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U.S.-Japan Workshop on Bioengineering and Information Science

UC San Diego and Osaka University will hold a symposium sponsored by JSPS.

Date and Venue:

Tue, September 10, 2019 , 8:30 AM- 7:00 PM PDT

UC San Diego Village 15th / Village Building 2

2202 Scholars Drive North

La Jolla, CA 92093

 

 

Objective:

Located in the center of San Diego’s innovation ecosystem, University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) is a flagship research-intensive institution in Southern California, with annual research funding exceeding $1 billion. UC San Diego has developed institutional partnerships with top-tier research universities in Japan, including Chiba University, Kobe University, Kyoto University, Kyushu University, Osaka University, The University of Tokyo, University of Tsukuba, Yokohama City University, Keio University, Waseda University, among others. In recent years, UC San Diego has actively responded to its partners’ emergent requests to implement a broader set of international initiatives.

It is in this context and under Osaka University’s new “Global Knowledge Partner” initiative that the two institutions have come to join hands to expand the scope of bilateral collaborations, which has focused on information science, energy and entrepreneurship in the past, to include new topics in other fields such as bioengineering and cybersecurity. The objective of the bilateral joint workshop is to provide select faculty members from both sides of the Pacific Ocean with an open forum to share their recent research results broadly with the audience and discuss how we might enhance international collaborations in the years to come. The articulation of collaborative research projects and methodology, including funding opportunities, is an anticipated outcome of the workshop.

 

Program :

September 9, 2019 – Pre-Workshop UC San Diego Campus Tour (FULLY BOOKED!)

2:00-3:00 Altman Clinical & Translational Research Institute (ACTRI)

https://medschool.ucsd.edu/research/actri/Pages/default.aspx

Deborah Spector, Director of Research Alliance, ACTRI; Distinguished Professor of Cellular & Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine; Distinguished Professor, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

“Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine (GEM) Program Overview”

3:15-4:15 Institute for the Global Entrepreneur (IGE)

http://ige.ucsd.edu/

Dennis Abremski, Executive Director, IGE

“Entrepreneurship Training Programs for International Partners”

4:20-5:00 Qualcomm Institute Innovation Space

http://qi.ucsd.edu/qiis/

Ramesh Rao, Director, Qualcomm Institute (UC San Diego Division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology); Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Jacobs School of Engineering

“Qualcomm Institute Innovation Space Initiative”

 

September 10, 2019 – US-Japan Workshop

8:30 Arrival & Networking

9:00-9:30 Opening Session (Moderator: Miwako Waga)

9:00-9:15 Opening Remarks

Kun Zhang, Professor and Chair of Bioengineering, UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

Shinji Shimojo, Professor and Director, Cybermedia Center, Osaka University

9:15-9:20 Welcome Remarks – Vice Chancellor Sandra A. Brown

9:20-9:30 Special Remarks – Toru Tamiya, Director, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) San Francisco

9:30-12:10 Biomedical Imaging and Measurement Session (Moderator: David Vera)

9:30-9:50 Katsumasa Fujita, Professor, Applied Physics, Osaka University

“Raman Microscopy: Imaging Cells by Using Molecular Vibrations”

9:50-10:10 Nathan Shaner, Associate Adjunct Professor, Neurosciences, UC San Diego Health

“Building the Next Generation of Genetically Encoded Probes”

10:10-10:30 Hirohiko Niioka, Associate Professor, Datability Science, Osaka University

“Bio-Medical Optical Imaging Using Deep Learning”

10:30-10:50 Lingyan Shi, Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, UC San Diego

“Optical Vibrational Imaging of Glucose Metabolism”

10:50-11:00 Break

11:00-11:20 Genji Kurisu, Professor, Protein Structural Biology, Osaka University

11:20-11:40 Stephen K. Burley, University Professor and Henry Rutgers Chair, RCSB Protein Data Bank, Rutgers University and UC San Diego

11:40-12:00 Q&A and Discussion

12:00-1:20 Lunch & Poster Viewing

1:20-1:40 Special Talk (Moderator: Miwako Waga)

Michael Kalichman, Director of the Research Ethics Program, UC San Diego

“What’s Worse for Science: Fraud, Sloppiness, or Ignorance?”

