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  • 2022.10.1 Associate Prof. Kenta Ishimoto (Team B01-2) received the 11th Hiroshi Fujiwara Prize for Mathematical Sciences

    11th Hiroshi Fujiwara Prize for Mathematical Sciences

  • 2022.9.22 Associate Professor Kenji Kikuchi (Team A02-2) and his colleagues presented a research paper entitled "Reciprocating intestinal flows enhance glucose uptake in C. elegans" with Professor Takuji Ishikawa (Team B01-1).
  • 2022.9.10 On Saturday, September 10, Dr. Taniguchi and Dr. Charles Fosseprez, postdoctoral fellows of group B02-01, accepted a one-day college experience (five students) from Hokkaido Keisei High School, a super science high school, and conducted a hands-on course on an overview of "Ethological dynamics of protists in diorama environments".

    [Program]
    Hokkaido Keisei High School SSH 1-day experience program

    Hokkaido Keisei High School SSH 1-day experience program

    Commemorative photo after the course

  • 2022.8.28 Associate Professor Hironori Ueno (Group B01-1) gave a lecture "Let's look into the world of microorganisms" - introduction of various microorganisms and their research, observation of microorganisms in water using a microscope - at the Miyoshi City Library Learning Exchange Plaza "SunLive". In this lecture, we introduced the research activities of Ethological dynamics of protists in diorama environments.

    【Course Title】
    Let's look into the world of microorganisms

    【Date】
    Sunday, August 28, 2022, 13:00-15:00

    【Place】
    Miyoshi City Library Learning Exchange Plaza "SunLive"

    【Contents】
    introduction of various microorganisms and their research, observation of microorganisms in water using a microscope. In this lecture, we introduced the research activities of Ethological dynamics of protists in diorama environments.

    Let's look into the world of microorganisms

  • 2022.8.26 Professor Nakagaki of Team B02-01 will give a lecture on "Ethological dynamics of protists in diorama environments" for high school students at "Academic Fantasista 2022," a project promoted by Hokkaido University and the Hokkaido Shimbun as part of the "Science and Technology Dialogue with the Public" project by the Cabinet Office.
  • 2022.8.25 Dr. Yuasa, Dr. Onizuka, and Dr. Kitatsuji (TeamA01-1) conducted outreach activities at a work-study program held at Hatsukaichi Municipal Ohno Junior High School.

    work-study program held at Hatsukaichi Municipal Ohno Junior High School

  • 2022.8.24 Prof. Toshiyuki Nakagaki introduced research results and concepts related to our project on the website “RIKE Lab - Research Institute for Ideal Working Style in Science -"
  • 2022.8.21 Prof. Kazuo Inaba (Team A01-2) conducted outreach activities at a lecture for high school teachers held at Hakodate Shirayuri Gakuen Junior & High School.

    lecture for high school teachers held at Hakodate Shirayuri Gakuen Junior & High School

  • 2022.8.20 On August 20, 2022, the Plenary Meeting, with the participation of 74 in-person and 14 online, was held at Hokkaido University.

    This was our first meeting in which all members participated.
    Senior scientific research specialists and external evaluation committee members also attended the meeting to give their comments.

    the Plenary Meeting

  • 2022.8.15 Associate Professor Kenji Kikuchi (Team A02-2) participated as an online lecturer in "Field Biology of the Northern Sea, Intertidal Zone in Summer 2022" organized by Research Center for Marine Biology, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University, and conducted outreach activities to a total of five 2nd to 4th year undergraduate students from national, public and private universities.
  • 2022.8.6 Assistant Professor Shiba Kogiku (Team A01-2) conducted outreach activities at Open campus in College of Biological Sciences, University of Tsukuba.

    Open campus in College of Biological Sciences

  • 2022.8.5 Prof. Kazuo Inaba (Team A01-2) conducted outreach activities at an open lecture for high school students held at Shimoda marine research center, University of Tsukuba.

    open lecture for high school students

  • 2022.8.4-6 Dr. Kitatsuji, Dr. Sugimatsu, and Dr. Yuasa (Group A01-1) observed a diurnal vertical migration of the toxic red tide dinoflagellate Karenia mikimotoi in the Yatsushiro Sea by R/V Yoko-Maru of the Fisheries Research and Education Agency on 4-6th August in 2022.

    Karenia mikimotoi in the Yatsushiro Sea

  • 2022.8.1-5 Associate Professor Kenta Ishimoto (Team B01-2) conducted outreach activities at Mathamatics Public Lectures at Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Kyoto University.

