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.’

MACSI and ESRI research shows that electricity users, not investors, are exposed to price fluctuations

A study by Mel Devine and Niall Farrell of the Economic and Social Research Institute and William T Lee of the universities of Portsmouth and Limerick, says the system means that electricity users, rather than those investing in renewable energy, are the ones exposed to price fluctuations.

The system means that renewable energy producers are compensated when the wholesale price of electricity falls below the tariff guaranteed to them under the Refit scheme.

Homes and businesses pay for this through the public service charge, which increases as the wholesale price falls, while those who invest in renewable power face no risk from movements in the wholesale price.

UL Research shows how the stress of unemployment gets inside the body

Research is being undertaken by the Study of Anxiety, Stress and Health Lab at the University of Limerick. The research is supported by the Irish Research Council and looks at stress, unemployment, and the consequences this may have on people’s health.

Dr Stephen Gallagher Director of SASHlab and Dr Rachel Sumner postdoctoral researcher and project manager have recently published their findings in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, providing new evidence about the impact that unemployment may have on health.

Website launch introduces secondary school students to real world science

Jon O’Halloran, Dr Mary Shire, Dr Sarah Hayes, Senator Maria Byrne and Prof. Luuk van der Wielen

The Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and based in the Bernal Institute at the University of Limerick (UL) has launched their Medicines In My Life initiative. The purpose of the initiative, which includes a website and resources for teachers and pupils, is to support the SSPC’s innovative educational programme for post-primary teachers and pupils, entitled ‘Innovation in Medicines’, a module designed to introduce students to the world of medicine.

SSPC partners with iCRAG for National Crystal Growing Competition

First place winner, Kieran Barrett from Clongowes Wood College SJ, Kildare.

The Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) with iCRAG (Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences), both funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), announced winners of the 2016 National Crystal Growing Competition at the national awards ceremony today.

The very successful SSPC National Crystal Growing Competition, now in its third year, has seen interest soar in schools nationally. For this reason, SSPC partnered with iCRAG to enable the acknowledgement of multiple schools achievements.

Major new project investigating tax and inequality in the European Union

Researchers at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick are playing key roles in a major new project investigating tax and evasion in the European Union.

The Horizon 2020 COFFERS project (Combating Fiscal Fraud and Empowering Regulators) is one of the world’s largest research projects on tax and inequality and aims to discover how much tax revenue is being lost through avoidance and evasion. The €5 million project will involve researchers in Ireland, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Turkey and the Czech Republic.

Milking Engineering Science for Dairy

Professor Harry Van den Akker, Bernal Chair in Fluid Mechanics

Ireland produces in the region of 5,400 billion litres of milk annually and about 10% of the global exports of infant milk formula.

Professor Harry Van den Akker, Bernal Chair in Fluid Mechanics, and his team at UL are developing ways to make the multi-billion-euro dairy products industry more efficient.

“Dairy plants didn’t change for decades. To some degree, and I don’t mean this negatively, it was more an art or a profession than a science. The processes, the equipment, the conditions for operating, there were not many changes in them over the years so there is room for improvement,” Professor Van den Akker stated.

Nexus based Arralis secures €50m investment from Hong Kong-based consortium

Eamon Boland, Marie Bourke, Barry Lunn, Valerie Somers and Denver Humphrey of Arralis

Irish tech firm Arralis, based at the Nexus Innovation Centre in the University of Limerick, has secured a €50 million investment from a consortium of Hong Kong-based investors that will allow the company to expand its operations and add up to 25 new jobs.

Arralis is developing products that are considered the future of global radar and wireless communications. Using high millimetre-wave (mmwave) technology that forms the foundations of 5G communications, its products have applications in self-driving car technology and satellite technology among other industries.

Visit of Prof Ritsert Jansen, Dean of Talent Development University of Groningen

The Research Office was delighted to welcome Prof Ritsert Jansen, Dean of Talent Development and Head of Bioinformatics Centre, University of Groningen to the University of Limerick. 

The visit was facilitated by Prof Alison Perry, Dean, Faculty of Education and Health Sciences who invited Prof Jansen to visit the University of Limerick on foot of a talk he gave on achieving a research-led university. 

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