Bringing you the latest in science and tech from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University.
info_outline OIST’s response to COVID-19 with Professor Mary Collins 07/13/2020
OIST’s response to COVID-19 with Professor Mary Collins In this episode, we speak to OIST Provost Professor Mary Collins about COVID-19. We talk about the virus but also OIST’s response to the outbreak in Okinawa, and the many projects that have been started here to help contain the spread within the community.
info_outline The Physics of Behavior with Greg Stephens 06/25/2020
The Physics of Behavior with Greg Stephens This episode Lucy Dickie speaks to OIST adjunct researcher Professor Greg Stephens about quantifying behavior. Greg looks at systems across the biological world, from tiny wiggling worms and rowdy zebrafish to crowds of people.
info_outline Marine Science at OIST 05/07/2020
Marine Science at OIST In this episode of the OIST podcast, we talk with Michael Izumiyama and Billy Moore. Both are first year marine science students and have just returned from a two-week research expedition to New Caledonia. We talked about their research, their favorite dive spots and when they first became interested in the ocean.
info_outline Cell Signalling with Thomas Kornberg 12/20/2019
Cell Signalling with Thomas Kornberg This episode, we talk to Dr. Thomas Kornberg, professor of biochemistry and biophysics in the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco. He obtained his BA and PhD degrees at Columbia University in New York.
info_outline Mathematics, Language and Much More with Tadashi Tokeida 12/06/2019
Mathematics, Language and Much More with Tadashi Tokeida Tadashi Tokieda is a professor in the Department of Mathematics, Stanford University. He is active in outreach in the developing world, especially via the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences.
info_outline Binary Neutron Stars with Samaya Nissanke 11/22/2019
Binary Neutron Stars with Samaya Nissanke Samaya Nissanke is an astrophysicist at the University of Amsterdam’s center of excellence for Gravitation and Astroparticle Physics (GRAPPA). She is also a joint faculty member at the Anton Pannekoek Institute and the Institute for High Energy Physics.
info_outline Embodied cognitive science with Professor Tom Froese 10/24/2019
Embodied cognitive science with Professor Tom Froese Professor Tom Froese is the head of the Embodied Cognitive Science Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST). He studies the interaction between agents and their environment, and the role of these interactions in cognition. In this episode we cover the possibilities and limitations of considering brains as isolated computers, the alternative positions adopted in embodied cognitive science, and the experimental setups used to make sense of agent-environment interactions. We also move beyond the lab to consider the implications of this work on wider culture. To find out more about Professor Froese's work, head over to . Enjoy!
info_outline Quantum gravity with Professor Yasha Neiman 10/15/2019
Quantum gravity with Professor Yasha Neiman Professor Yasha Neiman is the head of the Quantum Gravity Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST). He spends his time thinking about how gravity and quantum mechanics can coexist in a universe that is expanding at an accelerating rate. In this episode we cover the standard model of particle physics, how limits in the model led to research on quantum gravity, and the approaches now being taken by physicists to understand the laws of nature. We also touch on the failed promises of physics, and its role in capturing imaginations. To find out more about Professor Neiman's work, including his lectures and lively TED talk, head over to . Enjoy!
info_outline Circadian rhythms with Professor Fred Turek 09/20/2019
Circadian rhythms with Professor Fred Turek Professor Fred Turek is the Director of the Center for Sleep & Circadian Biology and Charles & Emma Professor of Biology in the Department of Neurobiology at Northwestern University. He is also the founder and first President of the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms. In this episode, we cover the basics of the “master clock” in the brain, and its control on downstream processes in the body via two well-known circadian rhythms - the sleep/wake cycle and the feed/fast cycle. We also talk about changing policy, and Professor Turek's involvement in the recent NASA Twins Study. Enjoy!
info_outline Leadership in science with Sir Jim Smith 08/22/2019
Leadership in science with Sir Jim Smith Sir Jim Smith is Head of the Wellcome Science Review and Group Leader at the Francis Crick Institute’s Developmental Biology Laboratory. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society and was knighted in 2017 for services to medical research and science education. In this episode, we talk about the future of embryonic research, including the development of new stem cell therapies for humans. We also talk about Sir Jim's leadership, including how he decides who gets funding, how to make science more collaborative, and how to bring a diverse community of people together for the best results. Enjoy!