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Thursday, 5 May 2016

Film Screening on Irish Writer Hubert Butler

The screening of Hubert Butler Witness To The Future will take place on Thursday, 12 May at 8pm in the Town Hall Theatre. The event is being organised in cooperation with the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, and will be followed by post-screening discussion with Irish producer Lelia Doolan. Hubert Butler Witness To The Future is a new documentary on the writer, essayist and human rights champion Hubert Butler. The film premiered at a sell-out Dublin Film Festival screening in February, followed by a packed out home-coming in Kilkenny’s Set Theatre to launch this tour. Hubert Butler (1900-91) is, in the words of John Banville and Roy Foster who both featuring in the film as “one of the great Irish writers”, our greatest exponent of the essay form since Jonathan Swift; “fifty years ahead of his time” according to writer and broadcaster Olivia O'Leary. Professor Ray Murphy of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway, said: “Butler was amongst Ireland's great human rights voices of the 20th century. He was unafraid to challenge Church and State in Ireland. He was also an ardent defender of free speech and advocate for a pluralist independent Ireland. Efforts to silence and discredit him almost succeeded. This film is testimony to his enduring legacy.” Film-maker Johnny Gogan's extensive documentary tells the largely untold story of Hubert Butler. Inspired by the events of 1916, the young Hubert turned his back on the Empire and the prospect of a role in the British diplomatic service, and declared himself a republican “in the mould of Wolfe Tone and Henry Flood”. However, being a public intellectual from the Protestant tradition in the new Ireland would prove to be a bruising experience, bringing Butler into conflict with the unholy alliance of Catholic Church and State. In Dalmatia (modern-day Croatia) in the mid 30s, Butler witnessed Jewish people fleeing the German-speaking lands. In response, he travelled to Vienna in 1938 to work with the Quakers who assisted persecuted Jews and so-called “non-Aryan Christians” to escape the city. In 1946, Butler returned to Zagreb where he uncovered evidence of a mass genocide of Orthodox Serbs by the Croatian Nazi puppet (Ustashe) state under the auspices of a “Compulsory Conversion To Catholicism” policy.  Butler found support among liberal intellectuals from the Catholic tradition such as Seán O'Faoláin, Owen “The Pope” O'Mahony and Myles Dillon. What has also come to light in recently de-classified documents is the detail of how the Irish State provided sanctuary to one of the key players in the Croatian genocide, former Croatian Minister of the Interior Andrija Artukovic.  Artukovic had been spirited into the country by Franciscans in 1947, and lived in Dublin under an alias before being given an exit visa to the USA by the Irish authorities in 1948. Butler's insights into the “on the ground” dynamics of religion and nationalism in Europe – a sensibility he gained first in Ireland - ring true today as a lack of internal coherence in the “European Project” and the external pressure of the refugee/migrant crisis bring old tensions and prejudices to the fore.  Butler's description of the war-time Croatian Nazi puppet state as being “the personification, the epitome of the extraordinary alliance of religion and crime” could so easily describe the contemporary Daesh/Islamic State project.  Hubert Butler Witness To The Future is a production of Bandit Films and is being distributed by Studio North West.tv. It was filmed, produced and directed by Johnny Gogan. -Ends-

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

NUI Galway Announce Research Excellence Award Winners 2016

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

NUI Galway Book Launch and Public Lecture on Women in Ireland

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Fifth Reel Lives Film Fiesta

News Archive

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

NUI Galway was awarded the ‘Postgraduate Course of the Year in Science Award’ at the national gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards 2016 which took place in Dublin last week. This year, the prize was awarded for the University’s MSc in Biotechnology. Judges commented on evolving nature of the well-established MSc in Biotechnology programme by stating that despite the course being around since 1981, it is a strong course that keeps evolving with deep-rooted industry links, comprehensive content and a great reputation. 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 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. Potential applicants interested in applying to participate in the MSc in Biotechnology can contact Dr Mary Ní Fhlathartaigh at mary.nifhlathartaigh@nuigalway.ie for more details. -Ends-

