2016/2017 Irish Recipients gain Fulbright Awards to the US

The Fulbright Commission of Ireland annually awards grants to Irish and E.U. postgraduate students, scholars, and professionals to study, research, and lecture in the United States and for Americans to do the same in Ireland.

Irish Awardees 2016/2017

Dr Eva Barrett is a Lecturer in Law at Maynooth University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Trinity College Dublin. As a Fulbright Schuman awardee Eva will deliver guest-lectures and work on the research and curriculum development project ‘Developing Energy Law in the EU & Comparing the Regulation and Liberalisation of Energy Markets in the US with the Regulation and Liberalisation of Electricity Markets in the EU’ in Vermont Law School’s Institute for Energy and the Environment.

Ms Vicky Brady graduated from Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick in 2010 with a B.A. in Irish and English. She completed a Masters in Irish in 2011 and is currently a PhD candidate and tutor at Mary Immaculate College. She will be a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Villanova University, Philadelphia.

Mr John Brown is a PhD candidate at Maynooth University, Ireland. As a Fulbright Student Awardee based at the Centre for Inter-American Policy and Research at Tulane University, New Orleans, he will be researching the politics of contemporary democratisation in Latin America, focusing on Bolivian and Venezuelan processes.

Dr Linda Buckley is a composer and lecturer of Music at Trinity College Dublin. She will travel to New York for her Fulbright Scholarship and research found sound/electronic and cross-genre musical composition, in affiliation with New York University.

Mr Ian Corless completed a B.A. in Irish and Translation Studies in NUI Galway in 2013. He then completed the PGCE in Irish-Medium Education at St. Mary’s University College, Belfast in 2014. He has worked as a primary school teacher in Dublin since completing his education. Ian will be a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.

Ms Ruth Cormican is currently completing her LL.B. at NUI Galway. She will be taking up the Fulbright-University of Notre Dame LL.M. Award in International Human Rights Law, focusing in particular on human rights issues arising in the context of international and internal armed conflict.

Mr Michael Dawson has an MA in Ritual chant and Music from University of Limerick and is currently the Director of the Chamber Choir at Maynooth University. He will undertake a Doctor of Music Arts Degree at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music.

Mr Ronan Doorley is a PhD candidate in the Civil Engineering department of Trinity College Dublin. As a Fulbright-Environmental Protection Agency Awardee at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he will investigate the application of data science and machine learning techniques to the design of innovative urban mobility systems.

Mr Jason Finnerty graduated from NUI Galway in 2014 with a B.A. in Irish, History and Irish Studies. In 2016 he completed a Professional Masters in Education at NUI Galway, while working as a teacher in St Raphael’s College, Loughrea. He will be a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Davidson County Community College, North Carolina.

Dr Jennifer Goff is a Curator at the National Museum of Ireland. Dr Goff is completing a dual affiliation as a research scholar with Columbia University and as the first Irish Fulbright Scholar to the New York School of Interior Design, where she will lecture on 20th century Irish design, interiors and architecture, and the life and work of Eileen Gray in Europe and America

Dr Ciara Greene is a College Lecturer in the School of Psychology at University College Dublin. As a Fulbright Scholar to Harvard University, Dr Greene will conduct research into the attentional and emotional factors that predict false memory.

Ms Rosemary Hennigan graduated with an LL.B. from Trinity College Dublin and has since qualified as a solicitor with McCann FitzGerald. As a Fulbright Student Awardee, Rosemary will complete an LLM at the University of Pennsylvania where she intends to focus her studies on public oversight measures and the use of parliamentary committees in the US political system.

Dr Andrew Jackson is an Associate Professor in Ecology and Evolution in the School of Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin. As a Marine Institute of Ireland – Fulbright scholar, Dr Jackson will visit the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego to develop new mathematical models to track near-realtime changes in the species communities of impacted marine ecosystems using stable isotope analyses.

Dr Helen Lewis is an Archaeologist excavating prehistoric cave sites in Southeast Asia, and a specialist in Geoarchaeology. As a Fulbright GSI Geoscience Scholar based at the University of Washington, Helen will conduct research into the place of Geoarchaeology in Cultural Resources Management, exploring cultures of practice and specifically the barriers that exist at state level to the application of international professional standards of best practice.

