NUI Galway’s Cell EXPLORERS at the Science & Technology Festival

NUI Galway’s Cell EXPLORERS at the Science & Technology Festival-image

Monday, 11 November 2013

Introducing children and their families to the fascinating world of how living things work! Do you ever wonder how living things work? Or what they are made of? Or how scientists study living things and how this can help us? Cell EXPLORERS, part of the Bio-EXPLORERS science outreach programme based in the School of Natural Sciences at NUI Galway (www.nuigalway.ie/bughunters/), answers all these questions and more! On the final day of the Galway Science and Technology Festival, Cell EXPLORERS will present two workshops in NUI Galway. The Cell EXPLORERS Show will lead children and their parents through a series of interactive workstations where they will learn about the workings of the living cell and the instructions that control it. In the second workshop, The School of Natural Sciences Next Top Model, families will get a chance to interact with the NUI Galway researchers and learn about the model organisms they study and why they study them. Then decisions will have to be made and votes cast to crown the inaugural School of Natural Sciences Next Top Model organism! Do not forget to book your free ticket on the Galway Science and technology Festival website (www.galwayscience.ie) and make sure to come and join us on the 2013 Galway Science & Technology Festival Exhibition day on Sunday 24th November where you too can become a Cell EXPLORER! As well as interactive workshops, the Cell EXPLORERS team of volunteers is running a Road show. The Cell EXPLORERS team of volunteers has travelled over the past year and visited more than twenty 5th and 6th primary school classes, introducing over 600 local school children to the excitement of working in science. This success has allowed the programme to be granted key prestigious funding this year. This year the Cell EXPLORERS Roadshow is travelling to schools outside of Galway city, those schools that rarely receive science show visits. Funding from Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover Science & Engineering Programme Award, and the support of the Galway Science and Technology Festival, means that the Roadshow will reach another twenty primary school classes this autumn culminating during Science week and the Galway Science and Technology festival. Further funding from a Wellcome Trust People Award is allowing new school visits to be designed and implemented by Biochemistry undergraduates as part of their degree course. Also, for the first time, Cell EXPLORERS is visiting infants, 1st & 2nd classes in an exciting collaboration with Naomi Lavelle, of Dr How’s Science Wows. The “Little Cells” project is funded by the Galway Science and Technology Festival and introduces these young children to the different kinds of cells in our bodies in a fun and interactive way. Make sure you explore the extraordinary with Cell EXPLORERS this year! About the Wellcome Trust The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. It supports the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. The Trust’s breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health. It is independent of both political and commercial interests. www.wellcome.ac.uk - Ends -

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President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne, honoured at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards

President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne, honoured at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards-image

