OIST in the 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.Read More
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)Read More
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.Read More
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
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
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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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
New developments in solar panels by the Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit have been attracting attention in the media. A study led by Prof. Yabing Qi, with major contributions by Dr. Jia Liang and Dr. Zonghao Liu, has led to the creation of new photovoltaics utilising perovskite treated with manganese. The study is featured in Advanced Energy Materials.Read More
Taking inspiration from the biological building methods used in cells and the extracellular membrane, the Bioinspired Soft Matter Unit, led by Prof. Zhang, has designed and synthesized a nanoscale toolkit of molecules that can interact together to assemble complex molecular structures. Their work was recently published in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition.Read More
One OIST employee has been infected with the measles and as a preventative measure, the Child Development Center at OIST has been closed on the 19th of April. There are no reports of measles patients amongst children nor their parents.Read More