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NanoJapan 2014 Research Symposium in Tokyo
"Preparing Global Researchers: Facilitating Effective US/Japanese Student Research Collaboration"

Date: August 4, 2014
Location: Toranomon Square, 1-15-10 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo ~ 2nd floor of Meiwa Building

Seating is limited and those wishing to attend must email Dr. Cheryl Matherly at at least 48 hours in advance of the workshop

This workshop brings together U.S. and Japanese participants in the NanoJapan: International Research Experience for Undergraduates Program to highlight the need for and impact of U.S. and Japanese student research collaborations in terahertz nanoscience.  This workshop will highlight the international co-advising and intercultural research team model developed by the NanoJapan: IREU Program and a number of Japanese governmental initiatives that seek to support enhanced international engagement of Japanese students and researchers.

NanoJapan is the key educational initiative of a NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) grant awarded to Rice University.  We collaborate with five U.S. universities and leading Japanese laboratories in optics, photonics, and materials.  The grant was awarded in 2006 and received a five-year renewal in 2010, allowing us to establish long-term research partnerships that build upon existing and foster new research collaborations in the area of terahertz studies of nanostructures. NanoJapan recruits U.S. freshman and sophomore students to introduce them to international research early, when this experience can shape future academic, research, and career choices.  The program begins with a 3-week orientation in Tokyo that combines language instruction, an orientation to Japanese life and culture, and seminars by prominent researchers.  

U.S. students are then integrated into an existing PIRE team in Japan, advised by both a Japanese host professor and a U.S. professor and mentored by a Japanese graduate student or post-doctoral researcher.  This unique structure gives students an opportunity to learn to navigate through language, cultural, and logistical barriers inherent in international collaborations.  The U.S. co-advisor is the PIRE researcher most closely collaborating with the host lab in Japan and therefore can provide advisement not only on the research project but also the culture of the host lab.  This model strengthens integration into the ongoing PIRE international research projects, allows for more personalized advising, draws on the U.S. researcher’s personal experience, and broadens the student’s network to include both Japanese and U.S. researchers.  

"NanoJapan is scientific discovery, world discovery, and self-discovery all in one summer. It gives young undergraduates the chance to experience graduate student life in a state of the art lab on the other side of the world…It is the opportunity to be part of something much bigger than an individual both in respect to being involved with a group of like-minded individuals and to contribute to the world of science that transcends cultural and language barriers." ~ Jordan Hoyt, NanoJapan 2013, University of Tulsa

“[The NanoJapan students] never hesitate to ask questions to our colleagues.  Seeing these good attitudes, our Japanese students also get more active, and even change their attitudes for their research in a good way.  This is definitely a big benefit for our laboratory.” ~ Prof. Masayoshi Tonouchi, Osaka University

Join us at this free event to learn more about the NanoJapan: IREU Program and models for fostering international engagement and collaboration amonst U.S. and Japanese researchers and students.


9:10 - 9:15: Welcome ~ Prof. Masayoshi Tonouchi, Osaka University

9:15 - 9:45: Opening Keynote ~ Dr. Kellina Craig-Henderson, Director, NSF Tokyo

9:45 - 10:15: Introduction to the NanoJapan: IREU Program and Role of Intercultural Research Teams ~ Prof. Masayoshi Tonouchi, Osaka University

10:15 - 10:30: Break

10:30 – 11:00: "Introduction to Terahertz Science" ~ Prof. Dan Mittleman, Rice University

11:00 - 12:00: NanoJapan Student Research Presentations (Individual)

- Mr. Skylar Deckhoff-Jones (Tulane University - Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Dani Lab)
- Mr. Benjamin Foust (Rice University - Tohoku University, Saito Lab)
- Ms. Lisa Chiba (Rice University - Osaka University, LaSIE Lab)
- Ms. Lauren McCarthy (University of Florida - University of Kyoto, Arikawa Lab)
- Ms. Julianna Richie (S. IL Univ., Carbondale - Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Dani Lab)
- Mr. Naoki Shiba (Rice University - University of Tokyo, Iwasa Lab) NanoJapan Associate
- Ms. Ramya Gurunathan (Penn State University - Tohoku University, Suemitsu Lab)

12:00- 1:00 Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:00: NanoJapan Student Research Presentations (Team Presentations)

- Mr. Christopher Miller (UNC, Chapel Hill - Tokyo Institute of Technology, Kawano Lab) and Mr. Tomoyuki Hirano, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Kawano Lab
Mr. Ben Wang (Rice University - University of Tokyo, Maruyama Lab) and Ms. Hua An, University of Tokyo, Maruyama Lab
Mr. Chris Salinas (NW Visa Community College - Chiba University, Aoki/Ochiai Lab) and Mr. Masahiro Matsunaga, Chiba University, Aoki/Ochiai Lab
- Ms. Jade Warren (Havard University - Chiba University, Aoki/Ochiai Lab) and Mr. Takeda, Chiba University, Aoki/Ochiai Lab, Student
- Ms. Nicole Moody (Rice University - Osaka University, Tonouchi Lab) and Mr. Shinya Kawano, Osaka University, Tonouchi Lab
Mr. Vernon Londagin III (University of Tulsa - Tohoku University, Otsuji Lab) and Dr. Adrian Dobroiu, Tohoku University, Otsuji Lab

2:00 – 2:20: "International Initiatives of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Scienc (JSPS)" ~ Mr. Hiroshi Ando, Head, International Policy Planning Division, International Program Department, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

2:20 - 2:40: "Current Status and Government Initiatives towards Student Mobility between the U.S and Japan" ~ Dr. Shingo Ashizawa, Toyo University

Speaker Bio: Shingo Ashizawa is a professor at Toyo University in Tokyo. His research involves the comparative study of higher education management and quality analysis of the internationalization review process.
His publications include “Strategies and Assessment for Internationalization in US Higher Education” (2008) and “Developing Evaluation Criteria to Assess the Internationalization of Universities” (2006).  Currently, Prof. Ashizawa is leading a joint-research project focusing on learning outcome assessment of international programs, supported by a Japanese government agency (JSPS). His past professional experience includes positions at the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), Keio University, Osaka University, and Meiji University.

2:40 – 3:00 Mr. Kuniaki Sato, Deputy Director, Higher Education Policy Planning Division, Higher Education Bureau Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

3:00 – 3:15 Break

3:15 – 4:00: Panel Discussion: "International Research Collaboration: The Student Experience" ~ Moderated by Dr. Cheryl Matherly, Vice Provost for Global Education, University of Tulsa

- Nicole Moody: A chemistry major from Rice University who conducted research in Prof. Masayoshi Tonouchi's lab at Osaka University with NanoJapan 2014.
- Chris Salinas: A nanotechnology major for Northwest Visa (Community) College who conducted research in Profs. Ochiai and Aoki's lab at Chiba University with NanoJapan 2014.
- Dr. Adrian Dobroiu, Otsuji Lab, Tohoku University
- Dr. Shota Ushiba, LaSIE Lab, Osaka University and Reverse NanoJapan 2011 Participant
- Kazunori Serita, Tonouchi Lab, Osaka University

4:00 – 4:30: NanoJapan as a Model for Facilitating US/Japanese Student Collaborations ~ Dr. Cheryl Matherly, Vice Provost for Global Education, University of Tulsa

4:30 – 4:45: Closing Remarks ~ Prof. Emeritus Kiichiro Tsuji, Ph.D. Former Vice President/Trustee, International Affairs, Osaka University


Speakers and Distinguished Guests

NanoJapan 2014 Research Host Labs (Japanese Professors and Students)

NanoJapan 2014 Particpants (U.S. Undergraduates)

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