Tens of thousands of scientists are redeploying to fight coronavirus

Posted in Research on March 27th, 2020 by steve

International“Working around the clock, scientists at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts can run about 2,000 COVID-19 tests per day. In places where testing is still scarce – which is to say much of the world – similar efforts can provide vital relief to public-health systems stretched to their limits …” (more)

[Giuliana Viglione, Nature, 27 March]

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A Day in the Life of UCD President Andrew Deeks

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The below story follows the President of UCD on an average day in the office. It should be noted that due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and university shutdown, the President’s day is vastly different, with much of his work done online and from home …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 27 March]

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Virtual Thesis Defense

Posted in Teaching on March 27th, 2020 by steve

“PhD students defending their dissertations must do so remotely right now. Could videoconference defenses become the new normal? ‘Can you move the computer closer?’ asks a disembodied voice. ‘Because we see a lot of roof.’ ‘Ah, I think it looks much better’, another invisible person says a few minutes later …” (more)

[Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 27 March]

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HSE and Dundalk IT Team Up To Deliver New Covid-19 Drive-Thru Testing Facility

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2020 by steve

“The HSE and Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) have teamed up to deliver a new drive-thru Covid-19 testing facility which will become operational from today. The sampling service is being provided on an appointment-only basis and only those who are displaying symptoms and have been referred (to the drive through or clinic) by their GP will be seen …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 27 March]

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TCD provost says new students may end up starting college ‘slightly later’ this year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 27th, 2020 by steve

“The provost of Trinity College Dublin has said new students may end up starting college ‘slightly later’ this year on foot of disruption to education linked to the coronavirus pandemic. In a video message to students, Dr Patrick Prendergast reassured secondary students hoping to study at Trinity that it will welcome new students in the autumn …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 26 March]

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NUIG Students Union calls on accommodation providers to refund tenants forced to return home during coronavirus crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2020 by steve

“Large scale student accommodation providers should refund students forced to return home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. That’s according to NUI Galway’s Student Union and the Union of Students in Ireland, who say landlord firms are refusing refunds to students no longer living in privately operated student buildings …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 26 March]

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