Amy Maguire and Mairead Boland presented results from their final year research projects at a poster session preceeding the UCD Chemistry Society‘s Inaugural Lecture yesterday. The Inaugural Lecture itself was given by Prof Lee Cronin (University of Glasgow). Unfortunately this also marks the end of their research projects in the group. We wish them both every success in their final year exams, and thank them for all their hard work on their projects during the year.
Eoghan has been made a Fellow of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland. The institute is the professional body representing chemists in Ireland. It traces its roots to meetings in 1922 that led to the formation of the ‘Chemical Association of Ireland’, which later became the ‘Irish Chemical Association’ and then in the forties the ‘Institute of Chemistry of Ireland’. Eoghan has also become a council member of the institute. The institute’s AGM took place last night in DCU, when Dr Noel Fitzpatrick of UCD was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute (of which there can be no more than 10 living). The AGM was preceeded by a very stimulating Boyle-Higgins Award lecture which was given by Prof Dermot Diamond of DCU.
Gary Bradshaw presented a poster at the annual ‘RSC Organic Division Regional Meeting‘ meeting in University College Cork. The event coincided with the RSC Natural Product Award 2014 Lecture given by Prof Ian Paterson. The programme also included speakers from academia in Ireland & the UK, as well as industrial speakers from GSK and Pfizer. Gary’s poster presented some of the group’s latest work on organocatalytic glycosylations including contributions from fellow PhD students Avene and Nathan as well some results from Mairead’s final year undergraduate research project.