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Taoiseach Enda Kenny presents Gold Medal to NUI Galway researcher in the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin
Friday, 21 February 2014
Taoiseach Enda Kenny presented the Royal Irish Academy Gold Medal to the NUI Galway Professor of Physics, Colin O’Dowdin recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Environmental and Geosciences. In presenting the medals the Taoiseach congratulated the medallists on their many achievements and paid tribute to the RIA for providing a platform to celebrate academia and the role it plays in our society and economy, saying: “Education and innovation are central to the Government's ambition of achieving economic recovery and the creation of jobs. The education and training system is a critical part of our recovery and growth. That is why, among the wide range of measures to boost job creation and improve the environment for business, R&D forms a central pillar of our Action Plan for Jobs.” Also presented on the day was a Gold Medal for the Social Sciences to NUI Maynooth Professor Rob Kitchin. Each medal is a testament to a lifetime of passionate commitment to the highest standards in scholarship and they are a well-deserved recognition of scientific excellence. Professor Colin O’Dowd, through his pioneering work in the field of atmospheric physics, has become internationally renowned as one of the leading scientists in the field of climate change. He is also the Director of the Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies, at the Environmental Change Institute. He is an alumnus of NUI Galway, having completed his Bachelor of Science in 1987. Professor O’Dowd is credited with driving the development of the Mace Head Atmospheric Research Station in Galway, a new supersite which has resulted in it becoming one of the most advanced Global Atmosphere Watch stations in the world. Professor O’Dowd has been a member of the Royal Irish Academy since 2011. Speaking about the award, Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway, congratulated Professor O’Dowd on this prestigious accolade, which, he said: “recognises the outstanding quality of Professor O’Dowd’s research in environmental and atmospheric physics. It is a mark of the high esteem in which he is held by his academic peers and it follows his being awarded the Appleton Medal by the Institute of Physics last year. This honour serves to underline the calibre of scholarship underway at NUI Galway and on behalf of the University, I extend warmest congratulations to Colin on his award and on the scholarship which the RIA Gold Medal represents.” After been awarded the Royal Irish Academy Gold Medal in Environmental and Geosciences Professor Colin O’Dowd said “It is a great honour to receive the RIA Gold Medal. The award is in geophysics, and in terms of my research, this means air pollution and climate change. Thus, the award is very timely in that it reinforces climate change awareness, particularly in light of the extreme weather conditions encountered over the last weeks; the next step is to see some practical climate action.” Guests at the ceremony included members of the Irish higher education system, funding agencies, the British and Greek ambassadors to Ireland and friends and family of the medallists. The Royal Irish Academy Gold Medals are awarded to two outstanding academics each year and are recognised as a truly national expression of celebration for scholarly achievement. The medals are sponsored by The Higher Education Authority. -Ends-
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Participants Needed for NUI Galway Research Project on Cancer-Related Fatigue
Monday, 24 February 2014
The School of Psychology at NUI Galway is currently inviting adults who have completed their treatment for cancer at least six months ago, for a series of focus groups on the experience of cancer-related fatigue in cancer survivors. The group discussions will offer participants the opportunity to share their experiences with, and thoughts about cancer-related fatigue, in a casual environment and with complete confidentiality. Persistent fatigue is often a common consequence of cancer treatment. Participant views and personal experiences are extremely valuable and their input will greatly help the researcher in the development of an intervention for individuals who suffer with fatigue after their treatment has ended. They may also benefit from discussing their fatigue with others who also experience persistent fatigue. The focus groups are part of a PhD research project being carried out at NUI Galway by student Teresa Corbett with Dr Jane Walsh, Dr Brian McGuire and Dr AnnMarie Groarke of the University’s School of Psychology. The study is supported by Cancer Care West and Galway University Foundation. The focus group session will include 4-6 other volunteer participants and will be led by Ms Corbett. Refreshments will be provided to participants and each session is scheduled to last approximately 90 minutes. The focus groups will be held in the