Our seventeenth event 5th April at 7:00pm in The Black Sheep’s basement, with so far two 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: @
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
We are waiting to comfirm our third speaker for the evenning.
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 email@example.com!