The UPLB Museum of Natural History continues its tradition of producing and nurturing outstanding researchers, extension and administrative personnel. This 2017, a junior and Curator from the Museum have been chosen as the best in their respective categories by selection committees composed of distinguished and accomplished faculty and staff.

James DV. Alvarez, University Extension Associate I of the MNH's Zoological and Wildlife Collection, will be given the 2017 Outstanding Researcher Award in the Natural Sciences (Junior REPS Category) for his active research collaborations with local and foreign researchers and scientists in the documentation and protection of biodiversity; and prolific publications in high-impact journals early in his career.

Dr. Aimee Lynn B. Dupo, Curator for spiders and moths of the MNH's Entomological Museum and Professor at the Institute of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences will be awarded the 2017 Outstanding Teacher Award in the Biological Sciences (Senior Faculty Category).

Dr. Dupo, a very active museum curator and incidentally, a former junior staff of the Museum will be awarded for her exemplary dedication to teaching as demonstrated by her innovative and customized teaching strategies and materials that complement the learning styles of her students; her genuine concern for all her students as seen in her commitment to their academic welfare; and her inspiring example that motivates her peers to re-invent and transform their own way of teaching.

Dr. Dupo and Mr. Alvarez will be awarded on 06 March 2017 during the 108th Foundation Day of the University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna.

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