Labour Migration Seminar at NUI Galway

Labour Migration Seminar at NUI Galway-image

Monday, 16 February 2009

Feminist economist Dr Simel Esim will be in NUI Galway on Wednesday, 18 February, to present a lecture and film entitled Social Care on the Move: Women's Employment and Labour Migration in Arab States. Dr Esim works in Beirut, where she is a Gender Equality and Women Workers' Issues specialist with the International Labour Organisation's regional office for Arab States. An agency of the UN, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is the global body responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards. The ILO promotes the 'Decent Work Campaign' to protect the rights of domestic workers in a changing economic climate. Dr Esim has worked extensively on migrant workers rights and issues relating to informal labour. Her visit to NUI Galway is being hosted by the University's Global Women's Studies Programme. According to Dr Esim: "Meeting the needs of social care is generally perceived as an issue of individual households with the burden falling primarily on women to resolve the gap through a 'double shift' or hiring domestic help". Dr Nata Duvvury, a Lecturer with NUI Galway's Global Women's Studies Programme, says: "A critical emerging global issue is the crisis in the care economy, in both developed and developing countries. Women have moved into the labour market, often relying on migrant workers to carry out domestic duties known as the 'care economy'. With the economic meltdown, we can expect women to go back into the home, dislodging migrant workers. At the same time, we envisage an increase in migration, as women emigrate in search of work in a domestic setting". Driven by extreme poverty, several million female migrant workers from countries such as Sri Lanka, the Philippines and areas of sub-Saharan Africa, work in domestic service in Arab States. In the lecture at NUI Galway Dr Esim will discuss the implications of relying on migration to resolve the crisis in the care economy in Lebanon in particular. The film Social Care on the Move: Women's Employment and Labour Migration in Arab States highlights both the tensions and bonds which form between the women who hire domestic workers and the domestic workers themselves. The event will take place at 4pm at NUI Galway's Huston School of Film and Digital Media which is based in Earl's Island. For further information or to RSVP please contact Gillian Browne, or 091 493450. -ends-

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Teaching Careers Fair at NUI Galway

Teaching Careers Fair at NUI Galway-image

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

(Leagan Gaeilge) NUI Galway will hold a Teaching Careers Fair on Wednesday, 18 February, from 5-7pm in the Atrium of the Orbsen Building, NUI Galway. Information stands will provide details on attaining a teaching qualification, while employers will also attend to recruit teachers. Over 16 exhibitors, including County Galway VEC, MPS Education, Verity Education and Uteach Recruitment will be showcasing their employment opportunities. NUI Galway staff will be on hand to provide information on the Postgraduate Diploma in Education programme. The one-year full-time programme for graduates is recognised as a qualification for post-primary teaching in Ireland and the EU, as well as other English speaking countries. Also on offer, taught entirely through Irish, is An Dioplóma Iarchéime san Oideachas. The one-year full-time postgraduate programme provides a qualification in post-primary teaching, with job opportunities in Ireland and abroad. At undergraduate level, NUI Galway's new B.A. in Mathematics and Education will be showcased. The four-year, full-time honours mathematics degree programme incorporates a concurrent second-level teaching qualification. The Teaching Careers Fair will also highlight the different entry routes into a career in teaching from both an Irish and UK perspective, with information sessions in the Bank of Ireland Theatre. Education providers from the UK, such as St Mary s College in Twickenham, will be available to discuss vacancies on Postgraduate Certificate in Education courses in the UK. Louise Ryan, Employment Officer with NUI Galway's Career Development Centre says: "This is an excellent opportunity for those considering undertaking a teaching qualification. For those already pursuing a teaching qualification, some of the employers will be taking CVs on the day, so we are advising people to come prepared". For a full list of exhibitors: Aonach na gGairmeacha Múinteoireachta in OÉ Gaillimh (View in English) Beidh Aonach na nGairmeacha Múinteoireachta á reáchtáil ag OÉ Gaillimh Dé Céadaoin, 18 Feabhra, ó 5-7pm i bhForhalla Áras Oirbsean, OÉ Gaillimh. Beidh sonraí le fáil ag na seastáin eolais faoin gcaoi le cáilíocht mhúinteoireachta a bhaint amach, agus beidh fostóirí i láthair chomh maith a bheidh ag iarraidh múinteoirí a earcú. Beidh os cionn 16 eagraíocht - Coiste Gairmoideachais Chontae na Gaillimhe, Oideachas MPS, Verity Education agus Uteach Recruitment ina measc - ag tabhairt taispeántais de na deiseanna fostaíochta atá á dtairiscint acu. Beidh foireann OÉ Gaillimh ar fáil le heolas a thabhairt faoin gclár Postgraduate Diploma in Education. Glactar leis an gclár lánaimseartha bliana seo do chéimithe mar cháilíocht mhúinteoireachta iar-bhunscoile in Éirinn agus san AE, agus i dtíortha eile ina labhraítear Béarla. Chomh maith leis sin cuirtear Dioplóma Iarchéime san Oideachas ar fáil trí mheán na Gaeilge. Cuireann an clár iarchéime lánaimseartha seo cáilíocht sa mhúinteoireacht iar-bhunscoile ar fáil, agus tá deiseanna fostaíochta ar fáil in Éirinn agus thar lear dóibh sin a n-éiríonn leo an cháilíocht a bhaint amach. Ag leibhéal bunchéime, cuirfear B.A. nua OÉ Gaillimh sa Mhatamaitic agus san Oideachas i láthair. Cuimsíonn an clár céime onóracha lánaimseartha sa mhatamaitic, a mhairfidh ar feadh ceithre bliana, cáilíocht mhúinteoireachta dara leibhéal chomh maith. Léireofar na bealaí éagsúla atá ann le tabhairt faoi ghairm na múinteoireachta san Aonach na nGairmeacha Múinteoireachta ó thaobh na hÉireann agus na Ríochta Aontaithe de, agus beidh na seisiúin eolais ar bun in Amharclann Bhanc na hÉireann. Beidh soláthróirí oideachais ón Ríocht Aontaithe, amhail St Mary's College in Twickenham, ar fáil le folúntais a phlé ar na cúrsaí Teastais Iarchéime san Oideachas sa Ríocht Aontaithe. Deir Louise Ryan, Oifigeach Fostaíochta le hIonad Forbartha Gairmeacha OÉ Gaillimh: "Is deis iontach é seo dóibh sin atá ag smaoineamh ar thabhairt faoi cháilíocht mhúinteoireachta a bhaint amach. Maidir le daoine atá ag staidéar do cháilíocht mhúinteoireachta cheana féin, beidh cuid de na fostóirí ag glacadh le CVanna in áit na mbonn, mar sin táimid ag moladh do dhaoine a bheith réidh agus cóipeanna dá CV a bheith leo." Le liosta iomlán taispeántóirí a fháil féach: -Críoch-

