The University of Limerick is celebrating International Women’s Day with the launch of the UL bid for an Athena SWAN Award, which recognises and celebrates good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. At a UL conference to mark International Women’s Day chaired by RTE’s Claire Byrne, UL President Professor Don Barry reiterated the institution’s commitment to gender equality at all levels in UL.
A study undertaken by researchers at the University of Limerick has identified four distinct sleep profiles in 9-month old infants in Ireland indicating that mothers of infants in the poorer sleep profiles are more likely to report higher levels of stress and depression and poorer physical health.
Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre at the University of Limerick, has been named by Google as one of the global winners of the 2015 RISE Awards. Google’s RISE programme, which began in 2010, is designed to support organisations that encourage girls and underrepresented students in extracurricular computer science programmes. This year Google will contribute $1.5m to 37 organisations in 17 countries.
Lero will utilise its $17,000 award to promote and organise computing summer camps at the University of Limerick aimed specifically at female secondary students from the age of 14 plus.
MACSI and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics have announced that Professor Cathal Walsh has taken up UL's Chair in Statistics. Professor Walsh joins UL from Trinity College Dublin. His research interests include Bayesian modelling, evidence synthesis, disease and epidemic models, and biomedical statistics. He has published over 100 journal publications in these areas.
Professor Colum Dunne, Director of Research at the University of Limerick’s Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS), has been presented with one of the Irish Health Services Executive (HSE) Inaugural Open Access Awards by HSE Director General, Mr Tony O’Brien.
Professor Tiziana Margaria has been appointed Professor of Software Systems at the University of Limerick and a Principal Investigator of Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre. She was previously Professor of Service and Software Engineering at the University of Potsdam in Germany and is a former head of the Institute of Informatics.
Professor Mark Davies of the University of Limerick has been elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.
The University of Limerick has recently announced the appointment of Ireland’s first Professor of STEM Education, Sibel Erduran. Professor Erduran will also take on the role as the new Director of the National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning, NCE-MSTL.