Section of Natural Science

Overview

The Section of Natural Science was organized by faculty members who are mainly involved in science experiment subjects and natural science subjects (English classes) in liberal education subjects and started in April 2014. It is based on the former Section of Laboratory Education in Natural Sciences, Division of Liberal Education Programs in the Center for the Advancement of Higher Education and the former Institute of International Education, being composed of both the unit in charge of science experiments and the unit in charge of lectures on natural science (English classes).

 

The science experiment subjects for the 1st year students consist of “Introductory Science Experiments” (which started in FY2004) and “Introductory Science Experiments fo Humanities” (which started in FY2007). The faculty members of this section play a central role in these subjects’ planning, development, implementation, management, and FD activities. The efforts for the former won the university’s Presidential Prize for Educational Excellence (FY2004) and were chosen as a “Support Program for Distinctive University Education (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)” (from FY2005 to FY2008). The latter won the Liberal Education Award (FY2008).

 

For the purpose of promoting global education in Tohoku University, an English course (including liberal education subjects) was established in three undergraduate programs in FY2011. The faculty members of this section perform the planning, development, implementation, and improvement activities of a diversified and large number of basic education programs that are included in the natural science discipline. In addition, they contribute to the internationalization of education at our university through their contribution to the increase in visibility of Tohoku University’s education and research by participating in the “international students fair” and other events in various countries to actively promote public-relations activities.

Section of Laboratory Education in Natural Sciences

Section of Laboratory Education in Natural Sciences

Students at Natural Science Experiment Laboratory class

Introductory Science Experiments” (which started in 2004) is a compulsory subject on science experiments for approximately 1,700 first year students in science courses (medicine, dentistry, science, engineering, agriculture, and pharmacy). This is an (integrated-type) experiment subject (composed of 12 kinds of experiments, divided into 5 themes, such as “Earth and Environment,” “Life,” “Materials,” “Energy,” and “Science and Culture”) that integrates the natural science specific areas of physics, chemistry, biology, and earth science. It was designed to teach the study methods of natural science and to enable students to grasp matters from a multidimensional perspective. From FY2007, a science experiment subject “Introductory Science Experiments for Humanities” started targeting the 1st year students in liberal arts courses (literature, education, law, and economics). In consideration of the fact that human society is supported by scientific and technological progress, this subject was newly designed and developed as a way to experience natural science and to serve as a base to learn logical thinking. It receives very high evaluations from enrolled students every year and also draws much attention from the rest of society. The faculty members of this section play a central role in planning experiment subjects, preparation of teaching materials, improvement and maintenance of the teaching environment, including experimental equipment and facilities, class implementation and support, report guidance, study instruction, grade evaluation, practical FD activities and self-questionnaire surveys by semester, and other aspects. In addition, as a feature, the development of attendance and grade information system allows the easy understanding of attendance levels of enrolled students, the status of report submission, the status of grades, and many other aspects. This information is fed back to study instruction methods and followed up by student support in cooperation with the University Counseling Center, Student Health Care Center, Division of Education and Student Support, Section of Education Support of faculties, and other concerned parties.

 

Internationalization of education in Tohoku University is also an important issue. Aimed at developing and producing leading human resources in international society in a high quality international education environment worthy of a world leading university, it started to develop courses where academic degrees can be acquired solely through classes in English. In addition to existing graduate school courses, three undergraduate courses were established in 2011. The faculty members of this section have been working hard particularly on the development of undergraduate natural science course basic education programs and have achieved respectable results by being in charge of a diversified and large number of basic lectures. For the purpose of education quality improvement, they regularly hold meetings to provide education information to each other and discuss the improvement of teaching methods. As a result, more than 80 percent of faculty members who are in charge of classes received high evaluations in the students’ class evaluation. In cooperation with the Global Learning Center, improvement in the study environment and the upgrading of liberal arts and science education for global human resource development are currently in progress.

 

Faculty members

Chair of Section Associate Professor Gen-ichi Tajima
(Animal Physiology)
  Professor

Tsutomu Sekine
(Radiochemistry)

  Professor

Norihiro Nakamura
(Geology)

  Appointed Professor

Marcin SCHROEDER

(Mathematical models of information systems, computing and hypercomputing, complexity and symmetry )

 

Associate Professor

Nurbosyn Zhanpeisov
(Theoretical Chemistry)

  Associate Professor

Martin Robert
(Life Science)

  Associate Professor

Takeshi Koike
(Physics, Nuclear physics)

  Associate Professor

Xavier DAHAN

(Computer Algebra)

 

Assistant Professor

Hiroshi Ota
(Animal Ecology and Herpetology)

 

Assistant Professor

Toshitaka Oka
(Radiation Chemistry)

 

Assistant Professor

Kenji Omata
(Organic Chemistry)

 

Assistant Professor

Yoshinori OTSUKI
(Geomorphology, Environmental geography)

 

Assistant Professor

Toshihiko MAEYAMA
(Physical Chemistry)

 

Assistant Professor

Yuka SAKUMA
(Softmatter physics, biophysics)

 

Assistant Professor

Satoshi TOMITA
(metamaterials, electromagnetism of matter)

 

Assistant Professor

Takuma YAMASHITA

(Atomic and molecular physics, radiochemistry)

 

 Concurrent Faculty Members

 

Professor

Shozo Suto
(Department of Physics)

 

Professor

Hirohiko Kono
(Department of Physics)

 

Professor

Hiroyuki Nagahama
(Department of Physics)

 

Professor

Seiichi NISHIZAWA

(Department of Physics)

 

Professor

Kenichiro TSUTSUI
(Graducate Schoold of Life Sciences)

Location

41, Kawauchi, Aobaku, Sendai, 980-8576, Japan

(Kawakita Joint Building/ International Exchange Center Building/ Student Laboratories)