong Binisaya (for the Caraga Region). The EGMA was contextualized in two more Philippine mother tongues, namely, Hiligaynon (for Region VI) and Maguindanaoan (for ARMM).

The study was done to establish reference data of literacy and numeracy in selected Philippine mother tongues among beginning Grade 1 pupils. Results of the study will serve as reference point for succeeding early grade reading and mathematics assessments.
Dr. Soledad A. Ulep, Director of UP NISMED, Dr. Aida I. Yap of the Elementary School Mathematics Group and Mr. Guillermo P. Bautista, Jr. of the High School Mathematics Group participated in the 10th APEC-Tsukuba Conference on 12-15 February 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. The theme of the conference was Innovation of Mathematics Education through Lesson Study: Challenges to Energy Efficiency on STEM and Cross-border Education. The highlights of the conference included presentations by experts, observation of Japanese open classes, and a demonstration on cross-border lesson study between Japan and Malaysia using Skype. In addition, each participating economy also made presentations on the major issues and concerns on energy, current reforms in relation to STEM, and possible collaboration for cross-border education. Dr. Ulep made the presentation for the Philippines.

On 15-18 February, the SEAMEO RECSAM-University of Tsukuba Joint Seminar was also held. The theme was Searching for Quality Mathematics Curriculum Framework on the Era of Globalization. Dr. Yap, together with Mr. Bautista, made a presentation on the features of junior high school Japanese textbooks. They were involved in the translation of Grades 1-9 textbooks, published by Gakkohtosho, from Japanese to English.

Dr. Yap also talked about “Gender Equality and Textbooks.” Dr. Yap and Mr. Bautista served as moderators in the textbook workshop.
UP NISMED Director, Dr. Soledad A. Ulep, was invited as a panel member in the Thirteenth Japan Education Forum (JEF) which was held on 24 February 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. During the forum, Dr. Ulep presented a paper titled, “Providing Quality Education for All through Teacher Professional Development and Curriculum Development.” She cited two examples of Japan’s initiatives that have supported UP NISMED’s efforts to provide quality science and mathematics education in the Philippines. A past example was the JICA-funded Science and Mathematics Education Manpower Development Project (1994 - 1999) and a present example is the APEC Lesson Study Project (2006 - to present). Both projects involved teacher professional development and curriculum development.

The JEF is an annual event jointly organized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology of Japan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the University of Tsukuba, and Hiroshima University that aims to serve as a platform for constructive discussion on new and innovative ways to promote international cooperation in this field. The forum this year has the theme, “Japan’s initiatives to achieve the goals of the Education for All and possible future direction of international education cooperation to achieve Education 2030 goals.”
Dr. Rodolfo S. Treyes of the High School Biology Group and Ms. Jacqueline Rose M. Gutierrez of the High School Chemistry Group participated in the international symposium, Curriculum Development and Teacher Education in Asia and Africa, held on 21-24 February 2016 in Tokyo, Japan.

The symposium aimed to “bring together policymakers and academic researchers from different parts of the world to present the current status of curriculum development and teacher education in their respective countries and to discuss potential collaboration and cooperation for the coming decade to ensure quality education for the world’s children.”

Dr. Treyes presented a paper titled, The State of Science and Mathematics Education in the Philippines under the K to 12 Education Reform. He provided a historical background of science education in the Philippines and talked about its current status in the K to 12 education reform.
Prior to the international symposium, a ceremony for the retirement of Dr. Hideo Ikeda, a longtime partner of UP NISMED, was also held. During the ceremony, Dr. Ikeda gave a commemorative lecture titled, Trends and Future of Japanese International Cooperation in Mathematics and Science Education.
Rolando M. Tan of the Elementary School Science Group (ESS) published an article titled, Improving the use of physical manipulatives in teaching science concepts through lesson study in the International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies (Vol. 4 Iss. 4, 2015). The article is a result of a lesson study project known as Project HOTS (Hands-on Teaching and Learning of Science) conducted by the ESS Group of UP NISMED in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) and involved teachers of a public elementry school. It describes how the lesson study process guided the teachers in improving the manipulative model they used in teaching a particular science concept or lesson.
After 37 years of dedicated service to the Institute, Ms. Leosan R. Navalta of the Library Section retired on 31 December 2015. Ms. Navalta was an extremely positive and dependable employee who, on a daily basis, went “above and beyond” her duties as administrative support to UP NISMED. She was also a valuable asset to the Library Section especially in performing the tasks of a reference librarian by providing answers to many reference queries. To formally honor her for her outstanding service, UP NISMED organized a retirement party on 20 January 2016. Her immediate family, former colleagues, and staff joined in the celebration. Libzone, a group of singing librarians, also performed during the party.

After 26 years of dedicated service as UP NISMED Hostel’s supervisor, Ms. Alice P. Gabuat retired on 4 March 2016. Ms. Gabuat was a former teacher at Lapu-Lapu Elementary School, Manila. She oversaw the daily operations of UP NISMED’s Hostel from front desk matters, to reservation concerns, and even to housekeeping and maintenance considerations. She is a jolly, thoughtful, and sweet person who was always willing to extend help to anyone. The Socials Committee, Hostel staff, and her children prepared a Hawaiian-themed retirement party at the UP NISMED Hostel lobby to honor her contributions to the Institute.

Two weeks after Ms. Gabuat’s retirement party, a cowboy-themed retirement party to honor Mr. Honorio S. Saulog from the Maintenance and Equipment Development Section was held on 18 March 2016. After 32 years of service, Mang Boy as he is fondly called, bade farewell to UP NISMED. As Precision Instrument Technician, he has contributed immensely to the Institute; his knowledge in the improvisation of science and mathematics materials and equipment has helped many academic staff in developing instructional materials. He also helped in the maintenance and repair of UP NISMED facilities and in laboratory works, especially during teacher training programs. His family and former colleagues joined the UP NISMED staff during the celebration.

The UP NISMED family wishes Ms. Navalta, Ms. Gabuat, and Mr. Saulog, all the best.
Ms. Haidee P. Rosete, a member of the High School Mathematics Group, obtained her Master of Arts degree in Mathematics in January 2016 from the Institute of Mathematics, University of the Philippines Diliman. As part of the requirements in the MA Mathematics Program, Ms. Rosete wrote a research paper on college mathematics titled, “Linear Codes and Additive Codes over Galois Field of Order 4.”

Congratulations, Haidee!