Articles

30 Jul 2013
Several weeks ago, Prof. Economo of OIST’s Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit won an award...
25 Jul 2013
On July 25, the members of the House of Representatives’ Special Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation visited OIST. The 9-member delegation, led by Committee Chairperson Mr. Kisaburo Tokai, started their visit with a short presentation by...
24 Jul 2013
Ten months after the opening of the Village Center, the West Court Apartments also opened their doors to new residents early in July. This timely addition to housing on the OIST campus will provide accommodation for researchers and the second cohort of...
16 Jul 2013
Prof. Evan Economo, who leads OIST’s Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit, was awarded the 2013 Presidential Award from the American Society of Naturalists (ASN).  This award is given to authors of the best paper published in the journal The American...
11 Jul 2013
The second OIST Research Intern Summer Program is now underway. The 2013 program, a collaborative effort with Oxford and Harvard Universities, allows undergraduates who plan to continue their studies, to gain research experience and to become acquainted...
3 Jul 2013
The Art Exhibition “A Crossing of Minds”, jointly held by OIST and the faculty of Arts and Crafts of the Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts (OPUA), opened on June 27 at the OIST campus. Seventeen sculptures, ceramics, and installations, produced by...
3 Jul 2013
On June 29 and 30, the International Conference on Climate Change and Coral Reef Conservation, organized by the Ministry of the Environment and Okinawa Prefecture with the...
25 Jun 2013
On June 19, the Red Cross blood donation bus made its first visit to the OIST campus. With many students, researchers, and staff, OIST was the perfect stop to make. The OIST Health Center already had 20 people pre-registered before the 19th, indicating...
21 Jun 2013
OIST Café, a seminar aimed at science students, was inaugurated in April in Tokyo. This month it was held again in Tokyo, and also in Sapporo, on June 16 and 19. These events were intended for science majors interested in doing research in an...
21 Jun 2013
Many organisms rely on symbiotic relationships, in which two species rely on each other for survival and one lives inside the other. But mealybugs, often regarded as pests since they feed on plant juices, survive on a tripartite symbiotic relationship...
10 Jun 2013
OIST has offered its conference facilities to host various academic conferences and workshops. Today on June 10, the 500-seater OIST auditorium, which was completed in May 2012, opened its doors to the first major international conference, “The...
29 May 2013
Two recent events at the University underlined OIST’s ambition to spread scientific ideas and concepts to the population of Okinawa and all staff at the University.  On Saturday 25 May, 350 people crowded into the OIST Auditorium to listen to a...
17 May 2013
In order to carry out the complex physical and mental functions required in daily life, the many neural circuits that allow communication between different parts of the brain must be properly connected. While electrical impulses transmit information...
14 May 2013
While OIST adheres to a philosophy that rejects barriers between scientific disciplines, the University also seeks out ways to erase the lines between the arts and sciences. In a single week, the campus was a buzz with activity as Nobel Laureates and...
13 May 2013
Prof. Hirotaka Sugawara, Distinguished Professor and Special Advisor to the President of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University was awarded on May 13 the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Government of Japan. Prof. ...
2 May 2013
As a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen in the UK, Gordon Arbuthnott came across a paper by a group in Sweden that introduced him the world of the dopamine, a neurotransmitter commonly dubbed the brain chemical behind pleasure. Published by...
23 Apr 2013
An aerial view of OIST’s campus shows off its spectacular architecture, surrounding landscape, and building layout. Orient yourself to Japan’s only international and interdisciplinary graduate university by watching this fly-by tour.
19 Apr 2013
Mathematics has a knack for describing the universe, so accurately that some contemporary physicists have suggested that reality itself is composed...
12 Apr 2013
“I had no clue what foraminifera were,” says OIST researcher Dr. Beatrice Lecroq.  To find out, this curious Swiss French biologist journeyed to the strange, deeper parts of the ocean, intrigued by these one-celled animals. Stranger perhaps is that...

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