Date

Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 07:00 to 08:15

This webinar will feature innovative technologies capable of reducing and sequestering carbon across the built and natural environments.

Presenters include:
* Christie Gamble, Senior Director of Sustainability, CarbonCure Technologies Inc.
* Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, PhD, Co-Founder & CEO, ECOncrete Tech LTD
* Yabing Qi, PhD, Professor, OIST speaking on next generation solar cells

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Date

Friday, February 19, 2021 - 09:00 to 10:00

Join this public webinar to hear from Prof. Keshav Dani (Femtosecond Spectroscopy Unit) about his recent research on the dark exciton. This first visualization of dark exciton has the potential to revolutionize opto-electronic technology in two-dimensional semiconductors from quantum computing to LEDs.

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Date

Friday, February 12, 2021 - 09:00 to 10:00

Join the OIST Foundation and OIST for an update on SARS-CoV-2 by four leading scientists at OIST who have spent the last year engaged in research on various aspects of the virus.

Panelists
Provost Mary Collins
Prof. Hiroki Ishikawa, Immune Signal Unit
Prof. Amy Shen, Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit
Prof. Matthias Wolf, Molecular Cryo-Electron Microscopy Unit

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Date

Friday, December 18, 2020 - 09:00 to 10:00

Panelists include Ms. Naoko Yamazaki, Council Member at The Earthshot Prize and Astronaut (retired) JAXA; Dr. Noriyuki Satoh, Professor, Marine Genomics Unit (OIST) and a global expert on coral preservation in the face of climate change, Ms. Afshan Jamshaid, Ph.D. Candidate in the Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit at OIST; and Ms. Dawn Lippert, CEO of Elemental Excelerator in Hawaii (and Palo Alto). This cross-cutting webinar will look at the science behind new energy technologies as well as the need and potential for deploying them and what this can mean for the future in both countries. Moderated by Dr. Jennifer L. Costley, Director of Physical Sciences, Sustainability, & Engineering, New York Academy of Sciences.

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Date

Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 09:00 to 10:00

This webinar aims to focus on the impact that climate change is having on oceans and marine life and the effects this will have on the U.S., Japan, and the world.

Panelists include Dr. Robert Dunbar, Professor, Earth System Science, Stanford University; Dr. Timothy Ravasi, Professor, Marine Climate Change Unit, OIST, and Dr. Alex Wegmann, Director of Science for the Palmyra Program, The Nature Conservancy.

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Date

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 09:00 to 10:00

This webinar is the first of the U.S. - Japan Dialogue Series on the future of climate, presented by the OIST Foundation. 

“Islands” are often compared to the concept of canaries in the coal mine when it comes to climate change. It is on islands that we often see the initial signs of climate change and where it can have rapid impact on biodiversity and signal changes that will soon be coming to other parts of the world.

Join the OIST Foundation as we  explore this topic with panelists  Dr. Evan Economo (Professor, Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit – OIST) along with Dr. Rosemary Gillespie (Professor and Schlinger Chair of Systematics, Essig Museum of Entomology, UC Berkeley) and Dr. George Roderick (William Muriece Hoskins Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management – UC Berkeley), who have both been engaged in working on such issues on Pacific Islands for the past 30 years.

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Date

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 09:00 to 11:10

This public panel will explore cybersecurity from US and Japanese perspectives, including issues of trust and transparency and regional cooperation; as well as the geopolitics of submarine cables. Providing insights from both industry and academia in Japan and the United States, it promises to be an engaging session on critical topics for our shared future.

Following the public panel, Pacific Forum Young Leaders Program Director Ariel Stenek will lead an informational session about the program and its offerings, as well as answer questions. Attendees will join breakout rooms where they can connect virtually, share research interests, and discuss the day’s most pressing topics. OIST graduate students and young researchers are invited to participate.

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Date

Friday, October 23, 2020 - 08:00 to 09:00

Join the OIST Foundation for a presentation and discussion with two world-renowned architects on 1) the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University’s (OIST) revolutionary elements, 2) OIST’s unique properties, and 3) OIST’s bold challenges. Presenters Kenneth Kornberg and Takashi Okamoto were the chief architects who designed much of OIST’s campus.

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Date

Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 10:30 to 12:00

The phrase "A square peg in a round hole" means something or someone conforming to unsuitable surroundings.  It's an unsolved conjecture over a century old that given any shape of hole - in other words any closed curve in the plane - you can always find four points on the curve that form the vertices of a square.  This says that square pegs can be made to fit into any shape hole, not just into square ones! I'll talk about this conjecture, its history, recent progress, and surprising and beautiful connections with famously one-sided surfaces such as the Moebius strip and the Klein bottle.

Andrew Lobb was an undergraduate at Oxford University and then took up a Kennedy Scholarship at Harvard University for his PhD studies.  During these studies, he became interested in low-dimensional topology and wrote his thesis on applications of quantum knot invariants to 4-dimensional problems. Dr. Lobb moved back to the UK for a postdoctoral position at Imperial College London, then returned to the USA for second postdoc at Stony Brook which included six months leave to take part in a program at MSRI.  He has been at Durham University in the UK since 2011.

Date

Friday, September 25, 2020 - 07:30 to 08:30

Learn how genes from Neanderthals still influence us from one of the most outstanding leaders in the field of evolutionary genetics. Dr. Pääbo will discuss how Neanderthal gene variants influence fertility, pain sensitivity and severity of SARS-COV-2 infections in people today.

Svante Pääbo is Director, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology & Adjunct Professor at OIST.

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