New UL Vice President will focus on broadening research function

first_imgTwitter WhatsApp Print Linkedin Newly appointed UL Vice President Professor Norelee KennedyPhoto: Oisin McHughPROFESSOR Norelee Kennedy, who has been appointed Vice President for Research at the University of Limerick, will be responsible for a main pillar of the new UL Strategic Plan that will be launched in the coming semester.An Associate Professor of Physiotherapy and Head of School of Allied Health at UL, she will take up the new position in January.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald said that research was vital to the future of the University and its importance is now gaining significant attention.“Research and Innovation will also form a main pillar of the new UL Strategic Plan which will be launched in the coming semester,” he stated.Dr Fitzgerald also acknowledged “the superb work of the outgoing Vice President Dr Mary Shire who completed two very successful terms in this role and led the Research function with distinction”.Prof Kennedy has worked as an academic in UL for over 14 years and as Head of School of Allied Health for five years. The Tipperary native graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BSc Physiotherapy in 1999 and a PhD in 2004. Her research focuses on focuses on inflammatory arthritis and physical activity in exercise.Stating that she was honoured to be taking on her new role, she said that, as an academic in UL for the last 14 years, she was very proud of UL and the research that was done there.“It is such an exciting opportunity to look at the next phase of research for UL. We have an excellent base in what we are doing in our research here and I think there are opportunities to look at new ways of bringing people together to work in interdisciplinary ways.“My vision is that we will continue to ensure that research we engage with has excellent impact and value for the communities and the people that we work with and the research partners we engage with,” she added.The Vice President, Research (VPR) at UL is a member of the Executive Committee with responsibility for Research Support Services and the Technology Transfer Office.They are responsible for the Research affairs of the University, including research support services, related enterprise and commercialisation of UL’s research.Reporting to the President, the VPR also has a key role in the overall leadership and strategic management of the University. Previous articleMinister needs to act urgently in relation to better EU Connectivity for Shannon AirportNext articleLimerick’s economic recovery resonates in California Staff Reporter Facebook Limerick on Covid watch list Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Advertisementcenter_img Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! NewsEducationNew UL Vice President will focus on broadening research functionBy Staff Reporter – July 30, 2019 519 Email Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGSeducationLimerick City and CountyNewsULUniversityUniversity of Limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blowlast_img read more

Differential adaptations between cold-stenothermal environments in the bivalve Lissarca cf. miliaris (Philobryidae) from the Scotia Sea islands and Antarctic Peninsula

first_imgThe cold stenothermal nature of the Southern Ocean, and highly adapted fauna living within, raises the question of how much intra-specific variation there is among invertebrate populations, and how variation may have a role in speciation processes through ecological divergence, natural selection, and reproductive isolation. Despite decades of collecting biological material, this question remains largely unanswered, and many studies compare ‘populations’ of pooled material from wide geographic ranges to compensate for sampling constraints. In this study, variations in ecophysiological traits are explored by measuring growth, reproduction, and shell morphology among six populations of the small bivalve Lissarca cf. miliaris (Philippi, 1845) from the Southern Ocean, which experience subtle differences in temperature, disturbance, and food availability. There are significant differences in shell morphology and growth among different populations and slower growth rates at higher latitude populations. Prodissoconch sizes show an inverse ‘U’ shaped relationship with latitude, and are correlated with egg size at South Georgia and King George Island’s Potter Cove. Higher brood sizes at the South Georgia population represent a trade-off with lower egg size, and correlate with shell morphology by offering lower internal capacity to brood young. Lower investment into offspring and morphological variations in Lissarca cf. miliaris highlight the importance of local scale environmental variations on species’ ecology. These variations in physical traits appear to be underestimated in the Southern Ocean, but may be important drivers of ecological divergence and speciation, which should be considered in future genetic investigations on different invertebrate populations.last_img read more

