Soka University is a private university in Hachiōji, Tokyo, Japan. The school was founded in 1969 and opened to undergraduate students in 1971 and opened a graduate school in 1975.Soka University of America is a related school located in Aliso Viejo, California and offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees. It was founded in 2001. Wikipedia.
News Article | October 28, 2016
While it is encouraging to see strong education goals in our high school juniors and seniors, the numbers of students who feel they have the skills they need to be successful in college — academically, psychologically, and financially — is inexcusably low. Education Secretary John B. King will be featured on the cover of the print campaign. King has made it his mission to ensure every student succeeds. In the modern global economy, this task is becoming more intensive. “There’s an increased emphasis on a well-rounded education,” says King, citing the need for creative, technological, and critical thinking skills, “The fastest growing jobs require higher education.” The print component of “College Preparedness” is distributed within the Oct. 28 regional circulation of USA Today, with a circulation of approximately 250,000 copies and an estimated readership of 750,000 within the New York, Boston, D.C., Cincinnati, and Philadelphia areas. The digital component is distributed nationally, through a vast social media strategy, and across a network of top news sites and partner outlets. To explore the digital version of the campaign, visit Mediaplanet’s “Impacting Our Future” web portal. This edition of “College Preparedness” was made possible by the support of The U.S. Department of Education, the Lumina Foundation, the College Access Network, the American School Counselors Association, the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators, Barnes & Noble College, McGraw Hill, Citizens Bank, The Princeton Review, Citizen’s Bank, CareerSafe Online, CSU Los Angeles, College Ave Student Loans, Soka University, Susquehanna University, The Common Application and many more. Mediaplanet is the leading independent publisher of content marketing campaigns covering a variety of topics and industries. We turn consumer interest into action by providing readers with motivational editorial, pairing it with relevant advertisers and distributing it within top newspapers and online platforms around the world.
Okada I.,Soka University |
Yamamoto H.,Rissho University
ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology | Year: 2013
Which risk should one choose when facing alternatives with different levels of risk?We discuss here adaptive processes in such risk choice behavior by generalizing the study of Roos et al. .We deal with an n-choice game in which every player sequentially chooses n times of lotteries of which there are two types: a safe lottery and a risky lottery. We analyze this model in more detail by elaborating the game. Based on the results of mathematical analysis, replicator dynamics analysis, and numerical simulations, we derived some salient features of risk choice behavior. We show that all the risk strategies can be divided into two groups: persistence and nonpersistence. We also proved that the dynamics with perturbation in which a mutation is installed is globally asymptotically stable to a unique equilibrium point for any initial population. The numerical simulations clarify that the number of persistent strategies seldom increases regardless of the increase in n, and suggest that a rarity of dominant choice strategies is widely observed in many social contexts. These facts not only go hand-in-hand with some well-known insights from prospect theory, but may also provide some theoretical hypotheses for various fields such as behavioral economics, ecology, sociology, and consumer behavioral theory. © 2013 ACM.
News Article | February 16, 2017
Enables Faster Internet Speeds and Network Diversity for the Aliso Viejo, California Campus LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 16, 2017) - Wilcon, the premier West Coast provider of best-in-class fiber optic and data center infrastructure, announces today its deployment of a scalable fiber optic network to Soka University's campus in Aliso Viejo, California. The new high-capacity fiber infrastructure provides high speed Internet access and offers Soka University true network diversity. Requirements for research, e-learning, and other bandwidth-intensive student and faculty needs are driving demand for faster network speeds with enhanced reliability. Operating one of the largest private fiber optic networks in Southern California, Wilcon's network provides Soka University with robust Internet access so students can focus on innovation without bandwidth limitations. "Wilcon's network expansion to Soka University is a great example of the demand we are seeing throughout Orange County and Southern California for high performance, fiber-based infrastructure," says Jon DeLuca, CEO of Wilcon. "This type of growth is a priority for Wilcon to support higher education and keep universities and school campuses technologically ahead of the curve. Partnering with Soka University and bringing them more bandwidth and more diversity allows its staff and students to stay connected without bottlenecks." Wilcon also recently expanded its fiber-optic network throughout Los Angeles and San Diego to support enhanced wireless communications and next generation technology. With over 3,000 miles of fiber from Los Angeles to San Diego, Wilcon offers scalable, lit transport services including Ethernet, optical wavelength, Internet, along with colocation and cloud access. For more information, please visit www.wilcon.com. About Wilcon Wilcon is the premier West Coast provider of best-in-class fiber optic and data center infrastructure solutions helping to enable the digital future of its customers. As one of the largest fiber optic networks in Southern California, Wilcon offers vast reach and diverse routes connecting major data centers, enterprise locations and wireless communications sites, as well as the most dense fiber and interconnection infrastructure in downtown Los Angeles. Wilcon delivers in Southern California dark fiber and ultra-broadband optical services for businesses, wireless carriers and other communications service providers that ensure optimal performance for their mission-critical data traffic and applications. Wilcon also owns and operates leading data center and carrier-neutral colocation facilities in downtown Los Angeles, including its key hub at the One Wilshire. For more information, please visit www.wilcon.com and follow Wilcon on Twitter and LinkedIn. About Soka University Soka University is a private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate school located on 103-acres in south Orange County, California in the City of Aliso Viejo. Proudly founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life, Soka University offers a non-sectarian curriculum that is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs. About 60% of our students come from the US and 40% have come from more than 40 other countries. The mission of Soka University is to "foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life."
