The Testament of Mary - a new production

In May 2017, a new production of the stage version of Colm Toibin’s The Testament of Mary premieres in Paris, at the Odéon, with a score composed by performer and composer, Professor Mel Mercier, Chair of Performing Arts at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. In 2013, Professor Mercier composed the score and created the sound design for the original Broadway production of The Testament of Mary, which was directed by Deborah Warner and performed by Fiona Shaw.

UL research programme to investigate new social media platforms for those aged 50+

From left Áine Phelan, ISAX, Dr Sarah Beecham, Lero, Gary Thompson, IBM and Professor Ita Richardson, Lero.

Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, IBM Ireland and ISAX (Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange) have announced a two year research programme which could result in a new social media platform which would allow older people to offer and receive volunteer services, make new friends and interact. The Science Foundation Ireland supported initial research programme is valued at an estimated €116,400.

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.’

Casting an eye on Modern Irish History

Ruan O’Donnell is Senior Lecturer in History and a recognised authority on Modern Irish History. My Special Category, The IRA in English Prisons, Volume 2: 1978-1985 was published in November 2015 by Irish Academic Press. This is the second of a three volume series assessing the role of Irish political prisoners in Britain during the ‘Long War’. It is the most comprehensive project of its kind and falls within the emerging field of ‘contemporary history’.

Improving Communication though automated role-play

Researchers:

•         Dr Sarah Beecham (Principle Investigator, Marketing and Project manager)
•         Dr John Noll (Content/Technical Lead)
•         Dr Helen Kelly-Holmes (Content Advisor)

Remembering the Holocaust

Anthony McElligott is professor of history and Head of Department at the University of Limerick, which he joined in 2002. He is currently researching the destruction of the Jewish Communities of the Eastern Aegean in 1944 for a book: The Last Transport: The Holocaust in the Eastern Aegean to be published by Bloomsbury in 2017. A summary article drawn from this project will appear as ‘The Last Transport: The Holocaust in the Eastern Aegean’ in Giorgos Antoniou and A.

Law, Science & Innovation

In an era of unparalleled advances in science, combined with the innovative use of new and existing technologies, society is struggling to provide the necessary legal frameworks for the future.

Journalism in times of crisis

This 7 April UL is organising a conference entitled ‘Journalism in times of crisis’. The conference will look at the political and economic role journalism plays in crisis periods. Two panel sessions will be held, firstly on media concentration and secondly on the framing of the water protests. The panel discussions will include academics, journalists, politicians and broadcasters. Parallel sessions on the media representation of economics, class and gender will be held alongside discussions on disruptions in journalism and finally a roundtable discussion on new and radical media.

Combatting Hate Crime Across Europe

A hate crime is an offence which is known to the criminal law and which is committed in a context which includes hostility towards difference. The category includes racist, religiously aggravated, transphobic, homophobic and disablist crimes for example. The OSCE describe hate crimes as: “… criminal acts committed with a bias motive. It is this motive that makes hate crimes different from other crimes. A hate crime is not one particular offence. It could be an act of intimidation, threats, property damage, assault, murder or any other criminal offence”.

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