Building an Innovation Ecosystem

A University of Limerick research project which aims to develop new ways to join components has been awarded €1.35 million funding through the Science Foundation Ireland Investigators Programme. Principal Investigator, Dr Conor McCarthy explains the significance of this project: “Nuts and bolts have been used for centuries to join safety-critical structures together. However, bolts require holes to be drilled in the assembled parts and this leads to a drastic reduction in their ability to withstand the forces of nature and impacts from everyday use.”

IComp helps bring Limerick students’ project to the International Space Station

An Orbital Sciences rocket blasted off from NASA Wallops Flight Facility in the USA last Sunday 13th July, bringing with it an experiment designed by Limerick students.  The students from St Nessan’s Community College, Limerick were winners of a competition ‘The Only Way is Up’ run by the Irish Centre for Composites Research (IComp) which offered them a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring their experiment to the International Space Station (ISS). The experiment will investigate the effects of microgravity on reinforced concrete while spending 30 days orbiting the earth.

Early career researchers awarded over €1.85m

Four University of Limerick researchers have been awarded in excess of €1.85 million in funding by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) as part of today’s €23 million funding announcement by Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock. The UL research awards included Career Development Awards to Dr Pat Kiely, Dr Sarah Hudson and Dr Christophe Silien and a Starting Investigator Research Grant to Dr Stephen Dooley.

Children’s TV Programming in Ireland and England Positively Portraying Unhealthy Food

Unhealthy food and drinks are common in children’s TV programmes broadcast in Ireland and England, and frequently portrayed in a positive light, according from new research from the Graduate Entry Medical School at the University of Limerick. Statutory legislation to curb children’s exposure to high sugar and fat food/drink in TV adverts was introduced in the UK in 2007, and similar regulations have recently come on stream in Ireland, however, these regulations are not being applied to programme content.

UL’s Bernal Chair of Crystal Engineering ranked among the world’s top 1% of highly cited researchers

Professor Michael Zaworotko, Bernal Chair of Crystal Engineering at the University of Limerick has been ranked among the world's top 1% highly cited researchers displaying exceptional impact. Only three thousand researchers earned the distinction by writing the greatest numbers of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators℠ as Highly Cited Papers—ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication.
 

UL becomes first Irish university to become a member of the National Academy of Inventors

The University of Limerick became the first Irish university to become a member of the prestigious National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The National Academy of Inventors comprises of US and international universities, governmental and non-profit research institutions and has over 3,000 inventor members and Fellows spanning 200 institutions. Among the members are Nobel Laureates and world top 5 ranked universities including Harvard, Yale and MIT.

RTÉ ‘s Bryan Dobson joins University of Limerick as Adjunct Professor of Journalism

RTÉ News anchor Bryan Dobson has been appointed as Adjunct Professor of Public Service Broadcast Journalism. Mr Dobson, who is main anchor of the flagship Six One News programme on RTÉ One television, is one of the most respected broadcasters in Ireland. He will take up his appointment on September 1 for a three-year period.

This is an honorary position and Mr Dobson will continue to work for the State broadcaster RTÉ.

Award-winning €15 million Graduate Entry Medical School Building at UL offically launched

Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD, officially launched the award-winning Graduate Entry Medical School at the University of Limerick. The Building was designed by Grafton Architects, and was the winner of RIBA 2013 EU Award and a finalist in the highly prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize. Located beside the existing Health Sciences and Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the Medical School is easily distinguishable by its limestone exterior and is a stand-out addition to UL’s Clare Campus.  

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