Bernal Professor awarded top honour by Polish President

Bernal Chair of Energy, Professor Bartek Glowacki was recently honoured by the President of Poland when he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of Polonia Restituta. The Knight’s Cross is presented by the Order of Rebirth of Poland and is one of Poland’s highest orders. The order was conferred for outstanding achievements in the fields of science and education.

UL report highlights Hate crime as major concern for Irish NGOs

A report by University of Limerick academics ‘A Life Free From Fear’ Legislating for Hate Crime in Ireland: An NGO Perspective has been launched in Dublin by Senator Ivana Bacik. The report outlines the true extent of hate crime in Ireland today and how it affects many communities. Report authors Jennifer Schweppe (School of Law), Dr Amanda Haynes and Dr James Carr (Department of Sociology) present the experiences and perspectives of NGOs who deal on a regular basis with the challenge of hate crime, and provide an analysis of the efficacy of Irish legislation in combating hate crime.

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.

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