Ms Eimear Kennedy graduated with a Masters in Irish in 2012. She is currently completing her PhD researching contemporary Irish-language travel literature and working as a teaching assistant in Queen’s University, Belfast. She will be a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Drew University and New York University.

Mr Eoin Mac Réamoinn is a PhD candidate in Trinity College Dublin. As a Fulbright Student Awardee, Eoin will carry out research to determine the role that immune system genes play in embryonic development at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr Daniel McCrum is a lecturer in structural engineering at Queen’s University Belfast. As a Fulbright CRH Scholar, Daniel will conduct research in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of California, Los Angeles. He will collaborate on research aimed at providing new techniques to assess the severity of damage in high-rise building structures after being hit by an earthquake

Ms Ciara McGrath is a PhD candidate at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow where she also completed her Masters Degree in Aeromechanical Engineering. Ciara will go to MIT as a Fulbright-Schuman Student Awardee where she aims to develop a framework for constellations of satellites to rapidly respond to disasters on the ground.

Dr Kate McDonnell-Dowling is a recent graduate from the National University of Ireland, Galway in the field of Neuroscience and Neuropharmacology. As a Fulbright Scholar, Kate will be hosted by Tufts University, Boston to carry out research on the consequences of early-life stress and drug exposure and focusing on how these experiences can lead to addiction in later life.

Dr Conor Meade lectures in Ecology and Biogeography at Maynooth University. As a Fulbright-EPA Scholar at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Conor will investigate the impact of climate change on alpine ecosystems in the Rocky Mountains Front Range.

Ms Rita Melia is a Doctoral Researcher at UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre, NUI Galway, an early childhood specialist with Early Childhood Ireland, and an Irish Research Council Scholar. As a Fulbright-NUI Student Awardee at Project Zero in the Harvard Graduate School of Education Boston, Rita will explore the preschool educators image of the child as a learner.

Dr Ruth Melia is a Clinical Psychologist graduated from NUI Maynooth and Trinity College Dublin. She collaborates on a joint research project with the IT Department at NUI Galway where she is also adjunct lecturer in clinical psychology. Ruth works with the HSE West and is co-founder of CAATCH, a suicide prevention initiative. As a Fulbright TechImpact Scholar, Ruth will research the use of mHealth technologies in suicide prevention at the Suicide Prevention Research Laboratory, Stanford University.

Ms Nicola Mountford is Director of UCD’s Connected Health research programme.  Her Fulbright TechImpact research project will be hosted by the New York eHealth Collaborative and involves a condensed ethnographic study of their work to make Electronic Health Records accessible state-wide.

Mr Eamonn Mulholland is an Energy Engineer currently undertaking a PhD in energy modelling in the transport sector at University College Cork. As a Fulbright Student Awardee, Eamonn aims to bridge the knowledge gap of behaviour representation in the Irish based energy models. At the University College of California, Davis, he will learn about integrating fundamental behaviour principles into transportation models allowing for a greater level of certainty when adapting for policy measures.

Ms Anna Ní Choirbín completed a B.A. in Modern Irish and English in the National University of Ireland Galway in 2008 and completed a Dioplóma Iarchéime san Oideachas and an M.A. at University of Ireland Galway in 2010. She has been a secondary school teacher for the past 6 years and will be a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Elms College, Chicopee, MA.

Ms Siobhán Ní Mhuimhneacháin completed a Bachelor of Education at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick in 2011 and an MA in Modern Irish at University College Cork in 2012. Siobhán has previously worked as a tutor at UCC and currently teaches in Gaelscoil Dhroichead na Banndan. Siobhán is this year’s Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at the University of Notre Dame.

Ms Áine Ní Shúilleabháin has completed a B.A. International in English & French, a Diploma in Irish, and an M.A. in Advanced Language Skills at the National University of Ireland Galway. Áine has worked as an Irish teacher and translator and is currently employed in at a translation company. She will be a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Idaho State University.

Ms Niamh Nic Leoid completed a B.A. in Applied Languages in Irish and French at the University of Limerick in 2014 and is currently an M.A .candidate in Irish and French Translation at University College Cork. She will be a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at University of Connecticut.

