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WASEDA University Newsletter from WOL No.15 (2013-06-21)

Opinion Weekly Opinion

Going through the Atopy Business
―Time to think about how to deal with atopic dermatitis―

Miho Ushiyama
Assistant Professor, Waseda Institute for Advanced Study

“The pain was so intense that I could hardly breathe. I didn’t know what I was living for. Every part of my body hurt and went numb…I scratched myself for 12 hours and then felt terrible pain for 12 hours. This happened over and over again. I had no time to sleep. It was quite an ordeal” (Asami, 28-year-old women)

This is what Asami (fictitious name) told me, recalling the time when her symptoms of atopic dermatitis were the most severe. Many people have an image of atopic dermatitis as an itchy skin disease that occurs in children, but this account from Asami goes far beyond our general recognition of atopic dermatitis.

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Research Knowledge Co-Creation – Profiles of researchers

Elucidating the Molecular Mechanism of Organisms’ Fertilization

Toshiyuki Mori
Assistant Professor, Waseda Institute for Advanced Study

I went to university in the middle of the genetic research boom of the 1990s, a period when molecular biology was in the limelight. My interest in biology began in high school, and I was always more attracted by the microscopic world of cells than the macro world of ecosystems, so I too became fascinated with molecular biology and cytogenetics. For my graduation research, I had no hesitation in joining a cellular biology laboratory where I engaged in research into the molecules functioning in the generative cells of plants, the area of specialization of my supervisor Dr. Ichiro Tanaka (currently a professor at Yokohama City University).

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Education Study Abroad - From the world to WASEDA -

From CHINA to WASEDA

Li Run Lu
3rd year student at the School of Political Science and Economics

There are four reasons that made me decide to come to Japan. The first is the history between China and Japan. For over a thousand years, China was seen as Japan’s master, but in recent times, the master has been overtaken by her pupil. I wanted to find where that extraordinary energy came from. The second reason was culture. As well as having an interest in discovering common points between the Chinese “knights” and Japanese samurai, I was fascinated by the youth fashion culture. Third was geopolitics and politics. For China to continue its growth in the future, it can not avoid its relationship with Japan. The fourth reason is Hirotada Ototake’s “No One’s Perfect” (Kodansha, 1998). For me, who was born without a left arm, reading this book as a child gave me great strength. Then I thought that I wanted to study at, as Ototake put it, “the Waseda campus with an atmosphere of freedom”, so I decided to come to Waseda University.

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Reviews Fine Arts

Steichen and Capa: Two Photographic Exhibitions “Samuel Fuller at War” and “Best Photograph of Gary Cooper”

Yoko Kitamura
Professor of the School of Culture, Media and Society, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University

I went to see two photographic exhibits: “Edward Steichen in High Fashion The Condé Nast Years 1923 - 1937” (Jan. 26 to Apr. 7) at the Setagaya Art Museum, and “Two Photographers: Robert Capa Centennial and Gerda Taro Retrospective” (Jan. 26 to Mar. 24) at the Yokohama Museum of Art. Steichen was born in 1879 and died in 1973. Capa lived from 1913 to 1954. Despite an age difference of more than 30 years, these two American photographers were active during the same period. It was very enjoyable to compare their works.

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