It’s Saturday, May 2nd and the "swine flu" news are all over the place. In the afternoon, I went to the University of Toronto again, this time to the Massey College. The College is located just on the opposite side of yesterday’s Munk Center. I went to see my old friend, Dr. John Dirks who is in charge of the Gairdner award. It’s been 5 years since we met last time. Dr. Arimoto joined us from Washington DC where he was participating in the AAAS meeting. We spent approximately 1 hour in an old fashioned, elegant, somewhat small library of the College.
As I have reported in this blog, in the year of the 50th anniversary of the award two Japanese scientists-Drs. Yamanaka and Mori-were awarded so I went to pay a courtesy visit. I also heard about the awarding ceremony that will take place in October as well as various events being planned in celebration of the anniversary.
After this, I had an opportunity to see Prof. Jun Nogami. Dr. Nogami is the leading scientist of Canada Nanotech, nano-materials and I met him at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo this February when he was visiting Japan with Nanotech research promotion inspection party of Canada.
Photo1: At the Massey College with Drs. Dirks and Arimoto.
Photo2: With Drs. Nogami and Sunami.