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MoU with Kavli IPMU

MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) will be exchanged between "RIKEN iTHES Research Group" and "Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU), The Univ. of Tokyo". The purpose of this MoU is to make an extensive effort to promote "Interdisciplinary Theoretical Science" by the joint colloquiums, seminars and workshops and by the exchange of researchers between the two organizations.
The signing ceremony between RIKEN iTHES and Kavli IPMU is planned to be held on Dec.4 (Wed), 2013. Prof. Hitoshi Muyayama (Director of Kavli IPMU, http://db.ipmu.jp/member/personal/17en.html) and Prof. S. Sugimoto (http://db.ipmu.jp/member/personal/114en.html) will come to RIKEN to sign the MoU together with Maki Kawai (RIKEN Executive Director) and Tetsuo Hatsuda (RIKEN iTHES Director).
Further details on "Kavli IPMU" can be seen in

Upcoming Events

  • iTHES - HPCI Joint Workshop
    November 11th ~ 15th,
    "Nuclear equation of state with strangeness"
  • iTHES Workshop
    Dec. 7-8, 2013
    "Interdisciplinary mini-workshop on non-equilibrium physics"
    Kyoto university (Room 525, Bldg. No. 5, Faculty of Science) http://ribf.riken.jp/~hidaka/workshop/iwnp.html
  • Event Report

    iTHES Theoretical Science Colloquium was held on November 5th. The lecturer was Prof. Shigenori Maruyama, who gave an eye-opening talk to the keen audience consisted of about 40 researchers. The title of the talk was "From Origin of life to systematization of Astrobiology" and the subject started from the history and the composition of the Earth with the astronomical perspective and went on to the enviornment that enabled to the creation of life.
    "Science Agora" was held on Nov. 9-10 at Odaiba in Tokyo:
    From the iTHES fundamental physics team, K. Hashimoto, T. Hatsuda, E. Hiyama together with T. Doi (RIKEN), M. Taki (RIKEN), S. Torii (RIKEN), T. Oka (Univ. Tokyo) and T. Inoue (Nihon Univ.) gave presentations on "the daily life of theoretical physicists". By using a big blackboard and chalks, we just discussed physics without paying attention to the audience. (This is a new style of outreach invented by Koji Hashimoto and was demonstrated for the first time in RIKEN Open Campus at Wako in April, 2013.) Our presentation at Odaiba received a lot of attention not only from the general participants of "Science Agora" but also from the specialists of science communications.

    Person of the Week

    Gen Kurosawa
    Self-introduction: From a laboratory bench to a desk
    Hi. My name is Gen. I am a researcher at Theoretical Biology Laboratory, headed by Dr. Atsushi Mochizuki. I theoretically study a biological timing. Our daily rhythms are stable against various environmental changes, for which you can experience jet lag during your international trip. The rhythms are composed of genes and proteins. Remarkably, the period of the rhythms is roughly unchanged against the ambient temperature, even though most biochemical reactions speed up as temperature increases. Currently, I aim to find the design principles of that stability. During my graduate years, I theoretically studied the condition for the generation of oscillations, and I obtained PhD from Kyushu University in 2005. From 2005 to 2008, I was engaged in the experimental study as a post-doc at Waseda University and the University of Tokyo. Based on mathematical modeling, we challenged to synthetically generate sustained rhythms by combining known biochemical components that are not related to the rhythms. We succeeded in generating rhythms while they were not very reproducible. The experiments were not easy. But, the experiences of the experiments and communications with experimental biologists enormously inspired my ambition to derive testable predictions in biology as a theoretical scientist. As a member of iTHES, I am happy to be able to regularly communicate with distinguished theoretical scientists with various disciplines. I feel that the opportunity to talk to them (you) would broaden my horizon. Keep in touch.


    Prof. Toichiro Kinoshita
    (Cornell Univ.)
    High precision test of quantum electrodynamics and the Standard Model
    More about Prof. Kinoshita
    Aug. 20th - Nov. 12th, 2013
    room 431 (4th floor, main building)