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Bob Geldof to Make Guest Appearance at Tutu Event

Bob Geldof to Make Guest Appearance at Tutu Event-image

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

(Leagan Gaeilge) It has been announced that Sir Bob Geldof will join Archbishop Desmond Tutu at NUI Galway on Sunday, 15 February. The Archbishop's lecture on Aid, Justice and Charity will be introduced by 'Sir Bob' at 5pm in Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway. The event is being organised by the University's Literary & Debating Society. Sir Bob Geldof will present the Literary & Debating Society's highest accolade, the President s Medal, to Archbishop Tutu after the lecture. The medal has previously been awarded to such notable figures as philosopher and linguist Noam Chomsky, US Senator Mike Gravel, Congressman Bruce Morrison, and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Dan Colley, Auditor of the Literary & Debating Society at NUI Galway, says: It's a real testament to the reverence felt for the Archbishop's work in the area of promoting human rights and democracy that Sir Bob Geldof is coming to the lecture in Galway". In 1984, Archbishop Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his anti-apartheid work in South Africa. That same year, Bob Geldof led Band Aid's release of the charity single 'Do they know its Christmas?'. Both men have since continued to play a role in Africa, with Archbishop Tutu heading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Nelson Mandela's government. Bob Geldof went on to organise Live Aid and Live8, supported the organisation Debt, AIDS, Trade in Africa (DATA), and became a member of the Africa Progress Panel. Student Dan Colley adds: "Sir Bob is the perfect person to put into context the importance of Desmond Tutu, one of the giants of human rights. Geldof has a talent for articulating to a wide audience the importance of things that might otherwise be ignored. So much of the success of Live Aid and Live8 was due to Sir Bob's charisma and open passion about the very real emergencies in Africa". Entry will be by ticket only. Tickets are available from the Socs Box in Áras na Mac Léinn for €5, or for €5.70 (inc. booking fee) from Zhivagos on Shop Street, Galway. Proceeds will go to a charity of Archbishop Tutu's choice. Bob Geldof mar Aoi Speisialta ag léacht an Ardeaspaig Tutu (View in English) Tá sé fógartha go mbeidh Bob Geldof in éineacht leis an Ardeaspag Desmond Tutu in OÉ Gaillimh Dé Domhnaigh, 15 Feabhra. Déanfaidh 'Sir Bob' an tArdeaspag a chur i láthair an tslua. Beidh an tArdeaspag ag tabhairt léachta faoi Chúnamh, Ceartas agus Carthanacht in Áras na Mac Léinn, OÉ Gaillimh ag 5pm. Tá an ócáid á heagrú ag Cumann Liteartha & Díospóireachta na hOllscoile. Bronnfaidh Bob Geldof Bonn an Uachtaráin, buaicghradam an Chumainn Liteartha agus Díospóireachta, ar an Ardeaspag Tutu i ndiaidh na léachta. I measc na ndaoine ar bronnadh an gradam seo orthu go dtí seo bhí an fealsamh agus an teangeolaí Noam Chomsky, an Seanadóir Meiriceánach Mike Gravel, an Feisire Meiriceánach Bruce Morrisson, agus an t-iar-Thaoiseach Bertie Ahern. Bhí an méid seo le rá ag Dan Colley, Reachtaire an Chumainn Liteartha & Díospóireachta in OÉ Gaillimh: "Is léiriú ar an meas atá ar shaothar an Ardeaspaig i réimse chosaint chearta an duine agus an daonlathais é go bhfuil Bob Geldof ag teacht chuig an léacht i nGaillimh". I 1984, bronnadh Duais Síochána Nobel ar an Ardeaspag Tutu as a chuid oibre frith-apartheid san Afraic Theas. An bhliain chéanna sin, eisíodh an tsingil charthanachta 'Do they know it's Christmas?' le Band Aid faoi stiúir Bob Geldof. Tá an bheirt acu ag saothrú ar son na hAfraice ó shin agus tá an tArdeaspag Tutu ina cheannasaí ar an gCoimisiún Fírinne agus Athmhuintearais faoi rialtas Nelson Mandela. Ó shin i leith d'eagraigh Bob Geldof Live Aid agus Live8, thacaigh sé leis an eagraíocht Debt, AIDS, Trade in Africa (DATA), agus rinneadh comhalta de ar an Africa Progress Panel (APP). Deir Dan Colley, ar mac léinn é: "Is é Bob Geldof an té is fóirsteanaí le tábhacht Desmond Tutu, duine d'fhathaigh chearta an duine, a chur i gcomhthéacs. Tá sé de bhua ag Geldof go n-éiríonn leis an tábhacht atá le nithe a ndéanfaí neamhaird díobh seachas sin a chur ar a súile do phobal mór. Bhain go leor den rath a bhí ar Live Aid agus Live8 leis an gcarasma a bhaineann le Bob Geldof agus lena phaiseanta atá sé go hoscailte faoi na fíorchásanna éigeandála san Afraic." Ní bheidh cead isteach ach ag daoine a mbeidh ticéad acu. Tá na ticéid ar fáil ón Socs Box in Áras na Mac Léinn ar €5 nó ó Zhivagos ar Shráid na Siopaí, Gaillimh ar €5.70 (táille áirithinte san áireamh). Tabharfar luach na dticéad do charthanas a roghnóidh an tArdeaspag Tutu. -Críoch-

