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  • ★NEW★2023【Announcement】GJEC Lectures in English「Kumamoto-Mansfield Lecture Series」

★NEW★2023【Announcement】GJEC Lectures in English「Kumamoto-Mansfield Lecture Series」

To. All GSST Students

From: Hitoshi Fujimoto

Director of Global Joint Education Center for Science and Technology

 

【Announcement of Lecture in English】

(Subject for Science and Technology/Advanced General Education /Understanding Contemporary Society B)

(Subject for Advanced General Education/International Relations)

 

Global Joint Education Center for Science and Technology (GJEC) will offer the following lecture in English.

 

【Title】    Kumamoto-Mansfield Lecture Series

 

We are pleased to announce the commencement of the Kumamoto-Mansfield Lecture Series on Contemporary Social Understanding B for the current academic year, starting from December 8, 2023. The lectures will be held during the 4th period, from 14:40 to 16:10. The series will be conducted by fellows of the Mansfield Foundation, all of whom are affiliated with government-related agencies in the United States. This unique opportunity allows you to directly access the latest information from the United States that is not usually available in everyday discourse.

In addition, we have arranged special lectures during the same time slot this year. On December 22, Mr. Oku, former Chief Representative in Washington, DC, MUFG Bank (currently an advisor to the Japan International Education Association), will deliver a lecture. On February 9, Mr. Watanabe, senior researcher at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (former CSIS Senior Researcher, well-known in the Japanese media), will also deliver a special lecture. Both speakers have made significant contributions to Japan-U.S. relations in their respective careers, and we believe their insights will provide a unique perspective not typically covered in our regular lectures.

 

※For students who enrolled in or after 2018, this lecture will be held as one of Subject for

Science and Technology/Advanced General Education/ Understanding ContemporarySociety B)

※For students who enrolled in or before 2017, this lecture will be held as one of Advanced

General Education/International Relations

 

※Furthermore, it is possible to audit the lectures without earning credits. If you choose to audit only, please inform at Academic Affairs Section of GSST .

 

【Instructors】

Beth Weinstein

Brian A. Vasel

Martha C. (Marti) Engstrom

Angelina Loverde

Nkemjika Ofodile-Carruthers

(The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation)

 

【Special Lectures】

Oku, (Formerly Bank of Mitsubishi DC Representative)

Tsuneo Watanabe, (Security Studies Program Sasakawa Peace Foundation)

 

【Schedule】

December 8(Fri)  Lecturer: Beth Weinstein

[4th : 14:40-16:10]

 

December15 (Fri)  Lecturer: Brian A. Vasel

[4th : 14:40-16:10]

 

January19 (Fri)  Lecturer: Martha C. (Marti) Engstrom

[4th : 14:40-16:10]

 

January26(Fri)  Lecturer: Angelina Loverde

[4th : 14:40-16:10]

 

February 2(Fri)  Lecturer: Nkemjika Ofodile-Carruthers

[4th : 14:40-16:10]

 

【Special Lectures】   

December 22(Fri)  Lecturer: T. Oku

[4th : 14:40-16:10]

 

February 9(Fri)  Lecturer: Tsuneo Watanabe

[4th : 14:40-16:10]

 

【Credit】    1 Credit

 

【Code】 Student who enrolled in or before 2017:(Doctor)69963

Student who enrolled in or after 2018 :(Master)49122 (Doctor)79122

 

【Category】  Ⅲ(Books: English, Language: English)

 

【Abstract】

December 8(Fri)

Lecturer: Beth Weinstein, Observatory Manager, PACE Mission, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Title: Earth Day is Everyday at NASA

Abstract: When you think of NASA, you may think of astronauts, the Moon, and maybe even Mars, but you may not think of the Earth.  In fact, NASA has been launching Earth observing (EO) satellites for over 60 years, and NASA`s EO data is used in applications from disaster management to renewable energy.  In addition to a history of NASA`s EO program (including NASA-JAXA partnerships), this presentation will talk about the development lifecycle of an EO satellite using an example from a recent mission.

