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US Military Realignment Grant "Has a higher degree of freedom”

On June 15, the House of Councillors Okinawa and Northern Territory Special Committee held a questioning session with representatives regarding the promotion of Okinawa . Questions were raised concerning Okinawa's economic situation, issues regarding the U.S. Military base, and the child poverty problem.

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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! 

https://globe.asahi.com/article/11606678

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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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Wastewater Treatment by Microbes

A research team at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST, Onna Village, Okinawa) is developing a wastewater treatment device that can provide its’ own electric power. This microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology utilizes bacteria that generate electricity when decomposing organic substances. By using this technology, they are aiming for a self-sufficient device.

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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.

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

 

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Theory of Quantum Matter Unit in the News

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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Artworks Donated to OIST

Printmaker Ms. Matsubara, in rapport with OIST activity.

Artist, Naoko Matsubara donated three of her works to Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) on May 24, and a ceremony was held at the research building of the university.

Ms. Matsubara currently lives in Canada and while she was visiting OIST with her friend on a trip to Okinawa, she has decided to donate her works. "OIST is a wonderful place where scientists can go out into the world from Okinawa”, she said.

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Neural Computation Unit in the News

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.

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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.

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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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【Hana Wa Shimairo】 Mr. Hidehito Adaniya, OIST Researcher

"The New Electron Microscope Challenge"

Mr. Hidehito Adaniya hailing from Hirara Shimozato in Miyako Island is trying to develop a new type of electron microscope at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) in Onna village. "With the electron microscope, I would like to be able to research virus behavior and contribute to society" he says.

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Unveiling Biological Evolution with Robots

Research using robots to unveil the evolution of living things and how they have adapted to the environment over time, had started to appear. The field of robot development and biological evolution seems unrelated at first glance, but to the cutting-edge researcher there is an interesting theme hidden in them. Experiments that are difficult to conduct on real living organisms, such as repeating experiments under specific conditions and reproducing many generations worth of changes over a short period of time, are being conducted on robots.

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Industrialization with Intellectual Property

【Tokyo】 Okinawa Science and Technology Graduate School (OIST) is undertaking efforts under a special team to connect intellectual property such as patents etc. born from the research within the university to the outside industry. Currently, there are 12 ongoing projects, and their industrialization is expected once they get under way. OIST Technology Development Specialist, Dr. Shahriar Ahmed strongly stated, “This could contribute to the independent development of Okinawa which is the goal of OIST establishment”.

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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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Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit in the News

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.

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Bioinspired Soft Matter Unit Research in the News

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.

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Funding System for Practical Application of Research

OIST, lectures in Tokyo.

【Tokyo】 Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) held a Science Café for the media in Tokyo on the 19th, and Dr. Ahmed Shahriar, who launched a research funding program "Proof of Concept (POC)" that scouts innovative technical research from the university, gave a lecture. "We can contribute to the development of Okinawa", Dr. Shahriar said as he gave his visions on being closer to the proving stage that will enable the future application of projects within the prefecture.

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CDC Closed for Preventive Measures Against Measles

 

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.

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Neural Computation Unit Research in the News

Researchers from the Neural Computation Unit at OIST have used the latest optical neural imaging technology to isolate and record the activity of the neurons in the striosome, shedding light on the role of striosomal neurons in reinforcement learning. Their work was recently published in the journal eNeuro.

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