Dr Anthony Quinn is an associate professor in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Trinity College Dublin, where he teaches signal processing and probability. His research involves the design of optimal and implementable signal processing algorithms using probability principles (Bayesian methods), with wide application. As a Fulbright scholar, he will join the laboratory of Michael Jordan at UC Berkeley, focusing on problems where Bayesian signal processing and machine learning meet.

Dr Catherine O’Rourke is Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and International Law and Gender Research Coordinator at the Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University. As a Fulbright Scholar, she will be hosted by the Human Rights Program of the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota, where she will advance a monograph on international law norms for gender equality and their interface with domestic peacebuilding.

Mr Michael Paye is a PhD candidate in the School of English, Drama and Film at UCD, working on the literary depiction of fishery collapse and oil boom. As a Fulbright-NUI Student Awardee to Princeton University, Michael will complete a study of the correlation between fishery collapse and oil pollution in the literatures of Nigeria and Newfoundland in order to reveal the particular aesthetics and forms through which environmental crisis is coded across the Atlantic fish and oil frontier.

Mr Tadhg Ryan Charleton is a PhD Candidate at Maynooth University’s School of Business. As a Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland Student Awardee at the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, Tadhg will examine the organisational and macroeconomic drivers of innovation in knowledge sharing alliances between competitors.

Ms Saskia Ryan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geology, Trinity College Dublin. Saskia will undertake her Fulbright GSI Geoscience Award research at the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology of Harvard University. She will use a geochemical approach to study ancient mobility in Ireland by comparing baseline environmental signatures to those preserved in archaeological human teeth and bone.

Dr Mark Scanlon is a Lecturer in Digital Forensics and Cybercrime Investigation at the School of Computer Science, University College Dublin. As a Fulbright TechImpact Scholar to the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security at Purdue University, Mark will focus on developing techniques for the automated creation and proficiency testing of digital forensic challenges for educational use.

Ms Rosa Shine graduated from NUI Galway in 2014 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Biomechanics Research Centre, NUI Galway. As a Fulbright-NUI Student Awardee she will be performing advanced experimental testing on bioresorbable polymeric stents at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mr Pa Sheehan graduated with a degree in Applied Languages in 2014 and is currently a Masters candidate in Languages Education at the University of Limerick. He recently completed a thesis on the hurling pitch as an Irish language learning space. He will be a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at the University of Montana.

Ms Sylvia Soldatou is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemistry at the NUI Galway. As a Fulbright Student Awardee, Sylvia will focus on a chemical ecology project comparing the chemistry produced by Irish algal and mollusk samples. She will conduct her research at the University of South Florida.

 

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31 Irish Recipients gain Fulbright Awards to the US

Minister for Diaspora Affairs Jimmy Deenihan T.D. commented:

“The range of specialist knowledge amongst Fulbright Awardees makes them a very strong group of representatives for Ireland.This year’s awards reflect the rapid global developments in digital technology. Through the Fulbright TechImpact Awards and the Fulbright-University of Notre Dame TechImpact Scholar Awards, six awardees will explore digital advancement in areas including wearable sensing technologies, app development and language-learning resources.The Fulbright Scholar in Residence award reflects the ever increasing interest in Irish history and culture in the US. This year, one Irish scholar will teach an introductory course in Irish History from the earliest records to the present day at the University of Montana.Ireland’s recently published Diaspora policy, “Global Irish”, commits to “connecting in an inclusive way with those, of all ages, around the world who are Irish, of Irish descent or have a tangible connection to Ireland, and wish to maintain a connection with Ireland and with each other.

”In this context I very much welcome the fact that 9 institutions across New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Washington DC, North Carolina, Montana and Idaho, will host Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants from Ireland to teach the Irish language to US students this year. Ireland will also welcome 67 Summer Gaeltacht Awardees from the US to learn the Irish language.”

 

The next round of applications for Irish Fulbright Awardees will open on Monday, August 31st, 2015. Please visit the Fulbright Commission’s website, www.fulbright.ie, for more information. All applications for the 2016-2017 academic year will be due on Friday, October 30th, 2015.

 

Full List of 2015-2016 Irish Fulbright Awardees:

Language Centric

Dr. Ann Devitt is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin working in the area of language and literacy. As a Fulbright TechImpact Scholar at the University of California Berkeley, Ann will investigate the semantic distributional properties of language which optimise second language acquisition.

