The Modern German University, Satirized

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2019 by steve

“Academics at Berlin University’s Institute for Cybernetics and Simulation Research are brainstorming how to impress evaluators at a crucial upcoming research assessment. Phoebe, a young and not yet entirely cynical researcher, suggests presenting them with the results of her work on climate change. The first question her colleagues ask is: How will her report be bound? …” (more)

[David Matthews, Inside Higher Ed, 21 February]

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Friday essay: where are the female academics on film?

Posted in Research on October 12th, 2018 by steve

“The 2016 science-fiction drama Arrival, starring Amy Adams as linguistics professor Dr Louise Banks, was a ceiling-shattering moment for female academics. The film, directed by Denis Villeneuve, presented Adams’ character in a race against time to avert a war by finding a way to communicate with extraterrestrial visitors …” (more)

[Tom van Laer, The Conversation, 11 October]

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New university archive will store film documenting Ireland’s past

Posted in Research on March 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The opening of a new archive at Maynooth University will safeguard thousands of hours of film documenting Ireland’s past from potential decay and allow the Irish Film Institute (IFI) to open its doors to more amateur collections. The new moving image preservation facility at the university is the largest facility of its kind in Ireland and triples the IFI’s storage capacity …” (more)

[Conor Pope, Irish Times, 19 March]

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Lights, Camera, Trinity!

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Last month saw Trinity College buzzing with excitement as Mel Gibson began his three days of filming on campus for his upcoming movie, The Professor and the Madman. This big-screen adaptation stars Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer, Mystic River actor Sean Penn and Love/Hate actor Kieran O’Reilly …” (more)

[Megan Thompson, Trinity News, 18 December]

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Ulster University film students mistaken for robbers

Posted in Legal issues on March 19th, 2015 by steve

UK“Students making a film were confronted by armed police when they were mistaken for armed robbers in County Londonderry. A passer-by raised the alarm on Wednesday after seeing a man wearing a balaclava and holding a gun in a takeaway restaurant in Portstewart …” (more)

[BBC News, 19 March]

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Monsters University: All Gleeful Style, No Grown-Up Substance

Posted in Life on June 22nd, 2013 by steve

“Pixar’s college-years prequel to Monsters Inc offers a multitude of tiny wonders, but it lacks the emotional maturity of Pixar’s very best …” (more)

[Ashley Fetters, The Atlantic, 21 June]


Nora Ephron: Writer, Director Understood Gender Gap Facing Women In Science

Posted in Life on June 28th, 2012 by steve

“‘I remember in high school her saying, “Now what’d you want to take that science class for? There’s no girls in that science class. You take home ec, why don’t you? That’s the way to meet the nice boys”. “Mom”, I said, “There ain’t no boys in home ec. The boys are in the science class” …'” (more)

[Cara Santa Maria, Huffington Post, 28 June]

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IFI Announces Plans to Build Major New Preservation Centre at NUI Maynooth

Posted in Research on April 4th, 2012 by steve

“Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and film director Neil Jordan, earlier today marked the success of the recent IFI Irish Film Archive Preservation Fund campaign with the launch of plans for a new IFI Irish Film Archive Preservation & Research Centre at NUI Maynooth …” (more)

[HT: Eoin O’Dell]
[Film Ireland, 4 April]

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Watch: Irish silent films from the early 1900s

Posted in Life on January 15th, 2012 by steve

“The film awards season of 2012 is officially underway, with the hit contemporary silent film The Actor scooping four prizes at the Critics’ Choice Awards this week …” (more, videos)

[, 15 January]

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PhD Comics Movie Review

Posted in Life on November 6th, 2011 by steve

Piled Higher and Deeper – the popular PhD comic – has been made into a movie. The movie is touring campuses around the world. Find a screening near you, or watch the trailer …” (more, video)

[Erika Cule, Blogging the PhD, 6 November]

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Bollywood Stars to Film at Trinity College Dublin

Posted in Life on September 9th, 2011 by steve

“Two of Bollywood’s biggest stars, Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan, will commence filming in Dublin this weekend for the first Bollywood blockbuster to be made in Ireland …” (more)

[Trinity College Dublin Communications Office, 9 September]

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