1:40-3:00 Bioinformatics Session (Moderator: Shinji Shimojo)

1:40-2:00 Hideo Matsuda, Professor, Bioinformatic Engineering, Osaka University

2:00-2:20 Vineet Bafna, Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, UC San Diego

“Extrachromosomal DNA in Cancer”

2:20-2:40 Hiroshi Shimizu, Professor, Bioinformatic Engineering, Osaka University

2:40-3:00 Q&A & Discussion

3:00-3:10 Break

3:10-4:50 Cyber Security & Infrastructure Session (Moderator: Shava Smallen)

3:10-3:30 James Short, Lead Scientist, San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego

3:30-3:50 Naoto Yanai, Assistant Professor, Multimedia Engineering, Osaka University

“Allocating Information Security with Formal Foundations to Infrastructures”

3:50-4:10 Tara Javidi, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UC San Diego

4:10-4:30 Susumu Date, Associate Professor, Applied Information System, Osaka University

“Architecture of Secure Staging Mechanism for Security-Sensitive Data” (tentative)

4:30-4:50 Q&A and Discussion

4:50-5:00 Closing Remarks

Toru Fujiwara, Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University

5:00-7:00 Networking Reception

Program is subject to change without notice.

 

RSVP here → 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-japan-workshop-on-bioengineering-and-information-science-tickets-67063431529

Password : UCSDOU

【開催案内】在米大学職員研究会<11/1(金)>

JSPSサンフランシスコ研究連絡センターでは、2019年度「在米大学職員研究会」を下記の日程で開催することになりましたので、ご案内させていただきます。

この会は、研修等で米国大学に派遣されている大学職員の皆様のスタッフデベロップメント(SD)の一環として、2009年から毎年度開催している研修プログラムです。当研究連絡センターが所在するカリフォルニア州は、州のマスタープランに基づき、UC(カリフォルニア大学)、CSU(カリフォルニア州立大学)、CCC(コミュニティカレッジ)という三層にわたる公立高等教育を提供し、その三層をスタンフォード大学を始めとする私立大学が取り巻くという特徴的な高等教育制度で、世界的にも高い研究成果を挙げています。そのような背景を踏まえ、当研究連絡センターは、「Academia Oriented」な活動を幅広く展開しており、「在米大学職員研究会」は大学の国際化を目指した大学職員のSDとして実施しています。

研修等で米国の大学に滞在する大学職員であれば、国公私の別、米国や日本の大学の所属部署、職位、米国滞在期間等に関わらずどなたでも参加可能です。奮ってご参加いただきますようよろしくお願い申し上げます。

 

 

○日時等

日時:2019年11月1日(金)10:00-16:00

場所:JSPSサンフランシスコ研究連絡センター内 会議室

   2001 Addison Street, Suite 260 Berkeley, CA 94704

 

○会の趣旨と内容

本研修は、米国滞在職員の意識向上や動機付け、日本に帰国後のモチベーション向上等につなげていくことを目的としています。今回の研修では、サンフランシスコ州立大学の青島宏一郎氏及びInstitute of International Educationのダニガン直子氏を講師にお迎えします。両氏には、これまでのご経験や米国での働き方に関するご知見等を共有いただく予定です。また、日米大学間での教職員の意識の違い等といったテーマも含め幅広く議論を行うことで、参加者の皆様に今後の米国での研修期間を有意義に過ごすためのヒントを得ていただきたいと考えています。

 

○参加対象者

研修等で米国の大学に滞在する大学職員

※大学職員であれば、国公私、所属部署、職位、米国滞在期間等に関わらず参加可能です。

 

○講師

青島 宏一郎 氏 

Coordinator, International Student Services & Outreach, Office of International Programs, San Francisco State University

ダニガン 直子 氏

Lead, Global Corporate and Foundation Initiatives, Institute of International Education

 

○旅費の支援について

米国内の研修先(滞在先)から本会にご参加いただく方には、往復航空運賃に限り、$150を上限に支援いたします。支援をご希望の方には、往復航空運賃額が明記された領収書及び往復航空券半券のご提出をお願いする予定です。 なお、航空券と宿泊をパッケージで購入された場合も同様に、航空運賃額が明記された領収書が必要です。

 

○参加申込み

参加をご希望の場合は、以下のフォームへ必要事項をご入力ください。ご回答締切は2019年9月20日(金)とさせていただきます。

【回答フォーム】

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CgyEvkIaWDAV7oZnIdWB1vV45yfMuHFr1CDK01zlWqs/edit

 

○問い合わせ先

 ご不明な点がございましたら、下記連絡先までお気軽にご連絡くださいませ。

 

 (連絡先)

(独)日本学術振興会 (JSPS)サンフランシスコ研究連絡センター

(担当:石村)

2001 Addison St. #260 Berkeley, CA 94704

Phone: +1-510-665-1890    Fax:  +1-510-665-1891

E-mail: webmaster@jspsusa-sf.org

JSPS日本人研究者交流会 2019年度夏を開催しました

日時  2019年8月10日(土)午後1時30分~午後7時 00分

場所  DAVID BROWER CENTER Tamalpais Room

 

