NUI Galway to Hold Information Evening in Letterkenny

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Secondary school students interested in NUI Galway are invited to an information evening in Letterkenny on Thursday, 27 November. Parents and guardians are also particularly welcome to the event which runs from 7 to 9pm in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. The evening will begin with short talks about NUI Galway and some of the 60 courses it offers. Afterwards, current students and NUI Galway staff will be on hand at information stands to answer any individual questions in relation to courses offered by the University and about practical issues like accommodation, fees and scholarships, and the wide range of support services available to our students. The ever-increasing popularity of NUI Galway is in-part due to a suite of innovative new programmes, developed in response to the changing needs of the employment market. Unique programmes include a Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights, an Energy Engineering degree which is taught in the University’s new Engineering Building, Ireland’s largest School of Engineering, and a Maths and Education degree aimed at training Maths teachers. Visitors to the information evening will also get information on NUI Galway’s newest degree programmes, a BA in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, BA in Journalism, BA in Science (Physics- degree options in Applied, Astrophysics, Biomedical or Theoretical) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Gaeilge). Caroline Loughnane, Director of Marketing and Communications at NUI Galway, said: “NUI Galway has a great deal to offer. Our own students tell us our lecturers are inspirational and challenge them to achieve their full potential. The student experience in Galway is second to none, and we want to bring a taste of that to County Donegal, while also providing all the practical information on accommodation, CAO points, fees, scholarships and courses. With so many courses on offer, this event in Letterkenny is a perfect opportunity for prospective students to meet current students and lecturers to see what degree might be the right fit for them.” To find out more about the information evening in Letterkenny, contact NUI Galway's Schools Liaison Officer, Gráinne Dunne on 087 2440858 or -Ends-

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NUI Galway Award 28 new Sports Scholarships