School of Psychology in the Arts Millennium Building Extension at NUI Galway. NUI Galway PhD student and facilitator of the focus groups, Teresa Corbett, said: “Persistent cancer-related fatigue is a common complaint. With an increasing focus on quality of life in survivorship, we believe that it is essential that people have the opportunity to discuss this often debilitating consequence of cancer. Participation is voluntary and anything you say during the focus group will be kept strictly confidential. The focus groups will give individuals the chance to inform our research by telling us of their own personal everyday experiences with fatigue.” For further information or to participate in the focus groups contact Teresa Corbett, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0860705826. -Ends-
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NUI Galway Theatre Week Showcases Student Talent in Theatre, Literature and Film
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Six new plays compete for the coveted Jerome Hynes One-Act-Play Award NUI Galway is celebrating Drama in many forms during its Theatre Week, which runs from 10 to 14 March. Now in its fifth year, the event showcases through theatre, literature and film, the many talents of NUI Galway students, societies and alumni. The week features the popular Jerome Hynes One-Act Play Series with six new plays. The playwrights have been mentored through the process and one of the highlights of the week will be the Omnibus Edition for all the plays, with an award ceremony of the coveted Jerome Hynes best play award on Friday, 14 March in the Cube Theatre at 6pm. Since the inauguration of the series in 2001, many of the playwrights have gone on to win national and international awards and acclaim and to see their work produced professionally, and many new theatre companies have emerged from the process. This year the NUI Galway’s Centre for Drama will present Frank McGuinness’s adaptation of Sophocles’ Electra, running from 9-11 March at 8pm, with two 10am shows on the 10 and 11 March. Frank McGuinness will attend the Monday morning performance, followed by a talk. Theatre Week will also feature a schools outreach programme with Shakespeare Workshops from ThereisBear! Theatre Company. This vibrant young company, with its roots in NUI Galway, will bring the visiting students on an in-depth journey of the scripts of Macbeth, Othello and The Merchant of Venice. Bookings for the workshops and performance are still being taken for any interested schools. Cyclone Rep will make a welcome return to campus with their version of Julius Caesar, inspired by Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment on Robben Island where a forbidden copy of Julius Caesar helped Mandela cope with his confinement. Mandela’s inspiration has, in turn, inspired Cyclone Rep to revisit the play in an Irish context. The time is 1981 and the place is Northern Ireland and an illegal copy of Julius Caesar is performed by prisoners struggling with their internment and the spectre of the hunger strikes. Drama will be plentiful with Dramsocs’ production of a new adaptation of George Orwell’s masterpiece 1984, directed and adapted by Chris Moran. It runs nightly at 8.30pm in the Bank of Ireland Theatre. As part of the Arts in Action Programme, Anam Theatre presents Granuaile. Directed by Sarah O’Toole, Granuaile will take place on Thursday, 13 at 1pm in the Bank of Ireland Theatre. The Galway University Musical Society (GUMS), who recently wowed audiences with their production of The Drowsy Chaperone in the Black Box, are setting themselves the task of casting, producing and performing a mini musical in 14 days. The GIG (Gay in Galway) Society is hosting a Variety Show with MC drag queen Pixie Woo. The week will also include an Improv night with Dramsoc and the Comedy Society, a series of theatrical films from Filmsoc and an exhibition by the Art Society in Aras na Mac Léinn. The India Society will be celebrating Holi, the Festival of Colours, on campus on Thursday, 14 from 3-5pm beside the IT building. Holi commemorates the victory of good over evil and the end of winter and the coming of spring and is celebrated by putting coloured powders on friends, families and strangers alike. Festival Director and NUI Galway Societies Officer, Riona Hughes, said: “The week is an opportunity for us to welcome our friends in the wider community onto campus to celebrate the great tradition of drama in NUI Galway. We are delighted to welcome our professional guest companies and to afford our students and staff an opportunity to showcase their talents and the importance of theatre to the University. We will have three venues in operation and over 40 individual performances over the five days, new writing and new takes on the classics.” Information and tickets are available from The SocsBox, Áras na Mac Leinn, on 091 492852 or email@example.com. Full details of each event can be found at www.nuigsocs.wix.com/theatreweek. -Ends-
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Over 200 Primary School Students ‘Graduate’ from NUI Galway