JSPSサンフランシスコ研究連絡センターでは、8月10日に日本人研究者交流会2019年度夏を開催しました。

本交流会は、米国において活躍されている日本人研究者の方々の分野を越えた交流を促進し、情報交換や友好を深めていくことを通じて、研究活動をより一層充実させていただくことを目的に開催しております。

今回は米国でPIとして活躍されている研究者、客員研究員、大学教職員、ポスドク、大学院学生、企業研究者など総勢70名の方にご参加いただきました。

研究紹介では現在米国の機関で研究に従事している数物系・医歯薬学・農学・社会科学の分野の若手研究者4名から発表がありました。また、カリフォルニア大学バークレー校の羽生淳子先生をお招きし「考古学と人類学から持続可能性を考える」をテーマにご自身の研究やキャリアパスについてご講演いただきました。

その後のグループセッションでは、参加者の皆様が10グループに分かれ、米国の研究環境等について幅広く議論いただきました。本交流会は研究分野を超えた意見交換、交流、ネットワークづくりの場として活用され、大変有意義な会となりました。

次回のJSPS日本人研究者交流会(2019年度冬)は2020年2月8日にバークレーで開催予定です。

 

研究発表

羽生先生による講演

グループセッション

集合写真

 

 

【開催案内】JSPS日本人研究者交流会(8/10)

当センターでは、毎年、米国において活躍されている日本人研究者の方々の分野を越えた交流の促進や、情報交換等を通じて、研究活動を一層充実させていただくことを目的に、交流会を開催しております。今夏は下記の日程で、当センター主催「日本人研究者交流会 2019年度夏」を開催することとしました。会の詳細につきましては、後日改めてご連絡いたしますが、昨年度と同様に研究紹介、講演及びグループディスカッションの実施を予定しております。

 

より多くの日本人研究者の方々にご参加いただき、刺激的で実り多い場としたいと考えておりますので、奮ってご参加いただけますと幸いです。

参加を希望される方は、以下【3.参加方法】に従って参加登録をお願いします。

 

《日本人研究者交流会 2019年度夏について》

 

1.日時等

○日 時:2019年8月10日(土)13:30~17:00(その後懇親会(19:00終了予定))

○内 容:研究紹介、講演及びグループディスカッション等、懇親会

○会 場:DAVID BROWER CENTER (2150 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94704)

     https://goo.gl/maps/9UbabYDvK2DdZ2Pu7

○参加費:無料(但し、懇親会に参加される方は、懇親会費$10)

     ※会場までの交通費・宿泊費等は各自負担願います。

      ※会場に駐車場はありませんので、近隣の駐車場をご利用ください。

○講演者:羽生 淳子氏(カリフォルニア大学バークレー校 人類学部教授)

 

2.参加対象者

○米国滞在中の大学・研究機関・企業に所属している日本人研究者

(※ JSPSのフェローシップ等による支援を受けているか否かは問わず、また、日本での所属、所属先での地位・立場等も問いません。多様な日本人研究者の交流の場を目的としていますので、周りの方にお声がけいただけましたら幸いです。)

○研究関係業務に携わる日本人

※お子さま連れでもかまいません(託児所はございませんのでご留意ください)。

 

3.参加方法

○出欠登録【締切8月2日(金)】

 以下参加登録サイトから出欠登録をお願いします。

   https://forms.gle/pQxv7bN8aMT8TG4LA

 

ご不明な点等ございましたら、下記までご連絡ください。

 

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日本学術振興会

サンフランシスコ研究連絡センター 担当 宮田

JSPS San Francisco Office

Phone:  +1-510-665-1890

Email:  gathering@jspsusa-sf.org

Website:  http://www.jspsusa-sf.org

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Research in Japan @ Stanford University, (June 20) 事業説明会を開催しました

JSPS San Francisco held a fellowship information and networking session at Stanford University. With the generous help of Robin Colomb Sugiura (Associate Director of Programs, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs), participants came to learn about the JSPS’s fully-funded fellowships for research in Japan and to connect with fellow researchers.

The sessions drew a variety of researchers at different career stages from different fields, including late-term doctoral students, postdocs and faculty members.

JSPS appreciate alumnus Adam Wilkinson (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Stanford University) for sharing his experiences researching in Japan on a JSPS fellowship. His talk was the highlight of the session, providing valuable insight through his first-hand experience.

JSPS San Francisco will continue to hold regular networking info sessions at universities around the Bay Area. All interested researchers are welcome to attend.

