Radiation and Risk: Is radiation exposure really unsafe at any dose?

Please join us on Thursday evening May 8, 2014 for an important lecture on the health effect of low level radiation exposure by Zhi-Min Yuan, Harvard School of Public Health Morningside Professor of Radiobiology and Director of the John B. Little Center, Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases.

As we pass three years after the Fukushima nuclear accident with continued uncertainty about Japan’s nuclear future, many unknowns remain about the short- and long-term effects of the radiation released and spread during that disaster. This is a time of both critical need and extraordinary opportunity in the study of low-dose radiation and its effects on human health. The 2011 tsunami and subsequent meltdown of nuclear reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi power plant exposed thousands of Japanese citizens to low levels of radiation. Diagnostic imaging and radiation therapies expose tens of thousands more each year around the globe. Yet to date the risks associated with these exposures are unquantified and largely unknown.

The scientific community today knows remarkably little about the long-term health effects of low-dose radiation exposure and the biological mechanisms that govern how the cells in our bodies respond to such exposures. This leaves lawmakers, business leaders, and ordinary citizens without the solid evidence base they need to make informed decisions on public policy, risk, and personal safety.

Please join us to hear the latest information and ideas from a leading expert at Harvard on this critical subject.

Event includes a standing buffet dinner at the elegant Roppongi Hills Club, with cash bar available. Time is 18:30-21:00 pm. Admission is 5,000 yen payable at the door by cash only.

Please register in advance by May 5 using the form on the web page http://www.harvardclubjapan.org/article.html?aid=223

More detailed information including a map of the location can be seen at the same web page.

For any problems with registration please mail to kaycarl@gmail.com

Speaker Biography:

An internationally recognized radiobiologist and Director of the JBL Center at HSPH, Dr. Yuan received his PhD from the University of Maryland and post-doctoral training at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute before joining the faculty of Harvard School of Public Health. His research interests are in the area of radiobiology, stress, and cancer with a focus on the tumor suppressor p53. His research programs are supported by NIH, ACS and DOE, among other funding agencies. He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles and is a member of the editorial board for three journals, as well as a chartered member of NIH Cancer Etiology Study Section and other grant reviewing bodies. Under Dr. Yuan’s leadership the JBL Center has taken a leadership position in studying the effects of radiation on organisms and informing researchers on the basic biological mechanisms of radiobiological stress resistance, intra- and intercellular communication, and adaptation to future stressors.

Alan Swarts, CEO, Breaker; Dinner Event

Dear Friends of The Columbia Lions Club of Japan:

We are very privileged to have a premier entrepreneur from the IT/music industry as speaker for our next event.  This event is open to all Columbia University graduates and members of alumni clubs from other foreign universities and their (limited) guests.  This event will take place at the newly renovated and re-named U.S. Embassy facility, American Center of Japan.  As a result, a complete and final list of participants will need to be submitted to the Embassy by May 7th.  There will be two burly guards that will be checking picture ID’s at the entrance, and pre-registration will be required.  We are planning a separate a la carte dinner event immediately after the speaker event (please see below for information).  The number of seats for dinner will be limited and available on a first come, first served basis.  If necessary, a wait-list will be maintained.  Please indicate whether you would like to participate in either event or both, through this survey link (guests must be registered individually, the survey will close at midnight, May 6th, JST):  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7P9TRTK

Speaker Event

Speaker:              Mr. Alan Swarts, CEO, Breaker, CC ’93 (please see bio, photo below)

Title:                     From MTV to Breaker – Starting Up and Starting Over in Japan

Date:                    Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Time:                    19:00-20:30 (doors open 18:30)

Cost:                     Free!

Venue:                 American Center of Japan (formerly Tokyo American Center)

NOF Tameike Building, 8th Floor

1-1-14, Akasaka

Minato-ku, Tokyo  107-0052

Map, Directions:  http://japan.usembassy.gov/e/amc/tamc-map.html

Speaker’s Bio:    Alan Swarts is Co-Founder / CEO of Breaker, a mobile video entertainment company based in Tokyo.

Prior to Breaker, Alan spent 17 years at MTV/Viacom, most recently stationed in Japan as Vice President of Creative & Content, where he oversaw the critically acclaimed and globally telecast Video Music Awards Japan.

Alan’s multifaceted MTV career has seen him in front of the camera (a former MTV VJ) and behind the camera (award-winning executive producer), in charge of online content as well as offline events, in both the NY headquarters and the Tokyo office.

MTV gave Alan an opportunity to work with the biggest international celebrities from Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga, and the biggest names in Japan, such as Hikaru Utada and AKB48.  He now spends a lot of time working with YouTube talent like Megwin, PDR, and Linda Sansei.

Raised in Colorado by an American father and a Japanese mother, Alan graduated in 1993 from Columbia College with a B.A. in English and American Literature.


Dinner Event

Date:                    Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Time:                    20:45-23:00 (immediately after speaker event)

Cost:                     a la carte, please see menu

Venue:                 Bubby’s New York (casual New York food)

ARK Mori Building, 2nd Floor

1-12-32, Akasaka

Minato-ku, Tokyo

Tel.:  03-6441-0733

Map, Menu:  http://bubbys.jp/menu_arkhills.html

If there are any questions, please contact the CLCJ manager for this event, Toshi, at:  tmsaito@na3.fiberbit.net

Thank you.  We look forward to your participation.

The Columbia Lions Club of Japan,

A Columbia Alumni Association sanctioned alumni group encompassing Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia School of General Studies, and Barnard College

2014 Brown Bears Japan Tour

Dear BUCJ,

The Brown Bears Japan is a group of Brown University students who are interested in spreading information about studying abroad to Japanese people. They have operated a blog in Japanese adding an average of one new post per day every day since September of 2012. Through this blog, they share information about daily life at American universities and give advice to prospective exchange students.

Blog (in Japanese): http://ameblo.jp/brownujapan/

Last year they held a very successful tour of 7 cities across Japan hosting information sessions about studying abroad. As a direct result, several applicants this year mentioned the Brown Bears Japan as one of their motivations for applying to Brown.

Building on this success, this summer Brown Bears Japan are planning another tour, this time increasing the number of cities to 10: Akita, Niigata, Fukushima, Gunma, Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Okinawa.

Tour Proposal (in English): https://docs.google.com/a/brown.edu/document/d/19IKL7Ix-2s-fyu8K32s5Pok5noAedv0JCFzvLFycaLM/edit

Through information sessions at each city, Brown Bears Japan seeks to share the benefits of studying abroad and encourage students to consider studying abroad as a viable option for accomplishing their goals. By talking face-to-face with students across Japan, they will increase Japanese people’s familiarity with the idea of studying abroad.

All this cannot happen without your help. Brown Bears Japan is now accepting donations through the crowdfunding site CAMPFIRE  http://camp-fire.jp/projects/view/974.

“At the moment we have raised over 169,000 yen ($1,690) towards the goal of 750,000 yen ($7,500),” says budget manager Kyle Erf ’16. “We only have 32 days remaining to reach our goal. Any donation to help us make this project a reality is welcome.”

Please pass the word on to friends and others who may be interested. (More details can be found in the link below.)


Note that the CAMPFIRE site is only in Japanese. If this is an issue, please contact me or Kyle at kyle_erf@brown.edu for assistance. We would be happy to explain alternative ways to donate.

Thank you very much for your support!

Kevin Sholes, ‘91
BUCJ Treasurer