Tuesday, June 9, 2009

EUAsiaGrid AdMU Seminar-Workshop on Bioinformatics of Dengue and Other Flaviviral Diseases

Blog Link: http://raffysaldana.blogspot.com/2009/06/euasiagrid-admu-seminar-workshop-on.html

Caption: Some of the participants in the Seminar-Workshop on Bioinformatics of Dengue and Other Flaviviral Diseases held in Ateneo de Manila University on June 9 - 11, 2009.

EAUAsiaGrid AdMU Project School of Science and Engineering Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU)

Seminar-Workshop on Bioinformatics of Dengue and Other Flaviviral Diseases
June 9 - 11, 2009
Ateneo de Manila University

Biology Department


DAY 1: June 9, 2009

Biological Foundations of Bioinformatics:
Nucleic Acids and Proteins
Structure of the Nucleic Acids DNA and RNA
The Storage of Genetic Information
The Structure of Proteins
Primary Structure
Secondary Structure
Tertiary and Quaternary Structure

Molecular Biology of Flaviviruses:
The DENV genome
Morpho-anatomical properties
Physicochemical properties
Biochemical properties
Structural and functional genomics
Host pathogen interactions

Public Biological resources of Flaviviruses:
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Monday, June 1, 2009

Bohol Tour: Chocolate Hills (May 2009)


Blog Link: http://raffysaldana.blogspot.com/2009/06/bohol-tour-chocolate-hills-may-2009.html

Date: 6 May 2009

Venue: Chocolate Hills, Carmen, Bohol, Philippines

Activity: Post-Workshop Tour of MODEL 2009 (Europe-Philippines International Workshop on Modeling, Simulation, and Grid Computing) held in Bohol, Philippines.


"The Chocolate Hills is an unusual geological formation in Bohol, Philippines. It is composed of around 1,268 perfectly cone-shaped hills of about the same size, spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres (20 sq mi). They are covered in green grass that turns brown during the dry season, hence the name.

The Chocolate Hills are a famous tourist attraction of Bohol. It is featured in the provincial flag and seal to symbolize the abundance of natural attraction in the province. It is in the Philippine Tourism Authority's list of tourist destinations in the Philippines; it has been declared the country's 3rd National Geological Monument and proposed for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List."

(Source: wikipedia.org)

A visit to Bohol is not complete without visiting the Chocolate Hills.

Link to more photos: http://www.travelblog.org/Asia/Philippines/Bohol/Carmen/blog-404238.html

From the photo collection of Raffy Saldana (http://raffysaldana.blogspot.com)

Bohol Tour: Philippine Tarsier (May 2009)


Blog Link: http://raffysaldana.blogspot.com/2009/06/bohol-tour-philippine-tarsier-may-2009.html

Date: 6 May 2009

Venue: Loboc, Bohol, Philippines

Activity: Post Workshop-Tour, MODEL 2009: Europe-Philippines International Workshop on Modelling, Simulation, and Grid Computing.


A visit to Bohol is not complete without seeing the famous Philippine Tarsier.

"The Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta), known locally as the Maumag in Cebuano/Visayan, is an endangered tarsier species endemic to the Philippines. It is found in the southeastern part of the archipelago, particularly in the islands of Bohol, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao. Its name is derived from its elongated "tarsus" or ankle bone". ( Source: wikipedia.org )

Note: According to my colleague, Dondi Mapa, tarsiers should be viewed exclusively at the Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella, Bohol. This is the facility where tarsiers are properly treated and given enough space to roam.

Link to more photos: http://www.travelblog.org/Asia/Philippines/Bohol/blog-404226.html

From the photo collection of Raffy Saldana (http://raffysaldana.blogspot.com)

Bohol Tour: Exploring Hinagdanan Cave in Panglao, Island (May 2009)


Blog Link: http://raffysaldana.blogspot.com/2009/06/bohol-tour-exploring-hinagdanan-cave-in.html

Tourist Spot: Hinagdanan Cave, Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines

Date Visited: 6 May 2009

Notes: We visited Hinagdanan Cave as part of the Post-Workshop Tour, MODEL 2009 (Europe-Philippines Workshop on Modelling, Simulation and Grid Computing), May 4 -6, 2009, Bohol, Philippines

"Hinagdanan Cave is a cave on Panglao Island, in Bohol Province, Philippines. It is a naturally lighted cavern with a deep lagoon and many large stalactites and stalagmites.

The cave is lit by sunlight which filters through holes in the ceiling. The underground lake is a popular swimming spot, but it has been known to test for high levels of various pollutants, since it is fed by ground runoff. " (Source: wikipedia.org)

Link to photos: http://www.travelblog.org/Asia/Philippines/Bohol/Panglao/blog-404209.html

From the photo collection of Raffy Saldana (http://raffysaldana.blogspot.com)