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Traditional Irish Arts Among Highlights of Múscailt this Week

Traditional Irish Arts Among Highlights of Múscailt this Week-image

Monday, 9 February 2009

A special performance of traditional Irish music, song and dance will be among the highlights of Múscailt, NUI Galway's Spring Arts Festival, which starts today and runs all week. An array of talented artists will take part in a special performance on Thursday, 12 February, in the Aula Maxima, NUI Galway, at 8pm. The Traditional Arts Concert will contain music, seán-nós dancing, and Irish-language poetry, with an opportunity to hear the artists describe their own artistic journey. Performers will include Ronan Browne (Uilleann Pipes), Máirtín O'Connor (accordion), Seamie O'Dowd (guitar), Roisín Elsafty (sean-nós singer), Lilis Ó Laoire (sean-nós singer), Roisín Ní Mhainín and Micheál Seoighe (sean-nós dancers), Mary McPartlan (traditional/contemporary singer) and Louis de Paor (Irish-language poet). The concert is presented by Arts in Action, a creative arts programme devised by the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies at NUI Galway. The Arts in Action programme runs throughout the college year with a programme of seminars, concerts and field trips inviting students to come closer to the creative arts. Professor Kevin Barry, Dean of Arts at NUI Galway, says Arts in Action adds to the student experience: "Creative arts are an important part of education at NUI Galway. The Arts in Action programme, through continued support from professionals within the arts world, enriches the curriculum for students. We are also opening up the possibilities of a future in the creative industries among our students. Arts in Action puts students on the other side of the foot lights". The Múscailt festival is produced by the Arts office and the Societies office at NUI Galway, and includes the best of the societies' events and exciting guest artists from around the world. For full programme details and further information about the festival visit or For all ticket and further information contact the SocsBox the Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn, at 091 492852 or email -ends-

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New Arts Degree Programme in Environment & Society, and in Youth & Family Studie

New Arts Degree Programme in Environment & Society, and in Youth & Family Studie-image