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Monday, 17 November 2014

NUI Galway Vice President for the Student Experience, Dr Pat Morgan, recently presented 28 outstanding athletes with NUI Galway Student Sports Scholarships. The new recipients bring to 94 athletes in 18 different sports that are supported by the NUI Galway scheme. This year’s ceremony also saw the Performance Points Sports Scholarship awarded to seven outstanding athletes.The scheme provides 40 additional points to those earned in the Leaving Certificate for elite athletes, for academic courses over 350 entry points. Kathy Hynes, NUI Galway Clubs Sports Officer, manages the scholarship scheme: “The support the students receive from these scholarships is designed to maintain their academic and sporting progress. It is very rewarding to support athletes from a range of sports in their academic and athletic endeavour to achieve in both areas the best they can be.” This year’s recipients represent some of the finest young women’s talent in Irish sport today including Lisa Casserly, a member of the Irish U19 International Women’s soccer team, and Olivia Divilly, who has represented her club Kilkerrin Clonberne at county minor and senior level and is considered one of the brightest stars in women’s Gaelic football. Also receiving a scholarship was Emer Fogarty who is continuing to progress up the inter-county and college sporting ladder, Ailish O’Reilly, a leading light in the camogie circuit as an All-star won the All-Ireland senior camogie final in 2013, and Edel McMahon, Connacht and Women’s Irish Rugby interprovincial representative panel. The men’s soccer club will host the 100 years Collingwood cup competition in Dangan in February 2015 and soccer recipients Sean Gavin, who captained U21 Salthill Devon to FAI Eircom League cup, Evan Boyce, Mervue United U19 league of Ireland team and Niall Whelan will be welcome additions to the squad. NUI Galway continues to grow its success in Rowing, with 2013/2014 proving to the most successful in the clubs history with a record number of eight championship victories including the ‘Blue riband’ event in men’s and women’s rowing in Ireland – the senior eights. Four scholarships were awarded to rowing athletes, Stephanie Creed, Richard Bennett, Liam Keane, Aidan Kinneen. The 2014 recipients will join an already established rowing team and previous scholarship recipients, Patrick Higgins, Luis Simo. Keville Neville and Manta Pukelis. Rugby scholarships were presented to Malcolm Hanley, Connacht academy player, Conan O’Donnell, Connacht U17 player, David O’Mahony, U20 Munster squad, Edel McMahon and Hugh O’Donnell. Swim Ireland Connacht Performance centre based on the NUI Galway campus has continued to attract the finest of swimmers with Kelly McNicholas, seven time USA Olympic trails qualifier and Keelhan Ward, Waterpolo, both receiving swimming scholarships. Scholarships in individual sports such as judo, golf and volleyball were awarded to All Ireland Judo champion, Stephen Bradshaw, Colm Hughes with a golf handicap of 1.7, and Paul Holohan, a member of the U17 Irish volleyball squad. Hurling recipients included Galway minor goalkeeper Cathal Tuohy and Clare hurler Cathal Cleary. Men’s Gaelic Football within NUI Galway continues to attract high profile players and future talent including Damien Commer, Raymond Connellan, Michael Daly, Andrew Mc Cormack, Enda Tierney and Ritchie Feeney all secured scholarships on the night. Speaking at the award ceremony, Vice-President for the Student Experience, Dr Pat Morgan, said: “I would like to congratulate the recipients of this year’s awards and remind them of the honour of representing the University and we hope they will aspire to even greater successes such as those achieved by the recent scholarship holders in Hurling, Camogie, Rowing, Rugby and Swimming who have reached the pinnacle of their sports.” Performance Points awardees: Gaelic Football: Olivia Divilly from Ballinasloe, Co. Galway Gaelic Football: Eoin  O’Donoghue from Belmullet, Co. Mayo Gaelic Football: Enda Tierney from Oughterard, Co. Galway Rugby: Peter Claffey from Portumna, Co. Galway Rugby: Marc Kelly form Portumna, Co. Galway Soccer: Lisa Casserly from Ballinderreen, Co. Galway Swimming: David O’Sullivan from Kingston, Galway City NUI Galway Sports Scholarships awardees: Archery: Carl Byrne from Greystones, Co. Wicklow Basketball: Stephen O’ Brien from Bushypark, Galway Camogie: Ailish O’Reilly from Maree, Co. Galway Hurling: Conor Cleary from Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare Hurling: Cathal Tuohy from Whitegate, Co. Clare Gaelic Football: Damien Comer from Claregalway, Co. Galway Gaelic Football: Raymond Connellan from Athlone, Co. Westmeath Gaelic Football: Michael Daly from Ballinasloe, Co. Galway Gaelic Football: Richie Feeney from Ballintubber, Co. Mayo Gaelic Football: Emer Fogarty from Kilcullen, Co. Kildare Gaelic Football: Andrew McCormack from Derryhall, Co. Westmeath Golf: Colm Hughes from Knocknacarra, Galway Judo: Stephen Bradshaw from Douglas, Co. Cork Rowing: Stephanie Creed from Coachford, Co. Cork Rowing: Richard Bennett from Renmore, Galway Rowing: Liam Keane from Dangan, Galway Rowing: Aidan Kinneen from Renmore, Galway Rugby: Malcolm Hanley from Renmore, Galway Rugby: Edel McMahon from Kilmihil, Co. Clare Rugby: David O’Mahony from Clonakilty, Co. Cork Rugby: Conan O’Donnell from Standhill Road, Sligo Rugby: Hugh O’Donnell from The Curragh, Co. Kildare Soccer: Sean Gavin from Caragh Hill, Galway Soccer: Evan Boyce from Renmore, Galway Soccer: Niall Whelan from Market Street, Galway Swimming: Kelly McNichols from Illinois, USA Volleyball: Paul Holohan from Loughrea, Co. Galway Waterpolo: Keelan Ward from Salthill, Galway -Ends- 28 Scoláireacht Nua Spóirt bronnta ag OÉ Gaillimh Dé Luain, 17 Samhain 2014: Bhronn Leas-Uachtarán OÉ Gaillimh d'Eispéireas na Mac Léinn, an Dr Pat Morgan, Scoláireachtaí Spóirt de chuid OÉ Gaillimh ar 28 lúthchleasaí den scoth le deireanas.   