Aoki-Kinoshita K.F.,Soka University
Molecular and Cellular Proteomics | Year: 2013
Many databases of carbohydrate structures and related information can be found on the World Wide Web. This review covers the major carbohydrate databases that have potential utility for glycoscientists and researchers entering the glycosciences. The first half provides a brief overview of carbohydrate databases and web resources (including a history of carbohydrate databases and carbohydrate notations used in these databases), and the second half provides a guide that can be used as an index to determine which resources provide the data of most interest to the user. © 2013 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.
Konishi Y.,Soka University |
Aoki-Kinoshita K.F.,Soka University
Bioinformatics | Year: 2012
Motivation: The development of glycomics technologies in recent years has produced a sufficient amount of data to begin analyzing the glycan structures present in various organisms and tissues. In particular, glycan profiling using mass spectrometry (MS) and tandem MS has generated a large amount of data that are waiting to be analyzed. The Consortium for Functional Glycomics (CFG) has provided a web resource for obtaining such glycan profiling data easily. Although an interactive spectrum viewer is provided on the website as a Java applet, it is not necessarily easy to search for particular glycans or to find commonalities between different tissues in a single organism, for example. Therefore, to allow users to better take advantage of the valuable glycome data that can be obtained from mass spectra and other leading technologies, we have developed a tool called Glycome Atlas which is pre-loaded with the data from the CFG and is also able to visualize local glycan profiling data for human and mouse.Results: We have developed a tool to allow users to visualize and perform queries of glycome data. This tool, called GlycomeAtlas, is pre-loaded with glycome data as provided by the CFG. Moreover, users can load their own local glycome data into this tool to visualize and perform queries on their own data. © 2012 The Author.
Fujiwara K.,Soka University |
Toda H.,Soka University |
Ikeguchi M.,Soka University
BMC Structural Biology | Year: 2012
Background: A large number of studies have been carried out to obtain amino acid propensities for α-helices and β-sheets. The obtained propensities for α-helices are consistent with each other, and the pair-wise correlation coefficient is frequently high. On the other hand, the β-sheet propensities obtained by several studies differed significantly, indicating that the context significantly affects β-sheet propensity. Results: We calculated amino acid propensities for α-helices and β-sheets for 39 and 24 protein folds, respectively, and addressed whether they correlate with the fold. The propensities were also calculated for exposed and buried sites, respectively. Results showed that α-helix propensities do not differ significantly by fold, but β-sheet propensities are diverse and depend on the fold. The propensities calculated for exposed sites and buried sites are similar for α-helix, but such is not the case for the β-sheet propensities. We also found some fold dependence on amino acid frequency in β-strands. Folds with a high Ser, Thr and Asn content at exposed sites in β-strands tend to have a low Leu, Ile, Glu, Lys and Arg content (correlation coefficient = 0.90) and to have flat β-sheets. At buried sites in β-strands, the content of Tyr, Trp, Gln and Ser correlates negatively with the content of Val, Ile and Leu (correlation coefficient = 0.93). "All-β" proteins tend to have a higher content of Tyr, Trp, Gln and Ser, whereas "α/β" proteins tend to have a higher content of Val, Ile and Leu. Conclusions: The α-helix propensities are similar for all folds and for exposed and buried residues. However, β-sheet propensities calculated for exposed residues differ from those for buried residues, indicating that the exposed-residue fraction is one of the major factors governing amino acid composition in β-strands. Furthermore, the correlations we detected suggest that amino acid composition is related to folding properties such as the twist of a β-strand or association between two β sheets. © 2012 Fujiwara et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
Aoki-Kinoshita K.F.,Soka University
Methods in Molecular Biology | Year: 2013
This chapter describes the Glycan Miner Tool, which is available as a part of the Resource for INformatics of Glycomes at Soka Web site. It implements the α-closed frequent subtree algorithm to find significant subtrees from within a data set of glycan structures, or carbohydrate sugar chains. The results are returned in order of p-value, which is computed based on the probability of the reproducibility of the returned structures. There is also a user-friendly manual that allows users to apply glycan array data from the Consortium for Functional Glycomics. Thus, glycobiologists can take the glycan structures that bind to a particular glycan-binding protein, for example, to retrieve the glycan subtrees that are deemed to be important for the binding to occur. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.
