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13 Dec 2013
In the afternoon of Thursday, December 12, 2013, 34 students and 5 professors from the University of the Ryukyus (Ryudai) came to visit OIST for a special campus tour. This tour was planned to strengthen ties at the student level. This was the first...
12 Dec 2013
Contributing to the self-sustaining development of Okinawa, along with the equally important task of contributing to the advancement of science and technology worldwide, is a core mission for the OIST Graduate University. As part of its strategy for self...
9 Dec 2013
Okinawa is home to two native species of pit viper, the Okinawa Habu and the Himehabu (princess-habu).  Like all snake venoms, Habu and Himehabu venoms are complex mixtures of proteins and bio-organic molecules that immobilize prey.  Each...
2 Dec 2013
The OIST Concert Series concluded for 2013 with a concert of works by J.S. Bach that took place on November 30th, 2013. 450 people from OIST and the public packed the auditorium. In the opening remarks, OIST President Jonathan Dorfan commented, “I am...
27 Nov 2013
In a space draped with yellow curtains, a researcher dressed all in white, with only his eyes showing, is staring at a small plate, the size of a person’s fingernail. The location is a cleanroom in OIST’s Laboratory 2. Here, dust in the air is removed to...
21 Nov 2013
A multinational project in the Biodiversity and Biodiversity Unit has led to the finding of not only one of the world’s rarest ant genus, but also the discovery of a new ant species.  In the Unit’s...
12 Nov 2013
TEDxRyukyu took place at OIST on November 9th, and 400 participants filled the OIST auditorium. TED is a non-profit organization that aims to spread the ideas of the world’s most inspirational thinkers through...
6 Nov 2013
Nanoparticles, which range from 1-100 nanometers in size, are roughly the same size as biomolecules such as proteins, antibodies, and membrane receptors.  Because of this size similarity, nanoparticles can mimic biomolecules and therefore have a...
5 Nov 2013
Antiviral energy drinks, teacher support for learning numbers in elementary schools and connecting to the future using orchids, these were the subjects for the top three prizewinning projects at the SCORE! science festival held at OIST on Saturday,...
5 Nov 2013
Professor George Iwama will join the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) as Executive Vice President, starting in early January 2014. As Executive Vice President he will report to President Jonathan Dorfan, helping to...
1 Nov 2013
On October 25, the International Workshop on Marine Debris, Environmental Monitoring, and Disaster Mitigation took place at OIST. This public event was hosted in conjunction with a two-day workshop on the...
29 Oct 2013
Neurons in the brain communicate with each other both chemically and electrically: chemical communication can lead to strengthening or weakening of connections between neurons, and electrical signaling allows rapid communication between neurons all over...
28 Oct 2013
OIST is at the forefront of creating change in how research and education are practiced. In 2012, we accepted our first class of 34 graduate students and became a fully operational graduate university. We also succeeded in completing the set-up of...
23 Oct 2013
The friendship between OIST and the University of the Ryukyus just got a little boost.  In a recent...
18 Oct 2013
On October 16, OIST welcomed five members of the internationally-acclaimed Italian chamber orchestra, I Musici, who performed a special concert in the OIST auditorium. The 500 seats were filled by those who had made reservations before the event. While I...
17 Oct 2013
Dr. Sydney Brenner, the Former President of OIST, has made a donation of 5,000,000 yen to establish a scholarship fund for OIST graduate student training. He made this donation “In recognition of the pioneering vision, remarkable energy, and determined...
15 Oct 2013
Pearls are the only gems produced by living organisms. The academic journal, Zoological Science, published a special issue devoted to pearl oysters.  Dr. Takeshi Takeuchi of the OIST Marine...
10 Oct 2013
For the last 10 years, OIST Board of Governors Member Koji Omi has brought the world’s most influential scientists and scientific states-people to Kyoto for the Science Technology in Society Forum....
7 Oct 2013
On Friday 4th October, as Typhoon FITOW approached Okinawa from the south, OIST President Jonathan Dorfan, Provost Robert Baughman and six members of the OIST Board of Governors flew north to Tokyo for a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The...
2 Oct 2013
Each month at OIST there are exciting developments in science, in education and rapid evolution in international collaboration. As a new communication initiative, OIST will be sending out an electronic newsletter to those who are curious about the...

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