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3/29/2016_JSPS Info Session Held at University of Texas at San Antonio

JSPS Washington Office held an info session at University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) on March 29. After the JSPS programs, in particular its fellowship programs targeted to the US researchers, were introduced by Dr. Nozaki, Director of JSPS Washington Office. Dr. Packham, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and Dr. Drinka, Professor of Linguistics of UTSA, presented their research experiences in Japan and encouraged the audience to apply for the JSPS programs. Dr. Karoji, National Institutes of Natural Sciences Princeton Office, also participated in the session and gave a short introduction of The Research University Network of Japan (RU Network of Japan). On the next day, Dr. Nozaki and …

3/22/2016_An Informal Meeting for LEAP Program participants_JSPS Washington Office

An Informal Meeting for LEAP Program participants was held on March 22nd at JSPS Washington Office. LEAP(Long-term Education Administrators Program) is a year-long professional development program for staffs at Japanese universities and employees of MEXT(The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology). They have finished 2 month Enlish language training at the Montana State University and 10 month internship at another university, research institution, and cultural foundation all over the U.S. Dr. Nozaki, Director of JSPS Washington Office gave a lecture about the outline of JSPS organization and support research programs which is provided by JSPS. 12 LEAP program participants and 3 staff from Montana State University attended this …

3/21/2016_An Informal Meeting for Tomodachi@ Rice University Program participants _JSPS Washington Office

An Informal Meeting for TOMODACHI-STEM@Rice University participants was held on March 21th at JSPS Washington Office. This is a five-week research internship program for Japanese undergraduate students majoring in science & engineering (S&E). Participants will participate in a four-week research internship experience at Rice University and during the fifth week will visit Washington, DC to learn more about science & technology policy in the U.S. and international research collaboration. For these students, Dr. Nozaki, Director of JSPS Washington Office, gave a lecture about JSPS activities and fellowship programs. They were encouraged to work in the U.S for developing their own research.

3/10/2016_An Informal Meeting for Japanese Researchers_NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

An Informal Meeting for Japanese Researchers was held on March 10th at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Dr. Iye, Executive Director, JSPS and Dr. Nozaki, Director of JSPS Washington office participated in this meeting with Japanese researchers who are working at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The topics of this meeting were “Problems faced in research activities under JSPS Fellowship Programs” and “Suggestions for improving JSPS Fellowship Programs” From Goddard Space Flight Center, 11 Japanese Researchers participated in this meeting. They have explained about their problems in their research and daily life in the U.S, and exchanged the opinions with JSPS members.

3/11/2016_2016 JSPS-NIH Forum [Bethesda, MD]

The JSPS Washington Office and Fogarty International Center (FIC), NIH held the JSPS-NIH Forum on March 11, 2016 at the Lawton Chiles International House “Stone House,” NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. This forum focused on the fellows of the JSPS Research Fellowship for Japanese Biomedical and Behavioral Researchers at NIH (KAITOKU-NIH) and Japanese researchers in the Biomedical field. At the beginning of the forum, the attendees observed a moment of silence for victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. The forum started with the welcome remarks by Dr. Yasuhiro Iye, Executive Director, JSPS Headquarters; followed by Mr. Tomohiko Arai, Science Counselor, Embassy of Japan in the U.S.; …

2/24/2016_Info Session_The University of Oklahoma

JSPS Information Session was held on February 24th at The University of Oklahoma, Regents Room in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. The University of Oklahoma is well known for its research in meteorology, and they have held international Symposium on Earth-Science Challenges (ISEC) which is jointly organized by Kyoto University from September 20 to 23 in 2015.(You can see the detail from this page.) About 30 participants including graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members attended the event. In the Info Session, Prof. Robert D. Palmer (Associate Vice President for Research, The University of Oklahoma) delivered an opening speech. From JSPS Washington Office, Dr. Nozaki (Director, JSPS Washington Office) introduced the overview …

3/1/2016_ JSPS Science Café:” Gravitational Waves -A New Era of Astrophysics-” [Washington,DC]

JSPS Science Café was held on March 1 at the JSPS Washington Office. Tomoki Isogai (MIT Physics Department, LIGO Scientific Collaboration), gave a lecture under the title “Gravitational Waves -A New Era of Astrophysics-” (PDF(7MB)) Isogai explained fully about the central questions, “What exactly are gravitational waves?”, “How do we detect them?” and “Why is this discovery so significant?”. Also He addressed a new era of astrophysics that will be lead by the discovery of gravitational waves. After the lecture, his talk was followed by lively Q&A discussions with the participants.

