Events

MATHEMATICS ENRICHMENT COURSE 2015-16

MATHEMATICS ENRICHMENT COURSE 2015-16-image

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

When and Where The Mathematics Enrichment Course and related optional assessments will be held on the following Saturdays in 2016 from 11am to 2pm; see also note 1 below: January 16 (table quiz fun!) January 23 January 30 February 6 February 13 February 27; see note 2 below March 5 March 12 April 2 (local 2.5 hour Olympiad exam); see note 3 below April 23 (Irish Olympiad exam -- two 3-hour papers; see www.irmo.ie ) NOTE 1: The dates listed ensure that no classes/tests take place around mid-term break in secondary schools (February 15-19) nor during Easter break in schools (March 17-April 1) NOTE 2: Participating girls should be aware that during the Enrichment Training class of 27th February, the European Girls' Maths Olympiad (EGMO) selection exam (see www.irmo.ie/egmo.html) will be held at the same time. Girls who plan to write this exam should meet at 11am in AC216 and will be taken to a nearby room to write the 3-hour paper NOTE 3: Students who write the local Olympiad exam (e.g. to help them decide if they wish to write the Irish Olympiad exam) but who live outside of Galway City may if they wish arrange to write the exam from their homes The location of the sessions will be AC216. This room is located in the Geography area of the Arts/Science Concourse Building and is quite close to the Bank of Ireland on campus. Click on the following Interactive Campus Map. No booking is required to attend Enrichment classes, and it is not even necessary to have participated in the 29th IrMO--Round 1 exam held during 9-13 Nov 2015. We do ask parents to ensure that students travel safely, especially those coming from afar. The sessions are given by highly experienced lecturers from the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics at NUI Galway. Since the classes are somewhat independent of each other in content, a student who misses any given session can still follow the ensuing classes. The first session on 16th January 2016 will consist of problem solving in which participants will be divided into teams and encouraged to cooperate in thinking creatively to solve mathematical puzzles that generally require creativity. The problems are designed to stimulate student interest and logical thought processes for the sessions that then ensue. A local examination will take place on April 2 and this might help students decide if they feel they should attempt the 29th Irish Mathematical Olympiad (IrMO) final round contest which will be held on April 23 (two 3-hour papers http://www.irmo.ie.) Students who have been invited to attend enrichment classes at NUI Galway should note that they can, if they prefer, attend at a centre geographically closer to them. Thus for example, students from North Donegal are welcome to attend at UCD (seehttp://www.ucd.ie/mathsciences/eventsoutreach/mathematicalolympiad for the schedule of UCD's enrichment classes). What is it about? The theme of the course is mathematical problem solving. This means creating original deductive arguments to establish mathematical facts. We will study problems whose solution requires inventive thinking rather than applying known techniques. While there will be some mathematical theory introduced, the emphasis will be on solving problems rather than accumulating theory. Problems from various areas of mathematics will be discussed, including geometry, combinatorics, number theory, graph theory and algebra. Sessions are run by academic mathematicians from the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics at NUI Galway. There is no particular connection to the second level curriculum. Who is it for? Students from the senior cycle of second level (transition year and above) are invited to attend the Enrichment Course. If you enjoy mathematics at school, if you enjoy mathematical or logical puzzles, if you like to find satisfying explanations of mathematical phenomena, this course might be for you. Highly mathematically interested students in their junior cycle could also be involved because most problems require a good understanding of basic mathematical facts and the ability to think logically, but no specialised knowlwsge is needed. What can I do with it? You can just enjoy the challenge of mathematical problem solving, if you like. You can use this course to explore your interest in studying mathematics at third level at  or elsewhere, or you can take part in mathematical problem solving contests. For Further Information send an email to Jerome Sheahan

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Conferences

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics NUI Galway Student Chapter Annual Conference 2015

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics  NUI Galway Student Chapter  Annual Conference 2015-image

