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29 Sep 2014
OIST welcomes its newest Associate Professor Yohei Yokobayashi, who will be leading a new unit on Nucleic Acid Chemistry and Engineering. Yokobayashi is joining OIST from UC Davis where he is currently an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering....
25 Sep 2014
OIST Prof. Tadashi Yamamoto is receiving the Tomizo Yoshida Award from The Japanese Cancer Association (JCA) for “outstanding achievement in the field of cancer research.” The largest association of...
24 Sep 2014
One of the most common complaints about solar power is solar panels are still too expensive to be worth the investment. Many researchers have responded by making solar cells, the tile-like components of solar panels that absorb and transfer energy, more...
19 Sep 2014
Transforming substances from liquids into gels plays an important role across many industries, including cosmetics, medicine, and energy. But the transformation process, called gelation, where manufacturers add chemical thickeners and either heat or cool...
11 Sep 2014
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University welcomed Shunichi Yamaguchi, the Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territory Affairs and the Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy, on September 10th, 2014. Minister...
2 Sep 2014
The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University is proud to welcome its third class of PhD students. President Jonathan Dorfan, Provost George Iwama, and Dean Jeff Wickens each welcomed the new students to the university in a ceremony...
1 Sep 2014
The brain is a complicated network of small units called neurons, all working to carry information from the outside world, create an internal model, and generate a response. Neurons sense a signal through branching dendrites, carry this signal to the...
26 Aug 2014
Nobody could have enjoyed science so much this summer as much these children did. Everyone had a blast! From August 18-22, the Onna-OIST Children’s School of Science (OOCSS) 2014 took place at the Fureai Taiken Center in Onna Village. This is the...
19 Aug 2014
Before cells divide, they create so much genetic material that it must be wound onto spools before the two new cells can split apart. These spools are actually proteins called histones, and they must multiply at the same moment that the cell doubles its...
18 Aug 2014
The new Child Development Center (CDC) at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University is ready to accommodate people. The new building will replace the temporary structure that has hosted the CDC since January 2013, doubling the...
15 Aug 2014
The ability to find food and avoid predation dictates whether most organisms live to spread their genes to the next generation or die trying. But for some species of microbe, a unique virus changes the rules of the game. This unusual virus turns some...
7 Aug 2014
Imagine the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University logo. Now, imagine shrinking the logo so that it can fit onto a grain of salt. A few weeks ago, the Biology Resources Section carved the design onto an actual grain of salt, a...
5 Aug 2014
On August 2, Japanese astronaut Naoko Yamazaki visited OIST to deliver a talk entitled “Linking Space, People, and Dreams,” in which she discussed the eleven years she spent training to achieve her lifelong dream of space flight. Her 15 days on the...
25 Jul 2014
Panagiotis Grammatikopoulos in the OIST Nanoparticles by Design Unit simulates the interactions of particles that are too small to see, and too complicated to visualize. In...
18 Jul 2014
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) has highly-educated women who have chosen to use their skills and expertise to advise and collaborate with the research of others, rather than conduct their own research. With the...
11 Jul 2014
OIST has acquired a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system which enables sophisticated physiological analyses of small animals.  OIST is the second university in Japan to own an MRI with such high static magnetic field strength, a feature which...
10 Jul 2014
On July 9, 2014, Dr. Yuuri Yasuoka1 in the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University’s Marine Genomics Unit, published...
4 Jul 2014
OIST has a new resident: a life-size humpback whale! Last Saturday, June 28, eighty children visited OIST to paint a mural of a humpback whale with Okinawan artist pokke104. The fourteen-meter long mural is the same size as a real humpback whale and now...
3 Jul 2014
The human brain is the most complex computer in existence.  Understanding how it works has been a scientific endeavor for centuries.  However, technology has only recently advanced to the point where we can really understand brain function down...
25 Jun 2014
Combining physics and neurobiology to tackle Parkinson’s Disease is research “I would never have been able to do outside of OIST,” says Professor Keshav Dani.  The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University’s...

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