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

(Leagan Gaeilge) In September 2009 a new degree programme with two specialist pathways, one in Environment and Society and one in Youth and Family Studies will be offered by NUI Galway in partnership with St. Angela's College, Sligo. In this three-year degree, the first two years will be taught at St. Angela's and the final year at NUI Galway. In the first year, all students study economics, politics, sociology and ICT, as well as both 'green' environmental and 'youth and family' topics. In the second and third year students specialise in either the environmental or the youth and family studies pathway. According to Professor Chris Curtin, School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway: "The past 20 years have seen an increasing concern for the natural environment. Issues such as pollution, acid rain, damage to the ozone layer, deforestation and climate change have attracted attention in our media. Students choosing the environmental pathway will learn how economic, social and political decision making can be used to deal with such environmental issues. On the youth and family pathway, students will examine the role and functions of family; childhood attachment and adolescent development as well as key issues and policy solutions to contemporary family issues". The benefits of this programme are the small class sizes, energetic teaching and informal, friendly atmosphere of St Angela's College, as well as the larger campus environment of NUI Galway for the third year of the course. In terms of career prospects, either pathway will equip the student with a range of analytical, logical and numerical skills suited to a wide range of employment opportunities – including public administration, social work, education, community and rural development, youth work, consultancy work for private sector firms, journalism, civil service and research organisations. Students will also be able to pursue a wide range of postgraduate programmes. Application for the degree programme can be made through the CAO process. Further information available from: Clár Nua sna Dána dírithe ar an gComhshaol & an tSochaí, agus Staidéar Óige & Teaghlaigh (View in English) Cuirfidh OÉ Gaillimh i gcomhar le Coláiste San Aingeal, Sligeach tús le clár nua céime i mí Mheán Fómhair 2009, clár a dhíreoidh ar dhá réimse faoi leith – An tSochaí & An Comhshaol agus Staidéar Óige & Teaghlaigh. Cúrsa trí bliana a bheidh ann. Tabharfaidh na mic léinn faoin gcéad dá bhliain den chúrsa i gColáiste San Aingeal agus is in OÉ Gaillimh a bheidh an bhliain deiridh den chúrsa le déanamh. I measc na n-ábhar a bheidh le staidéar ag mic léinn i rith na chéad bhliana beidh eacnamaíocht, polaitíocht, socheolaíocht agus TFC, mar aon le hábhair faoin gcomhshaol, agus an óige agus an teaghlach. Sa dara agus sa tríú bliain díreoidh na mic léinn ar ábhair a bhaineann leis an gcomhshaol nó ar ábhair a bhaineann le staidéar óige agus teaghlaigh. Bhí an méid seo a leanas le rá ag an Ollamh Chris Curtin, Scoil na hEolaíochta Polaitiúla agus na Socheolaíochta, OÉ Gaillimh: "Le scór bliain anuas is léir dúinn go bhfuil níos mó spéise á léiriú sa chomhshaol nádúrtha. Tá aird na meán dírithe ar ghnéithe cosúil le truailliú, báisteach aigéadach, damáiste don chiseal ózóin, dífhoraoisiú agus athrú aeráide. Cuirfear ar a súile do na mic léinn a roghnaíonn staidéar a dhéanamh ar an gcomhshaol conas is féidir tairbhe a bhaint as cinnteoireacht eacnamaíoch, shóisialta agus pholaitiúil le déileáil leis na ceisteanna comhshaoil a thiocfaidh chun cinn amach anseo. Gheobhaidh na mic léinn a roghnaíonn staidéar a dhéanamh ar an óige agus ar an teaghlach deis ról agus feidhmeanna an teaghlaigh a scrúdú; gaolacht na hóige agus forbairt ógánach mar aon le príomhcheisteanna agus réitigh ar na ceisteanna nach mór do theaghlach an lae inniu déileáil leo". I measc bhuntáistí an chláir seo tá ranganna beaga, teagascóirí díograiseacha agus atmaisféar neamhfhoirmiúil, cairdiúil Choláiste San Aingeal, mar aon le taithí ar champas mór OÉ Gaillimh i rith na tríú bliana den chúrsa. Nuair a bheidh an cúrsa seo críochnaithe ag mic léinn beidh idir scileanna anailíseacha, loighciúla agus uimhriúla acu a chuirfidh ar a gcumas leas a bhaint as raon leathan deiseanna fostaíochta sna réimsí seo a leanas – riarachán poiblí, obair shóisialta, oideachas, forbairt pobail agus tuaithe, obair leis an aos óg, obair chomhairliúcháin do ghnólachtaí san earnáil phríobháideach, iriseoireacht, an státseirbhís agus eagraíochtaí taighde. Chomh maith leis sin, ar chríoch an chláir seo beidh deis ag mic léinn tabhairt faoi raon leathan clár iarchéime. Is féidir iarratas a dhéanamh ar an gclár céime seo tríd an CAO. -críoch-

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NUI Galway Appoints Dean of Business, Public Policy and Law

