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Six months in Stanford University

Maki Dan
Year: 2nd year of Ph.D. candidate / RA2012
Belonging: Graduate School of Science and Technology
Destination: Stanford University, USA
Duration:September, 2015 ~ February, 2016 (six months)

As a visiting researcher, I’ve stayed in John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center, Stanford University for six months. The aims of this visit were to learn frontier researches in Stanford, to apply these researches to my own research and to conduct a research, results that would be included in one of the chapters of my Ph.D. thesis. As a result of the visit, I was able to achieve enough outcomes that my supervisor agrees to cooperate with my Ph.D. research after the end of six-month stay in Stanford. In addition, I aimed to expand my international network, so that I have attended many networking events not only in Stanford University but also in Silicon Valley.
Stanford University is located on Silicon Valley where there are many famous companies. Thus, a plenty of frontier researches have been conducted in various fields. Moreover, many lectures, seminars, and workshops by well-known people in all fields have been held on the campus everyday. During the stay, I generally worked in the laboratory on weekdays and have meetings with my supervisor once a week. Also, I attended some interesting lectures and events. As for my research topic, earthquake engineering and disaster management, a number of lectures and events were not many, but any lectures and events were extraordinarily interesting. All have increased my motivation to carry out research very much. Some lectures of fashionable fields including AI were attended by a hundred of people and I felt energy of Silicon Valley.
On weekends, I visited and watched sports games and made several trips with roommates and friends in Stanford. Also, during the six-month stay, there were some US traditional events such as Halloween and Thanks Giving Day. I think I was able to enjoy America very much. The climate in California was great and I did refresh myself on weekends. Therefore, I believe that Stanford University is one of the best places to do research.

Discussions with other participants in a workshop

A trip to Yosemite National Park

Networking with the supervisor and other students

A lecture on disaster management and insurance

Winter Camp 2015

Date :
December 19, 2015 – December 20, 2015
Location :
X-Wave Fuchu
1-40 Nikkocho Fuchu-shi, Tokyo 183-0044

Learn Facilitation and Practice Meeting Technique Which Produce Results

In this camp, Mr. Ryuzo Takahashi gave a lecture about facilitation. RAs have learned the basic skills and technique of facilitation. RAs did an exercise after divided into six teams, and then held meetings regarding different themes. Faculty members and mentors joined meetings and helped RAs produce results in a short period of time. Six teams gave panel discussions regarding the themes they have discussed the day before. RAs discussed intensely by using the facilitation skills they have learned. The skills and techniques RAs have learned in this camp are useful after they enter the work force. It was a precious opportunity for them.
In the afternoon of the December 20th, Vice-President Makabe gave a lecture regarding the situations and/or ranking of the universities of the world and how Keio University will be elevated to world-class levels.

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    Mr. Ryuzo Takahashi giving a Lecture

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  • Vice-President Makabe Giving a Lecture

    Vice-President Makabe Giving a Lecture

  • Group Photo

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Summer Camp 2015

Date :
August 28, 2015 – August 30, 2015
場所:
Laforet Shuzenji
1529 Ohira Izu-shi, Shizuoka 410-2415

Improve Presentation Skills in English While Enhancing Teamwork

In this camp RAs aimed to accomplish given problems within a specified period of time in cooperation with other RAs whose filed of specialty are different, and improve their presentation skills in English. RAs formed teams by themselves on the first day and prepare for the presentation scheduled on the second day. Faculty members and members gave RAs advices. Faculty members, mentors and RAs all evaluated the presentation each team delivered on the second day. RAs were able to receive a lot of advice to farther improve their presentation in the future.

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Winter Camp 2014

Date:
December 20, 2014 – December 21, 2014
Location:
Fuji Institute of Education and Training
656 Shimowada Susono-shi, Shizuoka, 410-1105

Engage in a Wide range of Discussion on Issues in Super Mature Society

RAs and faculty members engaged in a wide range of discussions on issues in Super Mature Society. Three faculty members preside at three different sessions and discussed foreign workforce, finance reform and career formation in men and women. RAs were able to enrich their understandings by listening to the opinions in different fields. On the second day, RAs made presentations based on the discussions they had the day before. Everyone participated in the active discussion after each presentation. The program coordinator and some mentors gave general overviews after all the presentations.

  • Discussion by Group

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  • RA Making Presentation

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  • Listening to the Presentation

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  • General Overview by a Mentor

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Summer Camp 2014

Date:
August 23, 2014 – August 24, 2014
Location:
Tsuruoka Town Campus of Keio (TTCK) / Institute for Advanced Biosciences, Keio University
246-2 Mizukami Kakuganji Tsuruoka-shi, Yamagata 997-0052

Summer Camp held at Tsuruoka Town Campus of Keio

The summer camp consisted of an Open Seminar by faculty members of the program, and a presentation competition by RAs. About 60 citizens gathered for the Open Seminar and listened to the efforts in Graduate Schools of Keio University and future agenda. At the presentation competition, RAs are divided into eight teams to contend the superiority. RAs improved their presentation skills, and found points to be improved by working with other RAs.
The Director General of the Institute for Advanced Biosciences Masaru Tomita and Junichi Sugawara of Spiber Inc. delivered lectures on global issues and their visions and contributions to society.