Friday, 29 April 2016

NUI Galway research study discovers the partial or complete suppression of an individual’s immune system following major surgery can lead to post-surgical mortality Scientists at NUI Galway completed a research study which has revealed that post-traumatic immunosuppression (PTI) is one of the leading causes of post-surgical mortality and makes patients vulnerable to hospital-acquired infections, multiple organ failure and many other complications. The study was published today (29 April) in the international journal Clinical & Translational Immunology by Nature Publishing Group. Lead author of the study, Professor Rhodri Ceredig, Director of the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science at NUI Galway, said: “An evolutionarily sophisticated and balanced immune system exists in our body whose equilibrium can be altered by different physical, environmental or psychological stresses. Trauma, including major surgery and accidental injury, leads to post-traumatic immunosuppression (PTI) increasing a patient’s vulnerability to hospital-acquired infections. Florence Nightingale initially raised this question during the Crimean War and great efforts were then made to improve hospital hygiene. Although sanitation has been improved in hospitals, an equivalent phenomenon of post-traumatic deaths from systemic infections persists to this day. ” Professor Ceredig added, “More and more new infections are still threatening major trauma patients. An important question remains, ‘why do wounded patients acquire systemic infections even in a hygienic environment?’ Research over the past two decades suggests that following trauma, a patient’s immune system is imbalanced, thereby increasing their vulnerability to acquired infections. However, the underlying mechanisms of PTI are poorly defined and as yet, there are no universally accepted treatments. Our study, carried out by Dr Md. Nahidul Islam at NUI Galway in collaboration with Professor Benjamin Bradley of the University of Bristol, used total knee replacement surgery as a model of sterile surgical trauma.” At sites of tissue damage, whether it be following major surgery or accidental injury, many bioactive molecules are produced. These molecules include so-called ‘danger’ signals expressed by damaged cells that in turn stimulate production by local, undamaged, cells of very potent, soluble hormone-like molecules. Some of these molecules dampen, whereas others stimulate inflammation. It is thought the overall purpose of these early local events is to create an environment favourable to tissue healing. However, some of the molecules produced locally enter the blood stream and have effects on distant organs such as the liver, brain and organs of the immune system. The overall effect of these is to dampen immune responses thereby rendering the patient more susceptible to oportunistic infections. The origin of such infections can be either external or internal, for example from an imbalance of gut bacteria or failure of the body to control low-grade infection. In some respects, the profile of bioactive molecules circulating in the blood following sterile surgical intervention can resemble that seen in the early stages of serious bacteriological infections. Hospital-acquired infections and their treatments pose a huge economic burden on healthcare services and are a cause of serious morbidity and even mortality. One key finding of this study was that additional research is necessary in order to be able to distinguish immunosuppression following sterile trauma from that seen in the early stages of non-sterile infection, thereby providing guidelines for the initiation of appropriate treatments. This study was supported by Science Foundation Ireland, the Irish Research Council and North Bristol NHS Trust. To read the full study in Clinical & Translational Immunology visit: http://www.nature.com/cti/journal/v5/n4/full/cti201613a.html ENDS