NUI Galway Appoints Dean of Business, Public Policy and Law-image

Monday, 2 February 2009

(Leagan Gaeilge) Dr Willie Golden has been appointed Dean of the College of Business, Public Policy and Law at NUI Galway. He will have responsibility for the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, and the School of Law. Dr Golden has been a lecturer in Business Information Systems at NUI Galway since 1992 and since 2006, has been Director of the Centre for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC) at the University. As Director, he led a team of researchers which secured €6 million of funding for social science research at NUI Galway. He has published extensively, co-authored a book, contributed 10 chapters to other texts and published 16 journal papers in the areas of Electronic Commerce and Information Systems. Speaking about his appointment, Dr Golden said: "I look forward to working with colleagues in both the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Law, to facilitate excellent and innovative teaching and to further enhance the national and international research reputation of both schools". The School of Business and Economics and the School of Law will now come under the responsibility of the new Dean and according to Dr Golden: "There are already signifiers between business and law as exemplified with our Bachelor of Corporate Law. We have two very strong traditions in the School of Business and the School of Law here at NUI Galway, where 25% of the student population are connected to these schools. The vast research areas within the College include Human Rights, Business Innovation, Disability Law and Social Gerontology. The research carried out in these areas is used to inform public policy with respect to the options available to enable a better economy and society". Commenting on Dr Golden's appointment, President of NUI Galway, Dr James J. Browne said: "I am confident that Dr Willie Golden, in his role as Dean, will provide the leadership necessary to optimise the opportunities and build on the many strengths of the College of Business, Public Policy and Law. I look forward to working with Dr Golden as we strive to achieve even greater levels of achievement and success for NUI Galway". Dr Golden, originally from Westport, Co Mayo, is a Commerce and Master of Business Studies Graduate of NUI Galway. His Ph.D. in Business to Business Electronic Commerce is from the Business School at the University of Warwick. Déan Choláiste an Ghnó, an Bheartais Phoiblí agus an Dlí ceaptha in OÉ Gaillimh (View in English) Tá an Dr Willie Golden ceaptha mar Dhéan Choláiste an Ghnó, an Bheartais Phoiblí agus an Dlí in OÉ Gaillimh. Beidh an Dr Golden freagrach as Scoil Ghnó agus Eacnamaíochta J.E. Cairnes, agus Scoil an Dlí. Tá an Dr Golden ag obair mar léachtóir le Córais Faisnéise Gnó in OÉ Gaillimh ó 1992 agus in 2006 ceapadh é mar Stiúrthóir ar an Ionad um Nuálaíocht & um Athrú Struchtúrtha (CISC) san Ollscoil. Le linn dó a bheith ag feidhmiú mar Stiúrthóir ar CISC bhí sé i gceannas ar fhoireann taighdeoirí ar éirigh leo maoiniú ar fiú €6 mhilliún é a fháil le tabhairt faoi thaighde ar an eolaíocht shóisialta in OÉ Gaillimh. Is iomaí alt atá foilsithe aige, is comhúdar leabhair é, tá 10 gcaibidil scríofa aige i bhfoilseacháin eile agus tá 16 páipéar foilsithe aige i réimse na Tráchtála Leictreonaí agus na gCóras Faisnéise. Bhí an méid seo a leanas le rá ag an Dr Golden faoina cheapachán: "Táim ag súil le bheith ag obair le mo chomhghleacaithe i Scoil an Ghnó agus na hEacnamaíochta agus i Scoil an Dlí agus sártheagasc nuálaíoch a chur chun cinn le cois dea-cháil taighde náisiúnta agus idirnáisiúnta an dá scoil a fheabhsú". Tiocfaidh Scoil an Ghnó agus na hEacnamaíochta agus Scoil an Dlí faoi fhreagracht an Déin nua agus dúirt an Dr Golden: "Go bhfuil comhoibriú ar bun cheana féin idir an gnó agus an dlí san ollscoil, an Chéim Bhaitsiléara i nDlí Corparáideach mar shampla. Tá dea-cháil ar Scoil an Ghnó agus ar Scoil an Dlí anseo in OÉ Gaillimh le blianta fada anuas agus tá 25% de mhic léinn na hollscoile i mbun cúrsaí staidéir faoi scáth na scoileanna seo. I measc na réimsí taighde a ndírítear orthu laistigh den Choláiste tá Cearta Daonna, Nuálaíocht Gnó, Dlí um Míchumas agus Seaneolaíocht Shóisialta. Úsáidtear an taighde a dhéantar sna réimsí seo le cur le beartas poiblí agus é mar aidhm úsáid a bhaint as na deiseanna atá ar fáil chun geilleagar agus sochaí níos fearr a chruthú". Le linn d'Uachtarán OÉ Gaillimh, an Dr James Browne, a bheith ag trácht ar an gceapachán nua dúirt sé: "Táim muiníneach go n-éireoidh leis an Dr Willie Golden, ina ról nua mar Dhéan, na scileanna ceannaireachta riachtanacha a léiriú chun an leas is fearr agus is féidir a bhaint as na deiseanna a thagann chun cinn mar aon le cur le láidreachtaí Choláiste an Ghnó, an Bheartais Phoiblí agus an Dlí. Táim ag tnúth le bheith ag obair leis an Dr Golden chun leibhéal feabhsaithe gnóthachtála a bhaint amach agus tuilleadh dul chun cinn a dhéanamh". Fear de bhunadh Chathair na Mart, Co. Mhaigh Eo é an Dr Golden agus rinne sé B.Comm agus Céim Mháistreachta i Staidéar Gnó in OÉ Gaillimh. Rinne sé Ph.D. i dTráchtáil Leictreonach ó Ghnó go Gnó i Scoil Ghnó Ollscoil Warwick. -Críoch-

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Irish Health Economists to meet at NUI Galway

Irish Health Economists to meet at NUI Galway-image

Monday, 2 February 2009

The current pressure on public health resources and the related cost of health conditions will be discussed during a symposium at NUI Galway on Thursday, 5 February. The event is being organised by the Health Economics Association of Ireland, which was set up in 2001 to foster the sharing of information related to health economics. The symposium will welcome an audience from a wide variety of backgrounds, all with a particular interest in the economics of healthcare. Topics for discussion include economics of mental health, palliative care and heart disease. Professor of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) at NUI Galway, Ciaran O'Neill, will introduce the symposium with thoughts on the future of HTA in Ireland. Professor O'Neill comments: "As health and social care budgets come under increasing pressure, the need to assess and demonstrate the relative value for money of its alternative uses will become increasingly important. Ireland has followed most other European countries in developing processes by which to scrutinise the use of public monies in funding access to new technologies. Over the coming years these processes and their outcomes are likely to become increasingly influential in shaping health and social care in Ireland". Members of the Health Economics Association of Ireland come from public and private organisations as well as academic institutions. The group meets twice yearly to discuss developments in health economics including economic evaluations, monitoring techniques, policy initiatives, pharmacoeconomics and various other topics. Organiser of the symposium, Dr Brenda Gannon of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology at NUI Galway says: "The number of health economists in Ireland has increased in recent years both in the academic and private sector. Experts such as Professor Eamon O'Shea, Director of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology here at NUI Galway, have been leading the way in this field for many years. Hosting this meeting at NUI Galway reflects the growing number of health economists working in the University and the recognition of their expertise at national level". For further information on the next HEAI meeting, please contact Dr Brenda Gannon, NUI Galway, on tel 091 49 5459. -ends-

