Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors


Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button

Home > Press > Reverse NanoJapan: Rice to host 25-30 Japanese students: Tsunami's impact warrants location change for summer study abroad

Abstract:
In the wake of the March 11 earthquake and rolling blackouts that are severely affecting university research laboratories across Japan, the award-winning undergraduate internship program NanoJapan is scrambling to run its annual summer program in reverse; rather than having U.S. undergraduates travel to Japan for lab internships, NanoJapan is offering partner labs in Japan the opportunity to send 25-30 students to Rice University laboratories for three months.

Reverse NanoJapan: Rice to host 25-30 Japanese students: Tsunami's impact warrants location change for summer study abroad

Houston, TX | Posted on May 25th, 2011

"This was a tough decision since we believe the best way to support Japan right now is to continue to conduct business as normal," said NanoJapan director and founder Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering and of physics and astronomy at Rice. "On the other hand, it was clear that some of our partner labs, especially those at Tohoku University, were severely affected by the earthquake and not ready to host any students. In the end, we decided that this reverse program is the best way to address the situation, both for our U.S. students and our Japanese collaborators."

Since 2005, the NanoJapan program has sent 16 students per year from U.S. universities to Japan for 12-week internships that simultaneously immerse students in Japanese culture and in cutting-edge nanotechnology research. Several of the program's partner labs in Japan are operating at partial capacity due to rolling blackouts and energy conservation efforts.

Kono and program administrator Sarah Phillips are making arrangements to host 25-30 undergraduate and graduate students from Japan along with the 14 U.S. students who have already committed to the program for this summer.

"We will make Rice's unique research facilities available to the Japanese students whose research has been suspended, while the U.S. students will be involved in an international research collaboration that is the hallmark of the NanoJapan program," Kono said.

Kono said a number of people have generously offered time, money or lab space for the project. For example, the Rice President's Office has generously agreed to help with housing expenses for the Japanese students. Corporate sponsors include Kuraray America Inc. Rice's Office of International Students and Scholars is working to integrate NanoJapan participants into its summer programming. Kono said a number of faculty members in Rice's departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Physics and Astronomy, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Chemistry, and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering have volunteered to make their laboratories available for NanoJapan students. And ECE's Martha Alexander, administrator of the Laboratory for Nanophotonics, has volunteered to teach her popular course on English idioms and conversation for the visiting students.

The students will live and work together and replicate as closely as possible the unique intercultural and research elements that helped the NanoJapan program earn top honors among study-abroad programs at a 2008 competition held at the United Nations. The students will live at Rice's Graduate Student Apartments and will be assigned in pairs to a number of laboratories across campus.

The first students for the program are slated to arrive on campus May 25 -- nearly two weeks after commencement for the 2010-2011 academic year. Laboratories, offices, companies and organizations interested in sponsoring, partnering with or supporting the NanoJapan program should contact Kono or Phillips at or 713-348-6362.

####

About Rice University
Located on a 285-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation's top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is known for its “unconventional wisdom." With 3,485 undergraduates and 2,275 graduate students, Rice's undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is less than 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for "best value" among private universities by Kiplinger's Personal Finance. To read "What they're saying about Rice," go to futureowls.rice.edu/images/futureowls/Rice_Brag_Sheet.pdf.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
David Ruth
713-348-6327


Jade Boyd
713-348-6778

Kono
or
Phillips

713-348-6362

Copyright © Rice University

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

New theory could lead to new generation of energy friendly optoelectronics: Researchers at Queen's University Belfast and ETH Zurich, Switzerland, have created a new theoretical framework which could help physicists and device engineers design better optoelectronics August 23rd, 2016

New flexible material can make any window 'smart' August 23rd, 2016

University of Puerto Rico and NASA back in the news – XEI reports August 23rd, 2016

Nanoparticles that speed blood clotting may someday save lives August 23rd, 2016

Laboratories

A new way to display the 3-D structure of molecules: Metal-organic frameworks provide a new platform for solving the structure of hard-to-study samples August 21st, 2016

Scientists uncover origin of high-temperature superconductivity in copper-oxide compound: Analysis of thousands of samples reveals that the compound becomes superconducting at an unusually high temperature because local electron pairs form a 'superfluid' that flows without resist August 19th, 2016

Let's roll: Material for polymer solar cells may lend itself to large-area processing: 'Sweet spot' for mass-producing polymer solar cells may be far larger than dictated by the conventional wisdom August 12th, 2016

NREL technique leads to improved perovskite solar cells August 11th, 2016

Academic/Education

Nanotech Security Featured by Simon Fraser University: Company's Anti-Counterfeiting Technology Developed With the Help of University's 4D LABS Materials Research Institute August 21st, 2016

W.M. Keck Foundation awards Cal State LA a $375,000 research and education grant August 4th, 2016

Thomas Swan and NGI announce unique partnership July 28th, 2016

The NanoWizard® AFM from JPK is applied for interdisciplinary research at the University of South Australia for applications including smart wound healing and how plants can protect themselves from toxins July 26th, 2016

Announcements

New theory could lead to new generation of energy friendly optoelectronics: Researchers at Queen's University Belfast and ETH Zurich, Switzerland, have created a new theoretical framework which could help physicists and device engineers design better optoelectronics August 23rd, 2016

New flexible material can make any window 'smart' August 23rd, 2016

University of Puerto Rico and NASA back in the news – XEI reports August 23rd, 2016

Nanoparticles that speed blood clotting may someday save lives August 23rd, 2016

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







Car Brands
Buy website traffic