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The country's top scientists and academics are in talks for the possible development and offering of "Bachelor of Poverty Reduction in Agricultural Management" in state universities in a bid to boost the country's economic growth and create opportunities for the poor.

The idea was first brought to light in a roundtable discussion last March organized by the Department of Science and Technology's National Academy of Science and Technology where University of the Philippines Diliman Chancellor Sergio Cao welcomed the idea and encouraged his colleagues in the academe to offer such program in their campuses.

Engr. Samuel L. Caperina, S&T director of the DOST-Provincial S&T Center in Laguna, announced opening of the first school for student inventors in the region last September 24 to 25, 2009 at Pedro Guevarra Memorial National High School, Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

Initiated by the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-SEI), it officially introduced the Invent School Program (ISP) to the public during the recent seminar workshop. Here high school students and instruction staffs of Pedro Guevarra were encouraged to view the national importance of inventing. Lectures and brainstorming sessions were also held to teach students how to invent and protect their invention. TAPI furthermore, informed the participants of a program of assistance for students who will venture into inventing.

Interested parties who would like to avail of the program may visit DOST-TAPI at the DOST Complex, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig, Metro Manila.

The National Academy of Science and Technology (DOST-NAST) is announcing the opening of the 2010 Outstanding Scientific Paper Awards. These awards are given annually for such papers published in Philippine scientific or technical journals within five years preceding the award.

Plaques of recognition will be awarded to the author/s of papers adjudged to be outstanding in the fields of: Agriculture Sciences; Biological Sciences; Chemical, Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Engineering Sciences and Technology Health Sciences; and Social Sciences.

Papers will be judged for their quality of content, contribution to science and technology, clarity of presentation, and thoroughness of documentation. Interested parties should submit 10 reprints or photocopies of the article and duly accomplished nomination form. Deadline of submission of applications forms is on November 30, 2009.

The Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) is announcing POSTPONEMENT of the deadline for the filing of the 2010 S&T Scholarships from September 30, 2009 to OCTOBER 9, 2009.

DOST-SEI issued the postponement due to the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Ondoy in Metro Manila and nearby Luzon provinces. In view of this, concerned agencies must submit the following documents to DOST-SEI on or before OCTOBER 14, 2009:

The National Academy of Science and Technology (DOST-NAST) is announcing the opening of the 2010 NAST-LELEDFI Award for Outstanding Research in Tropical