    Public Lectures at Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences

  • 2022.7.22 Publicly Offered Research, 2022FY has been adopted.
  • 2022.7.21 The 11th General Group Meeting (Regional Executive Committee Meeting) was held.
  • 2022.7.6 Prof. Ishikawa (Team B01-1) wrote a commentary article on diorama environment.
  • 2022.7.1 Published July 1, 2022
    Prof. Toshiyuki Nakagaki (Team B02-1) introduced research concepts related to our field in the general interest magazine "Mathematics Seminar" (Nippon Hyoron Co., Ltd.).
    The article "A Reliable Encounter between Mathematics and Biology in the Hodgkin-Huxley Model" in the special issue "Mathematics at the Boundary: Where Different Fields Meet,"
    Vol. 61, NO. 7, 18-23 (2022).
  • 2022.6.30 Published June 30, 2022
    The research by Prof. Toshiyuki Nakagaki et al. of the painting Team B02-1 was introduced as "Do organisms without brains have intelligence?" in "The Forefront of Life Science: Challenging the Wonder of Being Alive" by Team Pascal, published by Asahi Sensho (Asahi Shimbun Publications).
  • 2022.6.24 Prof. Toshiyuki Nakagaki (Team B02-1) together with Associate Prof. Takaaki Aoki, Faculty of Education, Kagawa University, Associate Prof. Naoya Fujiwara, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Tohoku University, and Prof. Mark Fricker, Oxford University, presented their research paper, "A model for simulating emergent patterns of cities and roads on real-world landscapes.

    Press Release
    https://www.global.hokudai.ac.jp/blog/all-roads-lead-to-big-cities/

    Asahi Shimbun web article on July 14, 2022, "Road Leads to Rome, Mucus 'Intelligence' Almost Replicates Italian City."
    https://www.asahi.com/articles/ASQ7F62K8Q76ULBH00M.html

    The article "Italian Urban Development Verified by slime mold 'Intelligence';Research Team from Kagawa University, Hokkaido University, and Others Write Paper" appeared in the morning edition of the Asahi Shimbun newspaper on July 16, 2022.
    https://www.asahi.com/articles/DA3S15357963.html

  • 2022.6.18 Assistant Professor Nishigami of Team B01-1, Professor Nakagaki of Team B02-1, Postdoctoral Researcher Atsushi Taniguchi, Postdoctoral Researcher Charles Fosseprez, Graduate Student Shun Echigoya, et al.

    Dr. Atsushi Taniguchi, Dr. Charles Fossepre, and graduate student Shun Echigoya gave a science lecture for high school students at Asahikawa Kita High School in Hokkaido. The theme was "Exploring the Ecology and Behavior of Protists," and participants learned experientially through field practice, laboratory practice, and lectures. It was hosted by Hokkaido University and the Hokkaido branch of the Yomiuri Shimbun, and co-sponsored by Diorama Behavioral Dynamics.

    Science Lectures
    https://www.es.hokudai.ac.jp/news/2022-06-18-science-lecture/
    Reported in the Hokkaido edition of the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper on July 20, 2022.

    Hokkaido University Research Times
    https://www.hokudai.ac.jp/researchtimes/

    science lecture 2022 part1
    https://www.cris.hokudai.ac.jp/news/3196

    science lecture 2022 part2
    https://www.cris.hokudai.ac.jp/news/3246

    Twitter
    https://twitter.com/HokkaidoUnivPR/status/1572100190185869313?s=20&t=-4PihQ-L6SmjaeNEa-Nt1Q

    Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/HokkaidoUniversity

  • 2022.6.17 Associate Professor Kenta Ishimoto (Team B01-2)'s lecture video for junior and senior high school students "Quickly Understand Academia. Quickly Understand Fluid Mechanics - The World of Microorganisms -" is now available.
  • 2022.6.14 Research by Professor Toshiyuki Nakagaki et al. of Project Team B02-1 was introduced in President online as "Rational Behavior without a Brain - An Amazing Single-Celled Organism that Won the Ig Nobel Prize Twice".
    https://president.jp/articles/-/58010
  • 2022.6.14 Authors: Yusuke Ushijima (Japan Meteorological Business Support Center, Meteorological Research Institute) and Yutaka Yoshikawa (Division of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University :Group A01-1)

    Titles: Nonlinearly interacting entrainment due to shear and convection in the surface ocean

    Abstracts: This study reveals that sheared flow and convection nonlinearly interact in the ocean surface mixed layer, resulting in reduced entrainment of water from below the mixed layer. Overestimated mixed layer depths seen in many ocean general circulation model simulations may likely be ascribed to inappropriate representation of this nonlinear interaction by those models.
    https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-14098-w
  • 2022.6.14 【2022.10.29】 International workshop
    One-day Workshop on Cellular-level ethological dynamics towards "proto-intelligence"

    【Date】
    Saturday, 29th October, 2022

    【Place】
    Hybrid style: Online + Maskawa Hall, Kyoto University

    【Detail】
    https://sites.google.com/view/ethological-dynamics

  • 2022.6.11 Research exchange meeting was held in Sendai.