For more information about upcoming info sessions, as well as fellowship eligibility, and other details, please contact the JSPS San Francisco Office: webmaster@jspsusa-sf.org or visit us at our website: http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-fellow/

JSPSサンフランシスコ研究連絡センターでは6月20日(木)スタンフォード大学で事業説明会を開催し、研究者、学生の方々にご参加いただきました。ご出席いただき、誠にありがとうございました。

JSPS日本人研究者交流会 2019年度@Stanfordを開催しました

1 日時  2019年5月25日(土)午後4時30分~午後7時00分

2 場所  Stanford University

 

当センターでは、上記の通り日本人研究者交流会を開催いたしました。

 

本交流会は、米国において活躍されている日本人研究者の方々の分野を越えた交流を促進し、情報交換や友好を深めていくことを通じて、研究活動をより一層充実させていただくことを目的に開催しております。今回はオフィス所在地のバークレーを離れ、スタンフォード大学にて開催し、JSPS特別研究員の方など総勢約30名の方にご出席いただきました。

今回は、スタンフォード大学医学部教授 / 睡眠生体リズム研究所所長の西野精治氏より「スタンフォード式最高の睡眠(熟睡の習慣)」というタイトルでご講演いただきました。講演会では、科学的実証データや理論を用いながら睡眠という身近なテーマを掘り下げ、医学的な見地から熟睡の習慣について大変興味深いお話があり、参加者は熱心に講演に聞き入っていました。また、質疑応答の時間では、日頃から感じている素朴な疑問から、アカデミックなものまで多くの質問がなされました。西野先生の穏やかな人柄も手伝い、会場は終始和やかな雰囲気で、盛況のうちに会は終了しました。講演終了後、希望者を対象に、西野先生のラボの小野先生より動物施設を案内して頂きました。

 

懇親会は研究分野を超えた意見交換、交流、ネットワークづくりの場として活用され、大変有意義な会となりました。

 

次回のJSPS日本人研究者交流会(2019年度夏)は2019年8月10日にバークレーにて開催予定です。

 

(西野精治氏による講演)

 

(集合写真)

Research in Japan @ University of California, Santa Cruz (May 30) 事業説明会を開催しました

JSPS San Francisco held a fellowship information and networking session at the University of California, Santa Cruz. With the generous help of George Sabo (Director of Global Initiatives, Division of Global Engagement, University of California, Santa Cruz), participants came to learn about the JSPS’s fully-funded fellowships for research in Japan and to connect with fellow researchers.

The sessions drew a variety of researchers at different career stages from different fields, including late-term doctoral students, postdocs and faculty members.

JSPS appreciate alumnus Francis Nimmo (Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, UC Santa Cruz) for sharing his experiences researching in Japan on a JSPS fellowship. His talk was the highlight of the session, providing valuable insight through his first-hand experience.

JSPS San Francisco will continue to hold regular networking info sessions at universities around the Bay Area. All interested researchers are welcome to attend.

For more information about upcoming info sessions, as well as fellowship eligibility, and other details, please contact the JSPS San Francisco Office: fellowships@jspsusa-sf.org or visit us at our website: http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-fellow/

 

JSPSサンフランシスコ研究連絡センターでは5月30日にカリフォルニア大学サンタクルーズ校で事業説明会を開催し、研究者、学生の方々にご参加いただきました。ご参加、ご協力誠にありがとうございました。

      

Stanford Symposium “The Political Economy of Japan under the Abe Government”Co-sponsored by JSPS

When the Liberal Democratic Party in Japan regained the power led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in December 2012, Japan’s government embarked on a set of economic policies dubbed “Abenomics.” These policies aimed at ending Japan’s economic stagnation and restoring growth.  As the Abe administration enters its 7th year the prime minister looks likely to become the longest serving head of state in the post war era.  Abenomics also seems have achieved some degree of success.  The economy has enjoyed its longest phase of expansion in the post war era.  The unemployment is at a record low with many employers claiming they can’t find enough workers.  However Abenomics has yet to achieve its stated goals of 2% inflation rate and 2% real growth. Can Abenomic really be considered a success?

To discuss these issues, JSPS San Francisco (JSPS) and Stanford University’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) held a joint symposium titled “The Political Economy of Japan under the Abe Government” at Stanford University on March 1 and 2.

This was the second year in a row that this symposium was held. About 25 scholars from various parts of the US and Japan joined us to present and discuss papers that address the political economy of the Abe government and assess its long-term implications for Japan.

The conference focused on three themes: (1) what economic policies did the Abe government seek to implement, and to what extent have the objectives been achieved; (2) the implications of the Abe government on longstanding debates about Japanese politics; and (3) Abe’s foreign policy and its implications for the broader region. The papers presented at this event will be edited into a conference volume that should be published by 2020.

JSPS San Francisco will continue to support events like this that strengthen global academic exchange.

