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Qdai-mail Tsushin #035
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Friday, December 25, 2020

ŸNotes on infectious disease control related to the novel
coronavirus (COVID-19) are posted on the University website.
https://www.kyushu-u.ac.jp/en/crisismanagement/riskmanagement/coronavirus

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**Topics


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*Department of Earth Resources Engineering receives JICA 
 President Award
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The Department of Earth Resources Engineering in the Faculty of 
Engineering of Kyushu University has received a 16th JICA President Award 
from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for its long-term 
contribution to the worldwide human resource development in the 
geothermal field. 

https://www.kyushu-u.ac.jp/en/topics/view/402


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*Mathematical Sciences Fighting with Infectious Diseases (Held online)
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On Saturday, October 31, 2020, the Institute of Mathematics for Industry, 
Kyushu University, hosted a special collaborative online session 
"Mathematical Sciences Fighting with Infectious Diseases" together with 
three mathematics-related academic societies at the "Interdisciplinary / 
Inter-industry Research Exchange Meeting 2020."

https://www.kyushu-u.ac.jp/en/topics/view/403


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**Research


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*Directly capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere with membranes
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Researchers from Kyushu Universityfs International Institute for 
Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER) in collaboration with 
NanoMembrane Technologies Inc. now report that 
state-of-the-art separation membranes could provide a practical and 
flexible method for directly capturing CO2 from the atmosphere.

https://www.kyushu-u.ac.jp/en/researches/view/182


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*New mechanism of pain control revealed
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Researchers led by Makoto Tsuda, professor at
Kyushu Universityfs Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences,
have revealed a previously unknown mechanism for pain control
involving a newly identified group of cells in the spinal cord,
offering a potential target for enhancing the therapeutic effect
of drugs for chronic pain.

https://www.kyushu-u.ac.jp/en/researches/view/184


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*Safe, easy, and rapid measurement of eye lens opacity and transmission
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Objective measurement of the opacity and transmittance of the
lens in the human eye may one day become a simple and
rapid process routinely performed at eye clinics thanks in
part to a new system developed by an international team led
by Shigekazu Higuchi, professor of the Faculty of Design,
and graduate student Taisuke Eto at Kyushu University.

https://www.kyushu-u.ac.jp/en/researches/view/183


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*Mental health app supports university students
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Despite widespread recognition of the importance of mental health, 
only a fraction of university students and other young people with a 
mental disorder receive mental health care.
To address this gap and better support university studentsf mental health, 
Kyushu University researchers independently developed a smartphone app 
called the eMental Appf through a unique collaborative effort combining 
psychiatry and arts and design studies.

https://www.kyushu-u.ac.jp/en/researches/view/185


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*Molecules convert visible light into ultraviolet light with record efficiency
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Light-powered processes from hydrogen production to air
purification could see a boost in performance under ambient
light thanks to a new material system develop at Kyushu
University that can directly convert visible light into ultraviolet
light with an efficiency that doubles previous records.

https://www.kyushu-u.ac.jp/en/researches/view/186


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*Inflammation and biologyfs gubiquitoush protein
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An international team of researchers led by Fumiyo Ikeda of
Kyushu Universityfs Medical Institute of Bioregulation and the
Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy
of Sciences (IMBA) in Vienna have discovered a mechanism
for how inflammation is regulated by a small modifier protein
found so prolifically throughout regulatory processes in
biology that it has earned the name ubiquitin

https://www.kyushu-u.ac.jp/en/researches/view/187


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*Viewing cell colony expansion through statistical physics
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Based on experimental observations and modeling, researchers 
from Kyushu University have now shown that the dynamic scaling 
law in epithelial cell colony expansion is formed by a tug-of-war 
between adhesion of cells and differences in cell motility.

https://www.kyushu-u.ac.jp/en/researches/view/188


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*Oh so simple: Eight genes enough to convert mouse stem 
 cells into oocyte-like cells
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Researchers led by Katsuhiko Hayashi, professor at
Kyushu Universityfs Faculty of Medical Sciences, report
that activating just eight genes for producing gene-controlling
proteins is enough to convert mouse stem cells directly
into oocyte-like cells that mature and can even be fertilized
like egg cells.

https://www.kyushu-u.ac.jp/en/researches/view/189



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**Events


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*Taiwan Today yEpidemic and Taiwan: the past and presentz
Date:2020.12.26 [Sat] 8:40 - 2021.1.30 [Sat] 13:20
https://www.kyushu-u.ac.jp/en/events/view/172
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Every year Taiwan Studies Program and the 21st Century Program 
organize an intensive course, Taiwan Today (‘ä˜pŽ–î), 
covering various issues in contemporary Taiwanese society. 
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this yearfs course will be offered online.


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*FY2020 the 3rd I2CNER Webinar
Date:2021.1.13 [Wed] 9:00 - 10:00
https://www.kyushu-u.ac.jp/en/events/view/173
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International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research(I2CNER)
will hold the 3rd I2CNER Webinar for FY2020 by inviting 
Prof. Ian M. Robertson from University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. 
We look forward to your participation.
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