Is 94 lúthchleasaí san iomlán anois a bhaineann le 18 spórt éagsúla a bhfuil scoláireacht spóirt bronnta orthu faoi scéim na hOllscoile. Ag searmanas na bliana seo freisin bronnadh Scoláireacht Spóirt Pointí Ardfheidhmíochta ar sheachtar lúthchleasaithe de scoth.Faoin scéim seo tugtar 40 pointe breise do shár-lúthchleasaí anuas ar na pointí a fhaigheann an mac léinn san Ardteistiméireacht; le cláir léinn os cionn 350 pointe iontrála a bhaineann an scéim seo. Is í Kathy Hynes, Oifigeach Clubanna Spóirt na hOllscoile, a riarann an scéim scoláireachtaí: "Tá an tacaíocht a thugtar do na mic léinn faoin scéim seo leagtha amach ionas gur féidir leo dul chun cinn a dhéanamh sa réimse acadúil agus sa réimse spóirt araon. Tá an-sásamh le baint as an gcúnamh seo atáimid a thabhairt do lúthchleasaithe ó réimsí éagsúla spóirt agus iad ag iarraidh barr feabhais a bhaint amach ina gcuid léinn agus sa spórt a bhfuil siad gafa leis." Tá cuid de na ban-lúthchleasaithe is fearr sa tír i gceist i mbliana – Lisa Casserly, atá ar fhoireann sacair na hÉireann faoi 19, agus Olivia Divilly, atá tar éis imirt lena contae sna mionúir agus sna sinsir ar son a club, Cill Choirín-Cluain Bheirn, agus atá ar dhuine de na réaltaí is mó a bhfuil gealladh fúithi i bPeil na mBan.   Tá scoláireacht faighte freisin ag Emer Fogarty atá ag dul chun cinn go láidir ag an leibhéal contae agus coláiste; Ailish O’Reilly, duine de na himreoirí camógaíochta is fearr sa tír agus a bhuaigh gradam Sárimreora agus Bonn Uile-Éireann i gCamógaíocht na Sinsear in 2013; agus Edel McMahon, atá ar phainéal rugbaí ban Chonnacht agus ar phainéal chúigí na hÉireann. Reáchtálfaidh club sacair na bhfear Corn Collingwood (an 100ú comórtas) i mbliana sa Daingean i mí Feabhra 2015. Beidh fáilte mhór sa chlub roimh na scoláireachtóirí sacair Seán Gavin, a bhí ina chaptaen ar Salthill Devon faoi 21 nuair a bhuaigh siad Corn Sraithe Eircom FAI, Evan Boyce ó fhoireann Faoi 19 Mervue United faoi 19 i Sraith na hÉireann, agus Niall Whelan. Tá ag éirí thar cionn i gcónaí leis an Ollscoil i gcúrsaí iomraimh; ba í 2013/2014 an bhliain ab fhearr fós i stair an chlub – bhuaigh an club ocht gcinn de chraobhchomórtais agus an príomhchomórtas in iomramh na bhfear agus na mban in Éirinn, iomramh ochtair na sinsear, ar cheann díobh sin. Bronnadh ceithre scoláireacht ramhaíochta, ar Stephanie Creed, Richard Bennett, Liam Keane, Aidan Kinneen. Rachaidh scoláireachtóirí na bliana seo isteach i bhfoireann iomraimh na hOllscoile in éineacht le Patrick Higgins, Luis Simo, Keville Neville agus Manta Pukelis, a fuair scoláireachtaí roimhe seo. Keville Neville and Manta Pukelis. Bronnadh scoláireachtaí rugbaí ar Malcolm Hanley, imreoir in Acadamh Chúige Chonnacht; Conan O’Donnell, imreoir faoi 17 le Cúige Chonnacht; David O’Mahony, atá ar phainéal faoi 20 Chúige Mumhan; ar Edel McMahon agus ar Hugh O’Donnell. Tá Ionad Ardfheidhmíochta do Chúige Chonnacht ag Cumann Snámha na hÉireann ar champas na hOllscoile agus tá ag éirí leis an ionad sin togha na snámhaithe a tharraingt chuige féin. Orthu sin tá Kelly McNicholas, a cháiligh seacht n-uaire do thrialacha Oilimpeacha na Stát Aontaithe, agus Keelhan Ward, póló uisce – ghnóthaigh an bheirt acu scoláireachtaí snámha. Bronnadh scoláireachtaí i spóirt aonair ar nós júdó, gailf agus eitpheile ar Sheaimpín na hÉireann sa júdó, Stephen Bradshaw, ar Cholm Hughes a bhfuil cis ghailf 1.7 aige, agus ar Paul Holohan, atá ar phainéal eitpheile faoi 17 na hÉireann. Ar na scoláireachtóirí iománaíochta tá cúl báire na Gaillimhe sna mionúir, Cathal Tuohy, agus Cathal Cleary ó Cho. an Chláir. Tagann togha na n-imreoirí i bPeil Ghaelach na bhFear chuig an Ollscoil chuile bhliain, agus bronnadh scoláireachtaí i mbliana ar imreoirí óga ar nós Damien Commer, Raymond Connellan, Michael Daly, Andrew Mc Cormack, Enda Tierney agus Ritchie Feeney. An labhairt di ag searmanas bronnta na scoláireachtaí, dúirt an Leas-Uachtarán d'Eispéireas na Mac Léinn, an Dr Pat Morgan: "Tréaslaím le chuile dhuine ar ar bronnadh scoláireacht i mbliana agus meabhraím dóibh an onóir a bhaineann le hionadaíocht a dhéanamh ar son na hOllscoile; tá súil againn go ndéanfaidh siad a ndícheall gaisce a dhéanamh faoi mar a rinne mic léinn eile dár gcuid a ghnóthaigh scoláireachtaí san Iománaíocht, Camógaíocht, Iomramh, Rugbaí agus Snámh agus a bhfuil barr feabhais bainte amach acu ina spórt féin. Scoláireachtóirí Pointí Ardfheidhmíochta: Peil Ghaelach: Olivia Divilly as Béal Átha na Sluaighe, Co. na Gaillimhe Peil Ghaelach: Eoin O’Donoghue as Béal an Mhuirthead, Co. Mhaigh Eo Peil Ghaelach: Enda Tierney as Uachtar Ard, Co. na Gaillimhe Rugbaí: Peter Claffey as Port Omna, Co. na Gaillimhe Rugbaí: Marc Kelly as Port Omna, Co. na Gaillimhe Sacar: Lisa Casserly as Baile an Doirín, Co. na Gaillimhe Snámh: David O’Sullivan as Baile an Rí, Cathair na Gaillimhe Scoláireachtóirí Spóirt OÉ Gaillimh: Boghdóireacht: Carl Byrne as na Clocha Liatha, Co. Chill Mhantáin Cispheil: Stephen O’ Brien as Páirc na Sceach, Cathair na Gaillimhe Camógaíocht: Ailish O’Reilly as Meáraí, Co. na Gaillimhe Iománaíocht: Conor Cleary as Sráid na Cathrach, Co. an Chláir Iománaíocht: Cathal Tuohy as an nGeata Bán, Co. na Gaillimhe Peil Ghaelach: Damien Comer as Baile Chláir, Co. na Gaillimhe Peil Ghaelach: Raymond Connellan as Baile Átha Luain, Co. na hIarmhí Peil Ghaelach: Michael Daly as Béal Átha na Sluaighe, Co. na Gaillimhe Peil Ghaelach: Richie Feeney as Baile an Tobair, Co. Mhaigh Eo Peil Ghaelach: Emer Fogarty as Cill Chuillinn, Co. Chill dara Peil Ghaelach: Andrew McCormack as Derryhall, Co. na hIarmhí Galf: Colm Hughes as Cnoc na Cathrach, Cathair na Gaillimhe Júdó: Stephen Bradshaw as Dúglas, Co. Chorcaí Iomramh: Stephanie Creed as Áth an Chóiste, Co. Chorcaí Iomramh: Richard Bennett as an Rinn Mhór, Cathair na Gaillimhe Iomramh: Liam Keane as an Daingean, Cathair na Gaillimhe Iomramh: Aidan Kinneen as an Rinn Mhór, Cathair na Gaillimhe Rugbaí: Malcolm Hanley as an Rinn Mhór, Cathair na Gaillimhe Rugbaí: Edel McMahon as Cill Mhichíl, Co. an Chláir Rugbaí: David O’Mahony as Cloich na Coillte, Co. Chorcaí Rugbaí: Conan O’Donnell as Bóthar na Leithcheathrún, Sligeach Rugbaí: Hugh O’Donnell as an gCurach, Co. Chill Dara Sacar: Sean Gavin as Cnoc na Cathrach, Cathair na Gaillimhe Sacar: Evan Boyce as an Rinn Mhór, Cathair na Gaillimhe Sacar: Niall Whelan as Sráid an Mhargaidh, Cathair na Gaillimhe Snámh: Kelly McNichols as Illinois, SÁM Eitpheil: Paul Holohan as Baile Locha Riach, Co. na Gaillimhe Póló Uisce: Keelan Ward as Bóthar na Trá, Cathair na Gaillimhe -Críoch-

