Irish scientist wins Nobel Prize for Medicine

Posted in Research on October 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“An Irish scientist has been jointly awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology. William C Campbell, who was born in Ramelton, Co Donegal, and colleague Satoshi Omura were jointly awarded half the prize for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 5 October]


SFI prize objectives: With a pinch of luck and delusion

Posted in Research on June 12th, 2013 by steve

“Without doubt, the pinnacle of scientific achievement is a Nobel Prize. Alfred Nobel’s will stipulated that the prizes should be awarded for the most important discoveries ‘during the preceding year’, but the complicated nature of validating results means that the Nobel committee don’t rush …” (more)

[Eoin Ó Colgáin, Science Calling!, 12 June]

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Four Irish university researchers to attend Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Posted in Life on May 28th, 2013 by steve

“Ireland is to be represented for the first time ever at a highly prestigious meeting of Nobel Prize winners in the field of chemistry, after four Ireland-based researchers were selected to attend …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 28 May]

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Using Google to gauge impact: the Nobel Prize in Economics

Posted in Research on October 18th, 2012 by steve

“Winning a Nobel Prize really is the ultimate demonstration of academic impact, but why would the public seem more interested in one of two joint winners? Rebecca Mann traces the public’s desire for information on Roth and Shapley, this year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in Economics …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 18 October]

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Let’s dedicate the EU’s Nobel peace prize to Europe’s sexual revolution

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2012 by steve

“The long-term effects of the EU’s student exchange programme are still to be felt – Erasmus has bonded the continent’s youth …” (more)

[Philip Oltermann, Guardian, 13 October]

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Time Crunch for Female Scientists: They Do More Housework Than Men

Posted in Research on January 19th, 2010 by steve

“When the biologist Carol W. Greider received a call from Stockholm last fall telling her she had won a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, she wasn’t working in her lab at the Johns Hopkins University. The professor of molecular biology and genetics was at home, folding laundry …” (more)

[Jill Laster, Chronicle of Higher Education, 19 January]

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