Okayama University Postgraduate Students Receive 2020 Nishina Award
March 19, 2021
On March 15, Okayama Prefecture held an award ceremony for the 2020 Nishina Award to honor students residing in Okayama prefecture who have shown outstanding character and academic achievements and are pursuing a postgraduate degree in the fields of science or engineering. At the ceremony, which took place at the Okayama Prefectural Office, Okayama University students INOUE Hirotaka and Huang SHENG were presented with a certificate of commendation by Governor IBARAGI Ryuta in recognition of their respective research results.
INOUE Hirotaka, who studies at the Industrial Innovation Sciences Department of the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, has been researching the technological development of carbon nanotube macroscale materials for industrial use, while Huang Sheng, who studies at the the Agricultural and Life Sciences Department of the Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science, has been researching the physiological and molecular characterization of zinc uptake in rice.
The Nishina Award was established in 1966 and is named after the late Dr. NISHINA Yoshio (1890-1951), a physicist from Okayama prefecture who is known in Japan as the "Father of Modern Physics" and was awarded the first Order of Culture after the Second World War. Dr. Nishina is not only a very important figure in Okayama prefecture's history but in Okayama University's history as well. He was a graduate of the Sixth Higher School, which is one of the predecessors of Okayama University, and is known to have had a close relationship with the university, contributing to the establishment of the present Okayama University, in particular its Faculty of Science.