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18/04/2011: Filipino Professors featured in State Department and EPA programs

April 18, 2011, Washington, DC -  At a reading and discussion forum on April 14, 2011 at the American University, Professor Vicente G. Groyon (second from left) from De La Salle University in Manila talked about his insights after completing the program, Writers in Motion, where he, together with seven other participants from Canada, Australia, Guatamela, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jamaica, Kenya and Myanmar travelled around the United States to examine the challenges brought about by natural and social crises and how people rise from them.

Writers in Motion, an international writing program sponsored through grant funds from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State, brought the writers to Gettysburg, New Orleans, the Gulf Coast, Birmingham, and Baltimore to explore the theme, “Fall and Recovery”. The writers engaged local writers, scientists, historians and citizens about the Civil War, Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill and the Civil Rights movement.

Awarded with the Manila Critics Circle National Book Award, Professor Groyon teaches creative writing at De La Salle, is an editor of several anthologies and collections of Filipino fiction and has written four film scripts.

Professor Susan Gallardo, Ph.D (left) from De La Salle University (DLSU) in Manila demonstrates the use of a sustainable water purification system during the National Sustainable Design Expo organized by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on April 15, 2011 at the National Mall. The water system will be introduced in Nagcarlan, Laguna in the Philippines. DLSU partnered with Manhattan College in developing the system which uses indigenous biodegradable materials such as coconut shell. Professor Gallardo is joined by Filipino-American Professor James Patrick Abulencia, Ph.D of Manhattan College (right) and his student Shannon O’Brien (center).

The National Sustainable Design Expo, a part of EPA’s Earth Day Event, showcased fifty-five (55) teams of more than 400 college students from across the United States and their innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

Professor Gallardo teaches Chemical Engineering at DLSU. Professor Abulencio recently participated in the Balik Scientist Program of the Department of Science and Technology of the Philippines and will travel back to the Philippines in June to help launch the water system. - END