Dublin PubhD 18: Dublin PubhD 18 – Behaviour-changing bugs, Fluorescent Surgery and Imperial Fiction

Our eighteenth event will be on the 3rd May at 7:00pm in The Black Sheep’s basement (61, Capel Street), with so far two confirmed speaker her research in 10 minutes:

Maureen Williams is a third year PhD student in the Zoology Department at Trinity College. She focuses on how behavior-changing parasites and their hosts interact, and how those interactions could change with rising temperature. She conducts experiments and do field work mostly in lakes and rivers, with a focus on ecologically important crustaceans and their Acanthocephalan parasites. Hopefully, her work will be able to show the ecological consequences of parasites pushing hosts to their predators. She tweets as @MoDubs11 and you can read more about her on her website.

Scott McKay is a first year PhD student in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. His research focuses on the application of quantum mechanics and computational chemistry to the design and development of drug molecules for use in fluorescence guided surgery and photodynamic therapy.

Patrick Rogers is a first year PhD student in DCU’s School of English, is writing his thesis on Space and time in imperial boys fiction. He is discussing how boys fiction was written specifically to develop the empire builders of the future. This includes issues on the establishment of boundaries and the idea of progress vs the degenerated or primitive culture me of other territories within the empire.

Looking forward to seeing you all there. And as always, if you are interested in taking part in future events as a speaker, which usually take place on the first Wednesday of the month, please contact us at dublin@pubhd.org!

Dublin PubhD 18: Dublin PubhD 18 – Behaviour-changing bugs, Fluorescent Surgery and Imperial Fiction

Dublin PubhD 17: Solar flares, Modelling Novels and Biofeedback

Our seventeenth event on the 5th April at 7:00pm in The Black Sheep’s basement, with three more PhD students presenting their research in 10 minutes:

Laura Hayes is a third year PhD student working with the Astrophysics Research Group at Trinity College Dublin. Her research focuses on the physics of our closest star – the Sun – and its magnetic activity. Solar flares are huge explosions of electromagnetic energy on the Sun which result from powerful magnetic fields that get too tangled and twisted. The intense radiation produced from a flare can cause adverse space weather effects on telecommunication, GPS and power systems, and so the understanding and prediction of flares is very important. Her work looks at the X-ray emission from solar flare events using spacecraft such as NASAs RHESSI mission together with other space based and ground observations to identify and classify the highly variable nature of solar flares. Twitter: @laura_hayess

Sara J Kerr is a third year PhD researcher working at An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University. Her research is in the field of Digital Humanities which bridges the gap between STEM and Arts, and specifically focuses on the application of vector space models to 19th century literature using R programming. Vector space models, which include topic models and word embeddings, represent relationships between texts and words as series of numbers which allow alternative readings of the texts. Her work uses these models to examine the theme of independence in the novels of Jane Austen, Maria Edgeworth and Sydney Owenson. She tweets as @data_fiend. Her thesis title is – “Rational Creatures”: Examining independence through vector space models in Austen, Edgeworth, and Owenson 1800–1820. She twits as @data_friend

Louise Brennan is a first year PhD student in the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at UCD and is part of CATCH ITN – a European research group focused on how connected health can improve quality of life in cancer survivors. Her research focuses on the use of biofeedback during rehabilitation exercises for women undergoing surgery for breast cancer. She aims to look at how movement sensors can improve exercise technique and adherence, and how this can be incorporated into a mobile app for home rehabilitation. She twits as @Louise_Brennan_.

Looking forward to seeing you all there. And as always, if you are interested in taking part in future events as a speaker, which usually take place on the first Wednesday of the month, please contact us at dublin@pubhd.org!

 

 

Dublin PubhD 17: Solar flares, Modelling Novels and Biofeedback

Dublin PubhD 16: Mars rocks, machine translation, digital ethics

Our sixteenth event 1st March 7:00pm in The Black Sheep’s basement, with three more PhD students presenting their research in 10 minutes:

Ankit Verma is third year Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin. He is investigating the effect of the asteroid and comet impacts on rock breakdown on Earth and Mars. Ankit does his field work at Meteor Crater in Arizona where he collects data on weathering of impacted and non-impacted rocks. He analyses his samples in the Natural History Museum in London. He uses these rock samples in simulated weathering experiments in conditions similar to Earth and Mars at Oxford Rock Breakdown Laboratory, UK.