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
NUI Galway recently conferred special certificates on the third cohort of ‘graduates’ from its Youth Academy. 208 primary school children from across Galway City and County received their certificates, with more than 1000 friends and family attending the ceremony. Established in 2012, the Youth Academy aims to inspire entry to university by introducing children and their families to university life. Since its foundation, over 600 children have graduated from a variety of 13 courses on Saturday mornings ranging from Italian to Mandarin, Philosophical Discovery, Psychology, Engineering, English Literature, History, Drama, Bio-Explore, Ocean Physics, and Information Technology. The Youth Academy runs for a six week period and works with high ability fourth and fifth class primary school children to support their learning and academic development, in partnership with their primary schools. Speaking at the event, President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne, said: “The Youth Academy is a very important initiative by this University. We feel that it responds to the educational needs of our most important young citizens and gives talented young students the opportunity to get experience of learning in a university. NUI Galway is committed to the sharing of knowledge with the wider community and ensuring that the pathways to university are open to all.I hope that initiatives such as the Youth Academy can highlight how the university can and does serve its community, not only here Galway but in society in general.” For further information on the courses and participation please contact Geraldine Marley, NUI Galway Youth Academy Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. -ENDS-
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NUI Galway and Music for Galway come Together to Celebrate the Memory of one of Galway’s Famous Scholars, Emily Anderson
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Prestigious JAG Trio to celebrate the memory of Emily Anderson and her link to one of the world’s greatest composers, Mozart NUI Galway and Music for Galway come together to celebrate the memory of one of Galway’s famous scholars, Emily Anderson, and her link to one of the world’s greatest composers, Mozart, with a concert on Friday 28th February at the Aula Maxima, NUI Galway at 8pm. Performing on the night will be the prestigious JAG Trio, comprising of UK violinist Jack Liebeck, known to many as soloist on the 2011 Jane Eyre movie soundtrack, the internationally acclaimed viola player Alexander Zemtsov, and cellist Guy Johnston who returns to Ireland following his appearance as soloist with the RTE National Symphony at the National Concert Hall Dublin this January. They will be joined by Scottish International Piano Competition Winner Tom Poster. Emily Anderson was born in 1891 and as daughter of the President of Queen’s College Galway, Alexander Anderson, she grew up inside the very walls in which many of the Music for Galway concerts are being held, the Quadrangle of NUI Galway. Emily went on to study German in Berlin and Magdeburg, returned to Galway and worked for a brief time as professor of German at the college, before leaving for London to join the foreign office. Possessing a strong interest in music Emily Anderson eventually translated the full correspondence of Mozart and, ten years later, of Beethoven from German into English. To this day musicians, musicologists, film makers and music lovers all over the English-speaking world consult her translations when enquiring into the lives of these giants of music. The programme this year will be dedicated entirely to Mozart and features the Divertimento, one of the finest string trios ever composed, his second Piano Quartet K 493, and Mozart arrangements of Bach Preludes and Fuges for string trio. Here is a chance to hear the best of music performed by international artists at the top of their game. Tickets are €20 / MfG Friends and Concessions €16 / students (full time) €6 and are available from Music for Galway 091 705962, Opus 2, No. 4 High Street, Galway or online at www.tht.ie Music for Galway gratefully acknowledges the support of the Arts Council. Ends.
PhD Conferring Ceremony at NUI Galway
Thursday, 27 February 2014
