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OIST Column Series #6: What is the Indian Festival that Scientists Celebrate in Okinawa?

The latest OIST column for the Asahi Shimbun GLOBE+ is out! Click this link to read and know more about the  grand Diwali celebrations organized at OIST each year!


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Training on Ant for High School Students in Miyako Island

On November 10, staff members of the OIST OKEON Churamori Project visited Taira Port to teach the Miyako High School Science Club how they track down and study ants.

The project monitors fire ant populations on the island as a part of prefectural alien species countermeasure program. Members hold research training sessions to make local residents more aware of the impact of alien species on remote island environments. The Miyako High School students learned basic knowledge about fire ants and how to collect and study ants.

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New Study on Depression by scientists from OIST's Neural Computational Unit Garners Media Attention

A new study by Dr. Tokuda and Prof. Doya from the Neural Computational Unit at OIST has identified  three sub-types of depression that previously unknown.

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Structural Cellular Biology Unit in the News

An paper published in Nature Communications has detailed a study into the shape of bacterial cells and their associated z-rings. Authored by Dr. Bill Söderström, Dr. Alexander Badrutdinov, Dr. Helena Chan and Prof. Ulf Skoglund, the paper outline how the team, inpsired by cube shaped watermelons, use nanofabricated moulds can be used to alter the natural rod shapes of bacteria into a variety of new shapes.

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Column: New Students From 15 Different Countries and Areas

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

It is about OIST student's life, focusing Mohamed Atwa. : (Only in Japanese)

The tentative translation is updated.


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OIST's Perovskite Solar Cells Claim Media Spotlight

A new study on commercialization of perovskite solar cells by the Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit  at OIST, lead by Prof. Yabing Qi  has garnered media attention. Read the complete story here.

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OIST's Femtosecond Spectroscopy Unit in News!

A new study on finding a new mechanism to develop electronic devices by OIST's Femtosecond Spectroscopy Unit lead by Prof. Keshav Dani,  gains media spotlight. Read the complete story here.

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Want to Protect Lives of Abandoned Cats and Dogs: OIST Charity Event Selling Handmade Sweets

On September 18 at OIST campus, a OIST animal protection club, Save Okinawa Cats & Kitties (SOCKs) held a bakery sale event to raise donation fund for animal protection activities.  OIST researchers and students who belong to the club brought their handmade sweets for sale.  Many people came to the event and the total sales was as much as 200,000 yen.  The raised funds will be distributed to three animal protection groups in Okinawa.  This event has been held for four times since 2017.

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Column: Beautiful Okinawa's Ocean, Chura-Umi, And Science

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

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

It is about Dr. Yoko Nomura and her passion to save the local beautiful Bashofu. (Only in Japanese)


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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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