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Belfield 50 – Celebrating its Architecture at 50

This year's UCD Festival included a very special panel discussion around campus architecture and the development of UCD at Belfield. The event forms part of a celebration of space and place at UCD, called BELFIELD 50, which is unfolding through 2020 and 2021. As Ireland's first purpose-built coherently modern campus, Belfield fundamentally changed the spatial identity of Irish universities. UCD commissioned the foremost modern architects of the period, national and international to design a ground-breaking educational environment at Belfield, that sought to differentiate itself from the traditional quadrangles of older Irish third-level environments. This new campus, designed by a young...
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Message in a Bottle

The UCD Intel Masters Scholars is a programme that rewards Creativity and Innovation, something that this global pandemic is asking a little bit of us all as we adapt to the new normal. Since 2016, Intel has supported 49 UCD master’s student bursaries and co-supported a number of PhD students through the programme, with one of the highlights of the year being the annual live event run by the students themselves. Created to promote Engineering and Science in UCD and the UCD Intel Masters Scholarship programme, in previous years the Scholars have organised a panel of speakers from UCD and...
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RadioMoLI

Its doors may be closed for now, but Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) – a creative alliance between the National Library of Ireland and UCD, housed in the historic Newman House on St Stephen’s Green – continues to inspire literature lovers with a wealth of online resources. Its latest offering is RadioMoLI, an on-demand digital radio station for Irish literature. There are dozens of interviews, lecture and readings available, with new recordings added weekly. Whether your literary tastes incline towards fiction, non-fiction or poetry, there's something for everyone on RadioMoLI. What better soundtrack to accompany your pandemic baking or gardening? https://twitter.com/MoLI_Museum/status/1252880960871297027...
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The Feeling Better Project Offers Support for Uncertain Times

Whether working at home alone and in isolation or cooped up with family members or housemates, we could all do with a boost to our mental health as we adapt to the limitations, challenges and anxieties of life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, help is at hand! As part of its Feeling Better Project, the Contextual Behavioural Science Research Lab in UCD School of Psychology is releasing a series of videos to promote positive mental wellbeing during the crisis.   The videos – available on YouTube – cover a range of topics, including managing worry, staying grounded in the present...
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UCD Spinout Company Helps Athletes Optimise Their Training During COVID-19 Isolation

The sports technology start-up Output Sports has developed a single wearable sensor that enables athletes to track multiple components of their performance and share their training data with their coaches via an app. The value of the company’s Output // Capture technology is underscored by current circumstances, in which athletes have had to adapt their training programmes to comply with social distancing requirements. Many are now training at home and being coached remotely. Among the athletes using the system are Paralympic swimmer Nicole Turner and Leinster Rugby’s Adam Byrne and Dave Kearney. Output Sports was founded in 2018 as a...
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COVID-19 and Business: Impact and Response

The COVID-19 pandemic will have significant and lasting impacts, not least in the world of business. “We are looking at an entirely new world,” according to Andreas Hoepner, Professor of Operational Risk, Banking & Finance in the UCD  College of Business. In an Irish Times article, Prof. Hoepner and his colleague Prof. Brian Fynes assess the huge operational risk businesses are exposed to as a result of the pandemic, consider the outlook for companies that are focused on effectiveness versus those focused on efficiency, and discuss the importance of strategic supply chain management at this time.    The College of...
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Keeping Families Connected Through Digital Technology

Being critically ill in hospital and without the comfort of visits from family and friends can be an incredibly scary and lonely experience. This is especially true for older people, who may not have smartphones or other digital devices that would enable them to remain connected to their loved ones. UCD alumna Suzanne Stewart experienced first-hand the emotional distress caused by COVID-19 when her partner was hospitalised with the illness, but thanks to digital communication technology she was able to keep in touch with him while she remained isolated at home. This relieved her own anxiety, and was – she...
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A Special Message from Alumnus Michael Moloney

UCD Alumni from around the world have been sharing special video messages of support for our students, friends and fellow alumni as we all work through the COVID-19 pandemic together. That deep-rooted concern and compassion for one another is what makes the UCD community truly great. Michael Moloney studied experimental physics at UCD School of Physics and was awarded the Thomas E. Nevin Medal when he graduated. He is currently CEO of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) based in Washington D.C.
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We’re Coping “Extraordinarily Well” With COVID-19 Restrictions

The people of Ireland are not showing signs of behavioural fatigue in the face of the restrictions imposed on us to ‘flatten the curve’ and contain the spread of COVID-19. This is according to ongoing research by Professor Liam Delaney of UCD School of Economics and his colleagues in the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) Behavioural Change Subgroup. In an Irish Times article Prof. Delaney and co-author Pete Lunn of the ESRI look at how we’re adapting to the stresses and challenges of having our freedom curtailed, our social lives diminished, and our normal routines disrupted. Notwithstanding the inevitable...
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UCD Researchers Design and Manufacture Face Shields for Frontline Medical Staff

Researchers at I-Form – an advanced manufacturing research facility based in UCD’s O’Brien Centre for Science – are using 3D printing to produce face shields for healthcare staff in Dublin battling the spread of COVID-19. Responding to a request from Tallaght University Hospital, and in the face of a global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), the team at the SFI-funded facility worked with engineering colleagues at UCD to optimise existing designs for rapid production. Over the course of a single weekend in the lab they produced 300 face shields, and they are now scaling up production. I-Form is also...