2/11/2016_JSPS Science Cafe “Promise of Giant Micro-photonics for Enegy –Ubiquitos High Power Lasers -”[Washington,DC]

JSPS Science Café was held on February 11 at the JSPS Washington Office. Dr. Takunori Taira(Laser Research Centre for Molecular Science, Institute for Molecular Science), gave a lecture under the title “Promise of Giant Micro-photonics for Enegy –Ubiquitos High Power Lasers -” Dr. Taira spoke the world’s first “Laser Ignited Car” which has demonstrated by his lab recently and introduced the next generation of high-brightness lasers based on the aligned anisotropic ceramics. After the lecture, his talk was followed by lively Q&A discussions with the participants. Flyer(Japanese)

12/3/2015_ JSPS Science Café:” Nobel Prize in Physics and Physiology or Medicine in plain language” [Washington,DC]

JSPS Science Café was held in honor of 2 Japanese Nobel Prize Laureates on December 3rd at the JSPS Washington Office. Dr. Takaaki Kajita (Professor, Director, Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, The University of Tokyo)and Dr. Arthur B. McDonald (Professor Emeritus, Queen’s University, Kingston) were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering that the enigmatic subatomic particles known as “Neutrinos” have mass. Dr. Mitsuaki Nozaki (Director, JSPS Washington Office), described the achievement of Dr. Kajita under the title of “What is the implication of neutrino mass and oscillation?” (PDF file (978KB)) Dr. Nozaki commented that Dr. Raymond Davis Jr.’s Never-give-up spirit and Dr. Masatoshi Koshiba’s new approach to problems …

11/6/2015_6th Multidisciplinary Science Forum at University of California, Davis_[Davis,CA]

The US JSPS Fellows Alumni Association (AA) held its 6th Multidisciplinary Science Forum (MSF6) on 6 November at the University of California, Davis. The forum opened with remarks by the chair Dr.Shamim Mirza, and MSF host Christoph Lossin welcomed the participants. Also, Dr. Mitsuaki Nozaki, Director of the JSPS Washington Office, and Dr.Paul Dodd, Associate Vice Chancellor for Interdisciplinary Research and Strategic Initiatives, UC Davis, made remarks. Speakers invited from both the US and Japan gave lectures, and AA members gave presentations or exhibited posters on their research. Attracting more than 60 participants, the MSF6 was very successful both in attendance and its depth of program content. At the reception …

10/09/2015_JSPS Information Session at Harvard University – Research Opportunity in Japan[Cambridge, MA]]

The JSPS Information Session was held on Friday, October 9th at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. Over 30 participants including graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members came from the Greater Boston area to attend this event. The information session was opened by Prof. Hensch Takao, Professor of Molecular & Cellular Biology, Harvard University; followed by Mr. Tsutomu Himeno, Consul General of Consulate General of Japan in Boston. First the JSPS Washington office: presented an overview of the history and mission of the JSPS in Japan and worldwide; the fellowship programs for the U.S researchers; an introduction to the system of Japanese universities and research institutions. After that Dr. Alexander Zahlten, …

10/8/2015_Japanese Researchers in Boston Meeting [Cambridge, MA]

The JSPS Washington Office had a meeting in Boston with Japanese researchers from the Greater Boston area for an exchange of views. Eleven Japanese researchers met with Dr. Nozaki, Director of the JSPS Washington Office, and they widely discussed the academic research environment surrounding researchers in the U.S. and the differences in the academic field between the U.S. and Japan. Mr. Amir of the Japanese Consulate’s office in Boston also attended the meeting.

