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

Photographing Native American cultures

first_imgWhen Matika Wilbur and her fellow teachers at Tulalip Heritage High School in Washington state reviewed their curriculum, what they found was crushing.“We could not find one single source that represented our people with dignity and honor and integrity and respect,” said Wilbur, a photographer and a member of the Tulalip and Swinomish tribes in Washington.So she decided to do something about it. In 2012 she sold most of her belongings, jumped in her RV, and set out on a mission to abolish negative stereotypes and to “raise awareness about contemporary Native America.”Dana Eldridge. Photo by Matika WilburThe result, titled Project 562 in honor of the number of federally recognized tribes in the United States when she began, is an effort to tell the stories of members of each of those tribes through her camera. Almost four years, many thousands of miles, and thousands of photographs later, Wilbur has arrived at Harvard with a selection of her ongoing work.“Seeds of Culture: The Portraits and Stories of Native American Women” is on view through May 28 at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study’s recently renovated Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery. The exhibit features 25 photos of Native American women, along with interviews, written narratives, and Native American music and song.In an interview in the gallery, Wilbur, a striking 30-something with a force-of-nature personality, stood amid her portraits and described the show’s beginnings. Last summer she visited close to 30 tribes, and heard heart-wrenching stories. One woman told of being sterilized without her consent. Another said she had been raped while in the Army and rejected by her own community when a mixed-race child resulted from the attack. Wilbur heard about women who had lost their property to oil tycoons eager to exploit the land, and even watched as “white men in suits with stacks of money” tried to convince women from the Navajo Nation to sign papers to test their land for oil.She called the sexual assault and domestic abuse of Native American women “an epidemic.”Aurelia Stacona . Photo by Matika Wilbur“I couldn’t not talk about what’s happening to our Indian women,” said Wilbur, who said her subjects are “so much more” than victims. They are activists, artists, grandmothers, daughters, Ph.D.s, and professionals. “Despite all of the turmoil that they’ve experienced, they endure, and they radiate and thrive and become these incredible women who are proponents of change and advocates of something resilient.”Her portraits illustrate her point. Dana Eldridge stares at the camera, her shadow falling on snow on the side of the road. From the Diné (Navajo) in Arizona, Eldridge was photographed on a 1,200-mile trek to the Navajo Nation’s four sacred mountains to protest fracking on their land.Nearby, Ramona Peters, director of the Historic Preservation Department for the Mashpee Wampanoag in Massachusetts, looks out candidly at the viewer, her eyes smiling. As a child Peters said she was ashamed of being part of a tribe that welcomed the Pilgrim colonizers. “I used to feel that we were the ones who made the big mistake and caused this big problem. No. We should never be ashamed of being friendly. That’s how we were created. That’s a big part of our culture, even today,” Peters remarks in the show’s accompanying booklet.So far, Wilbur has visited roughly 350 tribes for Project 562, a Kickstarter-funded effort. She expects to spend about two more years on the road before she’s done. Yukio Lippit, faculty director of the arts at Radcliffe, said the exhibit highlights Radcliffe’s research theme ­for the 2015-2016 academic year — the study of indigenous peoples — as well as Wilbur’s drive and determination.“She hasn’t stopped,” Lippit said. “[Project 562] is attempting to convey the richness and diversity, the lived experiences of native peoples all across the United States, and what you will see here is a small selection.”Charlotte Logan. Photo by Matika WilburWilbur’s subtle use of color in many portraits draws in the viewer. She often shoots with black-and-white film, prints the images, and then colors in sections with oil paint. If she uses color film, she frequently manipulates the pictures in Photoshop to “de-saturate the background or bulk up the color in the front” of the image.She also lets her subjects choose where they would like to be photographed. Initially, Wilbur planned to pose her subjects against a white background framed by perfect lighting, but quickly opted instead to “photograph people in the environment.” Instead of asking herself how she can get the best shot, now she asks her subjects if there is a place they would like to have their picture taken, if they have something special they would like to wear, or if there’s a story they would like her to tell with her lens. She calls it “the indigenous photography method,” and says it forced her to become a better photographer. “Now I shoot when people are ready, not when I feel like it, or when the sun is right,” said Wilbur. “It’s a shift in the way I see what I am doing.”Sometimes that means forgoing a portrait on Utah’s dramatic salt flats for a shot taken on an 84-year-old grandmother’s porch. More important than the best possible background, Wilbur said, is leaving her sitters “with the feeling that they were heard.”The exhibit is part of the Initiative on Native and Indigenous Peoples and is presented in collaboration with the Harvard University Native American Program. The Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery is in Byerly Hall at 8 Garden St., Radcliffe Yard, and is open Monday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.last_img read more

