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A new set of officers of the Regional SEARCA Fellows Association (RSFA) Governing Council has been chosen at the close of the two-day SEARCA-DAAD alumni regional workshop on the theme “Operation One ASEAN: Towards food security in 2020,” on 28-29 May 2013 at SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna.



As SEARCA starts to sharpen its food security agenda, it turns to one of its most important assets—its graduate alumni. In the recently concluded SEARCA-DAAD Alumni Associations Regional Consultative Workshop on 28-29 May 2013 at SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna, close to forty graduate alumni association officers and representatives from all over the region found their way back to what they considered their second home.


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Three Southeast Asian academicians have been recently awarded the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Grants. Dr. Felino Lansigan from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Dr. Annabella Tulin from the Visayas State University (VSU), Philippines and Dr. Nakorn Tippayawong from Chiang Mai University (CMU), Thailand have been recognized by SEARCA for their academic and research excellence in agriculture and rural development of Southeast Asia.

Dr. Lansigan is a statistics professor at the UPLB and president of the Philippine Academy of Young Scientists. He specializes in Statistical Hydrology and Water Resources, Environmental Statistics, and Climate Change Variability, among viagra online discount others, and has collaborated with various local and regional organizations. Dr. Lansigan has been with UPLB since 1977. Dr. Lansigan will deliver a public lecture on “Addressing the Statistical Challenges of Weather Index-based Insurance for Managing Risks in Agricultural Production.”

On the other hand, Dr. Tulin is a soil science and plant nutrition professor at VSU. As senior scientist, she has had significant involvement in plant nutrition research and extension projects with local and regional partners, specifically for vegetable and root crops. Dr. Tulin has been with VSU since 1980. Dr. Tulin’s public lecture “Micronutrient Biofortification of Soils from Marginal Uplands for Increased Yield and Improved Nutritional Quality of Vegetables and Rootcrops” will be delivered within the AY 2013-2014.

Dr. Nakorn Tippayawong is an associate professor in mechanical engineering at CMU with strong research background in biomass energy utilization, energy efficiency improvement, and particulate emission control. Dr. Nakorn started his academic career with CMU in 2001. His public lecture is entitled “Bioenergy utilization technology for local agricultural industry and rural development.”

Meanwhile, SEARCA has announced its second call for applications to the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Grant, which will be

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