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Researchers compete to explain their work – in just three minutes

Researchers compete to explain their work – in just three minutes-image

Monday, 17 November 2014

An 80,000 word thesis would take nine hours to present – their time limit is three minutes Have you ever been curious about how university research impacts upon our daily lives, those of our family and our broader communities? NUI Galway will host its third Annual ‘Threesis in Three’ competition to help answer some of these questions on. The free public event takes place on Thursday, 20 November, at 7pm in An Taibhdhearc Theatre, Galway City Centre. The evening promises to be an exciting night of quick-fire presentations, with researchers presenting three slides, in three minutes, to three judges. The competitors have come through a series of heats already held on campus to take on the final challenge and pitch under the theatre lights of An Taibhdhearc. They will be judged on how well they convey and communicate their subject to a general audience. Research areas represented at the event include science, engineering, information technology, humanities, social sciences and medicine, with topics ranging from novel tests for early detection of breast cancer to the transport of pollutants in groundwater. Professor Lokesh Joshi, Vice-President for Research at NUI Galway, commented: “This event will provide a snapshot of the world class research being undertaken at NUI Galway. It presents us with great opportunity to discuss and debate the impact of our research with our local community, we look forward to welcoming you all to this important event in the University calendar.” NUI Galway is delighted to announce Jonathan McCrea as MC for the event. Jonathan is a multi-award-winning TV and radio broadcaster, who presents The Science Squad on RTÉ, The Lie on TV3 and Futureproof on Newstalk 106-108fm. The event is free and refreshments will be served on the night. The public are invited to attend but should register in advance at -ENDS-

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Europe to Seize Big Data Opportunities

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Monday, 17 November 2014

 Insight at NUI Galway, founding member of the Big Data Value Association, Announces over €1 Million Investment in Joint Research and Innovation Projects with European Commission Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of the Digital Agenda, and the Big Data Value Association of which the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at NUI Galway is a founding member, has signed in Brussels a contractual Public Private Partnership with a joint public and private investment of over €1 million in collaborative research and innovation within the Horizon 2020 research programme. The objective of the initiative is to explore and seize the new technological and technology-driven opportunities that come with Big Data, enabling social and economic progress. Digitalisation is expected to be one of the main business drivers during the next decade and a huge opportunity especially for Europe’s strong industrial sector, where large amounts of data are being created every day. Based on Europe’s advanced infrastructure, using the existing domain knowledge and new technologies like Cloud or In-Memory Computing, Big Data is expected to contribute to Europe’s competitiveness. “The Big Data Value Public Private Partnership or PPP has the potential to be the game changer to scale a data driven economy in Europe,” said Edward Curry from the SFI-funded Insight Centre for Data Analytics and representative of NUI Galway on the Big Data Value Association. “Ireland is positioned at the centre of this European partnership. The challenge now is for Irish business and research organisations to engage in the Big Data PPP in Horizon 2020 to maximise the benefits for the Irish economy.” “Data is not scary, or intrusive. With the right legal protection and anonymisation tools, data is the fuel which lays the foundation of a new economy, giving every kind of organisation the building blocks to boost productivity and performance, from farm to factory, from the lab to the shop floor. This is what Europe needs,” said Neelie Kroes Vice President of the European Commission, highlighting the importance of mastering Big Data for the European Economy and Society. PPP will be implemented starting 2015 and will run until 2020. Technology topics being addressed include data integration, real-time data processing; advanced analytics, data protection and privacy technologies. Main elements of the programme will include lighthouse projects in potential areas like personalised medicine, manufacturing, and logistics. The Big Data Value Association partnering with the European Commission is a not-for-profit industry-lead organisation comprising large and small European industry and research organisations. Insight at NUI Galway is a founding member of the association and has been a key contributor to the development of the Big Data Value Public Private Partnership. Industry members together with research organisations cover the Big Data Value (BDV) chain from data generation and acquisition, through data processing, analysis, and curation, to usage and service provisioning. Big Data Value Association’s founding members are: Answare, ATC, Atos, CINI, Engineering, Fraunhofer, DFKI, IBM, INDRA, ITI, Intel, IT Innovation Center, Nokia, NUI Galway, Orange, SAP, Siemens, Software, SINTEF, THALES, TIE Kinetix, UPM, Paluno, VTT, supported by Platte Consult. -ends-