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Agilent Technologies and NUI Galway Open Biological Mass Spectrometry Facility

Agilent Technologies and NUI Galway Open Biological Mass Spectrometry Facility-image

Monday, 2 February 2009

(Leagan Gaeilge)Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) and NUI Galway, have announced the opening of a Biological Mass Spectrometry Facility on the NUI Galway campus. Mass spectrometry is regularly used for testing athletes for banned substances, but it is also one of the key enabling techniques in chemistry and biology. Researchers in NUI Galway will take advantage of this technique to progress their research in areas such as cancer, infectious diseases and pain research. The state-of-the-art facility in NUI Galway is equipped with the latest accurate-mass quadrupole time-of-flight (Q-TOF) and triple quadrupole (QQQ) mass spectrometer platforms from Agilent. As part of the collaboration with Agilent, NUI Galway will provide application notes and data for key applications using the Agilent platforms. The facility will also be used to showcase new instruments to Agilent customers and to run samples for demonstration purposes. "The opening of this facility is a continuation of Agilent's drive to be a key technology partner for innovative research in academia," said Gustavo Salem, General Manager for Agilent's LC/MS business. "NUI Galway has some of the top primary investigators in Europe. We look forward to working closely with them to further their breakthrough research in the fields of metabolomics and proteomics". Professor Terry Smith, Vice-President for Research, NUI Galway, commented: "NUI Galway has recently made a substantial commitment to increase its capability in mass spectrometry, in particular targeting life sciences research. With our recent investment, sponsored by IDA, SFI and Agilent Ireland, NUI Galway now has this capability". Primary investigators Dr David Finn, Dr Niclas Karlsson and Brendan Harhen will run the mass spectrometers at the facility. Dr Niclas Karlsson, coordinator for the set up of the facility, said: "NUI Galway selected Agilent as a strategic partner since they provide a wide range of support for life science research in addition to their top end mass spectrometers". Dr Finn is a lecturer in pharmacology and therapeutics and co-director of the Centre for Pain Research at NUI Galway. The aim of Dr. Finn's research is to increase the understanding of the neurobiology of pain and anxiety and support the development of novel therapeutic agents for their treatment. Dr Karlsson is one of the top researchers in mass spectrometry and bioinformatics for sugar and protein identification. He established one of the first integrated bioinformatic platforms for this kind of research and collaborated with the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics for generating glycobioinformatic resources for the community. Mr Harhen is an honours biochemistry graduate from NUI Galway with a special interest in facilitating ultra-trace quantitation of biomolecules in complex matrices, such as bioactive lipid signalling molecules. He will support other quantitative needs at NUI Galway, such as quantitative proteomics. The collaboration between NUI Galway and Agilent is a result of Agilent's Academia Program, which facilitates collaborations with universities around the world. The programme assists universities with teaching, materials and creating research partnerships. Osclaíonn Agilent Technologies agus OÉ Gaillimh Áis Mhais-Speictriméadrachta Bitheolaíochta (View in English) Tá sé fógartha ag Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) agus ag OÉ Gaillimh go mbeidh Áis Mhais-Speictriméadrachta Bitheolaíochta ag oscailt ar champas OÉ Gaillimh. Úsáidtear mais-speictriméadracht go rialta chun tástálacha substaintí coiscthe a dhéanamh ar lúthchleasaithe, ach tá sé ar cheann de na príomhtheicnící cumasúcháin sa cheimic agus sa bhitheolaíocht chomh maith. Tapóidh lucht taighde in OÉ Gaillimh an deis an teicníc seo a úsáid lena gcuid taighde a bhrostú i réimsí amhail ailse, galair thógálacha agus taighde péine. Ar an trealamh den scoth a bheidh san áis nua-aimseartha seo in OÉ Gaillimh beidh na hardáin ama eitilte ceathairphoil cruinnmhaise (Q-TOF) is deireanaí agus na hardáin mhais-speictriméadrachta ceathairphoil thriaraigh (QQQ)* is deireanaí ó Agilent. Mar chuid den chomhoibriú le Agilent, cuirfidh OÉ Gaillimh nótaí feidhmithe agus sonraí na bpríomh-fheidhmchlár a bheidh ag úsáid ardán Agilent ar fáil. Úsáidfear an áis chomh maith le huirlisí nua a thaispeáint do chustaiméirí Agilent agus le trialacha samplacha a dhéanamh ar mhaithe leis an gcaoi a n-oibríonn sé a léiriú. "Tá oscailt na háise seo ag cur leis an gcuspóir atá ag Agilent a bheith ina phríomhpháirtí teicneolaíochta sa taighde nuálaíoch acadúil," a dúirt Gustavo Salem, Bainisteoir Ginearálta ghnó LC/MS Agilent. "Tá cuid de scoth-thaighdeoirí na hEorpa in OÉ Gaillimh. Táimid ag súil go mór le hoibriú i ndlúthchomhar leo lena dtaighde ceannródaíoch i réimse na meitibilíochta agus na próitéamaíochta a chur chun cinn". Bhí an méid seo le rá ag an Ollamh Terry Smith, Leas-Uachtarán um Thaighde OÉ Gaillimh: "Le tamall anuas tá gealltanas tábhachtach tugtha ag OÉ Gaillimh go gcuirfidh sí lena cumas mais-speictriméadrachta, ag díriú go háirithe ar thaighde i réimse na n-eolaíochtaí beatha. A bhuíochas leis an infheistíocht a rinneamar le déanaí, a ndearna an IDA, SFI agus Agilent Ireland urraíocht uirthi, tá an cumas seo ag OÉ Gaillimh anois." Is iad na príomhthaighdeoirí an Dr David Finn, an Dr Niclas Karlsson agus Brendan Harhen a bheidh i mbun na mais-speictriméadar san áis. Dúirt an Dr Niclas Karlsson, an comhordaitheoir a bhí ag plé le bunú na háise: "Roghnaigh OÉ Gaillimh Agilent mar chomhpháirtí straitéiseach de bhrí go soláthraíonn sé réimse leathan tacaíochta don taighde eolaíochta beatha agus de bharr a chuid mais-speictriméadar atá sármhaith." Is léachtóir le cógaseolaíocht agus le teiripic an Dr Finn agus tá sé ina chomhstiúrthóir ar an Ionad um Thaighde Péine in OÉ Gaillimh. Is é an aidhm atá le taighde an Dr Finn an tuiscint ar néaraibhitheolaíocht péine agus imní a mhéadú agus tacú le forbairt oibreán teiripeach nuálaíoch a bheadh ina gcóir leighis dóibh. Tá an Dr Karlsson ar dhuine de phríomhthaighdeoirí na mais-speictriméadrachta agus na bithaisnéisíochta a bhaineann le siúcra agus próitéin a aithint. Bhunaigh sé ceann de na chéad ardáin bithaisnéisíochta chomhtháite don chineál seo taighde agus d'oibrigh sé i gcomhar le hInstitiúid Bithaisnéisíochta na hEilvéise chun acmhainní glici-bithaisnéisíochta a ghiniúint don phobal. Is céimí onóracha le bithcheimic ó OÉ Gaillimh é Brendan Harhen a bhfuil spéis ar leith aige i gcainníochtú ultrairian bithmhóilíní a éascú i maitrísí coimpléascacha, amhail móilíní comharthaíochta lipidí bithghníomhacha. Tacóidh sé le riachtanais chainníochtúla eile in OÉ Gaillimh, amhail próitéamaíocht chainníochtúil. Is as Clár Acadúil Agilent a d'eascair an comhoibriú seo idir OÉ Gaillimh agus Agilent a éascaíonn comhoibriú idir iad agus Ollscoileanna ar fud an domhain. Cabhraíonn an clár le hollscoileanna ó thaobh teagaisc, ábhar agus ó thaobh comhpháirtíochtaí taighde a bhunú. CRÍOCH

