[OIST Update] November 2013

Looking Forward

Welcome to the second edition of OIST Update, which covers the activities at the OIST Graduate University during the month of October. This was a month full of events. At the meeting of the Board of Governors it was decided to go ahead with employing a university planner to give advice on the potential expansion of OIST from a 50 faculty university with 100 graduate students to a 300 faculty university catering for 1000 students. After the meeting members of the Board travelled to Tokyo for a face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. This OIST Update also features some of the excellent science research at OIST and highlights the university’s rich cultural program. Please enjoy the October OIST Update.
Jonathan Dorfan, President/CEO
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

OIST Board of Governors Present Future Plans to Prime Minister Abe

OIST Board of Governors Present Future Plans to Prime Minister Abe

OIST President Jonathan Dorfan, Provost Robert Baughman and six members of the OIST Board of Governors met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on October 4.

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OIST Center Stage in Kyoto

In his opening speech to the Science Technology in Society Forum, Prime Minister Abe focused on the contributions of Japan to science and technology and he specifically referred to OIST.

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Dr. Brenner Establishes a Scholarship Fund for OIST Graduate Training

Dr. Sydney Brenner, the Former President of OIST, has made a donation of 5,000,000 yen to establish a scholarship fund for OIST graduate student training.

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Capturing Life in the Yambaru Forest

The Yambaru Byobu Exhibition by the Kunigami Village artist, Ichiro Kikuta, opened on October 1st on the OIST campus.

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The Genes Behind My Pearls

The academic journal, Zoological Science, published a special issue devoted to pearl oysters. Dr. Takeshi Takeuchi of the OIST Marine Genomics Unit was the driving force behind this special issue.

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I Musici Comes to OIST

On October 16, OIST hosted performance by internationally-acclaimed Italian chamber orchestra, I Musici.

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"STEPping" Deeper into the Brain

Researchers from the OIST Computational Neuroscience Unit used a cutting-edge computational model developed at OIST to delve further into the mysteries of the brain.

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What's in a Name

Prof. Economo described a new ant species and named it ‘Pristomyrmex tsujii’ after University of Ryukyus Professor Kazuki Tsuji.

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