Members discuss role of Off-Campus Council

first_imgAt this week’s Council of Representatives (COR) meeting, members discussed the role of the Off-Campus Council and how possible improvements could increase effectiveness and take more of the burden of handling off-campus concerns from other groups, leaving more resources for other issues. “So much of the focus of on-campus bodies has been off-campus issues,” student body president Catherine Soler said. “We think one of the things we can do is to really bolster the power of the Off-Campus Council.” Referencing the group’s constitution, Soler said the Off-Campus Council’s purpose is to “sponsor functions and disseminate information to off-campus students, which has been the goal of student government this whole year.” Hoping to reduce ambiguity about electing members to the council and better express the group’s intended purpose, Soler raised a discussion about potential constitutional amendments. One of the unclear clauses pertains to eligibility to run and vote for off-campus positions. Under the current rules, only current off-campus students can vote for the following year, and in practice, only off-campus juniors have tended to run for these offices. “I guess it’s just been implied that you have to live [off campus] junior year to run for these positions,” off-campus president Ryan Hawley said. “It doesn’t really make sense. What we’re thinking is having people who are going to live off campus be able to run and vote so it’s much more representative of off-campus students.” Soler said expanding eligibility for participation could attract more applicants and ensure the most capable students are given the opportunity to fill the positions. “We think we can really up the quality and get more people to apply for this if we could get on-campus students who are living off next year to run,” she said. After it was suggested that the Off-Campus Council’s level of activity has been lacking, Hawley said the problem was figuring out how to get interested off-campus students involved and maintaining a consistent meeting schedule. “We don’t really have meetings which is part of the problem,” he said. “It’s been hard. People want to get involved and help but actually getting them involved has been difficult.” Hawley introduced the idea of off-campus ambassadors, whose role would be to facilitate the flow of information between off-campus students and the on-campus president, as well as maintaining positive relationships with members of the community. “We were thinking about having neighborhood ambassadors who would go around neighborhoods introducing themselves,” he said. “They would report directly to the on-campus president.” Soler said she felt redefining the purpose of the Council could also help with the group’s current funding problems. “The focus was thought to be that it was a programming board,” she said. “But if we decide that it’s disseminating information then it’s probably something that could be taken more seriously, if this is a more legitimate need for funds.”last_img read more

People moves: CEO of £44bn UK public pension pool to step down [updated]

first_img“In addition, he has recruited a talented team of professionals to the company’s senior leadership team. As the company now enters its post-launch, business as usual, phase, Andrew feels the time is right for someone else to take the helm.” LGPS Central has launched three equity funds since opening for business in April. It plans to open at least two more funds later this year. The nine UK LGPS funds forming the pool have £44bn of assets between them.AQR Capital Management – The Conneticut-based global quantitative investment manager has hired Marcos López de Prado as head of machine learning to work with its existing research organisation. He will be part of the research and portfolio management teams and will focus on further developing the machine learning tools and techniques used at the firm, which said it would look to bring on more resources to further develop machine learning tools.  An expert in the field, López de Prado has written a graduate textbook, Advances in Financial Machine Learning, and has published dozens of scientific articles on machine learning and supercomputing in leading academic journals. Most recently, he founded and led Guggenheim Partners’ Quantitative Investment Strategies business, where his team developed high-capacity machine learning strategies and managed portfolios for up to $13bn (€11bn) in assets. Since 2011, he has been a research fellow at Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, a US department of energy lab managed by University of California. Redington – Robin Claessens has left the investment consultancy, where he was a managing director, to move to Belgium to be closer to his family. Claessens was chief executive and chief investment officer of the £4.5bn Invensys Pension Scheme until 2012, and joined Redington in May 2014 from BBOXX Ltd, a start-up designing and manufacturing solar-based electric systems. He was chief financial officer and then adviser at that company.Talisman Global Asset Management – Nick Cavalla is leaving the University of Cambridge Endowment Fund, where he has been CIO for 10 years, to join the family office of the Pears family. He will be joined at Talisman by three colleagues – Bruce Lockwood, Conor Cassidy and Vincent Fruchard – to manage the firms’s assets and launch an investment outsourcing platform (OCIO) platform in 2019. Cavalla joined the University of Cambridge Endowment Fund in 2007 from Man Global Strategies.300 Club – Elizabeth Corley , the former CEO of Allianz Global Investors, has joined the group of investment professionals that aims to challenge mainstream investment practice. Corley serves on three company boards as a non-executive director – Pearson plc, BAE Systems plc and Morgan Stanley Inc – and is a trustee of the British Museum. She is also the chair of a UK government-commissioned industry taskforce on impact investing . Franklin Templeton Investments – Sonal Desai has been promoted to chief investment officer of the manager’s $157bn (€135bn) fixed income group and executive vice president, with effect from December 31. The move will see her succeeding Chris Molumphy, who retires at the end of the year. Desai joined Franklin Templeton in 2009 as director of research for Templeton Global Macro, a role she will be replaced in by Calvin Ho, who has been serving as her deputy director of research. Ho will assume portfolio management responsibilities for a number of Templeton Global Macro strategies, reporting directly to Michael Hasenstab, Templeton Global Macro’s executive vice president and chief investment officer.Osmosis Investment Management – The $1.5bn (€1.3bn) systematic sustainable investment manager has appointed Mike Even, currently on the investment committee of the Massachusetts Pension Reserves Management Board, to its board and hired Paul Udall as a portfolio manager. Even was chief executive and then chairman of Man Numeric Investors, leaving the firm last year. He has also been global chief investment officer of Citigroup Asset Management. Udall was most recently at Temporis Capital, where he managed global equities portfolios for clients that included the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund. He has also worked at Climate Change Capital, Tudor Capital and Aviva Investors. Swedish national buffer fund AP1 is one of Osmosis’ clients. LGPS Central, AQR Capital Management, Redington, Talisman, University of Cambridge Endowment Fund, 300 Club, Franklin Templeton, OsmosisLGPS Central – Andrew Warwick-Thompson is to step down from his role as CEO of one of the UK’s eight local government pension scheme (LGPS) asset pools, it was announced yesterday. He joined the pool last July from The Pensions Regulator, where he had been executive director for regulatory policy.Announcing Warwick-Thompson’s decision to step down, Joanne Segars, chair of LGPS Central, praised the work he had done to steer the company through to its launch earlier this year, and said he would be leaving with the organisation’s “best wishes for the future”.  “His contribution means that today the company is a fully functioning fund manager responsible for the management and stewardship of nearly £14bn (€15.7bn) of LGPS assets,” she said.last_img read more

