UL STEM students want to plant roots in Limerick

first_imgUniversity of Limerick came out on top at this years Smedia Awards Facebook Breaching the gender barrier at UL TAGSBT Young Scientist and Technology ExhibitionLimerick STEMUL Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students THE majority of Limerick third level science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) students at the University of Limerick are hoping to stay and work in the wider Limerick region a recent survey has shown.Conducted by the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE), the recent survey revealed that almost 70 per cent of current third level UL STEM students want to live and work in the region, once they have completed their studies.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The survey was revealed as part of the BT YSTE 2018 launch which takes place next week in Limerick.The benefits of investing in STEM education and the importance it is for the viability of the wider Limerick area prompted organisers to launch in Limerick due to the support in the region.In 2017, there were 195 project applications received from schools in Limerick which was a phenomenal increase of 25 per cent on previous years.This year’s launch will focus on the need for all stakeholders (government, enterprise and educators) to work together to ensure that STEM education in Ireland is of the highest international standard.Speaking of the recent survey, Shay Walsh, MD BT Ireland said, “Our survey found that there is a desire, from Ireland’s sought-after graduates, to stay living and working in the Limerick area if the right opportunities are made available to them.“These findings show just how vital it is for employers and companies to be engaged and to think about the kind of talent and expertise they will need in the future to remain ahead of the curb.“Ireland is paving the way for innovation and development particularly in the med-tech and pharmaceutical fields. If Limerick wishes to advance and achieve it’s ‘Twenty Thirty’ goals, we must all work together to drive STEM education and investment. After all, employees are the backbone of enterprise and efforts must be made to ensure we produce the very best and brightest”.Dr Mary Shire, Vice President of Research in University of Limerick said; “We are delighted to see the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition launching their 2018 event in Limerick.“This launch will be a great opportunity to showcase just how important STEM education and investment is to stakeholders within the wider Limerick area.At UL, we are extremely committed to our continued advancement and expansion in this area, as can be seen through our new state-of-the art Bernal Institute for Science and Research development. I know the wider business community is extremely focused on making Limerick a hub for foreign investment and enterprise, particularly in innovation, and in response to this commitment, our focus must continue to be on ensuring we have exceptional graduates to meet this demand”.See btyoungscientist.com for more details ahead of the September 25 deadline. WhatsApp Linkedin Intermediate Care Facility patients benefiting from holistic healthcare model Printcenter_img NewsEducationUL STEM students want to plant roots in LimerickBy Staff Reporter – August 30, 2017 1176 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Advertisement Previous articleFatal accident claims life at Kerry Limerick borderNext articleLimerick Church targeted by vandals for third time Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Post Show | CSSI 2020 Email University of Limerick appoints first ever woman president of an Irish university last_img read more

Crevasse and rift detection in Antarctica from TerraSAR-X satellite imagery

first_imgSurface crevasses covered by snow bridges can be mapped remotely on ice sheets and glaciers using active microwave synthetic aperture radar. They are highlighted against the surrounding snow due to increased scattering from the side-walls and base of snow bridges and usually appear as linear features. The contrast between crevasses and crevasse-free regions depends on the design of the sensor, the image acquisition parameters and the properties of the snow. Here we quantify how crevassed regions are represented at X-band for different polarizations, look directions and incidence angles, and discuss whether additional information about their physical properties can be gained from their radar signature. Snow bridge thicknesses and crevasse widths are measured on the ground in the McMurdo Shear Zone and Brunt Ice Shelf by ground-penetrating radar and excavation. TerraSAR-X is shown to reliably distinguish crevasse location, balancing penetration into the snow and horizontal resolution. We provide recommendations for radar imaging parameters that optimize the identification of individual crevasses and crevassed regions.last_img read more

Gritters dispatched to selected routes in Donegal tonight

first_imgDonegal County Council is preparing its gritters for a number of areas in Donegal as temperatures drop tonight.Main routes in Inishowen, Milford and Buncrana Town Council area are on the gritting list for Monday night from 8pm.Met Eireann has forecast frost and a risk of icy patches in parts of the north west tonight. Temperatures will reach lows of -1 to +1 Celsius and it is set to be milder near the west coast with lows of 1 to 3 Celsius in moderate breezes. Frost, ice and any fog will clear on Tuesday morning to give a dry day with some sunny spells.The following routes will be gritted from 8PM on Monday:04: Inishowen South05: Inishowen East06: Inishowen West07: Milford South08: Milford NorthBT: Buncrana Town CouncilGritters dispatched to selected routes in Donegal tonight was last modified: December 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kevin Durant, Draymond Green take ownership of their turnover issues

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceOAKLAND – Steve Kerr might want to scream a vulgarity whenever he disagrees with an officials’ call. The Warriors’ coach might want to break a clipboard when he becomes upset with his players’ effort.There is something else, though, that makes the normally calm and compassionate Kerr go into a rage. He goes ballistic whenever he sees his team commit silly turnovers. “We had just done all of that work down …last_img read more

Legendary and beloved Bay Area former coach John Ralston dies

first_imgJohn Ralston, a longtime and beloved Bay Area college and professional sports figure, passed away peacefully in Sunnyvale on Saturday. He was 92.Ralston’s influence spanned from when he was a Cal linebacker from 1947-1950 under legendary coach Lynn “Pappy” Waldorf” into the 21st century as a special assistant to the athletics director at San Jose State.He was best known as a football coach with a positive approach to life that took Utah State, Stanford and the Denver Broncos to success.Ralston …last_img read more

