The JSPS San Francisco and the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) held a joint symposium titled “Drive for the Nobel Prize” at the International House in Berkeley on October 31 and November 1.
The objective of this symposium was to discuss the influence that the Nobel Prize has on individuals, institutions and society. The symposium started with opening remarks from UCB chancellor, Carol Christ and Mariko Kobayashi, Director of the International Program at JSPS. Dana Buntrock, Chair of CJS, also gave some context and background to the topic at hand.
Nobel laureates, Yuan T Lee (Chemistry, 1986), Saul Perlmutter (Physics, 2011) and Takaaki Kajita (Physics, 2015) delivered lectures on their research and the topic of the event to more than 80 scholars. The distinguished guests also took numerous questions from the audience.
The second day included panel discussions on three different topics: “Journalism and the Nobel Prize”, “The Nobel Prize’s Impact on Institutions” and “The Nobel as an Incentive”. The panelists included a Nobel selection committee member, several writers (from Science, New York Times and the Asahi Shimbun), officials from Japan’s Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology (MEXT), and researchers from the US and Japan.
The JSPS San Francisco will continue to support such symposia while maintaing its close relationship with UCB.
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 “Drive for the Nobel Prize”を2017年10月31日、11 月1日に開催しました。