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NUI Galway Host First Matrix Biology Ireland Meeting

NUI Galway Host First Matrix Biology Ireland Meeting-image

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

NUI Galway will host the First Annual Meeting of Matrix Biology Ireland (MBI) in the University’s new Bioscience Building from the 19- 21 November. This inaugural meeting represents the formal launch of Matrix Biology Ireland, which has recently been established as a learned society, with the scope of promoting and consolidating knowledge and expertise in the Extracellular Matrix field in Ireland. The Extracellular Matrix plays a vital role in health and disease. Understanding its biology is an essential component in such diverse fields of applied biomedical research, as Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine and Developmental Biology, Drug delivery and Medical Device research, Imaging and Microscopy, and Glycobiology. In Ireland, and particularly in NUI Galway, there is a considerable level of expertise in all these domains, and, this makes the study of the Extracellular Matrix a useful complement to several highly rated national and local research groups. This meeting provides a platform to encourage both national and international interdisciplinary exchange in the field of Matrix Biology with world class speakers coming to Galway, including industry speakers and world authorities in the Matrix and related fields. This meeting will also offer the opportunity to many junior investigators to present their work with a podium presentation in front of a highly qualified audience. Matrix Biology Ireland has been founded by two NUI Galway-based researchers, Dr Fabio Quondamatteo and Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis, and has additionally been endorsed by a number of further investigators including: NUI Galway’s Professor Peter Dockery, Professor Lokesh Joshi, Professor Tim O’Brien, and Professor Abhay Pandit; and Dr Garry Duffy and Professor Fergal O’Brien, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; and Dr Tom Flanagan, Professor William Gallagher and Professor Colm O’Brien of UCD. Dr Fabio Quondamatteo, Senior Lecturer of Anatomy at NUI Galway and organiser of the meeting, said: “We hope that this meeting will contribute to stimulate continuous growth of Matrix interest in Ireland and will further consolidate the Irish presence in the Matrix field, and, that this initiative will ultimately prove to be a useful platform to further support and complement the existing excellent research community in the country.” The international Matrix community has seen with favourable eyes the birth of a Matrix Society in Ireland. There has been a fundamental contribution by the International Society of Matrix Biology, two of the most important national societies for Matrix biology, namely the British and the German, and the leading journal in the field, namely Matrix Biology. Further support was given by the Anatomical Society, various companies both in the areas of laboratory supplies and medical devices, the University branch of the Bank of Ireland, and from NUI Galway. For further information visit, or email or -Ends-

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Careers in Neuroscience Symposium at NUI Galway

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

NUI Galway will host the Careers in Neuroscience Symposium on Wednesday, 26 November, where several high-calibre and distinguished researchers will discuss their careers, share their experience and present their latest research findings. Sessions are scheduled on career options in academia, industry, scientific communication and other alternative careers as well as a workshop on funding and grants. The symposiums overarching theme is careers in neuroscience but students and early career researchers from all interested disciplines are invited to attend. Through open discussions and social events, there will be ample opportunity for delegates to meet experts in an informal and friendly environment and also to network with other early career neuroscientists from different institutes. Symposium speakers will include: Professor John Cryan, University College Cork Professor Markus von Kienlin, Head of Preclinical Imaging at Hoffmann-La Roche, Switzerland Professor William O’Connor, University of Limerick Dr Max Bianchi, Transpharmation Ireland, Ltd. Dr Grainne Gannon, Clinical Project Manager at Novartis Dr Dara Dunican, Scientific Program Officer, Science Foundation Ireland Cormac Sheridan, Science Journalist at Nature Biotechnology, BioWorld Dr Maeve Caldwell, Reader in Stem Cells and Regeneration, University of Bristol Dr Nikita Burke, post-doctoral researcher with NUI Galway’s Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics and Chairperson of the symposium said: “This symposium is an exciting new forum for bright young neuroscientists to present cutting-edge research and network with national and internationally renowned experts in the field, learning about various career pathways in academia, industry and alternative sectors. Given that 80% of PhDs do not stay in academia, it is critical to inform students of their options.” This symposium is organised by students in the Galway Neuroscience Centre, with support from the Neuro Society at NUI Galway, for other young neuroscientists from different national and international institutes. It aims to allow undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as post-docs, to hear the latest research from leading scientists within neuroscience and to extend their academic, presentation and communication skills. The Careers in Neuroscience Symposium is funded by Neuroscience Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and replaces the Galway Neuroscience Research Day and Neuroscience Ireland Conference this year. This event is a satellite meeting to NECTAR 2014 (Network for European CNS Transplantation and Restoration). Abstracts were invited from students and early career scientists for scientific sessions. Registration is currently open and costs €15. Prizes will be awarded for best poster and best talk. For more information visit -Ends-

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Expert to give public talk on coastal environments

