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Bringing you the latest in science and tech from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University.
Feb 24, 2021
Scientific outreach and the OIST Science Festival
This episode is all about scientific outreach. Science Communicator Lucy Dickie speaks to a community relations staff member and two scientists about outreach and what it was like running the annual OIST science festival during the time of COVID-19.
Dec 24, 2020
Climate change in the Pacific with Professor Tim Ravasi
It’s part two of our clownfish podcast! Professor Tim Ravasi uses clownfish to determine how a warmer, more acidic ocean might impact fish communities. Science Communicator Lucy Dickie caught up with him to find out more.
Dec 8, 2020
Clownfish with Prof. Vincent Laudet
This episode is all about clownfish! Science Communicator Lucy Dickie speaks to Professor Vincent Laudet who leads OIST’s Marine Eco-Evo-Devo Unit and uses the well-known orange-and-white fish as his model species.
Sep 9, 2020
Plankton research and marine conservation with Margaret Mars Brisbin
Margaret Mars Brisbin is a recent OIST graduate whose PhD focused on Acantharians – tiny, marine organisms. Science communication fellow, Lucy Dickie, spoke to Maggi about this research, marine conservation more broadly, and why it’s important for marine scientists to inspire others to care about the ocean.
Jul 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.
Jun 24, 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.
May 7, 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.
Mar 11, 2020
Radical Collaboration with James Higa
This episode we're I’m talking with James Higa, Okinawan raised luminary of Silicon Valley. We talk Apple, philanthropy, and the future of tech in Okinawa and beyond.
Feb 20, 2020
Animal Behavior with Tamar Gutnick
This episode, we talk with OIST Researcher Dr. Tamar Gutnick about working with animals, choosy tortoises, petting stingrays and the mysterious lives of wibbly-wobbly cephalopods.
Jan 10, 2020
Particles and Positivity with GP Yeh
Today we're chatting with Dr GP. Yeh - veteran of FermiLab for 30 years, and now heading up the GP Yeh Foundation as well as being a member of the advisory board fro the OIST Foundation. Dr. Yeh talks with us about his foundation's projects to develop particle therapies for cancer sufferers, sustainable energy, and his boundless enthusiasm for the solutions science offers.
Dec 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. His work on cellular communication mechanisms led to the discovery of cytonemes, the thin cellular projections that are specialized for the exchange of signaling proteins between cells - and might just hold the key to significant medical breakthroughs!
Dec 6, 2019
Mathematics, Language and Much More with Tadashi Tokeida
Tadashi Tokieda is a professor in the Department of Mathematics, Stanford University. He grew up as a painter in Japan, became a classical philologist in France, and has been an applied mathematician in Europe and elsewhere. He is active in outreach in the developing world, especially via the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences. At the last International Congress of Mathematicians he gave a plenary public lecture, and his demos are popular on the youtube channel Numberphile. We sit down for an enthralling chat with Prof. Tokeida that takes us on journey through mathematics, child prodigies and how language frames science. Get ready for an enthralling 30 minutes! For more from Prof. Tokeida, see his website at MSRI
Nov 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. This episode, Dr. Nissanke talks about a cosmic scavenger hunt to find evidence of merging events in binary neutron stars using an array of telescopes to detect gravitational and electromagnetic waves - and also how they disrupted a family holiday!
Oct 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 groups.oist.jp/ecsu. Enjoy!
Oct 14, 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 groups.oist.jp/qgu. Enjoy!
Sep 19, 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!
Aug 21, 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!