For more information about JSPS San Francisco Office, please contact us: webmaster@jspsusa-sf.org or visit our website: http://www.jspsusa-sf.org/index.php

JSPSサンフランシスコ研究連絡センターでは、昨年に引き続きスタンフォード大学との共催シンポジウム “The Political Economy of Japan under the Abe”(安倍政権における日本の政治経済学) を2019年3月1日-2日に開催しました。

【EVENT】 Fellowships for Research in Japan, Stanford University (June 20, 2019) フェローシップ説明会のご案内

Are you interested in research in Japan?

Hundreds of funding opportunities are available to all fields (social-science, humanities, STEM, multi-disciplinary) for research at Japanese Universities and public research institutions.

• Pre-PhD students (short-term fellowship)
• Postdocs (short, standard and long term fellowships)
• Faculty fellowships at junior, mid-career and senior levels (short and long term)

If you want to know more, don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn about funding options directly from the alumni and staff of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)*.

International Fellowships for Research in Japan
Information Session with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)*

Thursday, June 20, 2019

12:10PM – 1:10PM

Stanford University

Medical School Office Building Suite 100, Room140

Registration:


Inquiries:           webmaster@jspsusa-sf.org

**Poster here

 

*JSPS is the largest research-funding agency in Japan, under the auspices of the Japanese Ministry of Education.

 

この度、JSPSサンフランシスコ研究連絡センターでは、より多くの研究者に日本での研究の機会を知っていただけるよう、上記のとおりフェローシップ説明会を行ないます。

当日はポスドクとファカルティ向けフェローシップの説明のほか、JSPSフェローシップを経験された外国人研究者による体験談を予定しております。

また、フェローシップの中には外国人研究者のみならず、米国で10年以上研究を継続されている日本人研究者も対象となるものもありますので、多くの方のお越しをお待ちしております。

【EVENT】 Fellowships for Research in Japan, UC Santa Cruz (May 30, 2019) フェローシップ説明会のご案内

Are you interested in research, collaboration and travel opportunities in Japan?

Hundreds of funding opportunities are available to all fields (social-science, humanities, STEM, multi-disciplinary) for research at all Japanese Universities and public research institutions.

• Pre-PhD students (summer and short-term fellowships)
• Postdocs (summer, short and long term fellowships)
• Faculty fellowships at junior, mid-career and senior levels (short and long term)

If you want to know more, don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn about funding options directly from the alumni and staff of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)*.

International Fellowships for Research in Japan
Information Session with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)*

Thursday, May 30, 2019

11:00AM – 12:00PM

UC Santa Cruz, Bay Tree Conference Center, Cervantes and Velasquez Conference Room

**Poster and RSVP here

*JSPS is the largest research-funding agency in Japan, under the auspices of the Japanese Ministry of Education.

Inquiries:
webmaster@jspsusa-sf.org

 

この度、JSPSサンフランシスコ研究連絡センターでは、より多くの研究者に日本での研究の機会を知っていただけるよう、上記のとおり事業説明会を行ないます。

 

当日はポスドクとファカルティ向けフェローシップの説明のほか、JSPSフェローシップを経験された外国人研究者による体験談を予定しております。

また、フェローシップの中には外国人研究者のみならず、米国で10年以上研究を継続されている日本人研究者も対象となるものもありますので、多くの方のお越しをお待ちしております。

JSPS SF 15th Anniversary Event “World Premier Research in Japan” サンフランシスコ研究連絡センター設立15周年記念イベント “World Premier Research in Japan”を開催しました。

On January 24 and 25, JSPS San Francisco (JSPS SF) held the symposium, “World Premier Research in Japan” at University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University. This event commemorated JSPS SF’s 15th anniversary while also highlighting Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s (MEXT) World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI).

Since its establishment in 2003, JSPS SF has been supporting exchange between Japanese and American researcher communities. This includes holding various academic symposia and acting as a hub for the West Coast offices of many Japanese universities and their networking activities. With the recent emphasis on interdisciplinary research and research at scale, the exchange of ideas and brainpower between institutions and countries is now more essential than ever. Throughout its 15-year history, JSPS SF has strived to provoke creativity and innovation with its symposia. These events also provide US-based researchers with opportunities to network and strengthen ties with scholars from Japan (JSPS SF 15th Anniversary milestones (co-organaized symposia in the US)).

In celebration of JSPS SF’s 15th anniversary, four WPI Centers (Kavli IPMU, AIMR, I2CNER and ITbM), presented some of their research to audiences at UC Berkeley and Stanford University. The WPI Centers are examples of highly internationalized research institutions with best–in-class research achievements. The two-day event had a total of 110 attendees, including researchers, students and individuals from the private sector.

