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OIST opens doors to general public

Date Posted: 2012-03-09

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Okinawa’s new graduate university, is opening its doors for the general public to get a peek at the high tech wizardry that will be going on at the highest levels of academic study.

The OIST Open Campus 2012 is Sunday, March 18th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with last entry at 4:30 p.m. The Open Campus opportunity is free, being conducted by the OIST Community Relations staff. The graduate university is located in Onna.

The day offers visitors opportunities to participate in both morning and afternoon science presentations, observe science as the university’s professors demonstrate sa few of its specialty areas, and laboratory tours focus on areas not normally seen by outsiders. The science demonstrations and experiments will be conducted throughout the day, including the challenges of building a robot, a study of the genome of marine organisms, explanations of a banana DNA experiment, a look inside the brain, and a tour of the Children’s Research Center.

Science presentations at the morning session 11 a.m. ~ 12:30 p.m. are “Looking Below the Surface – Preserving Art through Science, by Ms. Anya McDavis, and “Okinawa, Natural Treasure Box: Possible Applications for Future Malaria Treatment”, by Dr. Zacharie Taoufiq. In the afternoon, from 1:30 p.m. ~ 2:45 p.m., Dr. Yabing Qi explains the “Clean Energy Future: Battle Against Global Warming”, and Children have Superpowers!?” by Dr. Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama.

The lab tours will be conducted 10 a.m. ~ noon, and 1 p.m. ~ 4 p.m., taking visitors to see tools OIST researchers use, including large electron microscopes, the supercomputer room, the zebra fish facility and the robot room. Special areas will be marked off and available with explanations of what scientists do.

OIST is located about 20-minute drive north from Kadena. Take Highway 58 past Renaissance Resort , and look for a sign to Onna By-pass turning right at a traffic light. Continue on the by-pass to the end and follow the signs to OIST campus.

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