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In the summer of 2011, I was awarded the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) fellowship to pursue scientific research abroad. While fulfilling the requirements of the fellowship I worked at Osaka City University in Osaka Japan. The research program lasted for 10 weeks in total, where the first two weeks were spent in a cultural immersion program at Sokendai University. The final 8 weeks were spent doing individual research at my host university. While in Sokendai, I and nearly 100 other post-graduate students joined together for both language classes and introductions to Japanese culture. The cultural seminars concentrated traditional Japanese dance, music, as well as current scientific culture. After the short formal program, myself and my fellow students moved out into the countryside for a 3 day home stay with a Japanese family. This was perhaps the highlight of the formal cultural introduction. My host family was a couple with two twin 13 year old girls and a 11 year old girl. One day while staying with them, we took a trip to the coast and walked the rocky beach and tidal pools. Another day we visited a Buddhist temple at Kamakura. The family was very generous with their time and I appreciated the opportunity live out life in a Japanese household. After the too brief home stay, I headed back to Sokendai for the closing of the 2 week program then I was off to Osaka to get some work done. The research group I joined at Osaka City University specializes in the study of turbulence of superfluid helium 4. Specifically, they run experiments on the onset of turbulence created by vibrating wires at milikelvin temperatures. While there, one of my tasks was to develop data analysis code in Mathematica to aid in their research projects. The code is designed to input data from their oscillating structures and determine the exact travel time of turbulent structures across a sample space. In addition to the work completed on data analysis routines, I constructed a new sample cell for the next generation of turbulence experiments. The experimental cell I constructed was made machined from copper and is designed to hold quartz crystals as sensors of turbulence as well the typical vibrating wires form their previous studies. This work and collaboration is ongoing. The research experience was rewarding in that it both invigorated my sense of discovery by working on something new and opened up new research avenues for both me and the group I work for in the United States.

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Carter Kimsey
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Thompson Kyle J
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