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Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2001

Kansai / Who & What

Teaching science, math to children in an IT age

The British Council Osaka office will hold a seminar Friday to discuss science education in the age of information technology. It runs from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at its Osaka office in Kita Ward.

Recent claims suggest children in Japan are losing interest in mathematics and science while their everyday lives are increasingly filled with video games, computers, cellphones and other technological gadgets.

Jon Ogborn, director of the Advancing Physics Project Team at the Institute of Physics in Britain, will lead a discussion on fresh teaching approaches. Call the council at (06) 6342-5301.

The seminar will be conducted in English, with a Japanese interpreter. Admission is free and no reservations are required.

The venue is on the fourth floor of the Dojima Avanza building near Nishi Umeda subway station or Kita Shinchi Station on the JR line.

Goethe Institut to hold five-week German class

The Goethe-Institut Kansai will hold five-week German language courses for beginners and intermediate learners starting Sept. 1 at its Kyoto facility in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

Intensive courses for beginners will be held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 10 a.m. and 12:50 p.m.

Twice-a-week courses and Saturday courses are also available. Applications will be received from Thursday.

Fees for an intensive course are 51,000 yen for students and 60,000 yen for others. The twice-a-week course costs 30,000 yen and the Saturday course 19,000 yen.

For applications and information, call (075) 761-2188.

Japan Foundation showing free films

The Japan Foundation in Kyoto is inviting foreign residents to its free showings of Japanese films every Wednesday and Friday at 2 p.m. in September at its offices in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

The showings will feature masterpieces created in Kyoto, including "The Letter," directed by Mansaku Itami, on Sept. 5; "Priest of Darkness," directed by Sadao Yamanaka, on Sept. 7; "Wild Geese Temple," directed by Yuzo Kawashima, on Sept. 12; "Gate of Hell," directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa, on Sept. 14; "Passion and Love," directed by Sadao Nakajima, on Sept. 19; "Twin Sisters of Kyoto," directed by Noboru Nakamura, on Sept. 21; "Rashomon," directed by Akira Kurosawa, on Sept. 26; and "Sister of Gion," directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, on Sept. 28. Call (075) 211-1312 or fax (075) 255-1273

Genome center to host seminar on parasites

Osaka University's Genome Information Research Center is inviting the public to its monthly seminar in English to be held on Sept. 8 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at its facility on the university campus in Suita, Osaka Prefecture.

Masaru Okabe, professor at the center, will speak on the theme "Parasite, disease and evolution," detailing how the world is filled with viruses, bacterium, parasites and hosts.

These forms of lives are known to bring us diseases, but Dr. Okabe will suggest that even the most miserable disease may have beneficial effects on our bodies, life and evolution.

The venue, the Iden Joho Jikken Center, is located just inside the university entrance closest to Kita Senri Station on the Hankyu Line.

Admission is free but reservations must be made by Sept. 6. Call (06) 6879-8375 or fax (06) 6879-8376 or e-mail tgko@gen-info.osaka-u.ac.jp

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