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exceL Esports announces headline sponsorship and gaming house with OMEN by HP

first_imgIn a huge move set to bolster the organisation, exceL Esports has announced OMEN by HP as its headline sponsor, as well as the Greater London-based OMEN House that will serve as living quarters for the organisation’s League of Legends team.ExceL made the announcement on Friday 2nd March in a comical video posted to YouTube, featuring players from the League of Legends team giving a tour of the house and showing off their new OMEN gear.Kieran Holmes-Darby, Managing Director of exceL Esports, said: “We are thrilled to be working with OMEN by HP. They are solidifying themselves as the most recognised brand within the esports industry and it is an honour to help them achieve that status here in the UK. Having OMEN as our headline sponsor legitimizes the work we do here at exceL. Their hardware has transformed our Gaming House on the outskirts of London into something very special. The OMEN House is one of a kind in UK esports!”In an article posted on their website, exceL states that as part of its partnership, “the OMEN House will be kitted out with the best gaming PCs on the market allowing the players to have a competitive edge and even create some great content along the way.”ExceL is currently competing in a variety of titles, most notably including its League of Legends team in the ESL UK Premiership and its representatives in FIFA, Street Fighter V and Rocket League for Gfinity’s Elite Series.OMEN has been making a name for themselves in esports in recent years with various partnerships; Immortals, the Gfinity Elite Series and the OMEN by HP Bootcamp are just a few examples of their commitment to fully integrating the brand into the esports industry.Kieran Holmes-Darby, MD of exceL is one of a number of speakers at our one day Esports Insider Super Forum at Stamford Bridge on March 22nd. Holmes-Darby will be discussing the value of team ownership in esports alongside a stellar cast of Team Vitality CEO Nicolas Maurer, Code Red Co-Founder Ben Woodward, and RFRSH Entertainment CEO Nikolaj Nyholm. Esports journalist Mike Stubbs will moderate. Find out more about the event here. Esports Insider says: It’s great to see OMEN expanding their operations in esports, especially with such a prominent and recognisable UK organisation as exceL. With the promise of improved practice and content, we’re interested to see how this sponsorship helps exceL improve and grow.last_img read more

Knicks owner James Dolan threatens to ban fan for yelling ‘sell the team’

first_imgKnicks owner James Dolan threatens to ban a fan that tells him to sell the Team— 2Cool2Blog (@2Cool2Blogggg) March 9, 2019A Madison Square Garden spokesperson released a statement to TMZ after the incident, stating: “Our policy is and will continue to be that if you are disrespectful to anyone in our venues, we will ask you not to return.”The exchange came after the Knicks fell to the Kings, 102-94. New York holds the worst record in the NBA at 13-53. The owner then walked toward where the fan was standing and said: “You really think I should sell the team? You want to not come to any more games?” The heckler replied it was an opinion, but Dolan responded: “It’s not an opinion. Enjoy watching them on TV.” Related News NBA wrap: Lakers continue to slide with fifth straight loss Knicks owner James Dolan was quick to respond to a fan’s criticism Saturday as he left his seat and appeared to threaten to ban a fan from attending any more games at Madison Square Garden.The fan was caught on video obtained by TMZ yelling at Dolan to “sell the team!”last_img read more