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway was honoured with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Engineering  Award at the fourth annual Engineers Ireland Excellence Award ceremony in the Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin on Friday, 8th November. Dr Browne, a graduate from NUI Galway and a native of County Westmeath, has had an international career that spans both industry and education. He spent a number of years working with Nortel Networks in Canada and Ireland and has also consulted with a wide range of Irish and international corporations, overseas universities as well as public and private bodies. The twelfth and current President of NUI Galway has published over 200 academic papers and 15 books, including translations into French and Chinese. He was awarded a Doctor of Science by the University of Manchester for published work in 1990 and he is a member of both the Royal Irish Academy, the Irish Academy of Engineering and is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland. In April this year, the Minister for Health & Children, Dr James Reilly T.D. appointed Dr Browne as the Chair of the Children’s Hospital Group Board to oversee the merger of the three children’s hospitals in advance of the move to the chosen site in Dublin. Accepting the award Dr Jim Browne said, “I am delighted and humbled to receive this award from Engineers Ireland, and all the more so given the high standing and professionalism of Irish engineers.  I had the great honour to serve as President of Engineers Ireland in 2008 / 2009. During that time I had the opportunity to see, at first hand, the tremendous contribution that engineers make to all sectors of the Irish economy and society. At NUI Galway, we are teaching and inspiring the next generation of engineers, preparing them to make their mark on the future of Irish engineering.” Commenting on the award, Engineers Ireland Director General and Chartered Engineer, John Power, said, “I am delighted to present the Outstanding Contribution Award to Jim; his leadership role is reflected in the number and variety of his memberships including the editorial boards of a number of international research journals, the Senate of the National University of Ireland and the Review Group on Engineering Research Centres in the UK, to name just a few. “In addition to the significant contribution he has made to the engineering profession, Jim is well recognised as most approachable, friendly and helpful by all his peers, colleagues and indeed students. He is a shining example of what is wonderful about engineers and the profession and is totally dedicated to Ireland's recovery in both word and deed.” Mr Power added. The fourth Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards also included awards for: Engineering Project of the Year Award, sponsored by the NRA – East West Interconnector, EirGrid Plc Chartered Engineer of the Year Award - Kevin Harnett, Chartered Engineer shortlisted for his contribution to the project ‘Development of a Commercial Scale Tidal Stream Turbine’ with OpenHyrdo Engineering Education Award – Best in Class 2013, sponsored by CRH Plc - Online Engineering Education – Institute of Sligo Technology of the Year Award, sponsored by the NSAI - Enhanced Wind Turbine - Airsynergy Environmental Infrastructure Award, sponsored by EPA – Mullingar Water Treatment Scheme, Contractors: Veolia Water Ltd, BAM Civil Ltd, Pierse Contracting Ltd, Consulting engineers: J.B. Barry & Partners Ltd / Byrne Looby Partners, Westmeath County Council Leadership Award, sponsored by Shell E&P Limited - John Barry, Chartered Engineer, Programme director for Irish Water  Volunteer of the Year Award – Peter Tiernan, Chartered Engineer, Thomand region International Engineer Award sponsored by ESB –Niall McDermott, Chartered Engineer, Director of the International Group at J.B. Barry and Partners Limited Best Paper / Presentation Award, sponsored by Griffiths & Armour and Beale and Company - ‘Titanic Belfast – Designing an Icon’, presented by: Dr. Michael Shaw, Chartered Engineer, Barry McAllister, Chartered Engineer, Paul McGettigan, Chartered Engineer, RPS Group Belfast Innovative Student of the Year Award, sponsored by Siemens - Patrick Byrnes, Cork Institute of Technology, Innovative Student Engineer - Level 8 and Alastair Chambers, Institute of Technology Carlow, Innovative Student Engineer - Level 7 Continuing Professional Development Employer of the Year Award, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland – joint winners, Abbott Ireland, Sligo and Cavan and Dromone Engineering, Meath -Ends-  

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Public lecture on ‘Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth’ as part of Science Fortnight at NUI Galway

Public lecture on ‘Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth’ as part of Science Fortnight at NUI Galway-image

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

NUI Galway’s Astronomy Society will host the first Science Fortnight, running from 11-22 November. The Science Fortnight will take place in conjunction with National Science Week and the Galway Science and Technology Festival, with all events taking place on campus. As part of Science Fortnight, the NUI Galway Astronomy Society will welcome Kevin Nolan for a special public talk entitled ‘Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth’ on Wednesday, 20 November. Kevin Nolan is a lecturer in physics at the Institute of Technology Tallaght and Co-ordinator to Ireland for The Planetary Society. Kevin is nearing completion of a part-time PhD involving design of a software image analysis pipeline for the European Space Agency’s INTEGRAL, a multi-wavelength space observatory. He is a published author of Mars, a Cosmic Stepping Stone, which looks at the effects and relevance of Mars exploration. This talk will discuss how people have attributed naïve "Earth-like" characteristics to our sister planet for centuries. Though early space missions obliterated those early perceptions - suggesting Mars to be a dormant world - recent missions reveal a planet with characteristics and past activity suggestive of early Earth-like characteristics now regarded as relevant to the emergence of life. With a well set out strategy, the exploration of Mars has finally matured and is expected to deliver valuable scientific insights. This talk will examine some of these issues and present the latest findings from the MSL-Curiosity Rover currently exploring the surface of the Red Planet. The talk will take place at 7pm in the Colm Ó hÉocha Theatre in the Arts Millennium Building (AM250), NUI Galway.  This talk is free and open to the general public. The NUI Galway Astronomy society is in its second year with nearly 600 members. The main goal of the society is to promote astronomy, both recreationally and academically. Throughout the year the society hosts a series of talks on astronomy and organise events to increase general awareness and understanding of astronomy. They work with the Galway Astronomy club and are supported by the University's Centre for Astronomy. -Ends-

