Hachioji, Japan
Hachioji, Japan

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.

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MILLBRAE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--California State University (CSU) Dominguez Hills selected Stem, Inc., the leader in intelligent energy storage, after a thorough evaluation of multiple providers to deliver software-driven energy storage services and reduce the university’s energy costs. “We are excited about our partnership with Stem in executing this project to deliver real savings for the campus, at an especially important time to reduce our greenhouse gas footprint and control our energy costs,” said Ken Seeton, Central Plant Manager and Energy Manager of CSU Dominguez Hills. “We plan to shift these energy cost savings to better use elsewhere in our services to our students.” The CSU Dominguez Hills campus is one of early adopters of innovative technology and one of the leaders in sustainability in the CSU system. Stem is moving forward with construction on a 1 MW, 4.2 megawatt-hour storage system to be housed on campus in Carson, California. Combined with an existing Stem storage system at this CSU location, the project will total 2 MW and 6.2 megawatt-hours. The storage systems will eventually be paired with solar to maximize clean energy generation and enhance the campus’ onsite sustainability plans. The storage system Stem is operating for CSU will join a network that acts as a “Virtual Power Plant,” delivering flexible capacity for the local utility to help respond to increasingly variable solar generation after the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in the highly-congested West Los Angeles Basin. Stem made history in the fall of 2014 when it was awarded this 85 MW contract—the largest for any behind-the-meter energy storage provider. “CSU Dominguez Hills is another example of a higher education leader who seeks Stem’s automated energy savings while also contributing to more intelligent grid solutions,” said John Carrington, CEO of Stem. “California’s universities and colleges want energy storage to help them control their energy choices, play a strong role in their community, and help transition the state to even higher amounts of renewable energy.” Stem is the market leader in energy storage for higher education sites, with the most intelligent storage projects installed and under construction, including Soka University, Whittier University, the College of Marin, and many others. Stem is building and operating the largest digitally-connected energy storage network and using world-class analytics to optimize the value of customers’ energy assets to deliver grid services. The company pairs intelligent software with energy storage to learn building load patterns and shift energy use away from the most expensive times. With over 120 megawatt-hours across more than 600 locations, Stem is the world leader in the commercial-scale energy storage market. Stem creates innovative technology services that transform the way energy is distributed and consumed. The company’s mission is to build and operate the largest digitally connected energy storage network for our customers. Our world class analytics optimize the value of customer’s energy assets and facilitate their participation in energy markets, yielding economic and societal benefits while decarbonizing the grid. Headquartered in Millbrae, California, Stem is funded by a consortium of leading investors including Angeleno Group, Iberdrola (Inversiones Financieras Perseo) GE Ventures, Constellation Technology Ventures, Total Energy Ventures, Mitsui & Co. LTD., RWE Supply & Trading, and Mithril Capital Management. Visit www.stem.com for more information.

News Article | February 16, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

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."

Metherate R.,University of California at Irvine | Intskirveli I.,University of California at Irvine | Kawai H.D.,Soka University
Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience | Year: 2012

Although it has been known for decades that the drug nicotine can improve cognitive function, the nature of its effects and the underlying mechanisms are not well understood. Nicotine activates nicotinic acetylcholine (ACh) receptors (nAChRs) that normally are activated by endogenous ACh, presumably "hijacking" the cholinergic contribution to multiple cognitive functions, notably attention. Thus, studying nicotine's effects helps to better understand a commonly used drug as well as functions of nAChRs. Moreover, nicotinic agonists are being developed to treat a variety of disorders that involve attention-related or age-related cognitive dysfunction. Studies have shown that nicotine can enhance processing of attended stimuli and/or reduce processing of distracters; that is, nicotine enhances attentional filtering. To examine potential mechanisms within sensory cortex that may contribute to cognitive functions, here we describe nicotinic actions in primary auditory cortex, where well-characterized neural "filters"-frequency receptive fields-can be exploited to examine nicotinic regulation of cortical processing. Using tone-evoked current-source density (CSD) profiles, we show that nicotine produces complex, layer-dependent effects on spectral and temporal processing that, broadly speaking, enhance responses to characteristic frequency (optimal) stimuli while simultaneously suppressing responses to spectrally distant stimuli. That is, nicotine appears to narrow receptive fields and enhances processing within the narrowed receptive field. Since basic cortical circuitry and nAChR distributions are similar across neocortex, these findings may generalize to neural processing in other sensory regions, and to non-sensory regions where afferent inputs are more difficult to manipulate experimentally. Similar effects across sensory and non-sensory cortical circuits could contribute to nicotinic enhancement of cognitive functions.

Asai M.,Soka University | Brugal I.,Soka University
North American Journal of Economics and Finance | Year: 2013

For the purpose of developing alternative approach for forecasting volatility, we consider heterogeneous VAR (HVAR) model which accommodates the market effects of different horizons, namely, daily, weekly and monthly effects, and examine the interdependence of stock markets in Brazil and the US, based on information of daily return, range and trading volume. To compare with the new approach, we also work with the univariate and multivariate GARCH models with asymmetric effects, trading volumes and fat-tails. The heteroskedasticity-corrected Granger causality tests based on the HVAR show the strong evidence of such spillover effects. We assess the value-at-risk thresholds for Brazil, based on the out-of-sample forecasts of the HVAR model, finding the new approach works satisfactory for the periods including the global financial crisis, without assuming heavy-tailed conditional distributions. © 2012 Elsevier Inc.

News Article | October 28, 2016
Site: www.prweb.com

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.

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.

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.

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