    研究交流会

  • 2022.6.10 The 10th General Group Meeting (Regional Executive Committee Meeting) was held in Sendai.

    The 10th General Group Meeting

  • 2022.06.06 Associate Professor Ishimoto (Team B01-2) of the Planning Team made a press release.

    Never too odd to learn how to swim
    -Examining the odd locomotion of microswimmers-

    KYOTO UNIVERSITY

    The content of the announcement has been published in scientific newspapers and other media.
    The Nikkei
    Phys.org

  • 2022.6.2 Associate Professor Hironori Ueno (Team B01-1) conducted outreach activities at a Senior High School Affiliated to AICHI UNIVERSITY of EDUCATION.
  • 2022.5.29 Published May 29, 2022
    Prof. Toshiyuki Nakagaki of Planning Team B02-1 introduced their research in the general-interest magazine "Ale -Genre indefinite culture magazine-".
    Interview article in the special feature "Rehabilitation of Gathering": "Toward a Slime Mold Life: On the Way of Physical Ethology of Cells"
    Vol. 11, 186-217 (2022).
  • 2022.5.19 The 9th General Group Meeting (Regional Executive Committee Meeting) was held.
  • 2022.5 Technical support for sperm chemotaxis research was provided among Teams A01-2, A02-2, and B01-2 to help strengthen collaboration.
  • 2022.5.1 Published May 1, 2022
    Prof. Toshiyuki Nakagaki (Team B02-1) introduced their research in the magazine "Eureka" (published by Seidosha).
    The article "Diorama Behavioral Dynamics of Scleromycetes - Foraging Behavior in a Maze as an Example" in the special issue "The World of Fungi - Mushrooms, Molds, and Yeasts"
    Vol. 54-6, NO.789, 277-281 (2022).
  • 2022.4.20 Prof. Toshiyuki Nakagaki of Planning Team B02-1 presented "Online Science Cafe "Schrödinger's Wednesday (Wednesday Night Live 19:30-21:30)" and exchanged opinions with participants on the theme "Formulation of proto intelligence by diorama behavioral dynamics".
    https://wirelesswire.jp/2022/04/82145/
  • 2022.4.16 The 8th General Group Meeting (Regional Executive Committee Meeting) was held.

    Shimoda Seaside Experiment Center, University of Tsukuba

    Shimoda Seaside Experiment Center, University of Tsukuba

  • 2022.4.2 Associate Professor Kenji Kikuchi (Team A02-2) cooperated in an interview with the Asahi Shimbun newspaper "Nono-chan's DO Science: Why can water striders walk on water?".
  • 2022.3.11-14 Technical assistance on ciliate swimming observation and mechanistic modeling was provided among Teams B01-1, B01-2, and B02-1 to promote stronger collaboration.
  • 2022.3.11-12,18-19 Associate Professor Kenji Kikuchi (Team A02-2) participated as a lecturer in the 10th transgrade training course "Fluorescence Microscope Assembly Training" organized by Associate Professor Keiko Numayama, Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, Tohoku University, and conducted outreach activities to a total of 49 participants including junior high and high school students and teachers.
  • 2022.3.17 The 7th General Group Meeting (Regional Executive Committee Meeting) was held.
  • 2022.02.17 The 6th General Group Meeting (Regional Executive Committee Meeting) was held.
  • 2022.02.03 The joint research team of Assistant Professor Shojiku Shiba (Team A01-2) and Professor Kazuo Inaba (Team A01-2) of the project team issued a press release.

    Morphological differences in tardigrade spermatozoa induce variation in gamete motility

    TSUKUBA JOURNAL - Biology & Environment
    Press Release PDF (JP)
    Articles - Nazology.net
    paper & Detail

  • 2022.01.27 The 5th General Group Meeting (Regional Executive Committee Meeting) was held.
  • 2022.01.11 On January 11, 2022. Assistant Professor Yukinori Nishigami (Research Group B01-1)., together with graduate students Mr. Shun Echigoya, Associate Professor Katsuhiko Sato (Research Group B02-1).), and Professor Toshiyuki Nakagaki (Research Group B02-1)., hosted six students from the Hokkaido Keisei High School, a super science high school, for a one-day university training program at the Institute of Electronic Science, Hokkaido University.

    Under the guidance of Assistant Professor Yukinori Nishigami and others, the program students studied and conducted experiments on the theme of "Exploring the Behavior of Protists," and then presented and discussed their findings.

