2017

Master of Landscape Architecture Candidate 2018

by Junpei Asai — 1. Academic Work 1.1 Case Study in SF bay area In Spring 2017, I did a collective case study as a member of a class called Underwater Seminar. The objective is to address the urgent problem of adapting urbanized regions in Sf bay area to rising sea levels and other water related issues with focusing on dynamic interaction among 4 types of water: seawater, groundwater, surface water, and stormwater. Those case studies show a typical issue in managing water systems related to socio-economic conditions. For instance, Hispanic and Black dominant neighborhoods tend to have lower...
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2017

My Experience at the University of Tokyo

by Surbhi Bharadwaj — This July I participated in the International Alliance of Research Universities – Global Summer Program (IARU-GSP) at the University of Tokyo. I took a course titled TOK3: Japan in Today’s World and had the opportunity to learn about Japanese public policy and its evolving position in international politics and economy. The course was led by Professor Kiichi Fujawara, focusing on Japanese polity and culture in the 21st century. As an Indian student studying at Yale University in America, I gained valuable knowledge about and insights into the dynamics of East Asia at UTokyo. Our lecturers...
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2017

UTRIP 2017 : Six weeks in Tokyo

by Camille Biscarrat — This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in the University of Tokyo Research Internship Program (UTRIP) thanks to the financial support from Friends of UTokyo, Inc. I was a research intern in Professor Goda’s Molecular Imaging and Spectroscopy lab. At my home institution, University of California, Berkeley, I work in the Computational Imaging Lab, where we explore and design new imaging techniques and algorithms, focusing both on hardware and software. It was my research mentor, Professor Waller, who introduced me to Professor Goda’s work on optical time stretch microscopy. The idea of conducting cutting-edge...
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2017

Coolest Summer at Berkeley

by Anna Cheung — I could hardly believe that two months had passed and my time at Berkeley had ended when I finally arrived the Narita Airport in Tokyo. During this summer, I had taken two courses, one about “Business Speaking” and the other one about “Analytic Decision Modeling Using Spreadsheets”, in order to learn different cultural differences through formal discussions and sharpen my skills in data analysis. In the former course, I was able to learn and understand the cultural differences and how the nurturing culture affects the way people negotiate, think, decide or act under varying circumstances....
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2017

IARU’s Sustainable Urban Management at the University of Tokyo

by Beatrice Ciabattoni — When I first discovered the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), I was utterly enthralled in the various programs that were offered for the summer of 2017. I finally chose the University of Tokyo’s course on Sustainable Urban Management as this topic was closest to my course of study and interests. In addition, I had never been to Japan before and was very excited to get to know a new city. The University of Tokyo graciously supported me in this endeavor with the Friends of UTokyo Leadership Scholarship and come end of June off I...
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2017

Exploring Japan while Broadening my Research Interest

by Yasin Kaya — My first time ever Asia experience has begun with the arrival of 13-hour non-stop flight to Tokyo on the first week of April. I was really excited about spending the next four months at Goda Lab in the University of Tokyo (UTokyo) to broaden my research experience by working on ultrafast florescence imaging systems for biological applications. Thanks to generous support from FUTI and great lab mates at UTokyo, I was fortunate enough to experience the Japanese culture and explore Japan while achieving my academic goals. The first month was an adaptation period for me...
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2017

A Summer With “Team N”

by Grace Kuffner — This summer, I worked in Dr. Shinji Nagata’s laboratory (or as the lab members call themselves, “Team N”) at the University of Tokyo Kashiwa campus. It was truly an unforgettable experience, and I learned so much about various scientific ideas and techniques, as well as Japanese language and culture. This internship would have been impossible were it not for the extremely generous scholarship I received from Friends of UTokyo, Inc. In terms of biology, I synthesized and injected a novel cricket signaling protein, truncated neuropeptide F. I also performed RNA interference to silence the expression...
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UTSIP Yasushi Ono Lab

by Jensen Lo — Thanks to the support of FUTI and the University of Tokyo, I was able to spend a wonderful summer studying in Professor Yasushi Ono’s lab as part of the UTSIP program. Professor Ono’s research focuses on the fundamental study of magnetic reconnection, an important phenomenon related to a variety of natural processes, from solar flares to certain instabilities found in plasmas. Over the summer, I worked on a type of plasma diagnostic known as a Langmuir Probe, which can measure several parameters of the plasma, like the electron temperature. These diagnostics are used to observe...
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2017

What made my experience at Harvard amazing?

by Maria Matsumoto — With great support from Friends of UTokyo, I spent this summer studying business management in Harvard Summer School. People at Harvard love learning. Since people have strong desire to learn new things in common, the academic atmosphere there is inspiring. People always respect others, listen to others’ opinion actively, and try to improve themselves. It was wonderful to have classes with such amazing people. Regarding my classes, one was about systems thinking and another was about decision making. The former was the class about the way of understanding our world. Instead of focusing on parts...
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2017

Medical Exchange and Discovery at Stanford University

by Keita Morikawa — The three weeks at Stanford was full of hands-on experiences and first-hand exposure to US healthcare. In this report, I would like to summarize my studies there, but before that I would like to express my sincerest gratitude for giving me this opportunity. Without FUTI Summer Scholarship, this would not have been possible. Through the MED program at Stanford, I saw and talked with a lot of medical professionals in the US, activists or caregivers, lovely Stanford undergrads fellows, and Asian medical students who have various interests and their own stories. In the US, there...
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