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UCD Alumna Hazel Chu elected Lord Mayor of Dublin

  UCD alumna and Green Party councillor Hazel Chu has been elected the 352nd Lord Mayor of Dublin. Ms Chu studied history and politics at UCD before going on to train as a Barrister at the King’s Inn. She later completed a Masters in Marketing Practice at UCD Smurfit. Speaking after her election, Ms Chu said she would use the position to have “an open and frank conversation on the topic of racism and gender inequality.” We wish Ms Chu every success in the role.   Read our exclusive interview with Hazel Chu in the recently released UCD Connections 2020.

Free Online Mindfulness Sessions with Carolin Grampp

Carolin Grampp is a UCD School of Business University Teaching Specialist and facilitates undergraduate and postgraduate modules on- and offline which mostly offer students the opportunity to explore well-being and resilience through personal experience. Personal experiences and subsequent needs sparked her interest in mindfulness, compassion and resource-building practices for which she has completed extensive training which is informing her work at UCD and outside. Carolin is also caregiver to her mother who has Parkinson’s and limited eyesight due to Macular degeneration. Would you like to connect in this challenging time to practice self-care and laughter? Carolin and her friend Bal are offering free Zoom sessions throughout March and April (and possibly beyond) on the following days and times: Mondays: 12-1pm BST Wednesdays: 7.30-8.30pm BST Fridays:…
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UCD alumni celebrate Grafton Architects at their Royal Gold Medal Lecture

Dublin-based Grafton Architects, co-founded by UCD alumni Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, was named the 2020 recipient of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal. This follows the award of the medal to UCD alumni and Professors (Emeritus) Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey in 2015. On Wednesday 12 February 2020, the evening before the medal presentation, Shelley and Yvonne delivered a public lecture at the Royal Institute of British Architects to mark the occasion. Hugh Campbell, Dean of Architecture at the UCD School of Architecture, Planning, and Environmental Policy, was asked to provide an introduction and moderate the post-lecture audience Q&A session. UCD was able to secure a block of seats at the event, and 70 UCD alumni were in attendance to celebrate…
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Environmental Policy academics launch report on the Failure of Water Charges in Ireland

UCD Professor Peter Clinch and Anne Pender launched a report inquiring into why the domestic water charging regime in Ireland failed. Access to safe and reliable drinking water and wastewater services is essential for public health and well-being, but attitudes differ regarding how such services should be funded. In Ireland, the 2014 introduction of a domestic-sector consumption-based charging regime was met with public protests, leading eventually to the suspension of charges in 2016 and a subsequent recommendation by a parliamentary committee that they be abolished. (more…)
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Academics from School of Biosystems and Food ranked among world’s most influential scientists 

Two UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering academics are ranked in the top 1% of the world's most cited researchers, according to the annual Highly Cited Researchers 2018, compiled by Clarivate Analytics. Head of School, Prof. Colm O'Donnell is also an alumnus and this is the fourth time that he has appeared on this prestigious list. Now in its fifth year, the ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ listing identifies influential researchers who are leading the way in solving the world’s biggest challenges. (more…)
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I-Form researchers win top prize in international 3D printing competition

A team of Irish researchers has won first prize in a global competition for industrial 3D printing. The team – comprising UCD-based researchers in I-Form, the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Manufacturing – scooped a prize worth USD10,000 for their project: the design and print of a disposable 3D printed reactor. The polymer reactor can be used to controllably mix chemical precursors used in the manufacture of pharmaceutical agents. (more…)
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Prof Eoin Casey wins SFI Entrepreneurship Award

The winners of the prestigious 2018 Science Foundation Ireland Awards were revealed at the annual SFI Science Summit on November 12th. Joined by over 350 leading members of the Irish research community, Science Foundation Ireland is celebrating their researchers’ contributions to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. (more…)
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Electrical Engineering graduate helping to shape the future of oil giant BP

BERNARD Looney grew up on a farm in Ashgrove, near Kenmare in Co Kerry. Today, the 48-year-old UCD engineering graduate is based in London and spends about half his time travelling the globe for the world's sixth-largest energy company, BP. As CEO of its Upstream division, which finds and produces oil and gas, he's in charge of 18,000 people - just under a fifth of the entire workforce. Operating in 29 countries, his division spends €7bn to €8bn a year to run it, investing €11bn to €12bn on top of that. (more…)