Articles

21 Apr 2014
The OIST Pipe Flow Experiment is poised to bridge a long-standing gap between physics and engineering.  The experimental facility is being set up by Professor Pinaki Chakraborty’s Fluid Mechanics Unit and...
15 Apr 2014
Dr. Ken Peach has a default setting of answering “yes” to a good opportunity; that is how he became OIST Interim Dean for Faculty Affairs.  When President Dorfan told him about the position, Dr. Peach, an experienced and very engaged member of the...
11 Apr 2014
A new paper by OIST’s Neural Computation Unit has demonstrated the usefulness of robots in studying evolution.  Published in PLOS ONE, Stefan Elfwing, a researcher in Professor Kenji Doya’s Unit, has...
7 Apr 2014
OIST’s Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit has made a surprising discovery about the degradation of solar cells that could help pave the way to creating a longer lifetime for these cells.  Key...
31 Mar 2014
OIST has recently established a Gender Equality Task Force.  The purpose of the task force is to ensure that gender equality is part of the OIST philosophy.  The University has already established a statement of Core Values, part of which is, “...
26 Mar 2014
OIST hosted a two-day contest entitled, “Why Science?” on March 18-19. The competition brought 27 contestants from universities all over Japan, who gave five-minute English presentations about their passion for science. Congratulations to the winner,...
26 Mar 2014
In recent years, Okinawa has recorded the dubious distinction of having the highest obesity rate in Japan. Preventing obesity-related diseases is an urgent issue.  Professor Hidetoshi Saze of the OIST Plant Epigenetics Unit is leading a new research...
18 Mar 2014
On March 16, OIST opened its doors to more than five thousand people from Okinawa and elsewhere, for Open Campus 2014.  Visitors freely explored the university’s Center Building and lab facilities, stopping to participate in various hands-on...
17 Mar 2014
In order to survive, animals must be able to sense what is happening in the environment.  Some animals have excellent sight, others a great sense of smell or taste.  The senses are used to find food, mates, to avoid toxins and predators. ...
10 Mar 2014
Investigating the neurobiological causes of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) will lead to effective new therapies for individuals with the disorder.  This is the goal of Emi Furukawa, a member of the ...
5 Mar 2014
In the bones supporting our bodies, calcium regulation occurs by balancing the activities of osteoclasts, which are groups of cells that increase the calcium concentration in blood by destroying bone tissue, and osteoblasts, which are another groups of...
28 Feb 2014
Professor Amy Shen is joining OIST to head the Micro/Bio/Nano Fluidics Unit and will be on campus full-time in July.  She will move to OIST from the University of Washington, where she is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering....
26 Feb 2014
OIST has a distinctive look, inside and out, and the details that make it so are not just aesthetic. Most of that style has a reason, be it convenience, safety, energy efficiency, or some combination thereof. One example of this can be seen in the dark...
26 Feb 2014
Nanoparticle research is huge.  That is, the study of nanoparticles, very miniscule objects that act as a unit with specific properties, is a very popular area of study.  With implications in many avenues of science, from biomedicine to laser...
24 Feb 2014
In February 2014, Professor Noriyuki Satoh, of OIST’s Marine Genomics Unit, published a book entitled, “Developmental Genomics of Ascidians” ISBN: 978-1-118-65618-1. ...
17 Feb 2014
One of the major problems in today’s society is the efficiency and cost of developing medicines to treat disease.  The advancements in pharmaceutical science have been phenomenal, but the price of these advances remains prohibitively high for many...
7 Feb 2014
OIST is pleased to welcome Professor Eliot Fried, who will head the new Mathematical Soft Matter Unit.  Prof. Fried comes to OIST from the University of Washington, where he was a Professor of Mechanical Engineering.  Previously, he was...
31 Jan 2014
OIST Executives travelled to Tokyo on January 28 to conclude an agreement of scientific and academic cooperation with the University of Tokyo. “We are very honored to be here,” said OIST President Jonathan Dorfan at the outset of a signing ceremony of...
31 Jan 2014
The first OIST Café in Okinawa kicked off on Friday, January 24, featuring a lecture on English academic presentations by OIST English Teacher, Kevin Hunt, and a talk on science careers by Dr. Hiroshi Takagi of OIST’s Cellular and Molecular Synaptic...
30 Jan 2014
In 2013, a new species of goby was discovered in a stream on the main island of Okinawa. The species was named Stiphodon niraikanaiensis, which comes from a traditional word on Okinawa and Amami areas, “Nirai Kanai.” Nirai Kanai is a mythical paradise...

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