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

Filmmaker who bore witness to Holocaust

first_imgClaude Lanzmann created “Shoah” (1985), that iconic act of cinematic witnessing that decades ago revised the way people view the Holocaust.Lanzmann, the film’s chain-smoking, tireless interviewer, is 86 now, and his celluloid image is hard to reconcile with the man who visited Harvard for two days last week (March 22 and 23). In events to promote his memoir (“The Patagonian Hare,” freshly translated into English) and to screen his latest film (“The Karski Report,” 2010), he appeared before packed auditoriums looking hunched, florid, and weak from a fever and cough. At each event, “I am sick” were his first words.But then came the flashing insights, the sharp opinions, and the impatient brushing off of questions he deemed stupid. This is the same tough-minded Claude Lanzmann, after all, who for 12 dogged years pursued the witnesses for “Shoah,” ex-Nazi, Pole, and Jew alike. He also arranged to film much of his work in Poland’s now-placid scenes of old crimes, and he fought to bring order from nearly 300 hours of film, honing it to nine-and-a-half hours.It was also the same Lanzmann who as a teenager (and a secret Jew) joined the French Resistance; who sometimes hid a revolver in his school uniform; who once escaped arrest (his father saved the day, blazing to the rescue with a Colt pistol); who clamped magazines into a Bren machine gun during an ambush of German troops; and who — as a postwar, cash-poor philosophy student in Paris — once dressed as a parish priest to cadge money for a phony charity.Why the “hare” in the autobiography’s title? It’s the question with which Peter E. Gordon began his March 22 conversation, and Lanzmann’s answer was immediate. “They are beautiful, they are fast,” he said, adding the word “noble” in the book itself, where he recounts seeing hundreds of the fleet animals on a Patagonian roadway. Lanzmann reminded his audience that “Shoah” includes two brief scenes that lingered on hares, with one crouching to escape under rusting barbed wire at Birkenau. “I like to think,” he wrote of Jews in his gorgeous, lushly detailed book, “that many of my people chose, as I would, to come back as hares.”In the film, when the hare slithers under the wire, there is a voice-over by Rudolf Vrba, a Slovak Jew who escaped from the Auschwitz concentration camp after nearly two years of captivity, and who immediately wrote a report that he said could have saved some of those doomed to extermination. He was interviewed for “Shoah,” and was “one of the heroes of the film,” Lanzmann wrote.Gordon is Harvard’s Amabel B. James Professor of History and moderated the first event, a conversation with his witty, difficult subject in Boylston Hall’s Fong Auditorium.The lovely landscape of Patagonia reminded the director of a lesson he embraced often after the war — that places are resonant, rife with meaning and memory.In “Shoah,” the landscape itself is a witness. Long panning shots take in green fields where bodies were burned and bones were pounded into meal with sticks. There are mounds of earth, sloping pathways where naked Jews were harried, heaps of stones from crematoria, placid rivers on which Nazis once fished, and the gravel lot where a castle-like prison had stood. Behind there, long ago, were parked the gas vans that were the original instruments of mass murder. Lanzmann, who began the film’s interviews three decades after the war, was astonished to be “first on the scene of the crime.”And he was astonished to find anyone involved still alive, he said. “When I started this work of 12 years, I thought everybody was dead — the killers too, and the witnesses. To discover some were alive was like an archaeological excavation.”The film is not about survivors, said Lanzmann, or about the searing horror images of the Holocaust. (There are none in “Shoah,” “not a single corpse,” he said.) The film is about getting to the heart of the gas chamber — one was so big that 3,000 people could be gassed at once — and to the heart of the unseen. “It took time to find the core of this film,” said Lanzmann, “and the core is the gas chamber.”As for the film’s human witnesses, including a barber who cut women’s hair as they waited, unknowing, in the gas chamber, he said: “I don’t call them survivors. I call them ghosts.”Lanzmann touched on his reputation as a harsh interviewer, including the scene in “Shoah” in which he hectors Abraham Bomba, once a barber at Treblinka, to finish his story. There were only five minutes of film left in the camera, Lanzmann said. Besides, in that kind of work, “you can’t expect the fair-play rules of a cricket player.”last_img read more

