OIST 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.Read More
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.Read More
A study on how dark marine environments influence the brain power of nocturnal fishes by Dr. Teresa Igesias and Prof. Economo from OIST and published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, is in the news. Read the complete story here.
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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.Read More
OIST professor Tsumoru Shintake is contunuing to make waves with the Quantum Wave Microscopy Unit's trialling of their unique wave-engergy converter units.
Currently installed in the Maldives, the units use wave power to generate electricity for a local hotel.
The story has been covered by the international financial news outlet, Bloomberg:Read More
A new study by OIST Physics and Biology Unit headed by Professor Jonathan Miller is in the news. The study co-authored by Dr. Zdenek Lajbner, Dr. Reuven Pnini
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OIST's Light-Matter interactions unit is making news with the publication of their new paper in Optica. Written by Dr. Joanathan Ward Yong Yang, Fuchuan Lei and Síle Nic Chormaic, the paper discusses the use of glass bubbled called Whispering Gallery Resonators to detect nanoparticles, and an OIST design to improve their efficiancy.Read More
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.”Read More
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.Read More
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.
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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.Read More
Fostering Creativity through Diversity
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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!Read More
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.Read More
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.
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OIST's Theory of Quantum Matter Unit has been in the news following the publication of their new paper outlining an experiment into a substance know as a Quantum Spin Ice.
The paper outlines the synthesis and testing of a material called praseodymium hafnate (Pr2Hf2O7), which displayes strange quantum properties that are very similar to light. You can read the full story here.
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A new study released by OIST's Neural Computation Unity has explored the link between the hormone Serotonin and patience in mice. Authored by Dr Dr Kayoko Miyazaki, Dr Katsuhiko Miyazaki and Prof. Kenji Doya, the paper finds that increased seratonin boosts the length of time mice are willingto wait for a food reward, provided they believe there is a high chance they will get one. The paper is published in Nature Communications.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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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.Read More
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.Read More