Almost 80 students were recognised by NUI Galway today (Thursday, 27 February) at a special ceremony when they were conferred with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from NUI Galway President, Dr Jim Browne. Two students were also conferred with a Doctor of Medicine at today’s ceremony. All Colleges of the University were represented at the ceremony, with graduands from the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, the College of Business, Public Policy and Law; the College of Engineering and Informatics; the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences; and the College of Science. NUI Galway President Dr Jim Browne said: “I would like to congratulate each graduate on their achievement in earning their doctorate degrees. We in NUI Galway are determined that this University will play its full part in producing the graduates and the leaders who will create the future. We have significantly increased our number of PhD graduates in recent years as we strive to meet the needs of the knowledge and innovation economy.” Over 105,000 graduates have benefited from higher education at NUI Galway since it opened its doors in 1849. The next conferrings to take place at NUI Galway will be the summer conferring on Thursday, 19 June and the conferring of Honorary Degrees on Friday, 27 June. -ENDS- Searmanas Bronnta PhD in OÉ Gaillimh Ag searmanas speisialta in OÉ Gaillimh inniu (Déardaoin, an 27 Feabhra), bhronn Uachtarán OÉ Gaillimh, an Dr Jim Browne, Dochtúireacht san Fhealsúnacht (PhD) ar bhreis is 80 mac léinn. Bronnadh Dochtúireacht Leighis ar bheirt mhac léinn ag searmanas an lae inniu chomh maith. Bhí céimithe ó gach Coláiste san Ollscoil i measc na gcéimithe sin ar bronnadh PhD orthu - Coláiste na nDán, na nEolaíochtaí Sóisialta agus an Léinn Cheiltigh; Coláiste an Ghnó, an Bheartais Phoiblí & an Dlí; Coláiste na hInnealtóireachta agus na hIonformaitice; Coláiste an Leighis, an Altranais agus na nEolaíochtaí Sláinte; agus Coláiste na hEolaíochta. Bhí an méid seo a leanas le rá ag an Dr Jim Browne, Uachtarán OÉ Gaillimh: “Ba mhaith liom comhghairdeas a dhéanamh le gach céimí as a gcáilíocht dochtúireachta a bhaint amach. Cuirimidne in OÉ Gaillimh romhainn go ndéanfadh an Ollscoil seo a cion féin le céimithe agus ceannairí a chur ar fáil a mhúnlóidh an todhchaí. Tá méadú suntasach tagtha ar líon na gcéimithe PhD le blianta beaga anuas chun freastal ar riachtanais an gheilleagair eolasbhunaithe agus nuálaíochta.” Tá céim bainte amach ag breis is 105,000 mac léinn in OÉ Gaillimh ón uair a d’oscail sí a cuid doirse i 1849. Beidh an chéad searmanas bronnta céimeanna eile ar bun in OÉ Gaillimh i rith an tsamhraidh – Déardaoin, an 19 Meitheamh agus is ar an Aoine, an 27 Meitheamh, a bhronnfar na Céimeanna Oinigh. -Críoch-
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NUI Galway Students, Tell Us What You Think! Voice Your Opinion in the National Student Survey
Friday, 28 February 2014
Calling all first year, final year and postgraduate taught students in NUI Galway add your voice to the National Student Survey between February 24th and March 16th Between February 24 and March 16 you are invited to have your say on StudentSurvey.ie. This is the first national survey of Irish students and is being carried out in all Irish Universities, Institutes of Technology and Colleges of Education around the country. The aim of the survey is to help enhance the quality of education Irish students receive by asking them in detail about their experiences, and it is important for the University to make sure that our students’ views are well represented. NUI Galway Deputy President and Registrar Professor Nollaig MacCongáil says, “Students are the lifeblood of both NUI Galway and every third level institution in the country. Your views as students will help inform the decisions NUI Galway make in ensuring we remain at the leading edge of research, innovation and learning.” For every submitted survey, the University will donate €1 to the NUI Galway Financial Aid Fund for students. StudentSurvey.ie comprises 100 questions and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. The survey is supported by the HEA, IUA and USI and was developed in response to a key recommendation of the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030. The results will inform institutional and programme/course development, as well as national policy. Your answers could have a real impact on higher education in Ireland, so make sure to take the survey at: www.studentsurvey.ie -Ends- A Mhic Léinn OÉ Gaillimh - Insígí dúinn céard a cheapann sibh! Tabhair do bharúil i Suirbhé Náisiúnta na Mac Léinn Iarrtar ar gach mac léinn sa chéad bhliain, sa bhliain deiridh agus ar chláir iarchéime mhúinte in OÉ Gaillimh Suirbhé Náisiúnta na Mac Léinn a líonadh idir an 25 Feabhra agus an 16 Márta Iarrtar ort do bharúil a thabhairt idir an 24 Feabhra agus an 16 Márta ar StudentSurvey.ie. Is é seo an chéad suirbhé náisiúnta ar mhic léinn na hÉireann agus táthar ag tabhairt faoi i ngach Ollscoil, Institiúid Teicneolaíochta agus Coláiste Oideachais sa tír. Is é aidhm an tsuirbhé, cuidiú le caighdeán an oideachais a fhaigheann mic léinn na hÉireann a fheabhsú trí eolas sonrach a bhailiú uathu faoin dtaithí, agus tá sé tábhachtach don Ollscoil a chinntiú go gcloistear an méid atá le rá ag ár mic léinn. Dúirt Meabhránaí agus Leas-Uachtarán OÉ Gaillimh, an tOllamh Nollaig MacCongáil, “Murach na mic léinn ní bheadh OÉ Gaillimh ann ná aon institiúid tríú leibhéal eile sa tír. Cuideoidh tuairimí na mac léinn leis na cinntí a dhéanfaidh OÉ Gaillimh lena chinntiú go bhfanfaimid ar thús cadhnaíochta ó thaobh an taighde, na nuálaíochta agus na foghlama de.” As gach suirbhé a líonfar, tabharfaidh an Ollscoil €1 do Chiste Cabhrach Airgid na mac léinn in OÉ Gaillimh. 100 ceist atá ar StudentSurvey.ie agus níor chóir go nglacfadh sé níos faide ná 15 nóiméad an suirbhé a líonadh. Tá tacaíocht ag an suirbhé ón HEA, IUA agus USI agus d’eascair sé as príomh-mholadh na Straitéise Náisiúnta d’Ardoideachas go dtí 2030. Beidh impleacht ag na torthaí d’fhorbairt institiúideach agus forbairt clár/cúrsaí, agus do bheartas náisiúnta. D’fhéadfadh an-tionchar a bheith ag do chuid freagraí ar an ardoideachas in Éirinn, mar sin bí cinnte an suirbhé a líonadh ar: www.studentsurvey.ie -Críoch-