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March 2009

Scientific Conference to Feature NUI Galway's Atmospheric Research

Scientific Conference to Feature NUI Galway's Atmospheric Research-image

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

The Aerosol Society, a UK-based scientific organisation that promotes the science of airborne particles, is to hold its annual conference at NUI Galway from 6-7 April. This is the first time this major event has been held outside of the UK, and the latest data from NUI Galway's Mace Head Atmospheric Research Station will feature. Mace Head, which is located near Carna, Co. Galway, is one of the most important sites for atmospheric research in the Northern Hemisphere. Operated by staff from the School of Physics at NUI Galway, Mace Head is the main location of experimental research carried out by the University s Centre for Climate & Air Pollution Studies - a centre within NUI Galway s Environmental Change Institute. Delegates at the Aerosol Society conference will learn about the latest findings from this scientific group at NUI Galway which concentrates on the physical and chemical properties of aerosols, clouds, and gaseous species in the marine environment and their ultimate role in global climate change. Professor Gerard Jennings of NUI Galway s Environmental Change Institute and School of Physics is used to the international interest Mace Head attracts: "Mace Head is a world class research facility which is available to support Irish research in high profile international research projects. The facility is central to the atmosphere-marine environment research undertaken by NUI Galway, and has been the perfect setting for a series of scientific projects over the years in studying the impacts of aerosols and climate change". In addition to a focus on atmospheric aerosol studies, the high-level conference will also address the impacts of air pollution on public health. Professor Luke Clancy, Director General of the Research Institute for a Tobacco Free Society, which is based in Dublin, will discuss the correlations between air pollution and reduced death. According to Professor Clancy: "While it is intuitive to believe that the health of workers would be improved by the Workplace Ban on Smoking, as we saw in the ban on the burning of coal in the '90s, as scientists we need to demonstrate these beneficial effects. Many of the benefits such as a reduction in lung cancer in non-smokers will take a number of years to become measurable. Other conditions such as respiratory health occur much more quickly and have indeed done so". Some 70 academics, scientists and industry experts are expected to attend the two-day conference which is locally organised by Dr Miriam Byrne, School of Physics, NUI Galway. -ends-