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Conference Date: December 3rd 2015 Information Technology Building, NUI Galway Contact: siam.nuig@gmail.com This second annual conference is being organised by the NUI Galway Student Chapter of SIAM, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, currently the only chapter in the Republic of Ireland. The aim of the conference is to bring together research students from different universities, giving them the chance to broaden their horizons and see what other students in their research area are working on. The event is generously supported by SIAM(Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics), MACSI(Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry) at the University of Limerick, the Stokes Cluster of the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics at NUI Galway, theComplex Systems Research Centre, and the NUI Galway Mathematics Society. The webpage for last year's conference can be viewed here. We are pleased to confirm that Dr Dana Mackey (Dublin Institute of Technology) and Prof. James Gleeson (MACSI, University of Limerick)will be this year's plenary speakers. Registration for attendance and poster presentations is still open - those intending to register should complete the form at this location

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News

NUI Galway Awarded International Grant For Schizophrenia Study

NUI Galway Awarded International Grant For Schizophrenia Study-image

Monday, 15 May 2017

Dr. Derek Morris has been awarded a NARSAD Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation, for his research into risk genes that cause schizophrenia and how they contribute to cognitive deficits in patients. The research will focus on new schizophrenia risk genes that function in epigenetic mechanisms (controller) genes that regulate the functions of other genes. The Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation is the top non-governmental funder of mental health research grants, which awarded a total of $3.9 million to 40 mid-career scientists from 36 institutions in 10 countries. “Schizophrenia is desperately in need of new drug treatments as current anti-psychotic drugs, discovered serendipitously more than 50 years ago, are only partially effective and do not treat the cognitive deficits in patients that most affect their quality of life” Dr Morris said. 

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Prof Noel Lowndes elected to Royal Irish Academy

Prof Noel Lowndes elected to Royal Irish Academy-image

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Professor Noel Lowndes from the Centre of Chromosome Biology (pictured centre) received the honour of being elected as a Members of the Royal Irish Academy during a special admittance ceremony at Academy House in Dublin last Friday (26 May 2017).  Read further

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Poster Prize Award to Tom Rossiter

Poster Prize Award to Tom Rossiter-image

Monday, 21 November 2016

Congratulations to Botany and Plant Science PhD student Tom Rossiter (supervised by Dr Dagmar Stengel) on winning the best poster prize award at the 10th Irish Earth Observation Symposium (IEOS10) hosted by UCC (27/28th October 2016)

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Dr Dara Stanley delivers plenary lecture at first Irish Ecological Association conference

Dr Dara Stanley delivers plenary lecture at first Irish Ecological Association conference-image

Monday, 21 November 2016

The inaugural conference of the Irish Ecological Association took place at IT Sligo from 24-26th November. Dr Dara Stanley (Lecturer in Plant Ecology, Botany and Plant Science) was invited to give a plenary talk at the conference. She presented her work on the impacts of pesticides on pollination service delivery, as well as some on-going work on plant-pollinator interactions in species rich grasslands in South Africa. The conference was a huge success with almost 150 delegates registered. A great start to the Irish Ecological Association, and we look forward to the growth of the association in the future!

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Welcome to new PhD student Michelle Larkin

Welcome to new PhD student Michelle Larkin-image

Monday, 21 November 2016

Welcome to Michelle Larkin, who has just started a PhD in Botany and Plant Science. Michelle did her undergraduate degree in NUI Galway, followed by an MSc in Ecological Assessment in University College Cork. Michelle will be supervised by Dr Dara Stanley, and will be investigating plant-pollinator interactions in species rich grasslands in the west of Ireland.

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Talk on floral colour change, plant-pollinator interactions and hawkmoth pollination

Talk on floral colour change, plant-pollinator interactions and hawkmoth pollination-image

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

On Monday 30th Jan, Dr Dara Stanley (Botany & Plant Science, NUI Galway) was invited to Trinity College Dublin by the Botanical Society. Dara gave a talk on her recent work on floral colour change, plant-pollinator interactions and hawkmoth pollination from Uganda and South Africa.