Following JSPS Governing Director Mr. Noriyoshi Masuko and JSPS SF Director Dr. Toru Tamiya’s opening remarks, Consul-General of Japan in San Francisco Mr. Tomochika Uyama, Director of the US-Asia Technology Management Center at Stanford University Dr. Richard Dasher (A WPI’s Program Committee member since 2007) and  President of JUNBA (Japanese University Network in the Bay Area) Mr. Tomohisa Koyama gave congratulatory addresses. Dr. Dasher emphasized the competitive selection process under which the WPI centers were established and how these institutes empower young researchers starting out in their careers.

The presentations from the WPI centers covered a wide variety of fields such as astrophysics, materials science, energy and biology. The WPI Directors introduced their centers while other representatives from the centers introduced some of their research. In addition to introducing their impressive achievements, the institutes elaborated on their internationalized research environments and efforts to strengthen interdisciplinary research. Presentations were made by Kavli IPMU’s Dr. Hitoshi Murayama (Founding Director) and Dr. Khee-Gan Lee (Project Assistant Professor), AIMR’s Dr. Motoko Kotani (Director) and Dr. Tomoteru Fukumura (Professor), I2CNER’s Dr. Petros Sofronis (Director) and Dr. Toshinori Matsushima (Associate Professor), and ITbM’s Dr. Tsuyoshi Matsumoto, (Administrative Director) and Dr. Naoyuki Uchida (Designated Associate Professor) . Their presentations covered topics such as collaboration with universities and researchers in the US, the creation of new materials, technology transfer, and practical applications to the medical and agricultural fields. They drew a sizable audience from Silicon Valley and the larger San Francisco Bay Area who enjoyed expanding their networks during the Q&A sessions and networking receptions.

JSPS SF would like to thank the four participating WPI Centers, the Center for Japanese Studies, UC Berkeley, the US-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University, Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) San Francisco Office and JUNBA, without whom this symposium would not have been possible.

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日時:2019年1月24-25日(木-金)13:30-19:00
場所:

1月24日:International House, Ida & Robert Sproul, University of California, Berkeley (2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720)

1月25日:Paul G. Allen Building, 101X Auditorium, Stanford University (330 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305)

後援・協力:Center for Japanese Studies, University of California, Berkeley

US-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University

在サンフランシスコ日本国総領事館

(独)日本貿易振興機構(JETRO)サンフランシスコ事務所

サンフランシスコ・ベイエリア大学間連携ネットワーク(JUNBA)

世界トップレベル研究拠点プログラム(WPIプログラム)

サンフランシスコ研究連絡センターでは、センター設立15周年を記念し、世界トップレベル研究拠点プログラム(WPI)の協力の下、カリフォルニア大学バークレー校及びスタンフォード大学においてJSPS SF 15th Anniversary Event「World Premier Research in Japan」を開催しました。

サンフランシスコ研究連絡センターは、2003年の設立以来、日本の大学の米国西海岸拠点ネットワークの事務局としてその活動を支援しながら、日米の学術交流・学術研究発展のために様々な学術イベントを企画、実施してきました。近年では、分野横断的な融合研究が重視されるようになり、国内外の研究機関が連携し、研究者交流や共同研究を推し進めていくことがこれまで以上に不可欠となっています。当センターは、設立以来15年間で主催・共催した多数の学術シンポジウムを通じ、米国を拠点とする研究者と日本の研究者とのネットワーク構築、関係強化の手助けをするとともに、新たなアイディアを呼び起こす触媒的な役割を担ってきました(JSPS SFにおける15年間の主な共催シンポジウム)。

今回のシンポジウムでは、日本で最も国際化が進み、かつ、高い研究成果を挙げている代表例であるWPI拠点から4拠点(Kavli IPMU、AIMR、I2CNER、ITbM)を御招きして講演をいただきました。当日は、研究者、学生、企業関係者を含め2日間で計110名の皆様に参加いただきました。

WPI拠点からの講演は、天文物理、材料科学、エネルギー、生物学など幅広い研究分野にわたっており、各拠点の世界的に卓越した研究成果や国際化された研究環境、融合研究の紹介に加え、主任研究者や若手研究者から実際の研究内容を紹介いただきました。Kavli IPMUからは村山斉初代拠点長とKhee-Gan Lee特任講師、AIMRからは小谷元子拠点長と福村知昭教授、I2CNERからはペトロス・ソフロニス拠点長と松島敏則准教授、ITbMからは松本剛事務部門長と打田直行特任准教授から講演いただきました。

講演では、米国大学・研究者との連携や、新材料研究、企業への技術移転、医療や農業への活用等についてもお話があり、シリコンバレーにも近いベイエリアにおいて多くの参加者の関心を集めるとともに、講演後のQ&A及びネットワークレセプションにおいて参加者との交流を深めました。
最後になりますが、この場をお借りして、ご来場の皆様、WPI拠点の皆様、ご後援・ご協力いただいたCenter for Japanese Studies, University of California, Berkeley、US-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University、在サンフランシスコ日本国総領事館、(独)日本貿易振興機構(JETRO)サンフランシスコ事務所、サンフランシスコ・ベイエリア大学間連携ネットワーク(JUNBA)に改めて厚くお礼を申し上げます。

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2018 CJS-JSPS International Symposium“Crip Tech: Disability, Technology, Architecture, and Design in Japan and the US”

Technology has the potential to greatly improve access and allow for the full participation of disabled individuals in society. Both Japan and the US have invested considerable sums in this effort, but often research is conducted apart from key stakeholders.