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NUI Galway Researcher Awarded Prestigious Wellcome Trust Award

NUI Galway Researcher Awarded Prestigious Wellcome Trust Award -image

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

The Wellcome Trust Award is worth almost €1.3m over 5 years for research into cell meiosis and genetics, work which could lead to advancements in human reproduction and fertility treatments Dr Elaine Dunleavy of NUI Galway has received an award under the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)/Health Research Board (HRB)/ Wellcome Trust Biomedical Partnership.  The announcement was made at a joint partnership meeting held in the Irish Embassy in London. The vision of the Wellcome Trust, the UK-based global charity, is to achieve extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. This is accomplished through a broad range of funding schemes in support of outstanding researchers and innovative research programmes in biomedical and clinical research. Dr Elaine Dunleavy will receive almost €1.3m in funding over five years for her research into the area of cell meiosis and genetics. Fundamental to the understanding of genetic diseases, including cancer progression, are the mechanisms that control chromosome segregation during cell division. Using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model system, Dr Dunleavy will examine how the DNA-binding protein ‘CENP-A’ regulates chromosome segregation, particularly during the production of eggs and sperm. This research could lead to potential advancements in human reproduction and fertility treatments. Commenting on the awards, Prof. Mark Ferguson, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland, said: “The SFI-HRB Wellcome Trust Biomedical Partnership recognises and funds outstanding scientists in the field of biomedical research. I would like to congratulate and Dr Dunleavy on her achievement in obtaining funding through this highly competitive process. I would encourage the Irish biomedical research community to apply for funding under the partnership and have the quality of their research work recognised internationally by the Wellcome Trust” Commenting on the announcement of the awards Dr Kevin Moses, Director of Science Funding at the Wellcome Trust, said “We are delighted to have awarded a Research Career Development Fellowship to Dr Elaine Dunleavy. These are prestigious fellowships that aim to provide the brightest biomedical scientists in Ireland with the best possible start to their independent research careers.  We hope that Dr Dunleavy are well on their way to becoming the scientific leaders of the future.  We look forward to hearing from researchers of this calibre from the Irish biomedical and public health research community.” Welcoming the announcement, Enda Connolly, Chief Executive of the Health Research Board said ‘Given the level of competition for Wellcome Trust funding, Dr Dunleavy must be commended for topping international standards to secure these awards. The SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Partnership has opened up a wealth of opportunity for researchers across a wide variety of Wellcome Trust award schemes. Given the Health Research Boards investments to develop and build capacity in clinical research in recent years, we believe even more Irish researchers will now be well placed to successfully compete in these schemes in the future’.  -ends-

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NUI Galway Award 26 new Sports Scholarships

