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Voices of YCUSSP 2014 Lecturers

In 2014, the program was organized by Graduate School of Medical Life Science, and twelve students from five cooperating universities in China, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, and USA joined in this program.

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J.R.H. Tame, Ph.D. /YCU

The workshop was a wonderful chance to meet students from very different countries and educational backgrounds. It was wonderful to see how well everyone mixed together, and became a group of friends in such a short time. The students were all very attentive, and asked some great questions!

Akinori Kidera, Ph.D. /YCU

Molecular simulation models physical events occurring at the molecular-level. Nevertheless, the students, mostly having a background in biology or medical science, worked hard on studying the results obtained by molecular simulations. I was impressed by their eagerness and flexibility to learn a wide variety of biology fields. I am hoping that some of them will be more interested in the computational biology field in the near future.

Kyohei Arita, Ph.D. /YCU

In the practical course of ‘Protein structure observation by using molecular graphics software’, the students learned how a protein specifically recognize its cognate DNA. All students operated the software with a great interest to look into the protein and DNA structures.

Atsushi Suzuki, Ph.D. /YCU

I had a great time with the participants (especially the students from abroad) who listened to my talk with eagerness. Although it was the first time for me to give a one-hour lecture in English, this valuable experience made me want to try again to share more enjoyable scientific times with Asian students.

Hiroshi Ohno, Ph.D. /RIKEN

As an lecturer for YCU Summer Program 2014, I tried to provide as much information as possible; as a result, I prepared too many slides for my allocated time, and I could not go through to my final slides. Nevertheless, there are a few questions, and I think I could meet at least the minimum requirements as a lecturer. It could be nicer if more active involvement by the participants including more questions, but this could partly be because my lecture had too many details.

Jun Kikuchi, Ph.D. /RIKEN

The workshop provided an opportunity for the students to work with real biomedical data collected from samples provided by different patients, and understand how mathematical tools can be used to analyze very large data-sets quickly. These tools are becoming more and more important in clinical and biochemical assays, and an understanding of them is necessary for today's doctors and medical scientists. Although the ideas presented are difficult to understand at first, the students tried hard to identify the patient with diabetes, and make a plot showing how the data differ.

Hideo Takahashi, Ph.D. /YCU

My lecture focused on the specific experimental approach, NMR spectroscopy, and its application to elucidate structural and dynamic properties of proteins. Although it might have been unfamiliar for many students and might not be the field they are majoring in, I felt that they were so motivated to hear my lecture. I hope their interest to a wide range of science will continue further and will bear fruit in their futures.

Jonathan Heddle, Ph.D. /RIKEN

I found the symposium to be well-organised and relaxed. I enjoyed giving my lecture and was pleased to see that the students interacted by asking insightful questions.
I only attended the summer school briefly so I cannot comment on much outside my own lecture. A slightly larger number of students could have enlivened things including the debate further. Was there a lunch or dinner or coffee/beer hour mingler where the students could have informally chatted with presenters? If not then it may be something to consider for the future.

Jenny Mortimer, Ph.D. /RIKEN

I thought that the students were very enthusiastic, and worked well together as a group. I particularly enjoyed the questions throughout my talk, as it showed how engaged they were in the topic, even though it was the end of a very busy week for them.

Takahisa Ikegami, Ph.D. /YCU

In this practical course, the attendants learned how to prepare sample proteins and to measure their NMR spectra through looking at the apparatuses actually being used. Since the content contained many elements in the physical chemistry, the attendants may have felt the course more difficult than others. If they learn the fields of biology and pharmaceutical researches are expanding up to such contents, I would be very happy.

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