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MSc in Biotechnology. Winner of the 2016 Postgraduate Science Course of the Year Award

MSc in Biotechnology. Winner of the 2016 Postgraduate Science Course of the Year Award-image

Monday, 18 July 2016

Congratulations to the MSc Biotechnology team: Drs Aoife Boyd, Cindy Smith and Mary Ní Fhlathartaigh and to all the teaching staff of the programme. The NUI Galway MSc Biotechnology programme is the longest running course of its kind in Ireland and it continues to be the most up-to-date programme in the country. This was recognised at the Mansion House where this programme was awarded the 2016 Postgraduate Course of the year award -Science category. This postgraduate programme is highly regarded nationally and internationally as a programme through which students develop the skills, knowledge and experience required for a successful career in biotechnology. Graduates of the MSc Biotechnology programme are essential for Ireland’s smart economy that has at its core exemplary research, innovation and commercialisation.

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Top IOP Award for Dr Jessamyn Fairfield, School of Physics, NUI Galway

Top IOP Award for Dr Jessamyn Fairfield, School of Physics, NUI Galway-image

Friday, 14 July 2017

The Institute of Physics (IOP) has awarded the Mary Somerville Medal to Dr Jessamyn Fairfield of the School of Physics, for “stellar work as a speaker and writer on physics for a popular audience, and for having organised and hosted many innovative events bringing physics to the Irish public.” The prize is awarded annually to an early career researcher with exceptional contributions to public engagement with physics.   Dr. Fairfield is the director of Bright Club in Ireland, a research comedy variety night supported by Science Foundation Ireland with events in Galway, Dublin, Athlone, and Cork. She is also co-organizer of Soapbox Science Galway, an event bringing female scientists into public spaces to talk about their work. Dr. Fairfield gives regular public lectures, writes for Physics World and her own blog, and collaborates with artists and the community to demonstrate that physics is for everyone.   Information on the IOP  Mary Somerville Medal and a summary of Dr Jessamyn Fairfield's contributions (to public engagement with physics)  can be found at the following link: IOP Early Career Awards. All of the IOP award winners for 2017 are listed on their website. 

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Help astronomers find elusive muons disguised as gamma rays

Help astronomers find elusive muons disguised as gamma rays-image

Friday, 10 March 2017

The VERITAS gamma-ray astronomy collaboration has launched a new citizen science project as part of Zooinverse, an online platform for collaborative ‌volunteer research. To get started visit the Moun Hunters website at muonhunters.org. Humans can still outperform computers at many image recognition tasks and we would appreciate your help. NUI Galway is a member of the VERITAS Collaboration which operates an array of array of gamma-ray telescopes in Arizona. The muons are found in images taken by these telescopes. Muon hunters is led by the University of Minnesota

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The Mason Gold Medal 2015 – Professor Colin O’Dowd

The Mason Gold Medal 2015 – Professor Colin O’Dowd-image

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

The Royal Meteorological Society has announced that Professor Colin O’Dowd has been awarded the Mason Gold Medal 2015. Throughout Professor O'Dowd's career, he has provided international leadership in the field of atmospheric aerosol particles.  His work has focussed on making detailed and careful observations of particles, particularly in the marine atmosphere, and providing novel insight into the advancement of our knowledge of many key processes. The Mason Gold Medal is awarded to a Fellow of the Society for outstanding contributions to the understanding of the fundamental processes that determine the variability and predictability of weather and climate. The Medal is awarded biennially and will be presented at the High Impact Weather and Climate Conference at the University of Manchester on 6th – 8th July 2016, followed by a one-hour lecture on the 7th July by Professor Colin O’Dowd. Further information highlighting this notable achievement is available here. 

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NUI Galway Research features at global photonics conference

NUI Galway Research features at global photonics conference-image

Friday, 26 February 2016

Compact Imaging and NUI Galway presentations at US photonics conference highlight the dramatic size and cost reductions made possible by MRO™ OCT Technology Researchers and technologists from Compact Imaging, Inc. (CI) and their research collaboration partner NUI Galway, who together are developing miniature optical sensors that noninvasively image and measure subsurface characteristics of human tissue, had featured roles at the recent annual SPIE/Photonics West Conference, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. SPIE/Photonics West is the world’s premier photonics and bio-photonics industry conference. The conference, which is attended by scientists and industry executives from more than three dozen countries, consists of plenary sessions, presentations and panels on the latest research and developments in optics, photonics and bio-photonics. Martin Leahy, professor of applied physics at the School of Physics in NUI Galway, and a key adviser to Compact Imaging, served as a conference chair and presented a significant paper on Compact Imaging’s innovative OCT technology, MRO™ (Multiple Reference OCT), titled, ‘The How and Why of a $10 Optical Coherence Tomography System’. More information can be found here: http://www.engineersjournal.ie/2016/02/26/nui-galway-research-features-at-global-photonics-conference-in-san-francisco/

