Dublin PubhD 22 – Brain Hijacking, Nanomedicine & English Literature

Dublin PubhD 22 – Brain Hijacking, Nanomedicine & English Literature

Our 21st event will take place on the 6th September at 7:00 pm in The Pavilion Bar’s balcony in Trinity College Dublin, with three more guests presenting their research in 10 minutes.

Diego Garaialde is a first year Ph.D. student in UCD. He’s studied motivation since his Psychology Undergraduate in DCU and his Cognitive Science Masters in UCD. The Ph.D. is focusing on how incentives can be used to change habits and promote learning, specifically for online courses. Current approaches to motivation focus on creating goals and fighting against your natural urges through sheer will and discipline. Diego hopes that his research on incentives can help us understand how to train the brain so these natural urges align with personal goals, making the whole process easier. His research involves an amalgamation of theories from psychology, cognitive science, and human-computer interaction. The Ph.D. is funded by the NUI Travelling Studentship and will involve trips to Birmingham, London, and San Francisco.

Dr. Adriele Prina-Mello, Assistant Professor in Translational Nanomedicine, has a research group focused on the translation of nanotechnology-tools, nanomaterials, their multifunctional solutions, devices and instrumentation applications into the medical research area as Nanomedicine tools for next generation medical practice.

Marie Egan is a 3rd year Ph.D. student in DCU’s Department of English. Her research is focused Frances Burney (1752-1840) the prolific writer and journal keeper-a very successful novelist, whose novels and dramas reflect her own ambivalence towards her identity as a writer and her ongoing negotiations with the demands of propriety. Burney’s negotiations and compromises with the demands of family and society are the focus of Marie’s research.

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 22 – Brain Hijacking, Nanomedicine & English Literature

Dublin PubhD 21 – Ancient Empires, Novel Drugs & Mind Imaging Lie Detectors

Dublin PubhD 21 – Ancient Empires, Novel Drugs & Mind Imaging Lie Detectors

Our 21st event will take place on the 2nd August at 7:00pm in The Pavilion Bar’s balcony in Trinity College Dublin, with three more guests presenting their research in 10 minutes.

Ronan Stewart graduated with his Master’s degree in South Asian studies from the University of Cambridge in 2012. His work was on the fall of the Hindu Vijayanagara civilisation in 1565, and involved exploring three different literary traditions, with Islamic, Western and Hindu accounts all working through this. He aims for a balanced and informed dialogue about history and how it informs the present, especially as it informs the Muslim world and assists the rise of violent Islamist groups like ISIS. He has conducted lectures about this topic with University College Dublin and sports against racism Ireland. These issues can range from the treatment of minorities in Muslim countries, gender issues, how Muslims approach crime and so on. This involves tackling historical myths which pervade our society and help push forward nationalistic, religious or other ideologies which can cause conflict. Myths include the notion of a poverty-free Islamic caliphate, the return to a totally moral past, or a past which was free of religious discord. Ultimately this discussion is about what kind of society we want to live in.

Jacintha O’Sullivan is a Professor in Translational Oncology, based at the Trinity Translational Medicine Institute, St. James’s Hospital. Currently, she also directs a translational gastrointestinal research team in the Trinity Translational Medicine Institute in collaboration with clinical and surgical colleagues. Her research interests elucidating how the tumor microenvironment cross talks to the immune system in gastrointestinal patients and the importance of metabolism, inflammation, and obesity in driving disease progression and in regulating treatment response. Her research group also focuses on the development of diagnostics platforms and novel patented therapeutics to detect and treat gastrointestinal cancer patients.

Laura McGrady is a first year PhD student in DCU.Her research is being undertaken in the interesting discipline of Neuropsychology and law. It falls under the category of Neurolaw. Recent developments in modern brain imagining technology have many implications for  criminal investigation, the justice system and sentencing protocols. Her research is specifically concerned with the use of EEG technology for polygraph purposes and its admissibility in the court of law. I am currently developing a hybrid of two popular lie detector tests that are designed to record and measure the brain wave involved in memory recognition to determine if the examinee is concealing important or crime relevant information.

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 21 – Ancient Empires, Novel Drugs & Mind Imaging Lie Detectors

Dublin PubhD 20 – VR-Education, Black Magic AI & Stem Cells

Dublin PubhD 20 – VR-Education, Black Magic AI & Stem Cells

Our 20th event 5th July at 7 pm in The Pavilion Bar’s balcony in Trinity College Dublin, with three more guests presenting their research in 10 minutes.

Simon Creane is a second year full-time Ph.D. student at STEM, Institute of Education, DCU. His research involves the design and development of a virtual and augmented reality learning environment to support inquiry learning.

Jim O’ Donoghue from Insight in DCU, has just defended his Ph.D. dissertation. His research focused on developing tools to manage and interpret AI experiments, thus mitigating some of the black magic therein.

Michael Monaghan is an Ussher Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. He has published a number of key papers in the field of human valvulogenesis, embryonic stem cell research, cardiomyocyte differentiation, biomaterials and non-invasive optical characterization. He will present his research on “Convincing stem cells to do your bidding”.

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 20 – VR-Education, Black Magic AI & Stem Cells

Dublin PubhD 19 – Lie Detectors, Stubborn Cancers and Neuroimaging

Our nineteenth event 7th June May at 7:00pm in The Black Sheep’s basement, with three more PhD students presenting their research in 10 minutes. Our three speakers are confirmed:

Joanne Kenney recently completed her PhD in NUIG. Her research focuses on neuroimaging in psychiatry. Many individuals diagnosed with psychosis have impaired cognitive abilities such as impaired learning and memory, attention, social skills and problem solving. These difficulties with cognition can greatly affect their everyday functioning such as having problems in education, finding employment and meaningful relationships. Using magnetic resonance imaging, my research investigates brain images of people who were diagnosed with a psychotic condition to see if there are any subtle abnormalities in the structures of their brains, compared to psychiatrically healthy individuals, which contribute to these cognitive difficulties.

Laura McGrady is a first year PhD student in DCU.Her research is being undertaken in the interesting discipline of Neuropsychology and law. It falls under the category of Neurolaw. Recent developments in modern brain imagining technology have many implications for  criminal investigation, the justice system and sentencing protocols. Her research is specifically concerned with the use of EEG technology for polygraph purposes and its admissibility in the court of law. I am currently developing a hybrid of two popular lie detector tests that are designed to record and measure the brain wave involved in memory recognition to determine if the examinee is concealing important or crime relevant information.

Stephen Maher recently re-joined Trintiy College Dublin as the James Ussher Assistant Professor in Translational Oncology. Stephen is a translational cancer biologist with the Department of Surgery, who works closely with cancer patients at St James’s Hospital. Most cancer patients will receive either chemotherapy, or radiotherapy, or both, to treat their disease. His research focuses on understanding the biology of cancer, and why some patients tumours respond very well to these treatments while others do not. Over the past few years a major focus of his research has examined genetic regulation of sensitivity to treatment, how damage to the genetic material inside tumour cells influences their sensitivity to chemotherapy and radiation, and how we are using this information to use re-engineer resistant tumours to become more sensitive to treatment.

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 19 – Lie Detectors, Stubborn Cancers and Neuroimaging

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