Expert to give public talk on coastal environments-image

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

An expert on coastal environments will visit NUI Galway on Thursday, 27 November, to deliver a free public talk on coastal climate change. Andrew Cooper is Professor of Coastal Studies at the University of Ulster and co‐founder of the Centre for Coastal and Marine Research and Centre for Maritime Archaeology. His latest book The Last Beach, which was published this month, is a call to action to prevent global beach destruction. The talk ‘Human response to coastal climate change: adaptation or resistance’ takes place on Thursday, 27 November, at 4pm in Seminar Room 203 of the Arts and Science Building. The realisation of climate change and its potential impacts on coastal environments and coastal communities has prompted much activity in the area of ‘adaptation’. Adaptation is typically viewed as actions in response to climate change that seek to limit its impacts and/or bring some benefit to human society. This talk will consider adaptation actions in response to the twin risks of coastal flooding and shoreline retreat both of which are likely to increase in frequency, rate and magnitude as a result of global climate change. Those measures that involve adaptation of human activities in response to the changing coastal environment are likely to be more sustainable in the longer term, but are politically more difficult to implement.  Dr Kevin Lynch, Director of the NUI Galway's MSc in Coastal and Marine Environments, and a member of the University's Ryan Institute, said: “Last winter, the Irish coast, countryside and cities were ravaged by a series of intense storms from early December. Coastal communities, their defences and facilities bore the brunt of this onslaught which continued for months. Professor Cooper’s talk will perhaps give us some insights as to how we can prepare for such storms in the future, and plan for the long-term sustainability of our coastal communities in a changing planet.” Professor Andrew Cooper chaired the Northern Ireland Coastal and Marine Forum for six years. He has been researching coastal geomorphology and coastal zone management worldwide for 25 years and has published more than 200 articles.  -ends-

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NUI Galway Lecturer Elected President of Irish Association of Law Teachers

NUI Galway Lecturer Elected President of Irish Association of Law Teachers-image

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Dr Charles O’Mahony, lecturer in the School of Law NUI Galway, has been elected as President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers (IALT). The IALT was established in 1979 with the objective of advancing legal education, legal research and the work and interests of law teachers on the island of Ireland. The Association is managed by a council and is comprised of members representing law lecturers in Irish universities and institutes of technology on the island of Ireland. A native of County Kerry, Dr O’Mahony joined NUI Galway’s School of Law in 2012 as a lecturer in Public Law where he teaches a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses including Constitutional Law, Comparative Disability Law and Minors, Minority Groups and the Criminal Justice System. He completed his PhD in 2013 on‘Diversion: A Comparative Study of Law and Policy Relating to Defendants and Offenders with Mental Health Problems and Intellectual Disability’. Dr O’Mahony previously worked for Amnesty International Ireland as legal officer on its mental health campaign and as a legal researcher for the Law Reform Commission of Ireland. He is Co-programme Director of NUI Galway’s LLM in Public Law. The IALT runs a large conference annually, which attracts legal academics from all over Ireland and abroad. The IALT award a Book Prize named in memory of the late Professor Kevin Boyle who pioneered the teaching of human rights law in Ireland while Professor of Law at NUI Galway. Kevin Boyle an academic and human rights advocate of international repute was instrumental in the establishment of the IALT in 1979 and was elected President in 1985-1986. The IALT also offer a Teaching Innovation Fund for outstanding scholars and teachers in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Honorary members and patrons of the IALT include Mary McAleese and Mr Justice Bryan McMahon. -Ends-

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Leading Irish University Bio-Photonics Laboratory and Compact Imaging Extend Agreement for Innovative Research Collabora

