The Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) bagged three awards in the 2013 UPLB Outstanding Personnel Awards. Dr. Felino P. Lansigan and Mr. James Roldan S. Reyes took the Outstanding Teacher Award for senior and junior faculty categories, respectively, while Mr. Sancho E. Nerpio was awarded the Outstanding Administrative Staff in the Blue Collar category. The Outstanding Personnel Awards is a prestigious award given to personnel that have rendered exemplary performance to the university. Dr. Felino P. Lansigan, has been teaching statistics since the Department of Statistics and Statistical Laboratory era. To this day, he still teaches time series analysis, statistical theories, sampling theories, risk analysis, and environmental statistics to both undergraduate and graduate students. He is also an Affiliate Professor at the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM) teaching Systems Analysis and Quantitative Methods in Natural Resources Management. Sir ‘No, as he is fondly called, is also a prolific researcher especially in the fields of crop simulation models and climate change, for which he has been recognized as expert nationally and internationally.
Mr. Michael David Tan Lopez, a psychology instructor at the Department of Social Sciences (DSS) has been awarded as one of the UPLB Outstanding Teachers for 2013 under the junior category (Social Sciences and the Humanities area). Sir Mike, as fondly called by his students and colleagues, has been with the university for five years. He obtained his B.S. Psychology degree and completed his diploma course in Exercises and Sports Science from U.P. Diliman. He is currently pursuing his Master of Science in Human Movement Sciences from the same university. For the past three academic years, Mr. Lopez has been teaching Psychology 1, SOC 130 (Social Psychology), and SOSC 3 (Gender and Sexuality).
The best research projects from the College of Art and Sciences (CAS) were once again showcased during the 5th Student-Faculty Research Conference held on December 14, 2012 at the NCAS Auditorium. With the theme “Fostering the CAS Research Culture of Publication”, the annual conference was the culminating activity of the week-long College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) 40th founding anniversary celebration.