Making a Difference
Dr Sarahjane Belton of DCU's School of Health and Human Performace and Dr Maura Coulter of DCU's Institute of Education talk of their initiative to run a series of PE at home classes for children. It is a partnership between DCU and the PDST in collaboration with the Irish Heart Foundation.
We often hear that academia can move people. But the work of Stephen Behan of DCU’s School of Health and Human Performance is doing just that - quite literally. Behan’s research is focused on building physical literacy in primary school kids so that they can be more confident about physical activity. Click here
Why is the sea wet? Okay, we don’t even need to go there, but seaweed – however many times the brunt of that joke – is proving its worth as a great untapped resource in the fight against infection.
Professor Christine Loscher, from the DCU School of Biotechnology and Associate Dean of Research at the university, has found seaweed can be a big boost for the human immune system. Click here
Professor Turlough Downes has spent his whole life reaching for the stars. As a child he remembers gazing up at distant constellations in the night sky.
And in his current role as Astrophysicist and Professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences at DCU and Director of the Centre for Astrophysics and Relativity (C-fAR) he… well, he gazes up at distant constellations in the night sky. Click here
As director of the DCU Maths Learning Centre and Assistant Professor of DCU School of Mathematical Sciences, it’s fair to say that Dr Eabhnat Ní Fhloinn ‘gets’ maths. But like many of her classmates at the time, she found herself struggling with it while studying at third level.
This led her to question why some people seem to show an aptitude for the subject while others experience more difficulty with it. Click here
As an analytical chemist, Dr Blánaid White Lecturer, School of Chemical Sciences and Principal Investigator, National Centre for Sensor Research and DCU Water Institute is outstanding in her field; quite literally, as her work involves her looking at levels of organic matter in soil and how it affects the quality of crops. Click here
When Professor Kate Irving of DCU’s School of Nursing and Human Sciences was working as a nurse in the 1990s, she had an experience that would change her outlook on dementia care. Click here
DCU’s Water Institute is leading the way in raising awareness about the value of water in our lives. We drink it, wash in it, rely on it to grow crops, but just how many of us stop and take the time to consider just how important water is to us? Professor Fiona Regan, Professor in Chemistry and Director of the DCU Water Institute said: “Water is essential for life, for health, for human society, for industry. Click here
At DCU’s Faculty of Science and Health, cutting-edge research takes place in labs across the campus daily. Scientists work behind sealed doors to find ways to enhance technology and medicine. One scientist doing just this is Alan Costello, who is undertaking a PhD at the National Institute of Cellular Biology. Click here
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for most people. But for more vulnerable groups, a change in daily routines and adjusting to a ‘new normal’ can be one of anxiety and trepidation. Recognising this, Dr Sinéad Smyth, from the DCU School of Psychology, and her team are determined to identify the difficulties facing young peoplewith Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and their families. Click here
When we think of the world of psychology, it’s all too easy to limit the field to the counselling of people’s problems. But at DCU’s School of Psychology in the Faculty of Science and Health, the study of Psychology goes far beyond that of psychoanalysis and therapeutic techniques. Click here