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

NUI Galway’s TOMI Lab Provides Globally-Recognised Scientific Leadership for Advanced Development of Company’s Mobile OCT Technology The National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) ( and Compact Imaging, Inc. (CI) ( today jointly announced the extension of their innovative research collaboration in the field of optical coherence tomography (OCT) for a variety of applications, including mobile health monitoring and identity verification. The research agreement will continue the advanced development of CI’s novel multiple reference OCT sensor technology, MRO™, very small, low cost, low operating power OCT architecture ideal for high volume mobile applications. The original two-year research collaboration successfully demonstrated the technical feasibility of applying CI’s MRO™ technology in areas such as monitoring skin lesions and creating 3D fingerprint images. OCT is an imaging technique similar to ultrasound, but employing light rather than sound. Since its commercialisation in the early 2000s, OCT has revolutionised medical diagnostics in clinical settings. It is the fastest growing medical imaging modality, with annual re-imbursement for ophthalmic assessments exceeding $1 billion and more than $400 million in OCT instrument sales, up from virtually nothing a decade earlier. The research collaboration combines NUI Galway’s globally-recognised body of OCT research in medical and biological imaging with CI’s development and intellectual property in OCT and MRO™ to enable very small, low cost, and low operating power devices for applications such as non-invasive mobile personal health monitoring and identity verification. CI has developed an extensive patent portfolio, comprised of 14 issued US patents and numerous published and unpublished US and foreign applications. Professor Martin Leahy, Chair of Applied Physics at NUI Galway, Director of the Tissue Optics and Microcirculation Imaging (TOMI) Laboratory, and Scientific Director of the National Platform for Biophotonics and Imaging (Ireland), will continue to direct the collaboration’s research efforts in Galway. Researchers associated with the collaboration had several accomplishments over the initial two-year term, including: Demonstrated technical feasibility of building MRO™ OCT systems using consumer level components, proving that MRO™ is inherently a low cost, small size (the size of a wristwatch), and low operating power sensor technology, well-suited to mobile applications. Demonstrated technical feasibility of a combination of an MRO™ OCT system with a dermascope to enable depth imaging and biometry of skin lesions in a low cost, small form factor device. Demonstrated technical feasibility of MRO™-based 3D fingerprint imaging for secure personal identification and verification.   “Compact Imaging’s MRO™ architecture has clear and sustainable advantages in size, cost, and power consumption over other OCT technologies,” said Professor Leahy. “We’re delighted that our team in Galway is contributing so significantly to a dramatically different version of OCT technology that can make advanced optical imaging and biometry accessible both outside the clinic to patients and other health-oriented consumers and to developing countries where provision of affordable, ‘fit for purpose’ diagnostics is a real need.” CI is an early stage technology company focused on the rapidly expanding markets for mobile imaging and biometry in applications such as health monitoring and biometric security. Its proprietary MRO™ technology makes possible non-invasive optical imaging, biometry, and analysis across a range of high volume applications.   “Our collaboration with NUI Galway and Professor Leahy’s labs has been critical to demonstrating the principles and potential applications of MRO™’s low cost, small form factor design,” said Don Bogue, CEO of Compact Imaging. “We believe that CI’s MRO™-based sensor development is unlocking the world of high value personal biometrics. “The collaboration has been very successful,” said Bogue. “This is just one of several ways in which Ireland, its people, and its institutions, have supported the development of Compact Imaging. With the strong Irish position in medical device design, development, and manufacturing, we expect continued expansion of our presence in Ireland.” CI holds a portfolio of US patents covering multiple reference optical coherence tomography (MRO™). The underlying imaging technology, optical coherence tomography (OCT), was first commercialised over a decade ago for use in ophthalmic diagnostic imaging. CI’s MRO™ is a much different architecture from that used in conventional OCT systems. MRO™ sensor technology enables design of very small, low cost devices ideally-suited to high volume mobile monitoring applications. Compact Imaging, Inc. (CI), headquartered in Mountain View, CA, USA, is privately-held.  -ends-

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40 NUI Galway Scholars Honoured at NUI Annual Awards Ceremony