SA scientist leads cancer fight

first_imgSouth African-born scientist Dr Peter Jones has pioneered a new form of cancer treatment called epigenetic therapy. MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Peter Jones University of Southern California +1 323 865 0816 USEFUL LINKS • USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Centre • Stand Up To Cancer • Cancer Association of South Africa RELATED ARTICLES • Rooibos yoghurt fights cancer • Vaccine hope for SA women • Top award for Rhodes scientistSamson MulugetaSouth African-born scientist Dr Peter Jones, who conducted his seminal research at Stellenbosch Medical School in the late 1970s, has pioneered a new form of cancer treatment called epigenetic therapy.Instead of killing cancer cells with chemotherapy or radiation, the new form of therapy activates dormant genes in the affected cells and instructs them to become healthy again.During an international clinical trial, the new type of therapy was found to boost some patients’ survival rate from 26% to 50%. The results were published in the British medical journal Lancet in March 2009.Jones emigrated to US in the 1980s and is currently a professor of urology, biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Southern California.Together with Dr Stephen Baylin of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Centre at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, he has formed the Dream Team project, which aims to bring the promise of epigenetic therapy to clinical practice. The focus of the project, made possible with a US$9.12-million (R73-million) grant, is on breast, colon and lung cancers as well leukaemia.Jones and Baylin’s effort is funded by Stand Up To Cancer, a US-based charity that supports research on new cancer treatments.Accidental discoveryBorn in Cape Town, Jones received a BSc in biochemistry from the University College of Rhodesia, now the University of Zimbabwe, in 1969, and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of London in 1973. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, California, from 1973 to 1975.During his stint at Stellenbosch Medical School Jones tried to see whether cancer drugs could trigger cancer in basic – as opposed to specialised – human cells. During this investigation, quite by chance, he and a graduate student found that a basic human cell, once treated with a little-known drug called “aza-c”, started to beat, like a heart.The aza-c had somehow switched on the cell’s genes, turning it into a specialised muscle cell.This gave Jones the idea that the drug could ”turn off” genes in cancerous cells and transform them into healthy ones.“I can still remember being there in the lab at Tygerberg when my grad student ran in and said, ‘My God, I just saw these cells twitching.’ It was completely accidental,” Jones told the Sunday Times.Cancer drugs that have developed from the initial aza-c findings have shown promise in treating acute myelogenous leukaemia and a group of diseases called myelodysplastic syndromes.New field of scienceJones’s work has attracted a number of accolades. In 2008 he was awarded South Africa’s highest cancer research award, the AG Oettle prize, and in 2009 he scooped the prize for basic cancer research from the American Association for Cancer Research and the Kirk and Dorothy Landon Foundation.“It’s very rare in science that you can say the work of individual investigators revolutionises cancer research, but Peter Jones and Stephen Baylin have achieved that kind of paradigm shift,” said Margaret Foti, the association’s chief executive officer.“Their work has changed the way we view molecular causation from a genetic to an epigenetic focus. The potential impact of this work is enormous, and it is already resulting in significant improvements in cancer diagnosis and therapy.”Dr Carl Albrecht, head of research for the Cancer Association of South Africa and a former colleague, said Jones’s work represented “the great new hope” in the war on cancer.“I would not be surprised in the least if Jones were to win the Nobel Prize,” Albrecht told the Sunday Times. “This could prove to be one of South Africa’s greatest gifts to the world,” he said.Jones said the work he began while in South Africa led to a “whole new field of science in the world”.“Something was done in South Africa that has launched a serious new hope,” he said.last_img read more

Prescott Passive House: A Class Project

first_imgOne major source of pride in the Prescott neighborhood of south-central Kansas City, Kansas, is a 1,700-sq.-ft. home that may be the most energy efficient residence in the state. Called Prescott Passive House, it is the product of careful design, stretches of frenetic on-site activity (between snow storms), and construction methods aimed at bringing the home to Passive House performance standards.The house is, in fact, a product of University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Planning’s design-build program, Studio 804. As class projects go, its performance target made it ambitious. But Prescott Passive House’s creators also had an equally ambitious, tandem goal: affordability. As Jetson Green points out in a recent post, a lot of student labor and donated materials factor into the $180,000 price of the three-bedroom, two-bath house, which is targeting prospective buyers earning 80% or less of the area median income. Studio 804 said it worked with Community Housing of Wyandotte County and the Prescott Neighborhood Group to produce a home that would serve as “as a catalyst to both educate the homeowner and the community.”Groundbreaking was February 1, and the students documented the project’s progress with weekly updates and photos on the Studio 804 website. Based on the photos, it seems the students did a good job adding a sense of opulence to the open interior and concrete floor and countertops. The near-black exterior siding, matched in color by operable exterior louvers, is actually Douglas fir that has been charred according to the Japanese shou-sugi-ban method, which includes brushing and washing the charred planks, then treating them with a natural oil.The Studio 804 team chose windows made by Austria-based Zech Group, which is expected to begin production in the U.S. this year.Remaining tasks for the students: documentation for Passive House certification and LEED Platinum certification.last_img read more