Exposure to psychological domestic abuse most damaging to children’s wellbeing

Catherine Naughton

Exposure to psychological abuse between parents is more damaging to children’s wellbeing as they grow older than physical domestic violence, according to new research carried out at University of Limerick, Ireland.

A scientific paper by Catherine Naughton, Aisling O’Donnell and Orla Muldoon, published recently in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, illustrates that growing up in a home with psychological abuse has longer-term effects on the wellbeing of young people than domestic violence.

New water filtration process uses 1,000 times less energy

A new process for water filtration using carbon dioxide consumes one thousand times less energy than conventional methods, scientific research published this week has shown.

The research was co-led by University of Limerick’s Dr Orest Shardt together with Dr Sangwoo Shin (now at University of Hawaii, Manoa), while they were both post doctoral researchers at Princeton University last year.

UL to lead CONFIRM - Centre for Smart Manufacturing funded by SFI

2nd May 2017 – Science Foundation Ireland today announced that it will invest €72 million over the next six years in four new world-class SFI Research Centres in Ireland.  The new SFI Research Centres will be supported by 80 industry partners who will provide an additional €38 million to support cutting-edge basic and applied research with strong industry engagement, economic and societal impact. The decision follows a comprehensive international peer review process involving leading industry and academic experts over the last 12 months.

EHS HRI Postgraduate Research Excellence award

The EHS HRI Postgraduate Research Excellence Seminar was held on Wednesday, 19th April.  This annual event promotes and celebrates excellence in postgraduate students’ research.  This year’s winner of the Deans Award is Robin Healy from Dept. of Physical Education & Sport Science (PESS). The title of Robin’s talk was ‘Developing Best Practice in Strength Training for Athletes.’

MACSI and ESRI research shows that electricity users, not investors, are exposed to price fluctuations

A study by Mel Devine and Niall Farrell of the Economic and Social Research Institute and William T Lee of the universities of Portsmouth and Limerick, says the system means that electricity users, rather than those investing in renewable energy, are the ones exposed to price fluctuations.

The system means that renewable energy producers are compensated when the wholesale price of electricity falls below the tariff guaranteed to them under the Refit scheme.

Homes and businesses pay for this through the public service charge, which increases as the wholesale price falls, while those who invest in renewable power face no risk from movements in the wholesale price.

UL Research shows how the stress of unemployment gets inside the body

Research is being undertaken by the Study of Anxiety, Stress and Health Lab at the University of Limerick. The research is supported by the Irish Research Council and looks at stress, unemployment, and the consequences this may have on people’s health.

Dr Stephen Gallagher Director of SASHlab and Dr Rachel Sumner postdoctoral researcher and project manager have recently published their findings in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, providing new evidence about the impact that unemployment may have on health.

Website launch introduces secondary school students to real world science

Jon O’Halloran, Dr Mary Shire, Dr Sarah Hayes, Senator Maria Byrne and Prof. Luuk van der Wielen

The Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and based in the Bernal Institute at the University of Limerick (UL) has launched their Medicines In My Life initiative. The purpose of the initiative, which includes a website and resources for teachers and pupils, is to support the SSPC’s innovative educational programme for post-primary teachers and pupils, entitled ‘Innovation in Medicines’, a module designed to introduce students to the world of medicine.

SSPC partners with iCRAG for National Crystal Growing Competition

First place winner, Kieran Barrett from Clongowes Wood College SJ, Kildare.

The Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) with iCRAG (Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences), both funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), announced winners of the 2016 National Crystal Growing Competition at the national awards ceremony today.

The very successful SSPC National Crystal Growing Competition, now in its third year, has seen interest soar in schools nationally. For this reason, SSPC partnered with iCRAG to enable the acknowledgement of multiple schools achievements.

Major new project investigating tax and inequality in the European Union

Researchers at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick are playing key roles in a major new project investigating tax and evasion in the European Union.

The Horizon 2020 COFFERS project (Combating Fiscal Fraud and Empowering Regulators) is one of the world’s largest research projects on tax and inequality and aims to discover how much tax revenue is being lost through avoidance and evasion. The €5 million project will involve researchers in Ireland, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Turkey and the Czech Republic.

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