Nishihara S.,Soka University
Methods in Enzymology | Year: 2010
Drosophila melanogaster is an important model organism that can be used as a powerful genetic tool to analyze the physiological functions of various molecules. Recently, many successful analyses of the function of glycans in vivo have been performed using Drosophila. The glycan portion of proteoglycans, namely glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which include heparan sulfate (HS) and chondroitin sulfate (CS), is conserved structurally between Drosophila and mammals, including humans. The analysis of mutant and RNAi flies has demonstrated that HS proteoglycans play key roles in the regulation of various basic developmental signaling pathways, including those of fibroblast growth factor (FGF), Wingless (Wg)/Wnt, Hedgehog (Hh), and Decapentaplegic (Dpp, a BMP-type ligand that belongs to the TGFβ family). In this chapter, I give an overview of glycosaminoglycan biosynthesis in Drosophila and then describe the methods that can be used to identify and perform functional analyses of the molecules involved in this process, namely glycosyltransferases, sulfotransferases, sugar-nucleotide transporters including PAPS transporters, and core proteins, using the heritable and inducible RNAi system. © 2010 Elsevier Inc.
Aoki-Kinoshita K.F.,Soka University
Methods in Molecular Biology | Year: 2013
Although the field of glycome informatics has established several methods, standards and technologies for carbohydrate analysis, the analysis of glycoproteins and other glycoconjugates is still in its infancy. However, from even before the term "glycome informatics" emerged, several groups have developed methods and tools on the analysis of glycosylation sites. In particular, the Expasy server has provided such tools to aid in the prediction of glycosylation sites of N - and O -glycans, while glycosciences.de has provided tools for the analysis of the amino acid distribution around glycosylation sites in 3D space, based on data from the Protein Data Bank (PDB). In addition to these tools, databases of glycoprotein information are available that may aid in glycoprotein prediction; GlycoProtDB is a database of glycoprotein information characterized by the Japanese Consortium for Glycobiology and Glycotechnology, and UniProt includes glycosylation site information along with its protein sequence data. Furthermore, the providers of the glycosylation tools on Expasy, the Center for Biological Sequence Analysis, also provide a database of O-glycosylation called O-GlycBase. Such databases may eventually aid in the development of glycoprotein-analysis tools as more consistent data is accumulated, and some prospects on this area of research will be given. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2013.
Onishi A.,Soka University
Journal of Policy Modeling | Year: 2010
The FUGI (Futures of Global Interdependence) global modeling system has been developed as a scientific policy modeling and future simulation tool of providing global information to the human society and finding out possibilities of policy co-ordination among countries in order to achieve sustainable development of the global economy co-existing on the planet Earth in the ever changing universe. The FUGI global model M200 classifies the world into 200 countries/regions where each national/regional model is globally interdependent. Each national/regional model has nine subsystems as population, foods, energy, environment, economic development, peace and security, human right, healthcare and quality of life (IT revolution). This is a super complex dynamic system model using integrated multidisciplinary systems analysis where number of structural equations is over 170,000. Economic model as a core includes major economic variables such as production of GDP, employment, expenditures of GDP, income distribution, prices, money, interest rates and financial assets, government finance, international balance of payments, international finance, foreign exchange rates and development indicators. The purpose of this article is twofold, namely to provide information on a new frontier science of economics: global model simulation as well as appropriate policy exercise for sustainable development of the interdependent global economy. The world economy is facing "green" energy revolution to change from fossil to create alternative energy and energy saving technology against sky rocketing higher oil prices. Japan takes a lead in this field of technology innovation. Under such circumstances, Japan should take an initiative to create a new peaceful world through not only harmonized adjustments of Japanese economic policy but also wise cosmic mind to promote human solidarity with the ever changing nature will be desirable to adjust orbit of the fluctuated global economy. Japan should challenge for a new strategy to accelerate economic growth rates by "CO2 reducing environment investment" based on technology innovations. © 2009 Society for Policy Modeling.