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.  

Lero wins industry commitments of over €400,000 for software modernisation programmes

Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, which is supported by Science Foundation Ireland, has won industry commitments worth in excess of €400,000 for software modernisation programmes.

“The reality is that there is a lot of old software out there which is still at the heart of many critical applications, particularly in the area of financial transactions. For example, more than 50 years after the COBOL language was invented, the stark fact is that there are 200 times more COBOL transactions daily than Google searches,” commented Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Chief Scientist, Lero.  

UL hosts conference exploring the wider impact of austerity on society

The Kemmy Business School, UL hosted a conference exploring the impact of austerity on society. ‘Austerity: Economic, Political, and Social Perspectives’.

Speakers include Mark Blyth, Brown University, Jonathan Hopkin, London School of Economics, Niamh Hardiman, University College Dublin, Niamh Hourigan, UCC, John McHale, Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, Stephen Kinsella, UL and Mary Regan, Political Editor, Irish Examiner among others.

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