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JSPS Science Café: ”細胞の中のお掃除屋さん、オートファジーとは?” [Washington, DC]

JSPS Science café was held on December 9th at the JSPS Washington Office. Dr. Sho Suzuki, Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics, Cornell University gave a lecture entitled “What is autophagy? – the cleaner in the cell.” This event was held in honor of Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi who was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. In the session, Dr. Suzuki spoke about Dr. Ohsumi’s award winning work on mechanism of autophagy. He explained the possibility of the relation between autophagy and particular illnesses and explained how it affects our immune system. Also Dr. Suzuki talked about his experiences when he was researching in Dr. Ohsumi’s …

JSPS Science Café:”こんなところに染料植物” [Washington,DC]

JSPS Science Café was held on September 8th at the JSPS Washington Office. Dr. Chika Mori (Conservation Scientist, Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution) gave a lecture entitled “Dye plants in Washington D.C.” Dr. Mori spoke about the range of dye plants in the Washington D.C. area and where these dye plants may be found. She also explained her research methods and how to extract dye from plants. She introduced various plant samples which were inspected by participants. After her presentation, her talk spurred a lively Q&A discussion with an audience of approximately 20 participants.

JSPS Science Café:”化学で流れを見る・コントロールする” [Washington,DC]

JSPS Science Café was held on August 3rd at the JSPS Washington Office. Dr. Hirotaka Sakaue (Associate Professor, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Institute for Flow Physics and Control, University of Notre Dame) gave a lecture entitled “Flow Measurement and Control by Chemistry” Dr. Sakaue spoke about the relation between Flow, Chemistry and “Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering”. And he also explained how his research has contributed to airplane security and improved airplane fuel efficiency by drag reduction. In his speech, he mentioned how important it is to have collaborative research with different fields. After the presentation, his talk spurred lively Q&A discussion with an audience of approximately 30 participants.

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 …

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/

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