NUI Galway Award 26 new Sports Scholarships-image

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

NUI Galway Vice President for the Student Experience presented 26 outstanding athletes with NUI Galway student Sports Scholarships last night (Monday 11th). The new recipients bring to 60 athletes in 15 different sports that are supported by the NUI Galway scheme. In recent years the scheme has been extremely successful in supporting some of the finest young talent in Ireland. Twelve of the Clare Hurling panel that won and the All-Ireland in September were current or former recipients of scholarships from the University, as were several of the Galway All-Ireland Camogie team. In recent years NUI Galway has seen world medalists in sports as diverse as Rowing, Handball, Athletics and Kickboxing. The support that the students receive from the Scholarships are designed to maintain their academic and sporting progress and are managed by a former Olympian, NUI Galway Elite Sports Officer Gary Ryan who said about the success of the scheme, “It is very exciting to see young athletes develop not just while they are in University but to continue to progress after they have left and we are hopeful that the tools and support that we give them while students gives them the platform for success into the future.” This year’s recipients represent some of the finest young talents in Irish sport today. Boxing Scholarship recipients Sally Carrig and Niamh Folan have already started to follow in the footsteps of Irish Olympic hero Katie Taylor with both winning European Youth Bronze medals in Boxing. NUI Galway has had its own World class Athletes in recent years in Olive Loughnane and Paul Hession and this year the recipients include a walker Alisha Boylan and Sprinter Cormac Lynch, who have already been National underage champions, while the pool of world-class rowers will grow with the addition of Patrick Higgins, Luis Simo. Keville Neville and Manta Pukelis to the finest rowing program in the country. The long association between NUI Galway and top level Rugby in Ireland is boosted by the fact that Irish U19 International’s Ultan Dillane and Sean O’ Hagan have been awarded scholarships. One of the newer associations that of the Swim Ireland Connacht Performance centre based on the NUI Galway campus has attracted one the finest young swimmers in the country Cian Duffy, to study at the University. Hurlers such as Shane Cooney, Cathal Mannion and John Hanbury will want to follow up All-Ireland underage success with Galway with senior honours, while Robert Duggan will be aiming for a spot on the Clare senior panel for the coming season. All-Ireland U21 winner Adrian Varley and former Roscommon minor captain John McManus were just two of the Gaelic Footballers who will be hoping to win the Sigerson Cup for NUI Galway this season. Two up and coming Irish Rugby Internationals were also added to the scheme. Connacht’s Ultan Dillane and Sean O’Hagan have played at u18 and U19 level for Ireland and are making big impressions in the Connacht academy this season. At the award ceremony Vice-President for the Student Experience, Dr Pat Morgan, said: “I would like to congratulated the recipients of this year’s awards and remind them of the honour of representing the University and the opportunity they had to become great sporting successes like the recent scholarship holders in Hurling, Camogie, Rowing Kickboxing and Athletics that had all reached the pinnacle of their sports.” NUI Galway Sports Scholarships awardees: Athletics: Cormac Lynch from Tulla, Co. Clare Athletics: Alicia Boylan from Newbliss, Co. Monaghan Basketball: Ronan O’Sullivan from Doughcloyne, Co. Cork Boxing: Sally Carrig from Ennis, Co. Clare Boxing: Niamh Folan from Carraroe, Co. Galway Boxing: Eamon Tighe from Ballymote, Co. Sligo Camogie: Orlaith Duggan from Ennis, Co. Clare Gaelic Football: Adrian Varley from Tuam, Co. Galway Gaelic Football: John McManus from Roscommon Town Gaelic Football: Shane Moran from Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim Gaelic Football: Donal O’Sullivan from Castletroy, Co. Limerick Gaelic Football: Deirdre Brennan from Claregalway, Co. Galway Hurling: John Hanbury from Rahoon, Galway City Hurling: Cathal Mannion from Ballinasloe, Co. Galway Hurling: Robert Duggan from Clarecastle, Co. Clare Hurling: Shane Cooney from Peterswell, Co. Galway Karate: Linda Walsh from Swinford, Co. Mayo Rowing: Mantas Pukelis from Tullamore, Co. Offaly Rowing: Kevin Neville from Cork City Rowing: Patrick Higgins from Blackrock, Cork Rowing: Lubos Simo from Rahoon, Galway City Rugby: Ultan Dillane from Tralee, Co. Kerry Rugby: Sean O’Hagan from London, UK Soccer: Richard Fahy from Headford, Co. Galway Soccer: Eric Neary from Oranmore, Co. Galway Swimming: Cian Duffy from Oranmore, Co. Galway -Ends-

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NUI Galway Receives Community & Social Responsibility Award from Irish Water Safety

NUI Galway Receives Community & Social Responsibility Award from Irish Water Safety-image

