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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Pfizer Process Development Centre, Dr. Liam Tully has been appointed as Adjunct Professor of Pharmaceutical Innovation at the University of Limerick. The Adjunct Professor position results from Liam’s extensive work and continued efforts in building collaborations between the pharmaceutical industry and academia in Ireland. The Adjunct Professor role will ensure closer collaboration and increased input from industry in the educational development of students and the important Research Programmes ongoing in the University of Limerick in support of the Irish pharmaceutical industry.
The University of Limerick will take the lead in Phase 2 of Food for Health Ireland’s (FHI) research programme to explore the role of milk proteins in healthy ageing and performance nutrition.
Maeve Kiely, a PhD student with the Department of Life Sciences at UL has been awarded a coveted and prestigious scholarship from FAPESP, the São Paulo Research Foundation in Brazil. The scholarship will allow Maeve to attend a workshop entitled "SPSAS - Advances in Molecular Oncology: Translating Molecular Biology into Cancer Treatment" which will be held in São Paulo, Brazil in February.