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5th MSF

The 5th Multidisciplinary Science Forum took place on 7 November, 2014 at the University of Florida in Gainesville. It was hosted by Alumni Member Prof. Ranga Narayanan.



Pictures of the event can be found here.


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5th MSF Schedule 

Friday, November 7, 2014

8:00 - 8:30 AM

Registration and Poster setup

Welcome and Opening

8:30 - 9:00 AM

Dr. Shamim Mirza - Chair, JSPS US Alumni Association
Dr. Osamu Shimomura - Director, JSPS Washington Office
Dr. Ranga Narayanan - MSF Host, Bonnie & Fred Edie Distinguished Professor, University of Florida Dr. Angel Kwolek-Folland - Associate Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs, University of Florida

Session 1: Physics & Mathematics (Session Chair: Shamim Mirza)

Invited Speakers

Presentation Title

9:00 - 9:30 AM

Hiromichi Kataura, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

9:30 - 10:00 AM

Peter Miller, University of Michigan

Alumni Member Speakers

Presentation Title

10:00 - 10:15 AM

Baofeng Feng, The University of Texas - Pan American

10:15 - 10:30 AM

Stephanie Fiorenza, College of Southern Nevada, Cheyenne Campus

10:30 - 10:45 AM

Coffee Break/Poster Viewing

Session 2: Social Sciences (Session Chair: Louis Esparza)

Invited Speakers

Presentation Title

10:45 - 11:15 AM

Haruko Ishii, Hokkai-Gakuen University

11:15 - 11:45 AM

Vasudha Narayanan, University of Florida

The Buddhist Traditions: Connections Between India and Japan

Alumni Member Speakers

Presentation Title

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Niwako Yamawaki, Brigham Young University

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Lunch, Mathew’s Suite, Reitz Union

Session 3: Biology & Medical Sciences (Session Chair: Tim Devarenne)

Invited Speakers

Presentation Title

1:00 - 1:30 PM

Shigeru Okada, University of Tokyo, Japan Science and Technology Agency, CREST

1:30 - 2:00 PM

Toshihiko Yamada, Hokkaido University

2:00 - 2:30 PM

Jude Maul, USDA-ARS, Beltsville, MD

Diversity and Abundance of Soil Denitrification Genes NirK, NirS and NosZ in Till, No-Till and Organic-Till mid-Atlantic Grain Farming Systems.

Alumni Member Speakers

Presentation Title

2:30 - 2:45 PM

Vassiliy Tsytsarev, University of Maryland School of Medicine

2:45 - 3:00 PM

Alexander D. Hernandez, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

3:00 - 3:45 PM

Coffee Break/Poster Session/ JSPS Information Session for UF Students

Session 4: Chemistry (Session Chair: Elena Rozhkova)

Invited Speakers

Presentation Title

3:45 - 4:15 PM

Yutaka Ohno, Nagoya University

4:15 - 4:45 PM

Volker Rose, Argonne National Laboratory

Alumni Member Speakers

Presentation Title

4:45 - 5:00 PM

Carson Bruns, University of California, Berkeley

5:00 - 5:15 PM

Jingbo Louise Liu, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Session 5: Engineering (Session Chair: John Bolander)

Invited Speakers

Presentation Title

5:15 - 5:45 PM

Shuji Tanaka, Tohoku University

5:45 - 6:15 PM

Brij Moudgil, University of Florida

6:15 - 6:30PM

Escort to Keene Faculty Center, Dauer Hall

6:30 - 8:00 PM

Banquet Dinner, Keene Faculty Center, Dauer Hall