WNTP Interpretation and Research Facility to promote sustainability of the project

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! 46 Views   no discussions Government officials touring the WNTP Interpretation and Research Facility. Image via: www.waitukubuli.comThe Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in collaboration with the Waitukubuli National Trail Project (WNTP) is confident that the erection of a WNTP Interpretation and Research Facility, to be commissioned soon in Pond Case is a giant step in promoting the sustainability of the Project.At a site visit to the Facility on Wednesday, Project Manager of the WNT, Mr Eddison Henry said that the Facility will serve as a focal point to both locals and visitors as it relates to the awareness and promotion of the trail.“When this facility is completed I believe that it is something that will be worthy of the Waitukubuli National Trail, something which will represent our ‘green face’, something that will represent what the trail stands for and that is greenness and nature. Being at the foothills of the World Heritage Site is also an excellent location and of course as time goes by people will put this facility here as the reason for the Waitukubuli Trail,” said Henry.Project Manager of the WNT, Mr Eddison Henry. Image via: The facility was conceptualized using a French architectural design made of materials including wood, stone and concrete.Architect, Mr Fred Esprit said that the facility will consist of two separate buildings, and is designed as a multi functional complex, meaning that it can serve multiple purposes.“It can be used for retreats, for conferences, as a research facility because there is a lab, we have scientists coming on board, we have students who might want to do research. The Administrative Block (Lot 1) holds a conference room, rooms for the offices for tourism, WNT, a Research Library, Audio/Video Room, Interpretive Center, Rescue Room, Vendor booths and a welcome center. Lot two, which will be situated at the back, will hold a forestry quarters, a sleeping quarter which will hold at any one time fourteen persons which could be divided into male or female. At the back will also have a few gazebos which will be also used for entertainment or picnicking. It will also have a restaurant in the shape of a gazebo in keeping with the original design of the amenities of the trail. To the lower end which is the forestry quarters, it is designed with traditional concrete with reflective windows which will show the reflection of the forest,” explained Esprit.He said the architects and designers paid close attention to the designs to ensure that the facility is eco-friendly.“We try to keep most of the design with what we term as ‘green architecture’. This will ensure that it is natural as possible. At the front of the building will also have a monument which will depict the names of all the persons who worked tirelessly towards this project as well as the names of the landowners who made passage to the facility possible. This is basically to pay tribute to these persons and show our appreciation for their hard work,” said Esprit.Hon. Matthew Walter. Image via: Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Honorable Matthew Walter said that the government of Dominica is hopeful that the facility will add great value to Dominica’s Tourism sector.“This Research and Interpretation Facility will serve as a vital structure to provide a point of reference for the trail as well as to enhance the appreciation for this new and exciting addition to the Nature Island in exhaustive ‘List of Things To Do’. This facility is intended to serve as the focal point for disseminating information about the Waitukubuli National Trail. It is also intended to serve as a research center for work in ecology, forestry, botany, natural resource management and related fields, in keeping with our closely-guarded nature island theme and our rich tradition and legacy of sustainable management of our natural resources.” The facility, housed on three (3) acres of land in Pond Casse is strategically situated on the boundaries of the Central Forest Reserve, the Northern Forest Reserve and the Morne Trois Piton National Park; a UNESCO World Heritage SiteThe Facility is also nestled between segments four (4) and five (5) of the Waitukubuli National Trail will serve as a hub for activities for the Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division and will present the opportunity for increased uses including the following: Forestry propagation activities, accommodation for forest officers who work in the out district, accommodation for researchers, hikers and other interest groups, a model campsite, an administrative block, a restaurant and a monument to commemorate all those who have contributed to bringing this trail to life. The project which began on June 6th is being funded by the European Union and costs 1.8 million dollars.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Tweet Share LocalNews WNTP Interpretation and Research Facility to promote sustainability of the project by: – September 23, 2011last_img read more