Our 2018 fiscal year was full of interesting events for our student chapter. Below are some of the events we organized or participated in.
Dinner party with UTokyo OSA student chapter on July 30
We invited the UTokyo OSA student chapter and had a dinner party. We talked about our daily life in our lab, our research topics, ideas of collaboration work, etc.. It was our first activity, and we hope that this kind of interaction with other chapters will enhance our research productivity.
Attendance to Guest talk held by University of Tokyo OSA student chapter on 7 August
We enjoyed the guest talk and dinner. The speaker shared some methods to keep motivation for research. We exchanged research ideas and plans throughout the dinner.
Japan Student Chapter Meeting 2018 (4, 5 October)
Six members attended Japan Student Chapter Meeting 2018 held on September 4th and 5th. This is a joint meeting of the student chapters of SPIE, OSA, and JSAP in Japan, mainly consisting of photonics-related graduate students. We really enjoyed workshops and invited talks as well as their poster presentations and getting along with other students. Although a big typhoon hit Osaka during the meeting period, the meeting finished successfully.
Held a guest talk on 21 September
We hosted a talk on Friday, September 21 by Christina Willis, a current sitting board member of SPIE. Her talk really helped us to deepen our knowledge about the importance of network between researchers and how to build and keep the network effectively. After her great talk, we enjoyed interaction with Christina and students of OSA student chapter at dinner party.
Visit lecture hosted by OSA Chapter at Tokyo Electrocommunication University (Dec 7)
We visited an interesting lecture on nanophotonics given by Yoshitomo Okawachi, a visiting researcher from Columbia University in NYC. Afterwards, we enjoyed a dinner and networking with other photonics-related researchers and the lecturer.
Lab tour with Kumon international junior high school
We had an outreach event on 11 December. Twenty-eight students from Kumon International Junior High School came to tour our lab. Dr. Isozaki led the tour and introduced our work. Following that the students gave speeches about their school life. Then Kinegawa (president) and Matsumura taught the visitors about Raman and fluorescent imaging.
Application to May festival (17 February)
We applied to the May festival. We will show optical experiments, such as UV-Vis absorption and an optical microphone as an outreach event at the school festival (18, 19 May in 2019).
Lab tour from Morioka Daiichi High School (3 March)
Twenty students from Morioka Daiichi High School came to tour our lab. Prof. Goda showed and explained “Serendipiter” (Nitta, Nao, et al. "Intelligent image-activated cell sorting." Cell175.1 (2018): 266-276.) to the students. We answered questions about the mechanism and theory of the setup, the entrance exam of our university (Actually, our university is most difficult to join in Japan. Hence, many students were interested in how they should prepare for the exam). We could enjoy talks with them and tell them “the significance of research”. We hope this outreach will help their future study.
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