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25 Feb 2015
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Recipients of the 7th Tachibana Award announced, ceremony scheduled for 3 March

The Tachibana Award for the Most Outstanding Female Researcher was established in 2008 to acknowledge the excellent achievements of early-career women researchers at Kyoto University.

Recipients of the FY2014 Tachibana Award and Honorable Mention Award for both the student and researcher categories have been announced as follows.

An award ceremony will take place in the Kaigi-Koen Shitsu (conference-lecture room) on the second floor of Rakuyu Kaikan on Tuesday 3 March.

1. About the Tachibana Award for the Most Outstanding Female Researcher

The Tachibana Award for the Most Outstanding Female Researcher recognizes excellent achievements by early-career women researchers at Kyoto University. By publicly honoring women who have produced outstanding work in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, the Tachibana Award aims to further motivate not only the awardees themselves, but also others following in their footsteps, thereby helping cultivate accomplished women scholars who will lead the future of academic research at Kyoto University and across Japan.

2. Selection process for the FY2014 awards

Applications were received from a total of 24 candidates -- six in the student category and 18 for researchers. In a two-stage screening process, a 10-member committee chaired by Professor Kayo Inaba, Executive Vice-President for Gender Equality, International Affairs, and Public Relations, examined the submitted applications and interviewed short-listed candidates, before deciding on the following selections.

3. Recipients of the FY2014 Tachibana and Honorable Mention Awards

Tachibana Award

Category Name Title / affiliation Research topic
Student Megumi Shidatsu PhD candidate, Graduate School of Science Observational studies of black holes
Researcher Yukiko Uchida Program-Specific Associate Professor, Kokoro Research Institute Culture and happiness: experimental cultural psychological studies of relationship-oriented happiness in Japanese society

Honorable Mention Award

Category Name Title / affiliation Research topic
Researcher Shizue Ohsawa Lecturer, Graduate School of Biostudies Genetic basis of tissue growth control via intercellular communications
Ayumi Asai Program-Specific Associate Professor, Unit of Synergetic Studies for Space Observational studies of solar flares and their role in promoting space weather research

4. Award ceremony

The FY2014 Tachibana Award Ceremony and research presentations will be held as follows.

Date and time

Tuesday 3 March 2015, 10:00-11:00

Venue

Kaigi-Koen Shitsu (conference-lecture room), 2nd floor, Rakuyu Kaikan, Kyoto University

Program

10:00-10:05 Opening address Professor Kayo Inaba, Executive Vice-President for Gender Equality, International Affairs, and Public Relations
10:05-10:15 Presentation of the Tachibana Awards and Wacoal Award
10:15-10:25 Presidential Remarks Juichi Yamagiwa, President of Kyoto University
10:25-10:35 Congratulatory address by the guest of honor Hironobu Yasuhara, President and Representative Director, Wacoal Corporation
10:35-10:45 Research presentation 1 Megumi Shidatsu, Student Recipient of the Tachibana Award
10:45-10:55 Research presentation 2 Program-Specific Associate Professor Yukiko Uchida, Researcher Recipient of the Tachibana Award
10:55-11:00 Closing address Professor Toshio Sugiman, Executive Vice-President for Student Affairs and Library Services