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

NUI Galway is to be presented with the Community & Social Responsibility Award by Irish Water Safety, the statutory body established to promote water safety in Ireland, later this month. This award is in recognition of the work of NUI Galway students, working with Irish Water Safety, as part of the Skills for Worklife Community Partner Programme. In groups, students gained the chance to provide their expertise and knowledge to the community by working on a range of different projects alongside the direct involvement and guidance of each community partner. This year alone, 50 different community partners have been involved in the programme, with a total of 64 projects completed by 245 students who take this module. Kieran Conboy, Head of NUI Galway’s J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, outlined the importance of this module, “The Skills for Worklife Community Partner Programme is an excellent opportunity for students to not alone apply skills and concepts learned in class and work alongside an established organisation within the community while encouraging real-life learning, but it also allows students to give back to society through their participation and development of the projects undertaken.” Irish Water Safety was highly satisfied by the work carried out by the NUI Galway students which they were partnered with. Irish Water Safety’s Deputy CEO Roger Sweeney, praised the students, “We highly valued the contribution made and initiative shown by the students whom we were partnered with and this is evident in light of the programme being nominated for an award. Each student came up with some really great ideas which we fully intend to implement. The group were a great bunch of motivated individuals who worked very well as a team and are a wonderful reflection on NUI Galway. I will highly recommend the programme simply on foot of my dealings with this group.” The award ceremony, hosted by Irish Water Safety, will take place on the 19th of November in Dublin Castle at which rescuers from 22 dramatic near-drowning incidents will receive recognition for their brave actions in saving 36 lives. The students partnered with Irish Water Safety for the Skills for Worklife Community Partner Programme include; Daniel Allister, Eimear Diver, Daniel Lee, Paul McGovern, Bronagh McManus, Ciaran Moran, Lorna Power, Shane Tierney and Joseph Walsh. -Ends-

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NUI Galway Hosts First European meeting of Biomedical Engineering Innovation Design and Entrepreneurship Alliance

NUI Galway Hosts First European meeting of Biomedical Engineering Innovation Design and Entrepreneurship Alliance-image

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

The strong medical device cluster and close links with Stanford Biodesign programme led to NUI Galway being chosen NUI Galway, in conjunction with Stanford Biodesign, recently hosted the first ever Biomedical Engineering Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Alliance (BME-IDEA) International Workshop to be held in Europe. BioInnovate Ireland Director, co-founder and lecturer in Biomedical Engineering Dr Mark Bruzzi says “The (BME-IDEA) represents 95 participating institutions in North America, and since2000, BME-IDEA has held one-day working meetings to share innovation, design, technology transfer and entrepreneurship “best practices” from different university programs with the community. As IDEA programs develop beyond the US, particularly in Europe, it seemed timely to convene a day-long planning workshop to extend the BME-IDEA internationally.” Galway’s strong medical device cluster, the location of BioInnovate Ireland, the national medical device innovation training programme and close links with the Stanford Biodesign programme led to NUIGalway being chosen as the first host location in Europe. The meeting, held during the summer, was attended by over 30 delegates from 15 different BioInnovate/Biodesign style university programmes from across Europe and the US, including, Stanford, Northwestern and John’s Hopkins Universities, the Imperial College London, IHU Strasbourg, Aarhaus University Denmark and the Centre for Technology in Medicine and Health (CTMH), Sweden. The meeting served as a forum for the programme representatives to share experiences and perspectives on a variety of topics including programme design, delivery, funding and outcomes. Each of the programmes in attendance applies a similar process to foster innovation in medical technology design, with a focus on developing new medical technologies, and a new generation of entrepreneurs with a focus on improving healthcare and patient outcomes. Director of the Stanford Biodesign programme, Dr Paul Yock, said “such a forum is an excellent opportunity to share experiences and learning across the European and US programmes, and will facilitate further development of a global network of people and programmes interested in medical device related innovation/entrepreneurship education.” The meeting has resulted in enhanced collaboration between European programmes, particularly with the more established programmes such as CTMH and BioInnovate aiding the development of newer programmes, and an annual BME-IDEA Europe Meeting. Further information about BME-IDEA and medical technology innovation programmes can be obtained by contacting BioInnovate Ireland at info@nuigalway.ie or by calling us at 091 494212. -ENDS-