 

December15 (Fri)

Lecturer: Brian A. Vasel, Director of Operations, Global Monitoring Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce

Title: Overview of the NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory’s Climate Science Portfolio and Operational Challenges

Abstract: The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Global Monitoring Laboratory (GML) is based in Boulder, Colorado and serves as the WMO Central Calibration Laboratory for the world standard measurements of CO2, CH4, N2O, SF6, and CO.  In this presentation, a short overview of NOAA and the Global Monitoring Laboratory’s climate science work will be discussed. In addition, some operational challenges of collecting long-term records at remote locations will also be presented.

 

January19 (Fri)

Lecturer: Martha C. (Marti) Engstrom, Supervisory Health Scientist, Office of Science, Center for Tobacco Products, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Service

Title: An introduction to tobacco control and tobacco regulation in the US

Abstract: Tobacco use is a leading preventable cause of disease and death in the US and worldwide. This presentation provides a description of the tobacco problem in the US and Japan; an overview of the history and context of tobacco control and tobacco regulation in the US; and an introduction to the US FDA’s approach to the regulation of tobacco products to improve population health. Recent tobacco control achievements (e.g., FDA issuing proposed rules to ban menthol in cigarettes and all flavors in cigars) and current challenges (e.g., the rapidly changing tobacco marketplace) also will be presented.

 

January26(Fri)

Lecturer: Angelina Loverde, Management Analyst, Office of Management and Budget, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), U.S. Department of Energy

Title: Energy and the U.S. Energy Infrastructure

Abstract: What is energy? What are different types of energy? How about the United States’ energy infrastructure? This presentation will discuss energy, sources of energy, and the make-up of the United States’ energy infrastructure. This presentation will also cover what university life in America is like.

 

February 2(Fri)

Lecturer: Dr. Nkemjika Ofodile-Carruthers, Policy and Program Advisor, Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, U.S. Department of Education

Title: Raising the Bar in Grantmaking: Equity and Inclusion in Education

Abstract: On day one of this administration, President Biden signed Executive Order 13985, “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government”, which sought to have the federal government think intentionally and critically about how to remove systemic barriers and serve those living in America equitably. Historically, in federal grantmaking, many of the same entities have been successful in receiving federal grants. As we continue to uplift multiculturalism, and ensuring that everyone has access to these funds, equity has become the name of the game, and nowhere more impactfully than education. This course will highlight the historical intersection of federal agencies and the congressional budget process, clarify the differences between formula and discretionary grants, highlight ways that work can be done to try to diversify the field of federal grant recipients and essentially eliminate disparities and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for underserved populations. Please join this conversation for a glimpse into how we can take steps towards advancing equal opportunity for all.

 

Special Lectures

December 22(Fri)

Lecturer: T. Oku, Formerly Bank of Mitsubishi DC Representative

Presentation and discussion on a mission in the U.S. as a chief representative of the Bank of Mitsubishi UFJ.

 

February 9(Fri)

Lecturer: Tsuneo Watanabe, Security Studies Program Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Discussion of current international politics from a geopolitical perspective.

 

Both speakers have made significant contributions to Japan-U.S. relations in their respective careers, and we believe their insights will provide a unique perspective not typically covered in our regular lectures.

 

【Registration and Cancellation】

If you wish to take this class, fill out the form at Academic Affairs Section of GSST until the deadline below.

Registration Deadline: December 1 (Fri) 12:00

 

If you do not take this class after registration, fill out the form at Academic Affairs Section until the deadline below.

Cancellation Deadline: December5(Tue)12:00

 

【Place】

※we will notify you via Moodle

【Note】

Be sure to do the cancellation procedure if you do not take this class, otherwise your grades are processed as registered.

 

【Inquiry & Registrarion】

Academic/International Affairs Section of GSST