Archive for 9 November 2009

Science week in Ireland: was Einstein wrong?

Posted in teaching with tags on 9 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“This week is Science Week in Ireland, with science events taking place all over the country. There are talks and demonstrations on every aspect of science you can think of, from a demonstration of animal magic at Killaloe in County Limerick to astronomy at the Crawford Observatory of University College Cork …” (more)

[Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, Antimatter, 9 November]

Student mental health campaign unveiled

Posted in Life with tags , on 9 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has unveiled a new campaign aimed at raising awareness of mental health among young people. Mental Health Awareness Week will run from November 9th until November 13th. As part of the campaign, USI will distribute a mental health awareness pack in third level colleges throughout the country …” (more)

[Ciara O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 November]

Minister Conor Lenihan announces inaugural Science Foundation Ireland ‘Researcher of the Year’

Posted in research with tags , on 9 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Mr. Conor Lenihan T.D., has today announced Professor Luke O’Neill of Trinity College Dublin (TCD) as winner of Science Foundation Ireland’s inaugural SFI ‘Researcher of the Year’ accolade. Minister Lenihan made the announcement in a keynote address to the SFI Science Summit, at a two-day conference in Athlone attended by over 300 of Ireland’s leading scientific researchers …” (more)

[Conor Lenihan, Fianna Fail Blog, 9 November]

Academic warns on college funding cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 9 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The financial base of Irish universities is being undermined by decisions on fees and reductions in State funding, according to DCU president professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski. Speaking at a graduation ceremony held by the university today, the professor said efforts by Irish third-level institutions to promote the value of research had been undermined by the McCarthy report, which questioned the usefulness of spending in this area …” (more)

[Irish Times, 9 November]

UCD’s HeyStaks Technologies Wins European Entrepreneurship Competition

Posted in research with tags on 9 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“HeyStaks Technologies the University College Dublin spin-out company has won the inaugural, Europe-wide, UNICA Entrepreneurship Competition for Students and Young Researchers and a prize of €20,000. HeyStaks (, a NovaUCD client company, has developed a revolutionary social Web search platform which enables searchers to better organise and easily share the resources they find while searching and browsing the Web …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 9 November]

New €26-million seed equity fund for Irish university spin-offs

Posted in research with tags , , on 9 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Bank of Ireland has launched a new Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund supported by Enterprise Ireland and the University of Limerick that will focus on start-up companies and patent-pending projects in Irish universities …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 9 November]

Third of college students have mental health issues – report

Posted in Life with tags , on 9 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“One in three college students in Ireland is experiencing mental health problems, according to a university report. The figures coincide with the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week at college campuses across the country this week …” (more)

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