Aaron Han is a first year PhD student in ADAPT Centre (adaptcentre.ie) based in DCU. His PhD topic is Machine Translation (MT). He will talk about how MT works, how MT serves our society and how you are connected with MT everyday. His page: (https://aaronlifenghan.jimdo.com/news/) and network: (https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaronhan/)

Wessel Reijers is a second year PhD student in the ADAPT Centre based in DCU. He is studying ethics of digital content technologies, working with industry partners to create ground-breaking digital content innovations. Wessel started an initiative called Free Academia to discuss issues of academia such as the publish or perish culture. www.freeacademia.eu

If you are interested in taking part in future events as a speaker, which usually take place on the first Wednesday of the month, please contact us!

Dublin PubhD 16: Mars rocks, machine translation, digital ethics

Dublin PubhD 15: Mormons, commuter cyclists and micro-sensors

Our fifteenth event, the first of 2017, 8th February 7:00pm in The Black Sheep’s basement, with three more PhD students presenting their research in 10 minutes:

Hazel O’Brien is final year PhD student studying by distance learning with the University of Exeter. Her research is about how Mormons in Ireland create and maintain their religious identities, focusing on the ways in which they negotiate insider-outsider boundaries in everyday life.

Robert Egan is a PhD candidate in the school of nursing and human sciences in DCU. He is exploring how commuter cyclists deal with matters of responsibility in Dublin, such as managing perceived responsibilities for oneself and for others. Using a grounded theory methodology, he is approaching the subject from the point of view of moral philosophy. At present, he is at the early stages of his research, so, he will be discussing the methodology of grounded theory and the products of his analysis so far.

Sai Pavan Rajesh Sharma Valluru  is an Early Stage Researcher in DCU, studying Micro-Electro-Mechanical-System’s technology based Surface Acoustic Wave Sensor applications in Medical & Aerospace Industries. His work involves design, simulation, and analysis of micro-sensors for gas sensing application using sound waves.

If you are interested in taking part in future events as a speaker, which usually take place on the first Wednesday of the month, please contact us!

Dublin PubhD 15: Mormons, commuter cyclists and micro-sensors

Become the new captain of Dublin PubhD

As many of you may know, I myself am a PhD student at the end of my studies. For a year I was very lucky to have fellow PhD student Kevin Guyan as a co-organiser, but we have since lost Kevin to the bright lights of London! As I finish my PhD and rejoin the real world (aka hopefully acquire gainful employment), I will no longer be able to run Dublin PubhD in 2017.

So there is an opening to become the captain of the good ship Dublin PubhD! I’m happy to continue to support the group through this website, on Meetup, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as giving the new organisers access to all these platforms. In many ways, that hard work of getting the group off the ground and established has been done.

So why take up Dublin PubhD? Not only does it offer experience in event planning, organising, and hosting, you get to meet a whole gamut of fascinating people along the way. For me, meeting so many other PhD students made the experience of doing my own feel less isolated and made me appreciate that all people face the same doubts and worries along the way. You also get to hear about all the wonderful work being done in your own city, as well as encountering people who are excited and interested in the work of the presenters.

I will hold one more Dublin PubhD in February 2017 (I haven’t run the event in December or January), but after that unless a successor has been appointed, that will be the last one. I sincerely hope that someone will be able to take on the group, as it is a worthwhile and valuable thing for both the PhD students and the public.

I can be contacted through Twitter, Facebook, and Meetup. So please share!

Become the new captain of Dublin PubhD

Dublin PubhD 14: Identity and language, Chinese American poetry and citizen curation

Our fourteenth event, 5th October 7:00pm in The Black Sheep’s basement, with three more PhD students presenting their research in 10 minutes:

Fergus O’Dwyer is pursuing a PhD at the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics in University College Dublin. He works with members of a Dublin GAA club, using participant observation, free recordings and semi-guided interviews. The general goal is to explore salient identities within this context, and how language can be used to align to these identities.

