Maths collaboration brings the perfect coffee a step closer

Mathematicians are a step closer to answering what, for some, is one of life’s most pressing questions – how to make the perfect cup of coffee.

Advanced mathematical analysis of a “hideously complicated” set of variables reveals that the size of the coffee grain is critical, followed by a long list of other factors.

This information is expected to be of particular interest to industrial manufacturers of coffee machines.

Irish surgeon identifies emerging area of medical science

Professor of Surgery at UL’s Graduate Entry Medical School, J Calvin Coffey

A University of Limerick, Ireland, professor has identified an emerging area of science having reclassified part of the digestive system as an organ.

The mesentery, which connects the intestine to the abdomen, had for hundreds of years been considered a fragmented structure made up of multiple separate parts. However, research by Professor of Surgery at UL’s Graduate Entry Medical School, J Calvin Coffey, found the mesentery is one, continuous structure.

Applying Maths to Solve Social Problems

Peter Fennell who was recently awarded a James S McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

An Irish researcher is using maths to discover how information, behaviour and trends spread through social networks and is finding unusual applications for his work including on the streets of Los Angeles.

Applied mathematics researcher Peter Fennell, who completed his PhD in University of Limerick’s Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI), was recently granted a James S McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Studying Complex Systems.

Hat-trick for SSPC at the Pharma Industry Awards 2016

The Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC), a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and industry funded research centre, at the University of Limerick, was announced as Pharma Research Centre of the Year 2016 for the third year running at the Pharma Industry Awards. The award was presented by Noel Kileen of The Sunday Post.

UL Academic Delivers Scholar Lecture Award

Professor Ann MacPhail

University of Limerick’s Professor Ann MacPhail was awarded the title of the British Education Research Association (BERA) Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy Scholar for 2016 at a conference recently.

As part of the honour Professor MacPhail, who is Head of the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, delivered a lecture at the BERA Conference at Leeds University.

The title recognises the distinguished contribution to the physical education and sport pedagogy research community of the awardee.

Irish researchers work on soft exoskeleton to aid mobility

Dr Adam de Eyto and Dr Leonard O'Sullivan

Researchers working on a wearable-robotics project, aimed at improving movement for people with reduced mobility, plan to build the first fully-functional prototype of ‘intelligent’ trousers by 2019.

The soft, biometic exoskeleton would allow older people or people with disabilities to move their legs by detecting movement intention.

A group from University of Limerick is part of the European team of researchers, led by the Italian Institute of Technology, which has begun work on the wearable soft-robotics intelligent-clothing system.

Centre for Early Modern Studies launched in UL

A new research centre focussing on Irish and European history and culture has been launched in UL. The Centre for Early Modern Studies brings together experts from University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College to further the study of the history and culture of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

According to Chair of the Centre for Early Modern Studies and Lecturer in History at UL, Dr Richard Kirwan, “the centre will bring together scholars from various academic disciplines to work on specific research themes and projects focussed on the early modern era. It will also serve as a platform for the sharing of expertise via lectures, conferences and seminars”.

UL researchers call for mandatory reporting of gender pay gaps

A research team at University of Limerick has called on the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, to introduce legislation that would require employers to disclose the gender pay gap in their organisations.

The researchers made the call at the Gender Equality in Decision-Making (GEM) conference hosted in Dell EMC’s Cherrywood Campus in Dublin today (Thursday, September 22).

The call follows moves by the British Government to introduce legislation forcing employers with more than 250 employees to publish, on an annual basis, the difference between women’s and men’s earnings.

UL research to improve youth justice system

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone TD

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone TD launched a new research programme in University of Limerick recently to help improve the effectiveness of the youth justice system in Ireland.

The Research Evidence into Policy, Programmes and Practice (REPPP) programme, funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, is a joint initiative with the School of Law, University of Limerick.

It will undertake research and evaluations and bring together international expert opinion to practically apply evidence across the youth justice system in both community and detention settings.

New app helps farmers prepare for rainy day

Dr John Garvey

A University of Limerick lecturer has developed a unique weather app tailored for Irish farmers. FarmHedge, a free smart-phone app, provides farmers with on-farm alerts directly relevant to agricultural activities.

Dr John Garvey, Senior Lecturer in Risk Management and Insurance at UL, created the app to help farmers better plan their work.
“The weather alerts are specific to the farm location and they relate short-term forecasts to the ten-year normal for that location to provide information on grass growth, animal health risks and other farm activities,” he explained.

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