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39 NUI Galway Scholars Honoured at National University of Ireland Annual Awards Ceremony

39 NUI Galway Scholars Honoured at National University of Ireland Annual Awards Ceremony-image

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Scholarships and Awards valued in the region of €800,000 were awarded to scholars from constituent universities and recognised colleges of the NUI NUI Galway was strongly represented in the National University of Ireland (NUI) academic excellence awards, presented this week by the Chancellor of the NUI Dr Maurice Manning. The annual NUI Scholarships and Awards are valued in the region of €800,000. NUI Galway Registrar and Deputy President of NUI Galway, Nollaig MacCongáil congratulated the scholars saying that the University was ‘delighted with the performance of so many of its graduates across a plethora of disciplines in the various Colleges. It reflects well on them as scholars and on the excellence of the scholarship and teaching to which they were exposed during their years at NUI Galway. Comhghairdeas leo agus guímid gach rath orthu sna blianta atá amach romhainn.’ NUI Awards for Senior Scholars were awarded to Dr Colmán Ó Clabaigh and Dr John Cunningham, both of NUI Galway, while students from across the NUI’s constituent universities and recognised colleges competed for awards in a wide range of disciplines. The award winners include representatives from NUI Galway, UCD, UCC, NUI Maynooth, RCSI, St. Angela’s College and NCAD. Senior Scholar Dr Colmán Ó Clabaigh was awarded the NUI Irish Historical Research Prize for The Friars in Ireland, 1224-1540, published in 2012 by Four Courts Press. This prestigious prize of €5,000 is offered in alternate years for the best work of original Irish historical research by a graduate of the National University of Ireland. The Selection Panel for the prize was drawn from the community of historians in the NUI universities. The NUI Publication Prize in Irish History was awarded to Senior Scholar Dr John Cunningham for The Transplantation to Connacht, 1649-1680, published in 2011 by the Royal Historical Society, Boydell Press. This prize of €3,000 was awarded for a first sole author book by an NUI scholar whose doctoral degree was awarded no earlier than 1 January 2005. The awards also include the prestigious NUI Irish Historical Research Prize and funding for eleven major PhD studies through the NUI Travelling Studentships. These PhD studies will undertake research in areas such as Ophthalmology, Biomedical Engineering, Music and History. Other awards include the Mansion House Fund Scholarships in Irish and Irish History Dr H.H. Stewart Literary and Medical Scholarships, the Dr Mary L. Thornton Scholarship in Education, the Denis Phelan Scholarship for doctoral