Teachers lessons

Akihiko Yamagishi

Title  When and how life emerged on the Earth
Abstract  The origin of life is one of the most fundamental questions. The scientists have been researching on the subject for decades. We are going to discuss what is life, how and where it emerged. We are going to consider the way of searching for life on Mars.



Akiko Moriyama

Title  We are all different: What Diversity can bring to us
Abstract  Society calls for Diversity more than ever. Schools are starting to emphasize Diversity in education. What is Diversity exactly? Why do we need Diversity? In this workshop style session, students will have an opportunity to learn what potential benefit and power Diversity can bring and how we can achieve it. The session will be conducted in a friendly and casual atmosphere with experiential learning activities. Students’ creativity and courage to express any thoughts and questions will be very welcome.

Charlotte Evans

Title  How to make team, how to work in team
Abstract  In this session, we will play a variety of games which were initially designed for actors. These are fun, active, and create a group dynamic in which everyone feels open to trying new things. Some activities are designed to foster friendly competition; you will be divided into teams and be set challenges to see who can finish first. There will also be problem-solving cards, topics for group debate, and opportunities for you to introduce yourself and really get to know the others in your class.
Title Why do scientists need to think about ethics?
Abstract In this session, we will be exploring a very important question: why do scientists need to think about ethics? We will start by looking at examples of when science has not be driven by – or has ignored – ethics, and the consequences this can have. We will then be considering different case studies (cloning, genetic enhancement, resource allocation), and we will respond to, discuss and debate the issues which arise from each.
Title Presentation challenge
Abstract In this session, you will be given a series of group and pair challenges which will develop your ability to write and deliver an engaging presentation. The topics of these will vary – not all will be serious – and the nature of the challenge will change, becoming progressively more difficult. You will learn what makes a really impressive presentation – both in content and delivery; whatever the subject matter, the skills you use will be the same.

Chien-Wen Chen

Title  Genetics, an invisible secret within you and me
Abstract  In this class, we will follow the history of Genetics and go over what we know about the life; starting from the colors of flowers to DNA structure, then finally to human diseases.

Gaku Nagashima

Title  How have I lived my life? And How am I living now?
Abstract I am going to tell my life story in chronological order. I will try to convey my thoughts, feelings, and emotions when I was in important events or phases in my life. I hope you will find my talk helpful to know more about yourself and live your life accordingly.

Gary Vierheller & Sachiyo Vierheller

Title Learn To Present Science
Abstract  In “ Learn To Present Science”, participants learn 1. to quickly organize information on sciecne or any subject of your interests 2. to deliver the information By incorporating techniques such as a. team building b. time management c. delegation of work d. leadership skills

Hideki Masuda

Title  Power generation and consumption techniques for innovative energies
Abstract  In this class, our main topic is the electrical energy that is essential to life in the modern society. We first consider the basis for the generation, transportation, and storage techniques of the electrical energy. And then, we think about the future to use the electrical energy much more efficiently. Also ideas of the next-generation technologies will be introduced. Let’s discuss the ideas and think what can be an innovative idea for the next-next-generation and later. The following is a table of contents what we touch in the lecture: – Power generation: Basic principle of electromagnetic induction Let’s make the generator! (Experiment) Power amount, power density, and power loss – Clean energy: Renewable energy, energy pay back – Energy storage: Lithium ion battery, next-generation batteries – Energy use in the future: How the demand of electric energy will be?

Hisaaki Shinkai

Title  Why we know there are black-holes? Introduction to Einstein’s Relativity
Abstract  Einstein’s theories of relativity explain that our space and time can bend as trampoline. The theory predicts the possibility of time travel, the existence of black holes, and expansion of the Universe. The session picks up these three subjects: (1) delay of clocks in the rockets, (2) how we observe black holes, and (3) how we know the Universe is expanding. The lecture introduces the basic idea of physics (equation of motion, conservation laws), including its historical backgrounds.