Atlantis steps closer to Wyre estuary tidal lease

first_imgAtlantis Resources has signed heads of terms with the Duchy of Lancaster for an option for the long-term lease of the riverbed required to develop the Wyre estuary tidal barrage and flood protection project.The process of obtaining all necessary consents to begin development is expected to take approximately three years, the Edinburgh-based tidal energy developer Atlantis said.Atlantis will now work with the Duchy of Lancaster, the Wyre and Lancashire councils, local stakeholders, BEIS, the supply chain and investors as the lead developer to progress the project.The feasibility studies for the project indicate the optimal installed capacity for the project is 160MW, with forecast production of almost 300 GWh of sustainable energy each year.The project would be mainly located on the Duchy estate between Fleetwood and Knott End on the Lancashire coast.Tenders are expected to be issued early next year and, according to Atlantis,  it has already started discussions with potential development stage investors.Tim Cornelius, CEO of Atlantis, said: “This is the pathfinder project the UK government is looking for, with the potential to facilitate wide-scale development of the UK’s enviable tidal range resources. The development, construction and operation of tidal barrages, a well understood and proven predictable renewable energy technology will stimulate local economies across the country, establishing improved infrastructure and creating job and supply chain opportunities.“Tidal barrages will also provide a good balance for the UK’s renewable portfolio which is currently heavily weighted with intermittent offshore wind.”Graeme Chalk, Duchy Head of Project Management and MD of the Foreshore Survey, said: “The introduction of a tidal barrage between Fleetwood and Knott End could bring great benefits to the local economy as well as cheaper, cleaner energy and we look forward to seeing Atlantis deliver these as the project progresses.”To remind, Atlantis formed partnership with Natural Energy Wyre in February 2017 to develop the 160MW Wyre project, following the launch of its new division Atlantis Energy dedicated to the development of non-tidal stream projects such as tidal lagoon, tidal barrage and offshore wind projects.last_img read more

Braimah Heads Edo Cycling Tour 12-man LOC

first_imgThe 5-day cycling extravaganza which will hold from August 18-23 is expected to attract over 200 cyclists from the 36 states of the federation and Abuja.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Organisers of the Edo state Cycling Tour have named a 12-man Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the championship slated to hold in the state next month, spokesman of the event, Osaretin Emuze sad last night.According to Emuze, the CEO of Neo Media, Mr Ehi Braimah is the Chairman of the LOC and he will be supported by two Vice Chairmen, the Edo state commissioner for Tourism and Culture, Osaze Osemwegie-Ero as first vice chairman and his Sports, Youth and Special Duties counterpart, Mika Amonokhai as second vice.Other members of the Committee are Bashir Mohammed, the Technical Director of the Cycling Federation of Nigeria, CFN, Shama Alitu Makpa, secretary general of CFN, Osaretin Emuze, Patrick Omorodion, Vincent Braimah as well as three others to be nominated by Edo state.last_img read more

Advocaat replaces Poyet as coach at Sunderland

first_imgSunderland are banking on the guide of Dick Advocaat to save them from relegation after the English Premier League strugglers appointed the Dutchman as head coach until the end of the season on Tuesday.The club, who sacked Gus Poyet on Monday following a poor run of results that culminated in a 4-0 home thrashing by Aston Villa on Saturday, are one point and one place clear of the relegation zone with nine matches remaining.”Sunderland is a big club and I am very much looking forward to the challenge ahead. We must now concentrate on Saturday as a priority and I can’t wait to get started,” the former Dutch national coach said in a statement on the club website ( chairman Ellis Short said: “Dick has an incredible CV and vast experience of managing at the very highest level. We have one aim only now — to climb the table and everyone is fully focused on the task ahead of us.”Poyet departed following a run of one win in 12 league matches which has left the club in danger of relegation after eight seasons in the Premier League.Advocaat’s immediate aim will be to win at West Ham United on Saturday. The 67-year-old becomes the oldest manager in the Premier League but has no previous experience of working in England, although he did lead Rangers to successive Scottish titles in 1999 and 2000 and is one of the most experienced and respected coaches in the game.As well as coaching the Netherlands, he has also coached the national teams of the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Belgium, Russia and Serbia.At club level, he has coached Borussia Moenchengladbach, Zenit St Petersburg, AZ Alkmaar and PSV Eindhoven as well as Rangers.But his appointment represents something of a gamble for Short because, historically speaking, changing managers so late in the season, rarely has any major effect on the team.Since the Premier League started in 1992-93, only 14 managers have been appointed on March 17 or later while all six clubs who were in the relegation zone when the new man came in still went down. Advocaat had been out of a job since last November following an unsuccessful four-month spell in charge of Serbia. He quit after a 3-1 home defeat by Denmark left them with only a forlorn hope of reaching next year’s 24-team tournament in France.last_img read more