Thursday, 28 April 2016

NUI Galway’s Biomedical Sciences Building has been awarded one of the prestigious Top Ten Design Award for Sustainability by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE), the only award outside of the United States.  The COTE Top Ten Awards program, now in its 20th year, is the profession’s most rigorous recognition program for sustainable design excellence. The program celebrates projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology. NUI Galway’s Biomedical Sciences Building opened in 2014 and provides high technology science research space dedicated to cancer research, medical device technology, biomaterials science, glycoscience, regenerative medicine and chemical biology.  On awarding the honour the AIA said: “The design of the Biomedical Sciences Building embraces the moderate climate of Ireland. By locating low-load spaces along the perimeter of the building, the project is able to take advantage of natural ventilation. Due to this approach, 45% of this intensive research building is able to function without mechanical ventilation. This is an extremely simple, yet radical approach and is rarely implemented to even a modest extent in similar laboratories in comparable US climates.” Professor Tim O’Brien, Dean of NUI Galway’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, said: “The same design team also delivered the University’s Lambe Institute for Translational Research which works in collaboration with the Biomedical Sciences Building to provide a unique blend of research in the field of biomedical science.” Speaking of the award, John Gibney, Director of Physical Resources at NUI Galway, said: “We are delighted with this award for the Biomedical Sciences Building. This is well-deserved recognition by the American Institute of Architects for the collaborative and innovative design by Payette Architects, Anthony Reddy Architects and their design team, and the design and build team led by J.J. Rhatigan & Company. It is further demonstration of NUI Galway’s commitment to sustainability in the development and operation of its buildings and estate.” More information on the Top Ten Awards is available at http://www.aia.org/press/AIAB108782. -Ends- Gradam Meiriceánach mór le rá don Inbhuanaitheacht buaite ag an bhFoirgneamh Eolaíochta Bithleighis in OÉ Gaillimh Tá ceann de na Gradaim do na Deich nDearadh is fearr don Inbhuanaitheacht bainte amach ag an bhFoirgneamh Eolaíochta Bithleighis in OÉ Gaillimh. Bhronn an American Institute of Architects (AIA) agus a Choiste Comhshaoil (COTE) an gradam ar an Ollscoil, an t-aon ghradam a bronnadh lasmuigh de na Stáit Aontaithe.  Is í seo an fichiú bliain do na Gradaim COTE - an t-aitheantas is airde is féidir a fháil as sárchaighdeán do dhearadh inbhuanaithe sa ghairm.  Déanann an clár ceiliúradh ar thionscadail a thagann chun cinn mar gheall ar chur chuige comhtháite i leith ailtireachta, córas nádúrtha agus teicneolaíochta. Osclaíodh Foirgneamh Eolaíochta Bithleighis OÉ Gaillimh sa bhliain 2014 agus tá spás ann do thaighde eolaíochta ardteicneolaíochta dírithe ar thaighde ailse, teicneolaíocht feistí leighis, eolaíocht bithábhar, gliceolaíocht, leigheas athghiniúnach agus bitheolaíocht cheimiceach.  Agus an gradam á bhronnadh dúirt an AIA: “Cuimsíonn dearadh an Fhoirgnimh Eolaíochta Bithleighis aeráid mheasartha na hÉireann. Trí spásanna atá tíosach ar fhuinneamh a lonnú ar imeall an fhoirgnimh, is féidir leis an tionscadal úsáid a bhaint as aeráil nádúrtha. I ngeall ar an gcur chuige seo, tá 45% den fhoirgneamh taighde seo in ann feidhmiú gan aerú meicniúil. Cur chuige thar a bheith simplí ach radacach é seo agus ní minic a chuirtear i bhfeidhm é, fiú de bheagán, i saotharlanna dá shamhail in aeráidí inchurtha le Meiriceá.” Dúirt an tOllamh Tim O’Brien, Déan Choláiste an Leighis, an Altranais agus na nEolaíochtaí Sláinte in OÉ Gaillimh: “Is í seo an fhoireann chéanna dearaidh a d’oibrigh ar Institiúid Lambe don Taighde Aistritheach san Ollscoil a oibríonn i gcomhar leis an bhFoirgneamh Eolaíochta Bithleighis chun meascán uathúil taighde a chur ar fáil i réimse na heolaíochta bithleighis.” Ag labhairt dó faoin ngradam, dúirt John Gibney, an Stiúrthóir Acmhainní Fisiciúla in OÉ Gaillimh: “Tá an-áthas orainn an gradam seo a fháil don Fhoirgneamh Eolaíochta Bithleighis. Is aitheantas é seo ón American Institute of Architects atá tuillte go maith ag an dearadh comhoibríoch agus nuálach a rinne Ailtirí Payette, Ailtirí Anthony Reddy agus a bhfoirne dearaidh, agus an fhoireann dearaidh agus tógála faoi stiúir J.J. Rhatigan & Company. Is léiriú é arís eile ar chomh meáite is atá OÉ Gaillimh don inbhuanaitheacht i bhforbairt agus i bhfeidhmiú a cuid foirgneamh agus eastát.” Tá tuilleadh eolais faoi na Gradaim do na Deich nDearadh is fearr le fáil ar http://www.aia.org/press/AIAB108782. -Críoch-  

Events Calendar

Upcoming Events Time / Date Location
Book Launch and Public Lecture:What we preserve from the past and what we ignore: some new perspectives on women in Ireland in the 1950s and 60s 17.00 Thursday,
5 May 2016
The Hardiman Research Building, G011 Seminar Room
Legal and Political Theory Workshop: Yaniv Roznai (The Minerva Centre for the Rule of Law Under Extreme Conditions, University of Haifa) - ʻUnconstitutional Constitutional Amendmentsʻ 12.30 Friday,
6 May 2016
THB-G010 Moore Institute Seminar, James Hardiman Building
Biophysics meets chromatin: Does phase separation regulate heterochromatin formation and function? 13.00 Friday,
6 May 2016
Biomedical Sciences Seminar Room
Talks @ Explore science in art 17.00 Friday,
6 May 2016
Anderson Lecture theatre
A University in War & Revolution / Ollscoil in am Comhraic, 1923-1919 Monday,
9 May 2016
Hardiman Research Building
Talks @ Explore science in art 17.30 Monday,
9 May 2016
Anderson Lecture theatre
iBalance Croi Weight Management System 13.00 Wednesday,
11 May 2016
Aras Moyola MY 126 Classroom 3
Irish Women Screenwriters cast in the shadows - Knocknagow (1918) and Guests of the Nation (1935) 16.00 Wednesday,
11 May 2016
The Hardiman Research Building, R1001

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