Dr. Myrna S. Rodriguez, Associate Professor at the Institute of Chemistry, officially retired last May 13, after serving the university as administrator and faculty member for 39 years. Her duties as CAS Associate Dean will end with the term of the incumbent Dean.

     Dr. Rodriguez pursued her PhD in Chemistry and Biochemistry in LaTrobe University, Australia. An alumna of UPLB, she earned both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Agricultural Chemistry and soon after began her career in the university as a Chemistry Instructor in 1978. She handled undergraduate courses in General Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry, as well as graduate courses in Biochemistry and Inorganic Chemistry.

     In her several years of service, Dr. Rodriguez held various administrative positions as well: as Director for Student Administration at UP Open University from 1995 to 1998, as Vice Chancellor for Student Support Services from 1998 to 2003, as Deputy Director of the Institute of Chemistry from 2006 to 2010, and as a member of the UPLB General Education Council and served as the Chair of the Mathematics, Science and Technology Cluster of the Revitalized General Education Program (RGEP) from 2007 to 2017. She also served as area coordinator in Chemistry for the BS Mathematics and Science Teaching (MST) program from 2010 until July 2017. In 2011, Dr. Rodriguez was appointed as CAS Associate Dean and served  two successive deans, Dr. Zita VJ. Albacea and Dr. Felino P. Lansigan.

     Some of the awards Dr. Rodriguez received include One UP Professorial Chair in Chemistry for Teaching and Public Service (2016), Achievement Award in Chemical Education (Tertiary Level) given by the Philippine Federation of Chemical Societies (2016), Centennial Professorial Chair Award in General Education (2010), KKP-Los Baños Chapter Achievement Award in Education (2000), CAS Distinguished Alumni Award in Education (1999) and Juan Salcedo, Jr. Award for Science Education (1999).

     Retiring from service at the age of 65, Dr. Rodriguez looks back at prolific years in the university that produced a number of graduates and professionals, as well as course institutions, research work, books, and scientific publications.