Open Seminar

Summer Camp 2014

  • Vice-President Akira Haseyama

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  • Professor Naoaki Yamanaka

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  • Professor Kohei Onishi

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  • Professor FUmihiko Kannari

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Lectures

  • Spiber Inc. Junichi Sugawara

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  • Director General of the Institute for Advanced Biosciences Masaru Tomita

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Winter Camp 2013

Date:
December 21, 2013 – December 22, 2013
Location:
Fuji Institute of Education and Training
656 Shimowada Susono-shi, Shizuoka, 410-1105

Presentations by RAs including Poster Session

RAs had a poster session for the Group Project Exercises (hereinafter referred to as “GPE”) in the 2nd winter camp which was held as the conclusion of the second year. Faculty members including mentors, program committees, supervisors and project professors gave advices to the RAs, and exchanged ideas with them. The feedback of this session will play an important role in RAs’ GPE, and things learned in the session will be useful when they progress to the second major master programs.
RAs discussed their presentations on the Joint Forum on the 2nd day, while faculty members discussed the management of the program.

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  • RAs and Faculty Members Exchange Their Opinions

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Symposium FY2014 “Specialist×Generalist”

Registration: Finished.

PDF download: click here.

Time&Date: Monday 2nd March 2015 / 14:00-17:30
(A student poster session at 13:00)

Venue: North Annex, Mita Campus of Keio University in Tokyo

Access: http://www.keio.ac.jp/en/maps/mita.html

NOTICE OF CHANGE OF SPEAKERS

【Guest Greeting】
Ms.Mizue Shiomi (Director, University Promotion
Division, Higher Education Bureau, MEXT-Japan)
will replace
Ms.Tomoka Satomi (Ex-Director, University Promotion
Division, Higher Education Bureau, MEXT-Japan).【Invitation Speech/ ThemeA】
Dr.Yuko Kinoshita(Deputy, Regional Office for Asia
and the Pacific, IMF)
will replace
Mr.Odd Per Brekk (Director, Regional Office for Asia
and the Pacific, IMF).

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Summer School Report

Maki Dan
First Major:Graduate School of Science and Technology,
Master(Technology)
Secondary Major:Graduate School of Business and Commerce M1
Place:T.I.M.E. Summer School,Istanbul Technical University
Term:June 29,2014-July 13,2014

I have attended the T.I.M.E. summer school at Istanbul Technical University for two weeks since the end of June. Students who have been studying in various places in Europe attended the T.I.M.E. summer school and the summer school was held at plural universities using teleconference system. Actually, another RA, Daisuke Ando also participated in the summer school in Sweden and we had presentations and discussions with each other. In Istanbul Technical University, twelve students including me were in the summer school and we have worked on a project for the two weeks by utilizing our different specialties and academic backgrounds. The program started early in the morning and we had to work until around 6 pm, and in some cases, we had to work after going back to the hotel. Actually it was a hard program, but I believe that I was able to obtain great knowledge and experiences through the program. In addition, it was fruitful to find out that I was able to positively show leaderships in this international community as compared to the internship that I attended in the first year.

A working scene in the university

A working scene in the hotel’s rooftop terrace

Relationship between OECD and Super Mature Society

Kenta WAKAIZUMI, M.D. Research Assistant, D2, Graduate School of Medicine
Place: OECD (Tokyo, Paris)
Term: Feb. – March, 2014 in Tokyo (pre-training), Apr. – May, 2014 in Paris

During my internship at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), experiences in attending both the symposium in Tokyo and forum in Paris turned out to be the quite precious opportunities for me.

– Resilient Society: Minimizing damages of worldwide financial crisis and disaster and achieving the rapid recovery
– Inclusive Society: Where the specific persons and groups having some social weak points are able to interact with others and be in touch with networks

I felt that the two above keywords as the OECD has been promoting represented a Super Mature Society.
The OECD has a global view that one country helps all other countries, and all for one. The other developed countries, which have been suffering from a low economic growth and a big structural change of population, have the similar issues to Japan. Therefore we should cooperate each other to resolve the big issues. Additionally, the OECD proposed the cooperation between the developed countries and some emerging countries, i.e., Southeast Asian countries that have a big momentum. That is a win-win situation because the developed countries can help the emerging countries find a way out of the middle-income trap.
I was also able to recognize the novelty of my project entitled “Science of Motivation” in the Program for Leading Graduate School and the responsibility to complete the policy recommendation. That is because the OECD hardly has had information on a certain theme, especially the social issues on chronic pain, while the OECD has been making excellent multidimensional analyses based on a huge amount of data in several fields.
In conclusion, the OECD internship gave me a global point of view and a strong motivation to pursue “the science for the super mature society”.