Dr. Ma. Carmen Ablan – Lagman, an alumna of the Fulbright-Philippine Agriculture Scholarship Program (2013 – 2014) and also a recipient of the USAID Science Technology Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) program on its first year of implementation last August 2014. The said program aims to increase partnerships between the academe and industry in the Philippines and encourage U.S.-Philippines interactions with the eventual aim of developing technology and industries that fuel inclusive economic growth in the country. She was one of the five grantees (from a pool of 57 applications), each amounting to $80,000 on that year. Three grantees were for university and industry projects while two were for industry relevant projects that involved U.S. and Philippine university interaction.
Dr. Ablan – Lagman is also an Associate Professor in the Biology Department of the De La Salle University – Manila and a member of the Centre for Natural Science and Environment Research (CENSER). Her career started by working on the physiology and genetics of giant clams and genetic connectivity and adaption of reel fish for her Ph.D. at the University of the Philippines. She also had research positions at the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute and the International Centre for Living Aquatic Resources Management in Manila and in the World Fish Center located in Malaysia.
Last October 1, 2014, Wednesday, 3:00PM, she gave a talk at the PAEF Office entitled “Becoming a Global Scholar in the Philippines”. The lecture was attended by a number of PAEF alumni, and students and professionals from different local schools. The audience actively participated by raising their points and arguments about the topic and they were inspired to maximize their potentials in becoming a global scholar in their own way.