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Galway astronomers solve the mystery of flares from the Crab Nebula

Galway astronomers solve the mystery of flares from the Crab Nebula-image

Thursday, 7 January 2016

The Centre for Astronomy at the School of Physics in NUI Galway are the lead researchers and authors of a recent international study published in January 2016 in one of the world’s leading primary research journals in astronomy and astrophysics, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS ). A joint Irish-French-US set of observations have led to a better understanding of the unexpected flaring activity seen coming from the Crab supernova remnant. The project led by Irish astronomer Professor Andrew Shearer from the Centre of Astronomy at NUI Galway, involved using the NUI Galway developed, Galway Astronomical Stokes Polarimeter (GASP ) polarimeter on the 200” Palomar telescope in California. Their work for the first time tied together changes in the optical polarisation with apparent changes in the gamma-ray (high energy x-ray ) polarisation. A supernova remnant occurs when a star explodes and spews its innards out across the sky, creating an expanding wave of gas and dust known as a supernova remnant. Arguably, the most famous of these remnants is the Crab Nebula, which exploded in 1054. The Crab Nebula has been studied extensively over the last fifty years and recently found to be the source of gamma-ray and X-ray flares. Professor Andrew Shearer from the School of Physics at the Centre of Astronomy in NUI Galway, said: “Our studies show how Galway’s GASP polarimeter will be important for future observations of these high energy astronomical sources. After the recent Government announcement that Ireland will join the European Southern Observatory (ESO ) we hope to contribute to future world class telescope projects such as the European Extremely Large Telescope.” Further information is available here.

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IOP Frontiers of Physics 2015

IOP Frontiers of Physics 2015-image

Saturday, 26 September 2015

The 15th annual IOP Ireland Frontiers of Physics Teachers Conference was held at NUI Galway in September 2015. The event, which is supported by the Professional Development Service for Teachers, combines cutting edge physics with practical sessions. Many aspects of physics were highlighted by speakers from the School of Physics, NUI Galway including Dr Miriam Byrne, speaking on the quality of air in schools, Dr Mat Redman on our astrophysical origins and Dr Mark Foley on biomedical physics. Dr Veronica McAuley and Martin McHugh from the School of Education spoke on teaching and learning with videos and hooks. Complementing the highlights of physics research were practical sessions on bringing physics back to the classroom including workshops on exploring light with Sean O’Gorman, Eleanor Nolan on CERN and particle physics, Dr Rebekah D’Arcy on states of matters while the Science on Stage team had a series of demos and ideas which they had picked up at the recent Science on Stage event in London. The event closed with a session reviewing and discussing  the 2015 Leaving Certificate physics paper.

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Eleven researchers in Irish universities named among world's top 3,000

Eleven researchers in Irish universities named among world's top 3,000-image

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Eleven researchers based in Irish universities have been ranked among the world’s top 3,000 by the multinational media body Thompson Reuters. Inclusion means the person’s research is listed in the top 1 per cent for the number of times their work has been cited by other scientists. Inclusion in this publication means the researcher is among those “who are on the cutting edge of their fields. They are performing and publishing work that their peers recognise as vital to the advancement of their science”.  NUI Galway had three academics on the list: Henry Curran (engineering), Colin O’Dowd (geosciences) and Donal O’Regan (mathematics). Professor Colin O'Dowd leads the Atmospheric & Environmental Physics research cluster at the School of Physics, NUI Galway. He has been responsible for developing the Mace Head Atmospheric Research Station on the west coast of Ireland into one of the best equipped and scientifically important WMO Global Atmospheric Watch stations in the world.   

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