Friday, January 19, 2018


UST shines anew in three board exams

UST leaped the bar of excellence anew, registering impressive performances in three licensure examinations while making ripples in the individual test rankings.

Thomasian graduates stamped their class in the Pharmacy, Architecture, and Nutrition board examinations to reaffirm the University’s status as one of the best academic institutions in the country.

With four Thomasians landing in the top 10, UST emerged as the top-performing school in the Pharmacy board exam, posting a 91-per cent passing rate compared to a 57-per cent national passing mark.

Hospital unveils latest in laser eye surgery

THE LATEST in eye treatment technology that would free people from using eyeglasses and contact lenses is now available at the UST Hospital.

The Allegretto Wave Excimer Lasik (Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) System, which the UST Hospital bought from Germany last April, boasts of an 8.5-second refracting ability which can restore a person’s vision to 20/20 with minimal risk of corneal drying or swelling due to bacterial infection.

Church, rights groups await ruling on anti-terror act

THE FATE of the Human Security Act of 2007 rests in the hands of the Supreme Court amid apprehensions on the anti-terrorism law from Church leaders and human rights groups.

The government has started implementing the law despite appeals from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and other groups for a thorough review.

“Many voices are apprehensive about the law on the basis of constitutionality and provisions that may legalize objectionable methods of quelling opposition,” the CBCP said in a statement last July 8.

Thomasian bishop is Bossi’s new boss

THOMASIAN bishop-elect Julius Sullan Tonel of Ipil prelature, where the Italian priest Fr Giancarlo Bossi was kidnapped last June and freed 39 days later, sees his appointment as a “blessing” and a “challenge.”

Last June 30, Pope Benedict XVI appointed the 50-year-old Tonel to head the prelature based in Ipil, the capital of Zamboanga Sibugay province.

‘Follow Jesus’ path’ – Bossi

ONE QUESTION that struck Fr. Giancarlo Bossi’s mind during his 39-day ordeal in the hands of an Islamic armed group was why he was treading the wilderness of Lanao del Norte alongside a band of “poor fishermen.”

He wondered: “Are we both praying to the same God?”

Save-Educ campaign launched

A BOLD plan by the University to build a well-trained, values-oriented pool of teachers and revive the country’s deteriorating basic education system has gained support from the Arroyo administration, with Malacañang pledging an initial P1 million for a scholarship program with the UST College of Education.

President Macapagal-Arroyo made the commitment over lunch with UST Rector Fr. Ernesto Arceo, O.P. at the Palace last July 17.

“It is the University’s prayer that the scholarship graduates will help in the social transformation of the country,” Arceo said in an interview.

Contributions have begun to pour in with the launching of UST’s Quadricentennial Initiative for Philippine Education (QIPE), a program aiming to produce quality teachers and stem the exodus of basic educators, by financing the college education of promising high school graduates who want to join the country’s teaching force.

Excessive TV watching may cause autism in toddlers

A 2006 study by researchers from Cornell University in New York showed the probable link between early exposure of children to television (TV) viewing and autism.

According to the study, exposing toddlers to two or three-dimensional stimuli could be harmful to early brain development because over-absorption of colorful images during the first three years of life may cause an abnormality in the visual processing areas of the brain.

The Copernicus connection

IN CHAPTER 59 of Noli Me Tangere, Jose Rizal mentioned a book authored by Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus titled On Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres. The mere mention of the book that caused a seachange in how mankind viewed their place in the universe indicated that colonial Filipinos had knowledge of the book which likewise indicated that the book made the vast intercontinental travel from Europe to the Pacific.

The book, which argues for the heliocentric theory (the sun as the center of the solar system), has fully engrossed professors John Crossley of Monash University, Australia and Regalado Trota Jose of the UST Graduate School.

Now it has been proven that the book was present in colonial Philippines. A copy of Copernicus’ important work has been found in the Heritage Library of the UST Central Library.

Boosters for your brain

LIKE the rest of the organs of the human body, the brain gets exhausted too.

With information overload, students resort to so-called memory enhancers. These “brain boosters” stimulate cognition and allow the brain to function at its best.

Memory enhancers are food supplements that promote optimum memory use.

Commercial memory enhancers contain caffeine and other stimulants and make people stay alert, said Dr. Charissa Rañesses, a psychotherapist from the Psychotrauma Department of the Thomas Aquinas Research Center.

Sensors above the common sense

GONE are the days when people need to rely on hunches to differentiate objects we are dumbfounded with. Let the sensors do the guessing game for you.