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Juno initiative seeks to encourage women in university physics

Posted in Fees and access on April 11th, 2014 by steve

“Physics departments at three Irish universities are engaging with the Juno initiative, which looks to encourage women in physics …” (more)

[Claire O'Connell, Silicon Republic, 11 April]

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Open meeting re Irish membership of CERN

Posted in Research on February 28th, 2014 by steve

“The Institute of Physics in Ireland would like to invite members of the physics community to a meeting in the Royal Irish Academy to discuss a response to the recent announcement by Minister Sean Sherlock of a review of Ireland’s international engagement on research and innovation, with particular attention to the costs and benefits of joining CERN …” (more)

[Institute of Physics in Ireland, 28 February]

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Ireland ‘risks lagging behind’ by not having CERN membership

Posted in Research on January 20th, 2014 by steve

“An Irish MEP is hoping to meet with Government about Ireland becoming a member of CERN. Sean Kelly MEP said that the move could make Ireland a global hub for young scientists and leading innovators …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 20 January]

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Why physics students are optimists

Posted in Research on November 1st, 2013 by steve

“Physics students are taught to look to the future, so are naturally optimistic; economics students learn from mistakes of the past – no wonder their world is full of gloom …” (more)

[Theo Hobson, Guardian, 1 November]

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Giant experiments closed to Irish science

Posted in Research on October 31st, 2013 by steve

“Perhaps it is time to rethink Ireland’s participation in international scientific organisations. There was a lot of quiet satisfaction in the world of physics this month with the award of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics to theoretical physicists Peter Higgs and François Englert …” (more)

[Cormac O Raifeartaigh, Irish Times, 31 October]

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COSMO 2013 at Cambridge University

Posted in Research on September 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Today was the first day of the COSMO 2013 conference at Cambridge. Walking up the path to the hallowed Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), I was gripped by my usual fear that I might be met with a frosty reception at the door; ‘No experimentalists, please!’ …” (more)

[Antimatter, 2 September]

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Welcome rise in Leaving Certificate physics but it’s not enough

Posted in Teaching on August 15th, 2013 by steve

“A turn around for physics numbers but still a significant gender imbalance and almost a quarter of schools are still not offering physics at Leaving Cert level …” (more)

[IOPI, 14 August]

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Women In Physics: No Hiring Bias Against Female Faculty Seen In American Institute Of Physics Study

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2013 by steve

“… In a provocative new report from the American Institute of Physics (AIP), researchers argue that there’s no evidence to suggest that women are being excluded from physics departments. Rather, they say, rigorous statistical analysis suggests that the real reason female physics faculty are rare is simply that so few women are getting physics degrees …” (more)

[Macrina Cooper-White, Huffington Post, 23 July]

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Three Irish researchers secure €2m in EU R&D funding

Posted in Research on July 19th, 2013 by steve

“Three Irish researchers have been announced as recipients of the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grants and will share €2m between them to pursue their cutting-edge research in physical sciences and engineering …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 19 July]

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Trinity College experiment succeeds after 69 years

Posted in Research on July 18th, 2013 by steve

“After decades of waiting, physicists at Trinity College have for the first time captured a rare scientific event on camera. 70 years after the experiment was set up, the scientists have videoed pitch dripping from a funnel …” (more, video)

[RTÉ News, 17 July]

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NUI Galway’s School of Physics recognised for commitment to gender equality

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2013 by steve

“NUI Galway’s School of Physics has been recognised for its work in promoting equal opportunities in science. The Institute of Physics has become the first university in Ireland to be made a Practitioner under the Institute’s Juno Project …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 9 July]

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Labs, lectures and luring young people into science

Posted in Life on May 14th, 2013 by steve

“My Education Week: Cormac O Raifeartaigh, lecturer in physics at Waterford Institute of Technology. On Monday morning, I give a talk about our physics degree course to students from secondary schools in Waterford and Kilkenny …” (more)

[Irish Times, 14 May]

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A quantum conference at Castletown House

Posted in Research on May 6th, 2013 by steve

“… As well as the technical talks, the organisers hosted a public talk on the Higgs boson by Peter Higgs. Yes, the man himself! Peter’s visit to Ireland received quite bit of media attention and the talk didn’t disappoint …” (more)

[Antimatter, 6 May]

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Ireland loses a great physicist

Posted in Life on April 22nd, 2013 by steve

“Sad times for physics in Ireland this week with the news that Professor Alex Montwill, Ireland’s best-known particle physicist, has died. Alex was an outstanding particle physicist and the best teacher I ever had …” (more)

[Antimatter, 22 April]

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Book Review: Lives in Science: How Institutions Affect Academic Careers

Posted in Research on April 7th, 2013 by steve

“What can we learn when we study people across the course of their professional lives? Joseph C Hermanowicz asks this question specifically about scientists, and in Lives in Science he tracks fifty-five physicists through different stages of their careers at a variety of universities across the country …” (more)

[Jennifer Miller, Impact of Social Sciences, 7 April]

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Number of Female Physics Students Continues to Lag

Posted in Teaching on March 29th, 2013 by steve

“A growing number of schools, districts and countries are attempting to understand the lack of interest in hard sciences among women. Jon Cartwright, writing for The Daily Telegraph, reports that in Britain only about 20% of students taking physics GCSEs are female …” (more)

[Julia Lawrence, Education News, 29 March]

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Back at Cambridge

Posted in Research on March 18th, 2013 by steve

“… The conference, Infinities and Cosmology, is not on theoretical or experimental cosmology, but on the philosophy of cosmology. It forms part of a new Oxford-Cambridge initiative aimed at bringing physicists and philosophers together in order to improve our understanding of the universe and its origins …” (more)

[Antimatter, 18 March]

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DCU cites massive swing towards STEM subjects in CAO first preferences

Posted in Fees and access on March 9th, 2013 by steve

“DCU has reported a significant swing in the direction of STEM-based courses in terms of CAO first preference figures. The university said it attracted more than 4,000 first preference applications …” (more, video)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 9 March]

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The two ideas to fix the gender balance that do not make me cringe

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2013 by steve

“When I was in the penultimate year of high school, at that point where you need to think about universities, all six of the girls in my physics class got a flyer advertising ‘girl days’ at technical universities, during which we could visit and look around without any boys present …” (more)

[Eva Amsen, The Occam's Typewriter Irregulars, 7 March]

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Why don’t more girls study physics?

Posted in Teaching on December 31st, 2012 by steve

“Despite efforts to get more women into science labs almost half of Britain’s co-ed schools have no female students taking A-level physics. Are sexist attitudes still to blame – or is it a fear of being thought uncool? …” (more)

[Elizabeth Day, The Observer, 30 December]

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