To discuss these issues, JSPS San Francisco (JSPS) and the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) held a joint symposium titled “Crip Tech: Disability, Technology, Architecture, and Design in Japan and the US” at the David Brower Center in Berkeley on December 7 and December 8.

This symposium brought technologists, anthropologists, engineers, activists, educators, and other researchers working at the nexus of technology, access, and design together for a two-day symposium in Berkeley, the home of the independent living movement. The majority of the participants identify as disabled people.

The symposium started with opening remarks from Dana Buntrock, Chair of CJS. Toru Tamiya, Director of JSPS SF, also gave some context and background to the theme presented by Dr. Karen Nakamura, the organizing chair from UCB.

Each speaker gave a 20 minute presentation on their current research. Afterwards the speakers took comments and questions from the audience. The symposium also included a screening of two documentary movies, “Deej” and “Fixed”. The director and casts of these films then participated in a panel discussion on its production.

Finally, Dr. Karen Nakamura, the organizing chair of the symposium, presented the “CripTech Manifesto version 0.1” arguing that the “CripTech movement” needs to be inclusive and take a holistic view of disability.  Dr. Nakamura drew attention to three specific concepts relating to the event’s theme:

  1. One needs to understand disability’s intersections with poverty, gender, sexuality racialized minoritization, access to healthcare and housing along with the effects of trauma, war, and dislocation
  2. No one can understand or speak for all disabilities and no one can understand or speak for all variations of their own disability.
  3. We cannot deem some disabilities “bad” that are not discussed (addiction and fatness being two examples of marginalized groups within the disabled community).

The symposium was a successful collaboration between the research communities in Japan and the US and bodes well for the potential future joint efforts in this exciting and important field.

JSPS, San Francisco will continue to support such symposia while maintaining its close relationship with UCB and CJS.

 

JSPSサンフランシスコ研究連絡センターでは、カリフォルニア大学バークレー校日本研究センターとの共催シンポジウム “Crip Tech: Disability, Technology, Architecture, and Design in Japan and the US”を2018年12月7日(金)、12 月8日(土)に開催しました。

日本の学術情報の発信、日本の大学の国際化支援、若手研究者への国際研鑽機会の充実を目的に当センターではシンポジウムを年数回開催しています

今回のシンポジウムについてカリフォルニア大学バークレ校教授の中村カレン氏が中心となり、障がい者支援に携わる日米の学者、技術者、研究者、活動家、及び当事者を招聘し障がい者支援に関する研究、社会実践等についての情報提供が行われ、日米の障がい者支援についての理解を深めることを目的に開催されました。ご参加ご協力をいただき誠にありがとうございました。

 

 

 

 

The Symposium“Harnessing Physical Forces for Medical Applications” in University of California, Los Angeles

On November 15 and 16, JSPS and UCLA cosponsored the symposium, “Harnessing Physical Forces for Medical Applications” in cooperation with Kyoto University, the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), the David Geffen School of Medicine, and the Office of Interdisciplinary & Cross Campus Affairs (ICCA).

The symposium brought researchers from both Japan and the U.S. to present their research and promote academic exchanges between the two countries. During the two day symposium participants discussed the convergence of physical sciences, nanomaterials, the nanobio interface and biomedical sciences. Dr. Fuyuhiko Tamanoi (UCLA/Kyoto University), the organizing chair, said the purpose of this symposium was to bring together scientists from diverse fields to discuss critical issues and translational potential while furthering cross pollination between disciplines.

The symposium covered some of the following topics:

  • Physical forces: beams, particles, light, magnetic field, and sound.
  • Physical forces and cancer therapy: boron neutron capture therapy, and monochromatic X-ray radiation.
  • Imaging: MRI, PET, single molecule imaging, and cryoEM.
  • Nanomaterials: Stimuli-responsive nanomaterials.
  • How Physical force is used in biology: contractile nanotube system, and cell surface and membrane.
  • How cells and organs interface with nanomaterials.
  • New industry and commercial development: innovation, and medical instrumentation.

