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Seminar and meeting in Tokyo

I continued copying and pasting. At 2 AM, a mail arrived from a Mexican friend working for a French university; he invited me to the defense of his Chinese  PhD student, and the date of defense was decided on September 18th. So I will visit France in September. I finished the report at 4 AM. I uploaded the file to a free storage site and sent the url to the governmental institute asking to download it to check. I came back home, took Maya-san for a morning walk, and left for Tokyo for a seminar of a graphic software I am using. I slept in the train. I got off … Continue reading

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The last evening in the hospital

I arrived at the hospital 6 PM. Mariya was sleeping. When I see her, Mariya is always calm, but Katya told me Mariya cries a lot during the night time. I had dinner together with Katya, and went home. They will be leaving tomorrow. A PhD student of mine was waiting for me in the institute, and I discussed with him until midnight.

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Two interviews

From 10:30 AM, there was an interview of a Thai student graduating from a university in Kyoto. He did a good presentation. Hopefully, he will be working together with us from April. From 11:40 AM, there was another interview, this time of a Vietnamese student trying to study in our university for a PhD degree. He did not do well as expected, but he still has a chance to be accepted. Katya and I had lunch at New Mahal. Nans were served right after baked, and they were very good.

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Paper to be revised

After the PhD defenses and the following party last evening, I received an e-mail this morning. I had submitted a paper to a scientific journal, one of the coworkers of which is the PhD student. Two reviewers gave us comments in the e-mail. One of them favored our paper very much, who accepted to publish it with no change or modification. The other reviewer was interested in the results, but he proposed a completely difficult interpretation. We know that he is mistaken, so we will slightly modify the manuscript and send them a letter telling our points.

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Today was for the defenses of PhD students. From 10:30 AM, I attended the defense of a student from Bangladesh. Boy, wasn’t he great! He came all the way to Japan to accomplish marvelous results. I heard that he will be working as a postdoc in Japan, which should be good for him as well as for Japan. From 5:10 PM, there was a defense of a student whose adviser is me. He carried out his presentation in Engish. He spoke in a very clear English, and his presentation was perfect, too. Two of the students surely will receive their PhD. There was five PhD  students in all in our institute … Continue reading

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Students’ theses

It was a snowy day today. Katya and I might go skiing this weekend. Two of my students are busy preparing for the graduation. A PhD student is getting ready for the final defense of Monday. It will be in English. He wrote papers in English and attended international conferences. He is a smart guy, so he should be OK. A master degree student is less experienced. I have been reading his thesis all day. He wrote a lot (in Japanese), but with less care and consideration. It was not enjoyable hours to correct his manuscript. Anyway, I will hold a party for students including the two. I will be … Continue reading

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Working day is Saturday

A PhD student of mine talked about his research from 8 AM in front of professors for his preparation for the dissertation. I think he did well. He will be graduating this coming March. At 9 AM, a monthly Saturday presentation by students started. Today’s was of the second-year master students. At 11 AM, another PhD students had a presentation. I went back home for lunch. From 1 PM, two researchers came for interviews.  At 3 PM, the last PhD student had his presentation. At 5 PM, I had a discussion with a professor about our joint research. At 7 PM, I left school. I brought home a present a professor gave … Continue reading

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The last day in France

In the morning, I had the last breakfast in the hotel. I packed up everything and left the hotel. I took the same bus to the university. T This morning, there was a final defense of a PhD student. I joined it and listen to him. Very intelligent he was! At the end of the last two visits to Poitiers, I took early trains to Paris to enjoy a walk. This time, because of this defense, I decided to stay in Poitiers in the morning. The questions and answers started and continued. I sneaked out from the auditorium at 11:30 AM.    A French colleague took me to the station. … Continue reading

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Ex-student visited from Hokkaido

In the morning, I finished a small article, which will be published in November. Then, I started preparing the presentation held in August 22. I was working on the seminar scheduled at the end of this month, too. An ex-PhD student of mine visited me. Because of the earthquake, he was asked by the company to stay at his in Hokkaido with the 70%-payment till October starts.  Good life! Of course, in fact, he was not happy about his half-a-year vacation, because he was all ready and happy to start working from April. He tries to take this opportunity positively, though. He was going to drink out with my present … Continue reading

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School year is ending

School year ends in March in Japan.  We are getting ready for sending students out from academia. My PhD student did OK.  He finished with his thesis.  He is still carrying out his experiments for his last paper.  Katya and I will hold a farewell party for him. Master students and senior students do their graduation presentations, too, and we will help them. I am organizing a meeting in a conference with six Chinese and six Japanese.  One Japanese participant has not been decided and I have been sending e-mails and calling one by one. My ex-boss got a big prize in another scientific society, and I will try to … Continue reading

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