On 29th, OIST BOG made an announcement of the November 1 inauguration of Dr. Cherry Murray (65) and the resignation of Dr. Torsten Wiesel (93), the incumbent BOG Chair who received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1981.
Dr. Murray used to serve as a dean of Harvard University’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. With the first graduation ceremony coming on February 2018, OIST aims at the expansion of faculty members, stressing their need to contribute to the sustainable development of Okinawan economy.
Looking back on his days as the BOG Chair for the past 12 years, Dr. Wiesel commented, “It would take 10 or 20 years before we can make social contribution based on new findings on research. We would like to continue support for young scientists so that there would be Nobel Laurreates among OIST members in the future.”
* A similar article was covered by September 30 Ryukyu Shimpo.