study, and the NUI Art and Design Award. -ends- Onóir tugtha do 39 Scoláire OÉ Gaillimh ag Gradaim Bhliantúla Ollscoil na hÉireann Bronnadh Scoláireachtaí agus Duaiseanna arbh fhiú timpeall €800,000 iad ar scoláirí as ollscoileanna agus coláistí aitheanta Ollscoil na hÉireann. D’éirigh thar barr le céimithe OÉ Gaillimh ag gradaim feabhais acadúla Ollscoil na hÉireann, a bhronn Seansailéir Ollscoil na hÉireann, an Dr Maurice Manning, an tseachtain seo. Meastar gur fiú timpeall €800,000 Scoláireachtaí agus Gradaim Ollscoil na hÉireann. Rinne Meabhránaí agus Leas-Uachtarán OÉ Gaillimh, Nollaig MacCongáil, comhghairdeas leis na scoláirí ag rá go raibh an Ollscoil thar a bheith bródúil gur éirigh chomh maith sin le líon mór dá cuid céimithe i réimse disciplíní sna Coláistí éagsúla. Is maith an aghaidh orthu féin é mar scoláirí agus ar an scoláireacht agus an teagasc a fuair siad le linn a gcuid staidéir in OÉ Gaillimh. Comhghairdeas leo agus guímid gach rath orthu sna blianta atá amach romhainn. Bronnadh Gradaim Ollscoil na hÉireann do Scoláirí Sinsearacha ar bheirt as OÉ Gaillimh - an Dr Colmán Ó Clabaigh agus an Dr John Cunningham, agus bhí mic léinn as ollscoileanna agus coláistí aitheanta uile Ollscoil na hÉireann san iomaíocht do ghradaim i réimse leathan disciplíní. I measc na mbuaiteoirí bhí mic léinn as OÉ Gaillimh, UCD, UCC, OÉ Má Nuad, RCSI, Coláiste San Aingeal agus NCAD. Bronnadh Duais Ollscoil na hÉireann do Thaighde Stair na hÉireann ar an Dr Colmán Ó Clabaigh as The Friars in Ireland, 1224-1540, a d’fhoilsigh Four Courts Press in 2012. Bronntar an duais iomráiteach €5,000 seo gach ré bliain ar an mbunsaothar is fearr ar thaighde stair na hÉireann a dhéanann céimí de chuid Ollscoil na hÉireann. Is staraithe as na hollscoileanna éagsúla de chuid Ollscoil na hÉireann a bhí ar an bPainéal Roghnúcháin don duais. Bronnadh Duais Foilseacháin Ollscoil na hÉireann i Stair na hÉireann ar an Dr John Cunningham as The Transplantation to Connacht, 1649-1680, a d’fhoilsigh an Royal Historical Society, Boydell Press in 2011. Bronntar an duais €3,000 sep ar an gcéad leabhar le húdar amháin a d’fhoilsigh scoláire Ollscoil na hÉireann agus ar bronnadh a c(h)éim dhochtúireachta air/uirthi ón 1 Eanáir 2005. I measc na ngradam chomh maith bhí Duais Taighde Stair na hÉireann agus maoiniú ar aon mhórstaidéar déag PhD trí Scoláireachtaí Taistil Ollscoil na hÉireann. Tabharfaidh na PhDanna seo faoi thaighde i réimsí cosúil le hOftailmeolaíocht, Innealtóireacht Bhithleighis, Ceol agus Stair. I measc na ngradam eile bhí Duaischiste Theach an Ardmhéara sa Ghaeilge agus i Stair na hÉireann, Scoláireachtaí Liteartha agus Leighis an Dr H.H. Stewart, Scoláireacht Oideachais an Dr Mary L. Thornton, Scoláireacht Denis Phelan do staidéar dochtúireachta, agus Gradam Ollscoil na hÉireann san Ealaín agus sa Dearadh. -Críoch-