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PhD Students Win First and Second Poster Prizes at 9th Annual Irish Cytometry Society Meeting 2014
Friday, 28 February 2014
Pictured (l to r) NUI Galway REMEDI PhD student Stephanie Slevin who won First Prize for her poster "The effects of anti-TNF antibody therapy on blood monocytes in patients with inflammatory bowel disease", and Irene Calvo Asensio who won Second Prize for her poster "Hypoxia enhances the radio-resistance of mouse mesenchymal stromal cells", at the 9th Annual Meeting of the Irish Cytometry Society (ICyS) 2014 held at the Astra Hall, UCD last Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th February.
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NUI Galway to Hold Information Evening in Letterkenny
Monday, 6 January 2014
Secondary school students interested in NUI Galway are invited to an information evening in Letterkenny on Thursday, 16 January. 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 whole 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 programme, 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) which is brand new for 2013-14. “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 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”, says Caroline Loughnane, Director of Marketing and Communications at NUI Galway. To find out more about the information evening in Letterkenny, contact NUI Galway's Schools Liaison Officer, Gráinne Dunne at: email@example.com or 087- 2440858. -Ends-
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NUI Galway Researcher to Lead €1m Study on Evictions in 28 EU Member States
Tuesday, 7 January 2014
The study will gather data from across the EU and identify both the pan-European factors that lead to the loss of a home and measures to counter homelessness Dr Padraic Kenna of the School of Law, NUI Galway will lead a major €1m EU-funded research project on evictions across the 28 European Union (EU) Member States. The research will investigate the national legal frameworks and extent of evictions across Europe. The research will identify effective early intervention and preventative measures and create a profile of evicted households, risk factors and risk groups. Patterns of evictions across all EU Member States will be analysed in the context of diverse structural factors including the economic crisis, welfare systems and legal practices and protections. The project, which will take two years, was awarded following a competitive tendering process by the European Commission. It will examine evictions from mortgaged, rental and other properties, with a focus on the right to housing within the context of national and EU law all areas in which Dr Kenna is a leading European expert. NUI Galway will lead a consortium of University and housing research agencies in Belgium, Denmark, Germany and Spain. Dr Kenna, as Research Director/Principal Investigator will lead the network of national experts on housing law and policy across all EU Member States. The researchers will collate national and local data, as well as legal materials for the project’s report to the European Commission. Dr Kenna said, “In Ireland we have a deeply historical sentiment on evictions. Michael Davitt wrote that an eviction was the expression of the power of profit and of property over the right of a family. Today, an eviction represents the collision of basic human rights with property rights, and while the European Union is committed to the protection of human rights, the balance of these interests represents the contemporary fault line between market forces and people’s right to housing.” Measures to prevent homelessness within all EU Member States remain a priority for the European Commission. This project will collate and evaluate the most cost-effective measures which can be advanced to mitigate evictions across the EU. The project team will prepare reports and recommendations for the European Commission on best practice models, to monitor, alleviate and prevent evictions, within the framework of national and EU law and policy. Welcoming the announcement of this award, Professor Donncha O’Connell, Head of the School of Law at NUI Galway, said “This is a highly prestigious and worthwhile project led by my colleague, Dr Padraic Kenna. It is a concrete recognition of his standing as a major player in the field of housing law, rights and policy in Europe; and a great boost to his tireless and impactful work in this area at national and international level.” -ends-
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