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Graduates and students of NUI Galway featured prominently at the annual NUI Awards ceremony which took place this week in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham taking home an impressive 40 awards. Included in this number are two recipients from St. Angela’s College in Sligo, which is a partner college of NUI Galway. Two NUI Travelling Studentships in the Sciences were awarded to NUI Galway Engineering graduates Edward Fagan and Sinéad O’Halloran. Sinéad also picked up the Pierce Malone Scholarship. Other scholarships and awards include the EJ Phelan Scholarship in International Law which was awarded to NUI Galway’s Amina Adanan. The Denis Phelan Scholarship in Humanities and Social Sciences was awarded to Francis Kelly, with Felim O’Toole picking up the NUI Club London Scholarship. The French Government Medal and NUI Prize for Proficiency in French was awarded to Caolán O’Donnell. PhD student Alena Yuryna Connolly was presented with the Fulbright/NUI Visiting Researcher Award. The Dr Henry Hutchinson Stewart Literary scholarships and prizes were awarded to: Nicola de Faoite and Róisín Egan, Gaeilge; Leisha Marlow, German; and Jennifer Bent, Spanish. The Scoláireacht agus Duais Chiste Theach an Ardmhéara/Mansion House Fund Scholarship and prizes went to Arts graduate Hannah Ní Dhoimhín, for a Scoláireacht Gaeilge. A total of 27 Dr Henry Hutchinson Stewart Medical Scholarships and Prizes were awarded to NUI Galway’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. The award recipients were Clodagh McDermott and Robert Mulligan, Anaesthesia; Seamus Lehane, Anatomy; Sabrina Sheridan, Biochemistry; Dr Bryan Reidy, Clinical Radiology; Cillian McNamara and Anne Marie Sweeney, Gynaecology and Obstetrics; Dr Rebecca Finnegan, Medicine; Claire Beecher and Elaine Finucane, Midwifery; Nicola Hyde, Tracy McHugh and Linda McNulty, Nursing; Máire Mullooly and Lisa McKeon, Psychiatric Nursing; Dr Claire Kelly and Linda Horan, Occupational Therapy; Siobhan McCormack, Ophthalmology; Lauren Hughes, Paediatrics; Katie Sheehan, Pathology; Tony Haddad, Pharmacology; Olga Carey and Marie Hegarty, Podiatry; Matthew Smyth, Psychiatry; Caoimhe O’Sullivan, Public Health; Amy Curran, Speech and Language Therapy; and Jennifer Kielty, Surgery. Lauren Hughes, Psychiatry also received a Dr Henry Hutchinson Stewart Medical Scholarships and Prizes commendation. Speaking on the success of NUI Galway students and graduates, President Jim Browne, said: “This clearly highlights the high calibre of students studying on NUI Galway programmes and follows previous successes in these annual awards. I congratulate the Awardees on their achievements and encourage them in the future endeavours. In commending the Award recipients, I’d also like to pay tribute to their teachers for their work in supporting these students and in helping them to achieve such high standards.” At the ceremony, the Chancellor, Dr Maurice Manning presented Travelling Studentships, scholarships and other awards to 130 students and graduates of the NUI Constituent Universities and Recognised Colleges. The total value of NUI Awards in 2014 was in excess of €1.2 million. NUI Galway, UCD, UCC, Maynooth University, RCSI, St Angela’s College and NCAD were represented among the award winners. -Ends- Onóir tugtha do 40 Scoláire ag Gradaim Bhliantúla Ollscoil na hÉireann Rinne céimithe agus mic léinn OÉ Gaillimh thar barr ag searmanas bronnta Ghradaim Bhliantúla Ollscoil na hÉireann nuair a d'éirigh leo 40 gradam a bhaint amach. Bhí an searmanas ar siúl san Ospidéal Ríoga, Cill Mhaighneann. I measc an 40 seo bhí beirt as Coláiste San Aingeal i Sligeach, coláiste comhpháirtíochta de chuid OÉ Gaillimh. Bronnadh dhá Scoláireacht Taistil nua de chuid Ollscoil na hÉireann sna hEolaíochtaí ar chéimithe Innealtóireachta OÉ Gaillimh, Edward Fagan agus Sinéad O’Halloran. D'éirigh le Sinéad chomh maith Scoláireacht Pierce Malone a fháil. I measc na scoláireachtaí agus na ngradam eile bhí Scoláireacht EJ Phelan sa Dlí Idirnáisiúnta a bronnadh ar Amina Adanan as OÉ Gaillimh. Bronnadh Scoláireacht Denis Phelan sna Daonnachtaí agus sna hEolaíochtaí Sóisialta ar Francis Kelly, agus bronnadh Scoláireacht Chlub Ollscoil na hÉireann-Londain ar Felim O’Toole. Bronnadh Bonn Rialtas na Fraince agus Duais OÉ do Líofacht sa Fhraincis ar Chaolán O’Donnell. Bronnadh Gradam Taighdeora ar Cuairt Fulbright/Ollscoil na hÉireann ar an mac léinn PhD Alena Yuryna Connolly. Bronnadh scoláireachtaí agus duaiseanna liteartha an Dr Henry Hutchinson Stewart ar: Nicola de Faoite agus Róisín Egan, Gaeilge; Leisha Marlow, Gearmáinis; agus Jennifer Bent, Spáinnis. Bronnadh Scoláireacht agus Duais Chiste Theach an Ardmhéara ar an gcéimí sna Dána, Hannah Ní Dhoimhín, do Scoláireacht Gaeilge. San iomlán, bronnadh 27 Scoláireacht agus Duais Leighis de chuid an Dr Henry Hutchinson Stewart ar Choláiste an Leighis, an Altranais agus na nEolaíochtaí Sláinte in OÉ Gaillimh. Bronnadh gradaim ar na daoine seo a leanas: Clodagh McDermott agus Robert Mulligan, Ainéistéise; Seamus Lehane, Anatamaíocht; Sabrina Sheridan, Bithcheimic; an Dr Bryan Reidy, Raideolaíocht Chliniciúil; Cillian McNamara agus Anne Marie Sweeney, Gínéiceolaíocht agus Obstatraic; an Dr Rebecca Finnegan, Leigheas; Claire Beecher agus Elaine Finucane, Cnáimhseachas; Nicola Hyde, Tracy McHugh agus Linda McNulty, Altranas; Máire Mullooly agus Lisa McKeon, Altranas Síciatrach; an Dr Claire Kelly agus Linda Horan, Teiripe Shaothair; Siobhan McCormack, Oftailmeolaíocht; Lauren Hughes, Péidiatraic; Katie Sheehan, Paiteolaíocht; Tony Haddad, Cógaseolaíocht; Olga Carey agus Marie Hegarty, Cosliacht; Matthew Smyth, Síciatracht; Caoimhe O’Sullivan, Sláinte Phoiblí; Amy Curran, Teiripe Shaothair agus Theanga; and Jennifer Kielty, Máinliacht. Fuair Lauren Hughes, Síciatracht ardmholadh Scoláireachtaí agus Duaiseanna Leighis an Dr Henry Hutchinson Stewart. Ag labhairt dó ar chomh maith is a rinne mic léinn agus céimithe OÉ Gaillimh, dúirt an tUachtarán Jim Browne: “Is léiriú soiléir é seo ar an gcaighdeán ard mac léinn atá i mbun staidéir ar chláir de chuid OÉ Gaillimh agus tagann sé sna sála ar éachtaí a rinneadh ag na gradaim bhliantúla seo cheana. Déanaim comhghairdeas leis na daoine ar bronnadh gradaim orthu as a gcuid éachtaí agus guím gach rath orthu amach anseo. Agus mé ag moladh iad siúd a fuair Gradaim, ba mhaith liom freisin aitheantas a thabhairt dá dteagascóirí as an tacaíocht a thug siad do na mic léinn seo leis na caighdeáin arda seo a bhaint amach.” Ag an searmanas, bhronn an Seansailéir, an Dr Maurice Manning Scoláireachtaí Taistil, scoláireachtaí agus gradaim eile ar 130 mac léinn agus céimí as Ollscoileanna agus Coláistí Aitheanta Ollscoil na hÉireann.Bhain luach sa bhreis ar €1.2 milliún le Gradaim Ollscoil na hÉireann sa bhliain 2014. Bhí daoine as OÉ Gaillimh, UCD, UCC, Ollscoil Mhá Nuad, RCSI, Coláiste San Aingeal agus NCAD i measc bhuaiteoirí na ngradam. -Críoch-

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