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Over 600 NUI Galway Students Commended for Volunteering

Over 600 NUI Galway Students Commended for Volunteering-image

Monday, 30 March 2009

(Leagan Gaeilge) Over six hundred students at NUI Galway were awarded the ALIVE Certificate for Volunteering during a special ceremony on campus today (Monday, 30 March, 2009). The certificate recognises students' volunteering efforts during the academic year, and aims to reinforce the spirit of civic engagement among NUI Galway students. Over 2,300 students have received the certificate since its inception six years ago, with many ALIVE alumni moving into professional positions in major non-governmental organisations, at home and abroad. The ALIVE Programme - A Learning Initiative and the Volunteering Experience - was established in 2003 by NUI Galway to harness, acknowledge and support the contribution that its students make by volunteering. It is the first ever student volunteer programme to be embedded within an institution of higher education in Ireland and serves as a national model which other institutions look to for advice and support. The ALIVE programme draws on a strong tradition of student engagement both on and off campus and assists students who wish to actively volunteer while developing tangible and transferable skills alongside practical volunteering experiences. NUI Galway President, Dr James J. Browne, says: "Our University has always been close to community. We are in the middle of a city and we're in the middle of a very rich environment, both culturally and socially. That is something our students can benefit greatly from. It's a two-way street, the students give back to community but they get back much, much more in terms of learning from the experience and in terms of their own personal development". During his visit to NUI Galway earlier this year, the Noble Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu was enthused by the spirit of volunteering at NUI Galway, describing the ALIVE programme as 'fantastic'. Throughout the year NUI Galway students have given thousands of volunteer hours to community, from working with children in homework clubs, to building homes in Honduras, to working at the annual Teddy Bear Hospital. Among the 120 non-governmental organisations supporting the ALIVE programme are Ability West, Foróige, Childline, Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Big Brother Big Sister, Galway Hospice, ISPCC, Amnesty International, Enable Ireland and Special Olympics Ireland. -ends- (View in English) Bronnadh Teastas ALIVE as Obair Dheonach ar bhreis agus sé chéad mac léinn in OÉ Gaillimh ag searmanas speisialta ar an gcampas inniu (Dé Luain, 30 Márta 2009). Tugann an teastas aitheantas d'iarrachtaí na mac léinn agus iad ag gabháil d'obair dheonach i rith na bliana acadúla, agus tá sé mar aidhm aige spiorad an chomhpháirteachais phoiblí a athneartú i measc mhic léinn OÉ Gaillimh. Tá an teastas faighte ag 2,300 mac léinn ó bunaíodh an scéim sé bliana ó shin, agus tá go leor alumni de chuid ALIVE tar éis poist ghairmiúla a fháil in eagraíochtaí móra neamhrialtasacha sa bhaile agus thar lear. Bhunaigh OÉ Gaillimh Clár ALIVE – Tionscnamh Foghlama agus Taithí ar Obair Dheonach – in 2003 chun úsáid níos fearr a bhaint as an obair dheonach atá ar bun ag mic léinn, agus chun aitheantas agus tacaíocht a thabhairt don obair sin. Is é an chéad chlár deonach mac léinn é atá lonnaithe in institiúid ardoideachais in Éirinn agus is samhail náisiúnta é a mbíonn institiúidí eile ag tarraingt air le comhairle agus tacaíocht a fháil. Tá clár ALIVE bunaithe ar an traidisiún láidir comhpháirteachais i measc mac léinn ar an gcampas agus taobh amuigh de agus cabhraíonn sé le mic léinn ar mian leo obair dheonach a dhéanamh agus scileanna inláimhsithe agus so-aistrithe a fhoghlaim agus tugann sé taithí phraiticiúil dóibh ar obair dheonach. Dúirt an Dr James Browne, Uachtarán OÉ Gaillimh: "Bhí gaol gairid i gcónaí idir an Ollscoil agus an pobal. Táimid i lár cathrach agus táimid i lár ceantair atá an-saibhir, go cultúrtha agus go sóisialta. Baineann ár gcuid mac léinn an-tairbhe as sin. Bíonn tairbhe le baint ag an dá thaobh as. Cuidíonn na mic léinn leis an bpobal ach faigheann siad a dheich n-oiread ar ais ó thaobh taithí de agus ón bhforbairt a dhéanann siad go pearsanta." Le linn a chuairte ar OÉ Gaillimh níos túisce i mbliana, bhí buaiteoir Dhuais Síochána Nobel, an tArdeaspag Desmond Tutu, an-tógtha leis an mbéim atá ar obair dheonach in OÉ Gaillimh agus dúirt sé go raibh clár ALIVE 'sármhaith'. Tá na mílte uaireanta deonacha tugtha ag mic léinn OÉ Gaillimh don phobal le bliain anuas; d'oibrigh siad le páistí i gclubanna obair bhaile, thóg siad tithe i Hondúras agus d'eagraigh siad Otharlann na mBéiríní a reáchtáiltear gach bliain. I measc an 120 eagraíocht neamhrialtais a thacaíonn le clár ALIVE tá Ability West, Foróige, Childline, Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Big Brother Big Sister, Ospís na Gaillimhe, ISPCC, Amnesty International, Enable Ireland agus Cluichí Oilimpeacha Speisialta na hÉireann. -críoch-

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