This week we welcomed Isa to the group. Isa is on secondment with the group from Gadea Grupo Farmacéutico in Valladolid (part of AmriGlobal). Her project is part of a larger EU-funded collaboration, 3DNet, concerning diseases of the eye. We are really looking forward to working with Isa and learning from her. This valuable opportunity to share industrial and academic perspectives and ways of doing things is one of the many ways the EU supports science and cooperation across Europe. Of course, there is also excellent sharing of cultures in these exchanges. This project was funded under Marie-Curie IAPP programme of FP7.
Congratulations to Avene who has been awarded a BOC Gases Bursary. The prizes were announced today and the four awardees gave talks on their PhD projects. The awards are given out annually to the projects judged to be the best PhD projects in the UCD School of Chemistry. The other three winners were Samir Belhout, Cian Kingston, Maria Cristina Lo Giudice. Well done to all four winners!
Well done to Gary Bradshaw, who passed his viva voce exam this week! Gary successfully defended his thesis, and is the first of the UCD McGarrigle group to reach this milestone. Gary’s external examiner Prof Bruce Turnbull gave a seminar following the viva. Then there was a celebration into the wee small hours.
Avene was one of UCD’s representatives chosen to speak at the 69th Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium and she gave a great talk. Well done Avene. The event was held over two days in DCU with participants from 3rd level institutions and universities from all over the island of Ireland. We enjoyed the talks, posters, and the BBQ!
We welcome Kevin Agnew to the group. Kevin is a undergraduate summer intern getting some research experience. He is a going into his final year in Trinity College Dublin next September. Kevin will be working on some carbohydrate chemistry while he is in the group.