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Biomethane for Transport Seminar

Biomethane for Transport Seminar-image

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Biggest display of biomethane/CNG vehicles ever assembled in Ireland An exciting alternative for fleet owners is just around the corner. The biomethane for transport industry is in its infancy in Ireland, but holds great potential to realise the benefits of our extensive bioenergy resource, for the benefit of vehicle fleet owners in particular. “This is proven technology – in Germany, Sweden, Austria and Italy, as we speak, buses and large trucks are already running on biomethane / compressed natural gas,”commented Fred Tottenham, President of the Irish BioEnergy Association (IrBEA). “The technology for the production of the biomethane is also proven technology and Ireland has the second generation biofuel resources in particular to produce environmentally sustainable biogas,”he added. Fred Tottenham was speaking ahead of IrBEA’s Biomethane for Transport morning seminar and vehicle demonstration focused on biomethane for transport fleets which takes place in Dublin today (14th November). The seminar will include a demonstration of commercial and private vehicles adapted to use biomethane/CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) as a vehicle fuel. This will be the biggest display of biomethane/CNG vehicles ever assembled in Ireland. The programme includes presentations from Bord Gáis Networks, technology providers, a project leader of an EU-sponsored initiative in Italy, and an experienced Irish fleet operator. In addition to direct use in vehicles of biomethane sourced from organic, renewable materials, information will be provided on the use of CNG in vehicles and the related area of grid injection of renewable gas. “Historically, biogas in Ireland has been targeted for use in Combined Heat and Power (CHP). With the right commercial framework in place for biomethane as a transport fuel for fleet owners, Ireland could be making a big impact on meeting its renewable energy targets for transport and safeguarding its environment. There is also the very real potential here to recover biogas from organic second generation sources and to reduce both emissions and running costs for the state and for transport fleet owners” said Bart Bonsall, Technology Leader at the Technology Centre for Biorefining & Bioenergy, one of the event sponsors. Bord Gáis Networks is proactively supporting the development of this new industry and recognises several key benefits for Ireland: • Biomethane can be a renewable and indigenous source of gas for Ireland to drive economic development and create local employment opportunities across the country. • Biomethane and natural gas are clean and efficient transport fuels that can reduce Ireland’s dependence on imported fuel and improve our security of energy supply. • Ireland has particularly significant opportunities for biomethane production from waste sources such as waste water, agri-food industry waste, agricultural residues & waste, sorted refuse, etc. 10% of Ireland’s gas demand could be met from these sources with currently available and proven technologies. • All forms of biodegradable waste can be treated to produce biomethane and reduce or eliminate landfill and other waste disposal burdens including greenhouse gas emissions. “We are committed to working with industry and the relevant government bodies to facilitate Biogas grid injection and access to the market. We are now actively promoting and supporting the benefits of gas and renewable gas in transport”added Ian Kilgallon, Bord Gáis Networks, who will give the grid operator’s perspective on biogas at today’s event. -Ends-

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Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD Launches Education Matters Yearbook 2013

Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD Launches Education Matters Yearbook 2013 -image

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Minister for Research and Innovation Seán Sherlock, TD officially launched the Education Matters Yearbook 2013 this week at the National University of Ireland in Dublin. In his address, the Minister outlined how the Education Matters Yearbook is now established as a key publication in Irish education, that provides its readers with a critical and informative insight into the whole of the Irish educational system in a given year. Minister Sherlock said: “Education Matters Yearbook is a unique resource, one that gives a voice to the important contemporary concerns, issues and questions in Irish education. It provides the reader with this information in an attractive, easily-accessible and engaging format. In time of important change, development and reform in Irish education, the Yearbook articulates the broad context of this change – from early childhood education and early years care through post-primary, further education, lifelong learning, teagasc trí mheán na Gaeilge, and research and innovation at fourth level.” Acknowledging the representativeness of the Yearbook for all sectors of the Irish educational system, Minister Sherlock further added: “one does not have to agree with every opinion or point-of-view outlined in the Yearbook but it is exactly this critical, dialogic perspective which makes Education Matters animportant and highly valuable contribution to the debate, discussion and reflection that are so central to education.” In his address at the launch, Chancellor of the NUI, Professor Maurice Manning, especially noted the Yearbook’s comprehensiveness in its engagement with, and synthesis of current, key issues in Irish education: “For many of us involved in education, there is a natural tendency to become very focused on our own area of the educational system and the issues immediately relevant to our own role. However, the constituent parts of the education system have a high degree of interdependence and it is important that we have an awareness of the issues affecting other areas within education, and indeed the operation of the system as a whole.” Education Matters began as a newsprint publication in 1987. Over the years it was carried as a supplement by various national newspapers, including The Sunday Times and The Sunday Tribune. Contributors included Dr Anthony Clare, Gemma Hussey, Cynthia Ní Mhurchú, Vivian Cassells, Louis O’Flaherty, Dr Eileen Doyle and other well-known and respected writers. The first Education Matters Yearbook was published in 2006. Also at the launch, NUI Galway’s School of Education announced the development of its new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Talking about Teaching. Though designed principally for teachers in Ireland, this new online course will also be freely and openly available to all with an interest in Irish education. Talking about Teaching will focus on key contemporary issues in Irish Education, with input from key stakeholders. The course can be undertaken online for free, as and when suitable, or the whole course and a small assessment can be completed for certification. -Ends-

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