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19 Nov 2014
OIST welcomes new Assistant Professor Ye Zhang, who will be directing a research unit on bioinspired soft matter. Zhang is coming to OIST from Brandeis University in Massachusetts, where she is doing postdoctoral work on Material Science. Her primary...
17 Nov 2014
Synapse, the name for the signal-receiving site on a neuron, comes from the Greek word for contact. Neuroscientists used to maintain that neurons form one-to-one relationship to contact one another. Yet more researchers are finding evidence that shows...
6 Nov 2014
On October 29, six eminent marine scientists from institutions around the world gathered at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University to discuss their work, ranging from the microscopic world of cellular marine biology, to the...
5 Nov 2014
In an article published in Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience by Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University’s Professor Robert...
24 Oct 2014
On October 20, Hinako Takahashi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of the Environment visited the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University to open the 29th general meeting of the ...
23 Oct 2014
Simulating the behavior of a single particle can be quite a challenging task in physics; after all, it is microscopic and we usually cannot watch in real time. It becomes even more complicated when you realize that the particle has to follow the laws of...
16 Oct 2014
The proliferation of cells, in particular the orientation in which they divide, is key in regulating the shapes of tissues. However, the cellular mechanisms that govern cell proliferation and cell division orientation are not fully understood. Research...
10 Oct 2014
New research has been published in Marine Biology on the long term population dynamics of the Crown-of-Thorns starfish, Acanthaster planci.  It is one of the...
2 Oct 2014
Nanoparticles have the potential to revolutionize the medical industry, but they must possess a few critical properties. First, they need to target a specific region, so that they do not scatter throughout the body. They also require some sort of sensing...
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...
3 Sep 2014
This spring, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit researcher Béatrice Lecroq jumped aboard a ship traveling the Pacific. This was no ordinary ship though. It carried dozens of marine...
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...

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