Everyone seems to be talking about the recently released picture of a black hole. But what does this mean? How can we take a picture of a black hole? What even is a black hole? We talked to Assistant Professor Mahito Sasada who worked on the Event Horizon Telescope project to help us try and explain the image of the black hole. Some responses have been edited for clarity. Firstly, what is a black hole? Sasada: “The region where the black hole is, is black because there is no light. Light cannot escape from the black hole to anywhere, but we can see light in other regions [of space]. [Black… Read more
Ideas-mining is a problem-solving tool developed by the University of Münster almost 20 years ago. The goal is to tackle a problem from various approaches, sometimes using unusual methods. These methods can then be applied in numerous areas, from business to scientific research, and even human resources. Creativity is the focus here, as Ideas-mining aims to disrupt the 9-5 working format, which its creators say is harmful to the creative process. “Ideas mining is a sort of adult playfulness” Bauhus Two delegates from the University of Münster: Mr. Wilhelm Bauhus and Ms. Lena Wobido, visited Hiroshima University to explore and exchange some methods of Ideas Mining. This was the third… Read more
Meet Emily! Meet Emily!Emily is an American high school student who joined us for the last month. At only 18 this new kid on our block impressed everyone here – not least for her Japanese language ability! We wish her a safe journey back to the States and all the best for the future. Hiroshima University Researchさんの投稿 2017年8月2日(水) Emily is an American high school student who joined us for the last month. At only 18 this new kid on our block impressed everyone here – not least for her Japanese language ability! We wish her a safe journey back to the States and all the best for the future.
An international seminar held at Hiroshima University, 13th and 14th November, discussed how decentralization of the nation state could breed peace in an increasingly unstable world. With xenophobia developing in many regions of the world, including Europe – where migrants continue to flow in from West Asia and North Africa, and in East Asia – where nuclear and territorial disputes are heightening tensions between nations, some might wonder if democratic peace is on the brink. Opening Session At the same time, politics with decisions made at a level closer to the people and to their daily lives is increasingly seen as an important development for the democratization of societies, and… Read more
Symposium on Support for Researchers Publishing in English: From the Perspective of Institutional Administration
This symposium was held to bring together those engaged in supporting researchers writing in English at universities and institutions in Japan. Rather than focusing on enhancing individual skills in academic writing in English, the symposium instead provided participants the opportunity to share their assessment and analysis of institutional initiatives related to this important topic. Organizer: Hiroshima University Writing Center Cooperator: Japan Society of English for Research (J-SER) Writing Center 1-2-2 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima City Hiroshima, Japan 739-8512 TEL: +81-82-424-6202 Symposium on Support for Researchers Publishing in English Symposium on Support for Researchers Publishing in English:From the Perspective of Institutional AdministrationSaturday, November 18, 2017This symposium was held to bring together those engaged… Read more
Wunderbar! The Impact of the Humanities and Social Sciences – Discussing Germany and Japan The German Research Foundation (DFG), called into HU’s Faculty Club Wednesday last to discuss how the humanities and social sciences can maintain relevance in an increasingly skeptical world. A very well attended symposium saw Prof. Peter Strohschneider, President of the DFG, and Prof. Julika Griem, Vice President, remind the audience of the importance of these subjects, and how they are under pressure from institutions, and societies craving “groundbreaking answers” and research with “impact” – functions such subjects are ill equipped to provide. Political populism was also singled out as being unkind to reasoned, academic debate. HU… Read more