Ichido Uchida

Title  Learn Zen(禅) world and science
Abstract  Why do many scientists, including Steve Jobs, the Founder of Apple computer, tend to be enamored of “Zen” spirit? In this lecture, we would like to provide an opportunity for students to touch the Zen spirit through its style and ideas. Also there will be workshop and Q&A sessions. We are hoping that our student will learn the lessons from Zen like “how to expand and converge ideas” and “the ways to dialogue with internal yourself” which will be helpful for their academic or business career in future.

Ken Endo

Title  Relationship with human body and technology: A case of prosthetic leg for sports used in Paralympics
Abstract  This lecture aims to think how life would be with and without legs and to learn technology for solving the issues proposed by students. The workshop session gives opportunity to wear prosthetic leg for sports developing by Xiborg and to experience how difficult to run with it. Our final goal is to let students learn there would be possibility for disabled people to live like physically unimpaired or with more capability by sufficient technologies and skills to manage those. Additionally, we hope students will capture the future where disabled and elderly people around the world can live healthy.

Masafumi Komasa

Title Rocket experiment ~one day field work~
Abstract ISSJ does not use teaching materials to avoid simple test experiment rather than that design a lecture to
encourage students from junior high and high schools to be creative enough to consider various formulas
such as driving force, coefficient of friction, acceleration and Newton’s law to conduct experiment.

Naoki Takeishi

Title The World of Rheology – through an example of computer simulation for microcirculatory blood flow –
Abstract I would like to shear the world of “Rheology”, which is a branch of physics concerned with the flow and change of shape of matter. What is a difference between the flow of water or wind surrounding us and the blood flow in our bodies? This question allows us to see a unique world of Rheology. Interestingly, further study about “flow” and “deformation” lead us to the field of mechanical engineering coupled with medicine called Biomedical Engineering. I would like to introduce this field through my study about a computer simulation for microcirculatory blood flow. Also, we will discuss an importance of study about Biomedical Engineering, and get an insight into a question: where does mechanical engineering fit into the medical world?
Title Biomedical Engineering – Fluid, Physiology, and Mechanics –
Abstract A field of “Biomedical Engineering” has been developed through an augment; where does mechanicsfit into the medical world? The framework of mechanics consists of physics and mathematics, and allows us to understand a force balance in a physical phenomenon. Especially, fluid phenomena such as stream and vortex can be formulated in the context of fluid mechanics. The concept of fluid mechanics can be well applied for circulatory blood flow, which is of eternal importance in physiological and pathological functions. Can we precisely predict the blood flow and behavior of circulating cells? This question provides further questions, for example, does the knowledge of circulatory blood flow allow us predict diseases or deaths? Computer simulation techniques are able to show us precise circulatory blood flow, and provide those debates. This lecture deals with fluid mechanics and computer simulation, and also highlights the question; where does mechanical engineering fit into the medical world?

Pavel Hecjcik

Title  The biography of the Universe
Abstract  In this class, we will discuss our present understanding of the origin of the Universe including its birth, evolution and possible future. We will talk not only about what we know, but also about how we know it. An important part of this lecture will be an understanding of the role of observation, theory and experiment in modern physics and science in general.

Pavel Prosselkov

Title  Evolution of the Cognitive Traits
Abstract  What makes us human? What makes us different from others animals? Elaborated tool use, ability to communicate via symbols and signs, abstract thinking, conceptual learning, intricate social relationships… to mention only few among many, all these cognitive traits for many year (if not always) have been attributed exclusively to us, human animals, assuming that we are the only living creatures capable for the aforementioned tricks due to our superior brain capabilities. But is this actually true? I am going to talk about “animal intelligence”. I hope that by the end of the lecture I will be able to convince you that we are not the only ones who see the world as we do and that human cognitive traits did not emerge from nothing but rather have been through a long evolutionary journey.

