Past Events

Living Longer and Healthier – Blue Zones and Aging in the U.S. and Japan

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Join the OIST Foundation and Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth for a virtual program that will examine aging through the lenses of biology, philosophy, and policy with a goal of shedding light on ways to live longer, healthier lives. 

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SPACES OF INNOVATION: Smart Cities & Innovation Parks from Tsukuba to Okinawa

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Join the OIST Foundation, in partnership with the Smart City Institute Japan, for a virtual roundtable that will discuss the ways in which universities can have a positive impact on local communities and future generations through the formation of innovation parks and smart cities.

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[Webinar] Hurricanes in a Warming World

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In an article titled, "Slower decay of landfalling hurricanes in a warming world", published in Nature on November 11, 2020, Chakraborty and co-author Lin Li, describe results of their research that suggest that “as the world continues to warm, the destructive power of hurricanes will extend progressively farther inland.” 

Join the OIST Foundation to hear directly from Prof. Chakraborty about this important research on how hurricanes are changing in a warming world.

PRESENTER:  Dr. Pinaki Chakraborty, Professor, Fluid Mechanics Unit, OIST

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[Webinar] International Approaches to Climate Change Planning and Adaptation in the Built and Natural Environments

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Earlier this year, the Union of Concerned Scientists warned that “Stopping Climate Change is Not Enough”. In an effort to help communities take stock of existing climate adaptation resources toward mobilizing and building upon them, this webinar will feature three international approaches to climate change planning and adaptation in the built and natural environments. Presenters include:

Colton Ching, Sr. Vice President, Planning and Technology, Hawaiian Electric Company 
Derek Todd, Coastal Geomorphologist and Ian Wiseman, Sr. Environmental Scientist, Jacobs
Tim Ravasi, Professor of Marine Sciences and Principal Investigator of the Marine Climate Change Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) 

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In case you are not able to join us live, please register to receive a recording of this webinar.

[Online] STEAM for Innovation #3: The OIST Experiment

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Considered by some to be on the periphery of Japan, how might Okinawa be reimagined as a new center for innovation and research on the world’s most cutting-edge topics? How might a global scientific institution that operates in English with faculty and students from over 50 countries foster more inclusion and global connections in Okinawa and throughout Japan? These questions and more will be discussed as we examine the creation, mission, and vision of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST).

Speakers: Dr. Mary Collins (Provost, OIST), Dr. Tadashi Yamamoto (Dean of Research, OIST), Mr. David Janes (Sr. Advisor to the President for Institutional Development, OIST)

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[Webinar] Into the Darkness: The Hunt for Forbidden Excitons


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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[Online] STEAM for Innovation #1: The Art of Science and Science of Art

Online & CIC Tokyo

Join a dynamic discussion on how the intersection of art and science can lead to innovation. 

This session will feature two panelists: Dr. Kenji Doya, Professor, Neural Computation Unit at OIST and Ms. Eiko Kano, Violinist and OIST Foundation Music Ambassador.

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[Webinar] COVID-19 Science Update

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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.

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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[Webinar] Carbon Negative Technology Innovations Fighting Climate Change

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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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The Future of Climate U.S.-Japan Dialogue Series Webinar#3: Mitigating Climate Impact Via Innovation

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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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