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Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario G. Montejo (2nd from left) welcomes International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano (center) at the DOST office in Bicutan, Taguig City for a courtesy call that updated the secretary on the latest developments in the peaceful application of nuclear energy especially on water management. Dir. Gen. Amano attended the closing ceremony of the 38th Atomic Energy Week celebration at DOST’s Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) in Quezon City. Photo shows (from left) DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations Carol M. Yorobe, PNRI Director Alumanda Dela Rosa, and DOST Undersecretary for S&T Services Fortunato T. Dela Peña. (S&T Media Service)

Nuclear science and technology applications in agriculture, medicine, industry and the environment will be featured in activities during the 38th Atomic Energy Week (AEW) celebration on December 6–10, 2010 at the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) - Department of Science and Technology.

PNRI Director Alumanda dela Rosa said that the theme for this year’s celebration is “Accelerating Socio-Economic Development through Nuclear Science and Technology. “

Representative Angelo Palmones, vice chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology of the House of Representatives, will be the keynote speaker at the opening ceremonies program on December 6. Meanwhile, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano will be the guest speaker at the closing ceremonies on December 10.

Activities slated for the 38th AEW celebration include the opening of exhibits on December 6, technical sessions for professionals and students on December 7, on-the-spot poster making and essay writing contests for high school students on December 8, and video showing and guided tours from December 6 to 10.

Added attractions in the weeklong celebration are mutant ornamental plants, irradiated beehives, and other products of nuclear science and technology applications.

 

SupeRice is my prize. Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) Director Mario Capanzana (middle) congratulates school children who won packs of SupeRice in a mini-quiz show during the SupeRice launch Nov. 22 at San Felipe town of Zambales. SupeRice is one of the Department of Science and Technology’s answers to the problem of micronutrient malnutrition in the country. Spearheading the commercialization of SupeRice in San Felipe are Dr. Imelda Agdeppa, FNRI research team leader (leftmost); Mayor Carolina Pariñas (second from left); DOST provincial Director Bernadette Montevirgen (second from right); and local officials (in green). Superice, an iron-fortified rice developed by FNRI-DOST, contains 6 mg iron per 100 gram rice. About 4 to 6 cups of cooked Superice, approximately a day's intake, already meets the daily iron requirement of the body. (Framelia V. Anonas, S&T Media Service)

Department of Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo (second from right) witnesses the hand-over of the accreditation certificate from the German Ambassador to the Philippines Christian Ludwig Weber-Lortsch in behalf of the Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (German Accreditation Body, DAkkS) to Ms. Aurora Kimura, chief of the Metrology Division of DOST’s Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI). The DOST agency operates the National Metrology Laboratory of the Philippines (NMLPhils) which received international accreditation from the German accreditation body to perform calibration in the fields of temperature, mass and pressure in accordance with the standard DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025. (Framelia V. Anonas, S&T Media Service)

LANTERN PARADE

Theme – “Ignite the Mind: Visions of an S&T Christmas’

Visual impact (40%)

Faithfulness to the overall theme (20%)

Faithfulness to agency/office mandate (15%)

Creative use of local materials ( 15%)

Employee participation (10%)

1. Each agency shall have one official entry for the parade. However, an entry is not limited to one lantern alone. Two or more lanterns in the parade, including props, vehicles to mount the main lantern/s, and other related visual effects, will be allowed and even encouraged, and shall be judged as one whole.

2. On the other hand, parade participants will not be allowed to ride on parade vehicles unless they serve as human props for the lanterns; those caught riding will be asked to get off by parade marshals. Lanterns shall be placed/hanged at the designated area for viewing and judging.

3. The day before the actual parade, participating agencies are required to submit a brief description of their lantern entry so they can be properly cited when they reach the grandstand. The description should always include local materials used in the making of the lantern presentation. Lantern entries without their corresponding descriptions shall automatically be disqualified from the main prizes.

4. Prizes shall be awarded for 3rd, 2nd, and 1st overall with cash prizes of P10,000.00, P20,000.00, and P30,000.00, respectively. If budget allows, there will also be minor prizes for the following: most creative use of materials and most faithful to the overall theme.

5. The Board of Judges shall be composed of five members headed by the DOST Secretary.

BELEN (NATIVITY SCENE) CONTEST

Theme – “Ignite the Mind: Visions of an S&T Christmas”

Criteria

Visual impact (40%)

Faithfulness to the overall theme (20%)

Faithfulness to the agency/office mandate (15%)

Creative use of local materials ( 15%)

Employee participation (10%)

1. Each agency shall have one official entry for the contest.

2. The Belen (Nativity Scene) shall be placed at the lobby of the participating agency/office.

3. Local materials should be the main components of the Belen.

4. ‘Surprise’ judges will visit each participating office between 13 and 17 December 2010 and will interview any employee on the concept of the entry and his/her participation in the project.

5. Regional offices are encouraged to participate. They may send their entries in a video together with a brief description. Detailed video and photo documentation, from planning to actual mounting/construction, shall be submitted to the committee.

6. Participating agencies/offices are required to submit a brief description of their entry for proper citation. The description should always include local materials used in the making of the Belen. Entries without corresponding descriptions shall automatically be disqualified from the main prizes.

7. Prizes shall be awarded for 3rd, 2nd, and 1st overall with cash prizes of P10,000.00, P20,000.00, and P30,000.00, respectively. If budget allows, there will also be minor prizes for the following: most creative use of materials and most faithful to the overall theme.

8. The Board of Judges shall be composed of five members headed by the DOST Secretary.

DOST’S GUT TALENT CONTEST

DOST’s Gut Talent is a Novelty/Open competition for DOST agencies and offices clustered into the following: Bicutan East, Bicutan West, Quezon City, Los Baños, and Regional Offices.

The Contest may be any dance style or combination of dance styles, song and dance, performances with props, or any novelty presentation. Contestants will compete against a variety of other creative talents. Each performance shall not exceed 12 minutes including entrance and exit. The contest will be held on 20 December 2010 at the DOST Plaza during the ‘Ignite the Mind’ and Christmas Program activities.

Each group should be composed of not less than 20 performers. The group should have at least four (4) representative-participants from the different agency/office in a particular cluster.

Criteria:

Overall Performance (Gutsiness and ‘Wow’ factor) (30%)
Technique and Execution (30%)
Originality and Degree of Difficulty (20%)
Stage presence and Audience response (10%)
Agency/Office participation (10%)