Chemistry Staff Slam College’s Ruling on COVID Guidelines in Laboratories

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Staff members in the School of Chemistry have expressed frustration at the recent cancellation of in-person laboratory practicals, alleging that Trinity is out of touch with the reality of the situation. In March, this newspaper reported that Trinity had introduced new rules mandating in-person activities be a maximum of one hour and 45 minutes in length in order to prevent people working in the same room from being labelled as ‘close contacts’ by the HSE …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 8 April]

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College Cancels In-Person Lab Practicals for Chemical Science Students

Posted in Teaching on March 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity today cancelled all in-person laboratory practicals for chemical sciences students for the rest of the year due to new coronavirus restrictions. In an email to students, the School of Chemistry’s Undergraduate Head of Teaching and Learning …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 16 March]

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Irish scientist wins international award previously given to Nobel prize winners

Posted in Research on June 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An Irish scientist has been named the winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry John Jeyes Award for her research into microparticles and plastic waste. Prof Iseult Lynch, who is from Dublin but works at the University of Birmingham, was announced as winner of the prestigious biennial award on Wednesday …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 24 June]

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My ten favourite #chemed articles of 2015

Posted in Teaching on December 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“This post is a sure-fire way to lose friends … but I’m going to pick 10 papers that were published this year that I found interesting and/or useful. This is not to say they are ten of the best; everyone will have their own 10 ‘best’ based on their own contexts. Caveats done, here are 10 papers on chemistry education research that stood out for me this year … ” (more)

[Michael Seery, Is this going to be on the exam?, 8 December]


Robert Boyle and the origin of ‘chemical analysis’

Posted in Life on January 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday was Robert Boyle’s birthday (happy birthday Bob!) and in Twitter chit-chat, an interesting nugget emerged from Prof Damien Arrigan. He recalled reading that it was Boyle who first coined the term chemical analysis …” (more)

[Michael Seery, Is this going to be on the exam?, 26 January]

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The role of prior knowledge

Posted in Teaching on January 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“One of the main challenges in teaching first year university students is that they have a great variety of backgrounds. A quick survey of any year one class will likely yield students who have come straight from school, students returning to education, and students who have taken a circuitous route through pre-university courses …” (more)

[Michael Seery, Is this going to be on the exam?, 22 January]


Sir Robert John Kane, Irish chemist

Posted in Life on August 15th, 2014 by steve

“Born in Dublin in 1809, Robert John Kane was the son of John Kean, a former United Irishman who had participated in the 1798 Rebellion. John Kean fled to Paris following the failure of the Rebellion, where he studied chemistry. In the early 1800s Kean changed his name to Kane, returned to Dublin, and set up a business …” (more)

[Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Heritage Centre Blog, 15 August]

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Some thoughts on chemistry and maths

Posted in Teaching on November 19th, 2013 by steve

Chemistry. There is a crisis with chemistry. Too few students study chemistry at Leaving Cert (higher) level (6,756 in 2013) and they never seem to catch up at third level …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 19 November]

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Teaching Fellowship 2013

Posted in Teaching on October 2nd, 2013 by steve

“My work on enabling students to prepare for lectures has gathered some momentum again this year with the awarding of a Teaching Fellowship for a project involving second year students …” (more)

[Is this going to be on the exam?, 1 October]

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RI Christmas Lectures: An Irish Connection

Posted in Teaching on December 26th, 2012 by steve

“In Spring 1812, Michael Faraday attended four lectures at the Royal Institution by Humphrey Davy, Professor of Chemistry at the RI. Davy’s lectures were given every Friday night and were open to the public …” (more)

[Is this going to be on the exam?, 26 December]

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Chemical culture ‘needs a safety upgrade’

Posted in Legal issues, Research on August 23rd, 2012 by steve

“A number of devastating and sometimes deadly accidents in laboratories have focused the attention of chemists on dangerous practices. But the problem is rooted in the cultures of many academic institutions, which must be changed from the bottom up, a major conference in Philadelphia heard this week …” (more)

[Daniel Cressey, Nature News Blog, 23 August]

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Reactions: Peter Crowley

Posted in Life on August 17th, 2012 by steve

“Peter Crowley is in the School of Chemistry at NUI Galway, and works on non-covalent interactions and self assembly in biological systems. 1. What made you want to be a chemist? …” (more)

[Anne Pichon, Nature: The Sceptical Chymist, 17 August]

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Quality in Third Level

Posted in Teaching on April 5th, 2012 by steve

“… In internet parlance, wtf! How can a second year university student be so incoherent? Am I just seeing a small, unrepresentative sample of third level students or is this indicative of a wide-ranging problem? If the latter is the case, and if it has been going on for a significant period, those of us who have not been shouting from the rooftops about it should be deeply ashamed …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 5 April]


Podcasting in Chemistry Education

Posted in Teaching on February 22nd, 2012 by steve

“My article on podcasting for chemistry has hit the shelves and has made the cover of Education in Chemistry. They have put it online too for free so …” (more)

[Michael Seery, Is this going to be on the exam?, 22 February]


Chemistry at Queen’s best in the UK

Posted in Teaching on October 17th, 2011 by steve

“Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Queen’s has been named as number one in the UK by Thomson Reuters. The information provider for professionals and businesses places the QUB department at number 23 in the world, ahead of Oxford and Cambridge …” (more)

[Emma Gallen, The Gown, 17 October]

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Chemistry cuts will do ‘irreparable’ damage, top scientists warn

Posted in Research on August 15th, 2011 by steve

“More than 100 of the world’s most senior chemists, including seven Nobel laureates, have written to David Cameron to warn of the impact of proposed cuts in funding for scientific research essential to industries ranging from biotechnology to agriculture …” (more)

[Alok Jha and Ian Sample, Guardian, 15 August]

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Trinity Excels in Chemistry and Physics World Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2011 by steve

“The 2011 QS World University Rankings has seen the Schools of Chemistry and Physics at Trinity College excel on the league tables with rankings of 36th and 49th in the world respectively.  Trinity College is the only Irish university named in the top 50 for this new set of rankings which was compiled from a list of over 600 of the world’s top third level institutions …” (more)

[Trinity College Communications Office, 22 June]

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What’s wrong with Leaving Cert chemistry?

Posted in Teaching on May 5th, 2011 by steve

“A nasty physicist once remarked that all of chemistry can be summarised as acids reacting with bases. I laughed it off at the time, but that casual remark made me think long and hard about my subject. Could it be that chemistry could be reduced to this? …” (more)

[Michael Seery, Is this going to be on the exam?, 5 May]

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‘Crazy chemist’ drugs campaign criticised by scientists

Posted in Legal issues on September 16th, 2010 by steve

“A government anti-drugs campaign featuring an image of a ‘crazy chemist’ dishing out harmful substances has been criticised by scientists …” (more)

[BBC News, 16 September]

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