Qi Zhang

Title  IPS Who are you?
Abstract  Everyone is unique in this world. A single-cell embryo can develop into a human. There are trillions of cells in a human body and different cells play different roles. The brain is the most amazing part of human body, and the core component of the brain is a neuron. Through different kinds of neurons human can touch, see, hear, taste, smell and move.
Title “Human body and human brain” mini-workshop plan
Abstract The first session: The birth of life
1. How do you grow in the womb? How is your gender determined?
2. Are the embryos of different mammals very different?
3. What do your genes do? How are genes regulated?The second session: Future biology and regenerative medicine
1. What is a cell made of? Which cells do what?
2. How often are your cells replaced? How do cells die?
3. What are stem cells? What are iPS cells? Could stem cells and iPS cells treat disease?
The third session: Future Neuroscience
1. What are the parts of your brain? How does the brain develop? Are male and female brains the same?
2. What is a neuron? How many kinds of neurons are there in your brain?
3. How the different kinds of neurons make you see, hear, smell and taste?

Ryo Sakurai

Title  Create new value by Design Thinking approach
Abstract  In this class you will learn the design thinking. Design thinking is a way of thinking of the order to produce the innovative ideas, and it has been utilized in companies and universities. This workshop is to understand easily design thinking in three hours. We will consider the ideas in the team, and I will hope you work in a flexible idea and open mind.

Satoshi Erdos Kato

Title  Road to Data Scientist, the sexiest job of 21 century
Abstract  In this session, you will go through the basics of data science, and the primal functions of it 1) visualization, 2) classification, and 3) prediction. Be ready to use smart phone / PC, as there are many workshop tasks to tackle. By the end of the course, I am 100% sure you will know why data scientist is the sexiest job of the 21 century world. – What is data science, and why it is so inspiring – Visualization workshop + presentation – Classification workshop + presentation – Prediction workshop + presentation Message: – Smart phone and PC with internet connection is needed. If you don’t have it, make friends and use one together. – You need to have a Facebook account (https://www.facebook.com/) – Let faculty member know your account.



Satoru Iwata

Title  The material science of the light and the color
Abstract  To understand the concepts of the light and the color of materials, and to find out how to use the energy of the sun light for materials; > i.e. the photochromism, the fluorescence, the solar cell and the photosynthesis.

Sohei Wakisaka & Takeshi Hakamada

Title  Meet young researchers and entrepreneurs
Abstract  This time, you can talk with young researchers and entrepreneurs and listen to their stories. The topics are why they choose the path of science and what they have aimed at for future. We hope to help in the selection of the course and the way of life to the participants.

Volkhard Maeckel

Title  Nuclear energy – good or evil?
Abstract Since 1960, nuclear power plants play an important role for the production of electric energy. Initially, nuclear power had an image of being a clean, safe and unlimited source of energy. Now we know this is unfortunately not true: The problem of how to best handle nuclear waste is still not solved, and we have to think about the safety of nuclear power plants. In this course, we will learn the physics background of nuclear power, and how a nuclear power plant is working. Furthermore, this course will introduce the basics of radiation dosimetry.

Yoshifumi Komasa

Title Future of Our Universe
Abstract  How far do you know about our universe? Have you ever wondered what will happen to our universe in the future? We are going to first look back at our universe from how it all started. By using the basic physical theories, we will find out what is really happening inside our universe; what it is made of, what might be missing, and what is going to happen. We will also look at what is still unsolved about our universe.
Title Rocket experiment ~one day field work~
Abstract ISSJ does not use teaching materials to avoid simple test experiment rather than that design a lecture to encourage students from junior high and high schools to be creative enough to consider various formulas such as driving force, coefficient of friction, acceleration and Newton’s law to conduct experiment.

Yoshino Ryu

Title  Learn the basics of PowerPoint and let’s make a Doraemon Gadget a reality!
Abstract  What are the guidelines for making an effective presentation using PowerPoint? An energetic consultant will walk you through the basics! Then students, divided into groups will draft a presentation on which Doraemon Gadget should be chosen for production! Let’s PowerPoint.
Title Learn the key basics of PowerPoint and win that investment!
Abstract  What are the guidelines for making an effective presentation using PowerPoint? What are the tricks to get your message through it? An energetic consultant will walk you through the basics! Then as a group work, you will become sharp group of young entrepreneurs, trying to win a huge investment opportunity on your product / service.