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UST to offer undergrad course in Creative Writing

June 5, 2015, 9:24 p.m. - UST'S Faculty of Arts and Letters (Artlets) is set to offer a bachelor's degree (B.A.) in Creative Writing starting 2018.

"There is obviously an interest [in creative writing] on the part of the students," UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (CCWLS) Director Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo said in an interview. "Since a program is not yet offered by [UST], interested students may only improve their skills through workshops."

Thomasian poets, musicians celebrate in post-Valentine literary event

Feb. 20, 2015, 11:11 p.m. - NOTABLE Thomasian poets, musicians, artists and University officials gathered at the Civil Law auditorium Friday to celebrate the "strongest emotion" for man -- love.

According to UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (CCWLS) Director Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo, the event was a manifestation of the strong touches of art in man's life.

UST opens ‘spineless collection’ exhibit to the public

Nov. 12, 2014, 7:59 p.m. - A COLLECTION of "spineless" specimens was unveiled at the UST Main Building Lobby Wednesday afternoon to commemorate the contributions of Fr. Casto de Elera, O.P. to the field of natural science.

The exhibit, titled “The Spineless Collections of Fr. Casto de Elera, O.P. – Reliving the Past,” features preserved specimens like corals, crustaceans, worms, and mollusk shells. It was organized by the Graduate School, the UST Museum, and the College of Science, with Rey Donne Papa, a biology professor, as overall coordinator.

UST gearing up for West Valley Fault quake threat

Research from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) showed an impending “big one”–an earthquake of at least 7.2 magnitude from the West Valley Fault that could devastate Metro Manila.

Renato Solidum, Ph.D., the director of PHIVOLCS, said about 31,000 deaths, 14,000 to 385,000 injured, and at least P2.6 million of economic losses are at stake should the earthquake hit an unprepared Metro Manila.

“We are not saying that the next earthquake from the fault will be [magnitude] 7.2,” Solidum said. “We are saying that the fault is capable of releasing an earthquake of that strength.”

The psychology of fear among Filipino ‘thrill-seekers’

FROM spiders to heights to ghouls and goblins, science deconstructed fear as a mixture of chemicals designed to ensure our survival.

However, fear maybe just a tip of a psychological iceberg. It stems from a need to help the human body respond to dangerous situations.

Rosalito De Guzman, M.D., a professor from the College of Science, explained that aside from being a natural occurrence, fear also helps a person detect threats.

Referred to as the “fight or flight reaction,” fear is provoked by threats that urge a person to decide whether or not they should “fight” the fearful situation or “flee” from it.

More than ice buckets: ALS’s colder reality

UNDER a pink blanket, “Mary” seemed like just another patient shivering from the breeze coming out of the air-conditioning unit in the corridors of the University of Santo Tomas Doctors' Clinic.

Wheelchair-bound and smiling, Mary had bright eyes that had no trace of the disease that was out to get her life. She has been having a hard time moving her limbs for the past two years.

Raymond Rosales, M.D., a specialist on nerve-muscle movement disorders, diagnosed Mary with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Chances are, Rosales said, Mary may eventually succumb to total paralysis. With no cure for the disease, Rosales said about four percent of ALS patients undergoing treatment barely make it past a decade.

Tomasino nahalal na pangulo ng PMA

ISANG mas nagkakaisang Philippine Medical Association (PMA) ang hangad ng bagong halal nitong pangulo na isang Tomasino matapos maganap ang PMA Annual Convention sa lungsod ng Vigan, Ilocos Sur, noong ika-23 ng Mayo.

Si Maria Minerva Calimag, MD, Ph.D., isang propesor mula sa Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, ang ika-93 pangulo at ikapitong babaeng pangulo ng PMA.

Bukod sa mas nagkakaisang PMA, hangad din ni Calimag na ayusin ang pamamahala sa kanilang institusyon.

“Bilang isang organisasyon, nararapat lamang na bigyan natin ng [mas maayos na] sistema ang [ating] pamamalakad,” ani Calimag. “Magpapakalat kami ng mga makabuluhang impormasyon sa lahat ng antas at aayusin ang daloy ng trabaho sa loob [ng PMA].”

Thomasians win big in national Science tilt

TWO THOMASIANS were recognized in the 36th Annual Scientific Meeting of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) held at the Philippine International Convention Center Thursday.

Thomas Edison de la Cruz, head of the Department of Biological Sciences of the College of Science and a resident researcher of the Research Center for the Natural Sciences, won this year's NAST-The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Prize for Young Scientists for his research on biodiversity, and ecological patterns of marine and mangrove fungi.

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