Lero wins Google global award to encourage girls to take up computing

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.

UL hosts €25million Dairy Processing Technology Centre

The University of Limerick has been announced as the host for the new Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC) as the Irish dairy processing sector continues to ramp up its preparations for the end of milk quotas. The DPTC is a collaboration of 8 companies and 9 Research Performing Organisations (RPO’s) creating 52 new jobs for highly-skilled researchers over the 5 year term of the centre. The €25 million investment by Government and industry will position Ireland as a  world leader in dairy innovation, and help to maximise the long term growth opportunities created by anticipated increase  of 50% in the Irish milk pool by 2020.

Professor Cathal Walsh takes up UL’s Chair in Statistics

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.

Lero wins €400,000 research contract with European Space Agency

Lero - the Irish Software Research Centre at the University of Limerick has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) for the implementation of a research programme worth €400,000. The 18 month programme, which will be led by Lero Director Prof. Mike Hinchey, will commence this month.

Lero will collaborate with chip manufacturer Cobham Gaisler AB of Gothenburg, Sweden on the software behind specialist microchips to be used in European space missions. The Cobham Gaisler  LEON radiation hardened microchip, which was developed in association with the European Space Agency, is designed to operate in harsh environments such as space.

UL Study on how stress affects both unemployed and those in employment

Researchers at UL’s Centre for Social Issues Research are looking for people to take part in a new study that will use people’s spit to measure levels of stress associated with employment and unemployment.

According to Dr Rachel Sumner, a postdoctoral researcher at UL, both employed and unemployed people experience stress and poor health and the aim of the study is to discover if there are any common factors by collecting and examining saliva samples.

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