Dr. Sheryl Yap, who has served as director of Institute of Weed Science, Entomology and Plant Pathology (IWEP) from 2018-2021, has been reappointed to a second three-year term.

For the next three years, Dr. Yap desires to maintain IWEP’s commitment on strong leadership in the fields of weed science, entomology, and plant pathology towards a future-proofed pest management. She aims to strengthen instructions through enhancement as well as institution of new programs and courses; provision of more avenue for internship and formal research experiences for students; improvement of teaching materials; and opening opportunities for alumni and stakeholders to be able to be involved in student recruitment.

In terms of research and extension, some of her plans include commercialization of products and technologies, improving research laboratories, sustaining existing programs such as the UPLB Urban Pest Management Program and Mushroom Program, and expanding Pest Clinic services through Pest Clinic on Wheels.

Over-all, Dr. Yap summarizes her vision for IWEP for the upcoming term as to:

Innovate and develop new solutions to strengthen instruction, research, and public service that can

Withstand the challenges of the changing environment in order to

Empower and cultivate a community of engaged partners with

Principles that build transformational leaders in the field of entomology, plant pathology, and weed science.

Dr. Yap’s reappointment follows after a month-long evaluation conducted by the Search Committee for the Next Director of IWEP headed by Dr. Maribel Dionisio-Sese. The results were announced last August 25.

Congratulations Dr. Sheryl Yap!

Prepared by: CHR Tabernilla

First published in Aggie Green and Gold Newsletter