Throughout the two day event presenters took a variety of comments and questions. Hopefully the experience will provide researchers with food for thought and help inspire the future development of their research field going forward. JSPS will continue to support such academic symposia that helps strengthen international cooperative networks.

   

 

The Symposium “World Premier Research in Japan”(24,25 January 2019)

 

  • About Event

Since its establishment in 2003, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science’s San Francisco Office (JSPS SF: http://www.jspsusa-sf.org/index.php) has been supporting exchange between the Japanese and American researcher communities while acting as a hub for Japanese universities’ West Coast offices and their networking activities. This 15th anniversary event is to highlight the achievements of the international research centers established by the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI). These globally visible research centers focus on a wide range of fields such as energy, chemistry, plant biology and astrophysics. This 15th anniversary event goes for two days. The program will be followed by networking receptions at the end of each day.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To register, click here

  • Date & Venue

Day 1
Thursday, 24 January 2019 | 1:30 pm – 7:00 pm
International House, University of California, Berkeley
2299 Piedmont Avenue Berkeley, CA 94720

Day 2
Friday, 25 January 2019 | 1:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Paul G. Allen Building, 101X Auditorium, Stanford University

330 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305
Note: ・Networking reception will start 5:30 pm.

・The same program is planned on each date.

・The plan might be changed in the future.

 

  • Participating Japanese Universities

Kavli IPMU | The University of Tokyo
“Cross-Disciplinary Research Center for Addressing the Origin and Evolution of the Universe”
https://www.ipmu.jp/

AIMR | Tohoku University
“Aiming to Establish a Premier Research Center for Materials Science”
https://www.wpi-aimr.tohoku.ac.jp/en/index.html

I²CNER | Kyushu University
“The Grand Highway for a Carbon-Neutral Energy Fueled World”
http://i2cner.kyushu-u.ac.jp/en/

ITbM | Nagoya University
“Changing the World with Molecules: Synthetic Chemistry and Plant/Animal Biology”
http://www.itbm.nagoya-u.ac.jp/

 

  • Topics  | Speakers

(1) Kavli IPMU
– Kavli IPMU | Founding Director/Principal Investigator,  Hitoshi Murayama
– Lyman-Alpha Forest Tomography: Mapping the Shadows of the Cosmic Web at High Noon | Project Assistant Professor, Khee‐Gan Lee
(2) AIMR
– Materials research in the digitalized society | Director/Principal Investigator, Motoko Kotani
– Oxide electronics: converting insulators into electronic materials  | Professor/Principal Investigator, Tomoteru Fukumura
(3) I²CNER
– Engineering Carbon‐Neutral Energy Solutions and Cultural Bridges Across the Pacific  | Director/Principal Investigator, Petros Sofronis
– Efficient and Stable Metal Halide Perovskite Solar Cells  | Associate Professor, Toshinori Matsushima
(4) ITbM
– Institute of Transformative Bio‐Molecules (ITbM): Changing the World with Molecules  | Administrative Director/ Designated Professor, Tsuyoshi Matsumoto
– A bump-and-hole strategy toward freehand manipulation of plant hormone signaling  | Designated Associate Professor,  Naoyuki Uchida

 

  • Inquiries

Have questions about World Premier Research in Japan (JSPS)? Contact JSPS San Francisco. Email: webmaster@jspsusa-sf.org

  • RSVP

Please RSVP on our event website: https://goo.gl/forms/eLllE3MirXpLRPrl1

 

 

The Symposium “AI and the Future of Society : A Global Approach to Understanding the Digital Disruption” in University of California, San Diego

JSPS and JFIT held a symposium “AI and the Future of Society: A Global Approach to Understanding the Digital Disruption” on April 27 and 28 in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, the German Institute for Japan Studies and several other organizations.

 

The conference brought together scholars from Japan, the U.S. and Germany, to explore the “state of the art” of social science thinking about the ongoing technological disruption, innovation, and national policy responses in different countries. The Conference was open to many different lines of inquiry, including:

 

  • What are the new complexities of the men-machine relationship, ongoing societal challenges, and new issues such as job replacement or ethical priority rankings of self-driven cars or automated surgeons?
  • How are large companies responding to the disruption: what are new business models, corporate strategies, or operations management and human resource practices?
  • How should we think about new regulatory structures and global agreements, e.g. on privacy and cybersecurity, in the health sciences, or for robots and drones?
  • What are the legal, ethical and societal challenges associated with the fast pace of technological change?
  • What is the impact of these developments on innovation and entrepreneurship, including government policies and market responses such as newly emerging corporate innovation strategies?

 

The conference had a high degree of interdisciplinary exchange. We are pleased to see this event serve as the inaugural conference of a new research initiative on digitization and the future of society from a global perspective. JSPS will continue to support such academic symposia that helps strengthen international cooperative networks.