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Column: To Save Okinawa's Bashofu - Scientists Move Forward to a Conservation

Third article is now online : OIST's column series at the Asahi Shimbun GLOBE+ "Scientists without boarders from Chura-shima".

It is about OIST Marine related projects. Written by Andrew Scott, our Science Communication Fellow: (Only in Japanese)


朝日新聞GLOBE+ OISTの新コラムシリーズ 「美ら島の国境なき科学者たち」No.2 「サンゴやプランクトンに波力発電……美ら海の世界は深い」がアップされました。今回の執筆担当は、OIST サイエンスコミュニケーションフェローのアンドリュー・スコットです。

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President Peter Gruss' Interview for Younger Generations

OIST President Peter Gruss was interviewed by a Mexican online media, Oddin Noticias. He talked about his career as a biologist and as a leader of science institutions, what he believes makes for good research, and the uniqueness of OIST.
He had a message for younger generations who are interested in pursuing a career in science: "It's the best profession in the world!” … “Your idea can change the world to make it a better place to live."

Here is the link to the interview.

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Marine Genomics Unit Explores Evolution of the Gut

A new paper from the Marine Genomics Unit has been published in Nature Communications.

Co-authored by Dr. Kenichi Nakashima, the study looks at the evolution of the vertebrate gut, highlighting the structure of the tunicate Ciona intestinalis Type A as an extant example of transitional forms that evolved between chitin-based barrier defense in invertebrates, and mucous linings seen in vertebrates.

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OIST’s study on songs of local birds in news

The work being carried out by Dr. Nicholas Friedman and his colleagues from OIST’s Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit, on acoustic monitoring of songs of Okinawan birds, has been recently featured in Current Biology.  Read the complete article here.

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French Radio Reported Okinawa's Challenges

French radio station Radio France International (RFI) reported on some Okinawa's issues. OIST reseracher Dr. Masahi Yoshimura talked about the environmental issue.

You can listen to the report from here. (In French)

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Multidisciplinary LSPR Study in the News

A multidisciplinary study conducted by the Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit with assistance from the Structural Cellular Biology Unit has been published in ACS Sensors.

The paper looks at the use of LSPR techniques as a means of running realtime, label-free monitoring of bacterial biofilms, which could have big significance for drug screening in the future.

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Computational Neuroscience Unit in the News

A new paper from OIST's Computational Neuroscience Unit has been published in Cell Reports. The study, authored by Dr. Yunliang Zang and Prof. Erik De Schutter highlights the construction of a new computational model of Purkinje cells, a crucial neuron that controls motor function from the brain's medulla.

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Promoting OIST’s Attractions to the World: VP Whyte Expressed OIST Goals


On July 2 (Mon), Dr. Barry Whyte, the newly assigned OIST Vice President for Communication and Public Relations, made a courtesy call at the Okinawa Times headquarters.   

Born in the UK, VP Whyte holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry, and served as the head of communications at the European Molecular Biology Organization and other world class research institutions.

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Startup Accelerator Program Covered in Newswitch

Japanese science and technology news outlet Newswitch has reported on the Innovation Square Startup Accelerator Program today.

The I2@OIST program is a new initiative aimed at catalyzing startups in Okinawa, strengthening local innovation in OIST and the sustaining economic development in the community.

The first team being incubated is Shoreditch-son, who are developing personalized nutritional supplements.

You can read the full story here.

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Joy of Learning Proudly Presented: OISTers Awarded at Nago Japanese Speech Contest


On July 7th, 12th Japanese Speech Contest was held by Nago International Exchange Association.  Eight participants from Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Cambodia, and Mongolia made their speech on what they have been thinking in Okinawa.

For the first prize, Mr. Amol Dahal, an OIST technical staff from Nepal was chosen with his speech titled, “Personal Growth since I Came to Japan.”

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G0 Cell Unit in the News

OIST's G0 Cell Unit is in the news as a new paper has been released in Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The study looks at a protien complex called cohesin that plays a pivotal role in chromosome segregation in cell division. Co-written by Dr Xingya Xu and Dr Norihiko Nakazawa, the research posits that the sturcutre of the molecule may be radically different to what was first presumed, which as impikcations for medical treatment of its dysfunction.

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Introducing Charms of Bashofu: OIST Fabric-Dyeing Club is to Publish a Leaflet

To disseminate charms of Bashofu (Okinawan traditional fabric), Okinawa Traditional Craft and Fabric-Dyeing Club in OIST has been working on preparing a leaflet on history, technology, and function of Okinawa traditional Bashofu fabric.  The club members are going to distribute the leaflets at various exhibitions and schools to disseminate charms of Bashofu.  The members are also calling for funds for preparing the leaflets.

Donation Sought through Cloud Funding

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Continuum Physics & Fluid Mechanics Units in the News

A paper published in Physical Review Letters is making a cosmic splash in the press. The study, authored by Dr Tapan Sabuwala of the Continuum Physics Unit, along woth Pinaki Chakroborty of the Fluid Mechanics Unit, outlines how surface roughness is a key factor in creating crater rays - the patterns of ejected debris that are created by meteorite impacts on the surface of planets.

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OIST Starts A Column Series! (Asahi Shimbun GLOBE+)

We proudly announce that OIST has just kicked off a monthly column series on Asahi Shimbun GLOBE+.

Our Sceince Communicators will talk about OIST's science, Okinawa and the world of science! Check it out!

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OIST Financial Support Under Discussion


On June 11, a Review Committee for future OIST and its issues was held at Cabinet Office.  The possible procedures for evaluation and verification of the School Corporation have been discussed prior to FY 2021, the 10th year review after the enactment of OIST School Corporation Act.

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These labs are remarkably diverse — here’s why they’re winning at science

Nature 7 June 2018 issue focuses on diversity in the lab.

It features OIST's Nanoparticles by Design Unit (Prof. Sowwan) as one of the "remarkably diverse " labs.

Read the article : 

These labs are remarkably diverse — here’s why they’re winning at science


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Stop Using a Straw! OIST Volunteers Send Out Instagram Messages

Stop Using a Straw! OIST Volunteers Send Out Instagram Messages


OIST Eco Club, composed of 15 members of OIST researchers, students and their family members, started “World Oceans Day Photo Contest” on Instagram.  The aim is to disseminate educational messages to prevent further oceanic contamination with plastic products, through posting photos of people with a drink not using a straw.  The deadline for the photo contest is until 7 pm on June 8, Friday.

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Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit in the News

A recent paper released by the Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit has used a global meta-analysis of all known ant species to explore why species diversity is higher in the tropics than at higher latitudes. The paper is published in Nature Communications.

Read the whole story here

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OIST Wave Energy Project officially launched in maldives

An OIST project to convert wave energy into electricty has gone been officially launched this week in the Maldives. Professor Tsumoru Shintake, leader of the Quantum Wave Microscopy Unit, and his colleagues designed special Wave Energy Converter which have nof been deployed for field trials with the cooperation of the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MEE) of the Republic of Maldives and Kokyo Tatemono Company Limited (Kokyo) of Tokyo, Japan.

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OIST Neurobiology Research Unit in the News

OIST's Neurobiology Research Unit (Wickens Unit) has been in the news regarding a new paper published in eLife. The stdu, co-authored by Dr. Stefano Zucca, Aya Zucca and Prof. Jeff Wickens amongst others explores the use of optogenetics to show how certain neurons in the brain's striatum pause activity in response to significan events.

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