Meadhbh Hand completed her PhD in the School of English in Trinity College Dublin in 2014.  Her research was a comparative study of Chinese American poet, Li-Young Lee, and Korean American poet, Suji Kwock Kim. Using Walter Mignolo’s theories about border thinking, as well as referring to Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands and Marianne Hirsch’s ideas about postmemory. By exploring the ways in which their work responds to the five themes outlined the study shows both poets to be adept border thinkers whose use of diverse literary sources helps them to assert their identities as Asian American poets.

Rebecca O’Neill is a PhD candidate with the Media & Memory Research Initiative in the School of Arts and New Media. Her research focuses on the current interpretations and applications of the terms curator and curation by those working in cultural institutions and those involved in collective, knowledge building projects. In particular her research looks at Wikipedia as an outlet for potential collaboration, with an emphasis on how this work could be understood as citizen curation, much like citizen science and citizen journalism.

If you are interested in taking part in future events as a speaker, which take place on the first Wednesday of the month, please contact us!

Dublin PubhD 14: Identity and language, Chinese American poetry and citizen curation

Dublin PubhD 13: Grandfathering in Ireland, Spirituality in counselling, and Youth suicide

Our thirteenth event, 7th September 7:00pm in The Black Sheep’s basement, with three more PhD students presenting their research in 10 minutes:

Susan Kent is PhD researcher in the School of Social Work and Social Policy Children’s Research Centre in Trinity College Dublin. Many studies internationally have enquired from grandparents about their role and relationships with their children and grandchildren. Within these studies the role and participation of the grandmother as the main carer is quite visible and that of the grandfather is within a small minority. In an Irish context the voice of the grandfather has not been explore. Therefore, this study is a contribution to enquire and hear what grandfathers in contemporary Ireland feel about grandfathering.

Karen Ward is a PhD researcher in Dublin City University. Her PhD research investigates the meanings of spirituality among accredited counsellors practicing a new energy therapy technique, bringing a spiritual aspect based on shamanic principles into a counselling session which traditionally focuses on the mental and emotional aspects of a clients issue.

Melanie Labor is a PhD candidate with the School of Social Work and Social Policy in
Trinity College Dublin. The aim of this study to get a better understanding of how young people make sense of youth suicide. This is being done by interviewing young people about their individual understandings of youth suicide, taking into account the discourses and practices surrounding youth suicide in young people’s communities that may influence how young people make sense of suicide.

If you are interested in taking part in future events as a speaker, which take place on the first Wednesday of the month, please contact us!

Dublin PubhD 13: Grandfathering in Ireland, Spirituality in counselling, and Youth suicide

Dublin PubhD 12: Solar fuels, ecto-parasites, and retail internationalisation

Our twelfth event, 6th July 7:00pm in The Black Sheep’s basement, with three more PhD students presenting their research in 10 minutes:

Rob Conway-Kenny is a PhD researcher based in the Sami Nasr Institute of Advanced Materials in Trinity College Dublin. His work focuses on the synthesis of novel catalysts for the splitting of water into Hydrogen and Oxygen using only sunlight. Using graphite-like molecular structures,coupled onto metallic elements such as Ruthenium, Iridium and Manganese, electrons can be easily tricked into highly reactive states, and then used to either break or form chemical bonds. Dubbed “Solar Fuels”, these fuels can be used directly to generate electricity, or further manipulated into commercially desirable chemical products.

Orla Murphy is a PhD student with the Department of Optometry in DIT Kevin Street. Her research area is on a common ecto-parasite Demodex that resides in the hair follicles and sebaceous glands of our skin, predominantly on the face. For the purpose of her study she is focussing on Demodex in the eyelash follicles and meibomian glands, looking at how Demodex can cause anterior eye abnormalities including dry eye and testing the effectivity of new market based treatments for killing Demodex.

Alan Morgan is a PhD researcher based in the Dublin Business School. His research will investigate and explore internal brand management within a retail internationalisation context. This represents a significant gap in the retail internationalisation literature. According to Burt & Sparks (2002) there is a growing sophistication in international retail markets that the development of the brand internally within the organisation could and possibly should be viewed as a critical requirement for successful retail internationalisation.