  • 2021.12.23 23 Dec. 2021. Research by Prof. Toshiyuki Nakagaki (Research Group B02-1) and his colleagues has been published in Research News, Hokkaido University Homepage. Two Ig Nobel laureates discuss "Research that makes people laugh and then think"

    Two Ig Nobel laureates discuss “Research that makes people laugh and then think”

    Two Ig Nobel laureates discuss “Research that makes people laugh and then think” | Hokkaido University

  • 2021.12.21 Dec. 21, 2021. Prof. Toshiyuki Nakagaki's (Research Group B02-1) research was introduced in "Kawaijuku Mirai-buku Plus Mirai-buku", a website for introducing "Outstanding Research Achievements" in collaboration with the Cabinet Office.

    ‘Equation of motion of slime mold: Does a single-celled organism move like a railroad network? Behavioral study of slime mold using computers'

    Prof. Toshiyuki Nakagaki | Kawaijuku Mirai-buku Plus Mirai-buku

  • 2021.12.16 The 4th General Group Meeting (Regional Executive Committee Meeting) was held.
  • 2021.12.15-16 Associate Prof. Hironori Ueno (Team B01-1) conducted outreach activities at a high school attached to Aichi University of Education.
  • 2021.12.14 Associate Professor Kikuchi of the Planning Team made a press release.
    School of Engineering, Tohoku University
    Facebook
    Twitter

    The content of the announcement has been published in scientific newspapers and other media.

    The Nikkei
    EurekAlert

  • 2021.12.13 Q&A for Publicly Offered Research Application has been posted.
  • 2021.12.11 Associate Prof. Kenta Ishimoto (Team B01-2) received the MIMS Mimura Award.
  • 2021.12.04 Prof. Toshiyuki Nakagaki (Research Group B02-1) introduced his views on proto-intelligence at the panel discussion and talk event of "Challenge Field Hokkaido Seminar: What is fusion? Dec. 04, 2021, Sapporo.
  • 2021.11.27 The 3rd General Group Meeting (Regional Executive Committee Meeting) was held.

    National Research Institute of Fisheries and Environment of Inland Sea at Hatsukaichi City

    National Research Institute of Fisheries and Environment of Inland Sea at Hatsukaichi City

  • 2021.11.25 Publicly Offered Research information has been released.
  • 2021.11.24 We have released the site of Ethological dynamics in diorama environments.
  • 2021.11.01 Planned Research has been released.
  • 2021.11.01 This area has been adopted by the Grant-in-Aid for Transformative Research Areas (A).
  • 2021.10.30 Professor Toshiyuki Nakagaki (Research Group B02-1) and his group's research was introduced in the second volume of the book "Let's Talk about Disability! - Disability and Welfare as Considered by 'Kotonone'" edited by Kikuo Satomi, published on October 30, 2021.

    Professor Toshiyuki Nakagaki (Research Group B02-1) and his group's research was introduced in the second volume of the book "Let's Talk about Disability! - Disability and Welfare as Considered by 'Kotonone'" edited by Kikuo Satomi, published on October 30, 2021. "Brainless slime mold solves the maze”, pp. 205-219. The research was introduced in the form of a dialogue with the editor Mr. Satomi.

    Seidosha | History / Documents: Let's talk about obstacles! Volume 2

  • 2021.10.30 NHK BS1 World Documentary "Slime mold: A genius without a brain" televised the research of Prof. Toshiyuki Nakagaki and his group (Research Group B02-1).

    NHK BS World Documentary "Slime mold: Genius without a brain" was aired (rebroadcast). In this documentary, Professor Nakagaki's laboratory was introduced as one of the world's masters of slime mold. This documentary was produced by ARTE France/Hauteville Productions and broadcasted in France and other countries, but NHK translated it into Japanese and broadcasted it.

    "Slime molds," single-celled organisms that have characteristics of both amoebas and fungi, are now attracting attention in the world of science. The film depicts the forefront of research to utilize the "intelligent" properties of slime mold, which has no brain or nerves. One of the "intelligent" properties of slime mold is the ability to find the route to the exit of a maze in the shortest distance. One of the "intelligent" properties of slime mold is its ability to find the shortest route to the exit of a maze, and a scientist who used slime mold to create an efficient railroad map of the Tokyo metropolitan area won the Ig Nobel Prize. There are also hopes for the use of slime mold in medicine, environmental issues, and even in the development of bio-computers. The film depicts the forefront of research, including the eerily beautiful growth of slime mold, as well as B-grade horror film footage using slime mold as a motif.

    World Documentary | NHK BS1
    World Documentary - NHK

  • 2021.10.25 Associate Professor Hironori Ueno (Team B01-1) conducted an outreach activity at Aichi Prefectural Obu Higashi High School.
  • 2021.10.21 The 2nd General Group Meeting (Regional Executive Committee Meeting) was held.
  • 2021.9.16 The 1st General Group Meeting (Regional Executive Committee Meeting) was held.

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