10/3/2015_ Gathering of Japanese researchers in The U.S.[Washington,DC]

Japanese researchers in the US meeting was held at the Hyatt Regency Cristal City at Reagan National Airport on October 3rd. The meeting was composed of two sessions and more than 50 participants attended the meeting. The first session was an annual meeting of United Japanese researchers Around the world (UJA). JSPS Washington Office hosted to bring together various organizations dedicated to fostering the networking of Japanese researchers in the US. Dr. Atsuo Sasaki, President UJA, spoke about achievements of UJA and its mission, also he mentioned their future goals in his talk. The purpose of the second session was to promote trans-disciplinary exchange among JSPS fellows from Japan residing …

9/16/2015_JSPS Information Session at Rice University [Texas TA]

JSPS Information Session was held on September 16th at Rice University, Duncan Hall. Over 20 participants including graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members attended the event. In the Info Session, Prof. Matsuda (Dean of the graduate and postdoctoral studies, Rice University) delivered an opening speech. After that, from JSPS Washington office, Director Prof. Nozaki introduced the overview of JSPS and Japanese research institutions, and Mr. Enami explained the details of fellowship programs for U.S researchers. Then, Dr. Kevin Kelly (Associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University) gave a talk about his experience as a JSPS fellow in Japan. The info session concluded with Q&A time with many interested …

9/20-23/2015_The 4th International Symposium on Earth-Science Challenges (ISEC) [Norman, OK]

The 4th International Symposium on Earth-Science Challenges (ISEC) was held at University of Oklahoma (OU) from September 20 to 23. This symposium is jointly organized by Kyoto University and University of Oklahoma to discuss science and engineering of Meteorology and related topics and to promote Japan-U.S. cooperation in this field. The 4th symposium was dedicated Dr. Yoshi Sasaki, one of the founding fathers of Meteorology research at Oklahoma back in 1960s and has made significant contribution to Oklahoma in various ways, by inviting Japanese industries to Oklahoma for example and by bringing about a sister-city-agreement between Kyoto and Oklahoma, who passed away in May 2015. The JSPS Washington Office was …

9/1/2015_ JSPS Science Café:“New Glimpse of the Universe with the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)” [Washington, DC]

JSPS Science Café was held on September 1 at the JSPS Washington Office. Dr. Masanori Iye (Japan Representative and the Vice-Chair of the TMT International Observatory Governing Board), gave a lecture under the title of “New Glimpse of the Universe with the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)”   Dr. Iye spoke his view of the current status of the TMT project, engineering features, and the scientific objectives of the project. After the lecture, his talk spurred lively Q&A discussions with the participants more than 20.  For further details on the TMT project, http://www.tmt.org/

6/23/2015_Symposium: The US-Japan Round Table for Innovation and Collaboration in Higher Education [Washington, DC]

JSPS Washington Office co-hosted a round table meeting with the Embassy of Japan in the US, the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF), and other Japanese funding agencies on the topics of innovation and collaboration in higher education between the US and Japan.   Participants in the roundtable were top officials of US and Japanese universities, research institutions, and industry. The meeting was divided into two sessions. The first session was entitled, “New Education for Innovative Era -Beyond STEM Education-.” It was followed by the second session entitled, “Data Science and How We Prepare” in which JSPS President, Dr. Yuichiro Anzai, spoke about Japanese government strategies for the 5th S&T Basic Plan, …

6/12/2015_Science in Japan Forum 2015 [Washington, DC]

The 20th Science in Japan Forum, themed “Frontiers of Research on Marine Biological Science,” was held on 12 June at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC. You can see the detailed report on it at http://jspsusa.org/wp/sijforum/.

6/2/2015_Symposium: Opportunities and Challenges in Medical Information-Patient Privacy, Bioethics, and Big Data [Washington, DC]

On the occasion of the awarding of The 2015 Louis D. Brandeis Privacy Awards to Prof. Masao HORIBE, JSPS, Embassy of Japan and Patient Privacy Rights (PPR) jointly organized a mini-symposium and hosted a welcome reception at the Ambassador’s Old Residence. Speakers and the title of lectures are as follows; “Patient privacy” by Dr. Masao Horibe, Chairman Specific Personal Information Protection Commission, and Professor Emeritus Hitotsubashi University “Data Science and Privacy” by Dr. DJ Patil, US Chief Data Scientist “International Research Collaboration” by Prof. Mark A. Rothstein, Director of the Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law, University of Louisville School of Medicine “Medical care using big data” by Deborah …

4/28/2015_State Arrival Ceremony for Prime Minister and First Lady of Japan

Attended the State Arrival Ceremony for Prime Minister and First Lady of Japan on the South Lawn of the White House.

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