If you are interested in taking part in future events as a speaker, which take place on the first Wednesday of the month, please contact us!

Dublin PubhD 12: Solar fuels, ecto-parasites, and retail internationalisation

Dublin PubhD 11: Fluorescent molecules, Albania and Peatlands

Our eleventh event, 1st June 7:00pm in The Black Sheep, with three more PhD students presenting their research in 10 minutes:

Nitheen Kaperi Sanyal is a final year PhD student in Trinity College Dublin. Her research focusses on designing fluorescent organic molecules towards the detection of explosives like TNT, DNT, Picric acid. Unlike the traditional detection methods like sniffer dogs, metal detectors, she uses the concept of fluorescence quenching to detect these explosives. This method is easy to use, cost-effective, selective and sensitive. It can effectively be used to design cheap robust handheld devices for detecting explosive materials.

Chloe Fagan‘s thesis analyses representations of Albania and Albanians in contemporary German language literature and then subsequently explores the implications these representations have for the Albanian related topics treated of in these texts, such as migration and the Albanian Communist regime and its legacy. The research also compares the manner in which authors of different nationalities (Austrian, Albanian, Serbian, Kosovar) represent both Albania and Albanian related themes in their texts. The thesis aims to highlight an area of German language migrant literature that remains overlooked.

Stephen Barry is a PhD candidate in DIT’s Environmental Sustainability & Health Institute. His research is entitled Process and Policy – A Mechanistic simulation of Carbon Greenhouse Gas Dynamics and Inventories in Irish Upland Mire Dominated CatchmentsPeatlands cover approximately 11,757 Km2 of Ireland and represent a major carbon store – of this nearly half 4,350 km2 is represented by upland blanket peatlands.  Accelerated carbon losses from this land type will have serious consequences for the natural carbon store and its associated impacts on climate change in Ireland. The output of this study will be the development of a spatially referenced mechanistic based account of carbon production, transport and evasion in Irish upland blanket peatlands.

Our June event will be at our new venue, in the basement of the The Black Sheep, 61 Capel Street – look forward to seeing you all then!

If you are interested in taking part in future events as a speaker, which take place on the first Wednesday of the month, please contact us!

Dublin PubhD 11: Fluorescent molecules, Albania and Peatlands

Dublin PubhD 10: Psychological Trauma, Aphasia and Architecture

Our tenth event with three more PhD students presenting their research in 10 minutes:

Rebecca Carr, Centre for European Studies, TCD

Rebecca applies her degrees in psychology and film/literature/drama to answer the question: ‘what is the function of myth in trauma narrative film?’ Using a selection of films from Central and Southeastern Europe, her research argues that myth, as a narrative, is ever-evolving but essential to healing psychological trauma. Upon completion of her studies, Rebecca hopes to use film as a tool to work with displaced individuals and groups.

Analisa Marie Pais, School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, TCD

Analisa’s research explores aphasia, a term used to describe a language/ communication disorder that commonly results from damage to those areas of the brain that control language (most often the left hemisphere of the brain). Her presentation will discuss the possible benefits of Conversation Partner Training (CPT) for people living with aphasia within the context of India. CPT enables communicative access to conversations and enhances life participation through training those around the individual with aphasia. It is an approach which recognises that the competence of a person with aphasia is typically masked by the language impairment, and that when conversation partners implement the use of appropriate techniques, people with aphasia can engage successfully.

Kieran Gaya, Art History and Cultural Policy, UCD

Kieran is studying how the language of architecture and urban design were used as instruments towards the generation of civil or national identity in Pakistan. He is looking at Islamabad as a venue of transnational design by architects from Greece, the US, Italy and Turkey. The name of the city is indicative of the intention to make it clear that the new country of Pakistan, established in 1947, was to be a new home for the displaced Muslims coming in from all over now independent British India.

Our May event will be at our new venue, upstairs in Against the Grain, 11 Wexford Street – look forward to seeing you all then!

If you are interested in taking part in future events as a speaker, which take place on the first Wednesday of the month, please contact us!

Dublin PubhD 10: Psychological Trauma, Aphasia and Architecture