Mr. Ronan Doherty is a Web designer and developer and is in his final stages of his Ph.D. in Nua-Ghaeilge (Modern Irish) at Maynooth University. As a Fulbright-University of Notre Dame TechImpact Scholar, he will research aspects of user interface design in language learning applications with a view to producing an open-source tool that will facilitate the rapid development of interactive learning resources.

Ms. Síle Dolan graduated from NUIG in 2014 with a degree in Irish and French. She completed a Masters in Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge (Writing and Communication of Irish) in University College Dublin in 2014-15 where she has also been working as a tutor. She will be a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Elms College, Chicopee, MA.

Mr. Anthony Duffy completed a B.A. in Irish Language and Literature at the University of Ulster, Coleraine in 2012. He is currently completing a PGCE in Irish-Medium Education from St. Mary’s University College, Belfast. He will be a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Drew University and New York University.

Ms. Emma Lowry has been a secondary school teacher in Dublin’s Gaelcholáiste Reachrann for 7 years. Emma has a Degree in Irish from University College Dublin and the DIO (dip) and Master’s in Language Education from National University of Ireland Galway. Emma will be a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at the University of Montana.

Ms. Siobhán Murray currently works as a primary school teacher in Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin, Cork and is a traditional music teacher with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. She holds a Masters in Education from University College Cork. Siobhán will be a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Villanova University, Philadelphia.

Dr. Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl is a Lecturer in Information Technology in Fiontar and an Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in Dublin City University. As a Fulbright TechImpact Scholar, Mairéad will research user experiences in MOOCs with the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures at the University of Notre Dame.

Ms. Méabh Ní Choileáin studied Applied Communications at NUI Galway and is a recent graduate of St. Patrick’s College, where she qualified as a primary teacher. She currently works as Children’s and Education Editorial Assistant for Penguin Books, London. Méabh will be a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.

Mr. Séamus O’Sullivan completed a B.A. in English and Modern Irish in National University of Ireland Galway in 2013 and went on to complete an M.A. in Modern Irish at University College Cork in 2014. During his B.A. he completed a year-long apprenticeship in creative writing funded by Foras na Gaeilge. He will be the first Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Idaho State University.

Mr. John Woods is an MA candidate in Modern Irish at University College Dublin. He will be a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at the University of Notre Dame.

Ms. Niamh Rodgers graduated from St Mary’s University College, Belfast, in 2014 and has spent the last year teaching in Bunscoil Mhuire agus Phádraig, Downpatrick. She will be a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at University of Connecticut.

Mr. Fergal Rafferty completed a B.Ed in 2013 and is currently an M.A. candidate in Irish Medium Education at St. Mary’s University College, Belfast while also working as a primary school teacher in the city. He will be the first Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Davidson County Community College, North Carolina.

 

Dr. John Ahern is dually qualified in Medicine & Dentistry. As a Fulbright Student Awardee, John will collaborate with Harvard University to strengthen human resources for health in developing countries, through the integration of oral health training for primary care health workers. John will focus on the use of HIV-related oral manifestations as clinical markers of disease progression.

Dr. Gareth Bennett is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering in Trinity College Dublin. As the Fulbright-CRH Scholar, Dr. Bennett will be hosted in the Department of Aerospace at the University of Notre Dame and will also collaborate with NASA Glenn to research innovative solutions for the reduction of aeronautical environmental noise for a sustainable environment.

Ms AnneMarie Brosnan is a PhD candidate at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. As a Fulbright Student Awardee, Ms. Brosnan will conduct archival research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, to investigate the growth and development of African American education in North Carolina during the Civil War and Reconstruction era, 1861-1876.

Ms. Louise Brangan is currently undertaking a PhD in criminology at the University of Edinburgh. As a Fulbright Student Awardee she will be researching the comparative influence of political culture on punishment while at the Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Aine Butler is a psychiatrist who is currently working as a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at Kings College London in the area of Old Age Psychiatry. She will travel to Boston to take part in a research project with the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard University exploring specialization in nursing home care, focusing on the area of mental health service provision to those with dementia and later life mental health illness.

Ms. Mary Carey is a part-time Walsh Fellow with Teagasc and a Ph.D. candidate at University College Dublin. Mary is also an economist with the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service. Mary will research the impact of agri-businesses on the rural economy while at the University of Missouri.

Dr. Susan Crawford is a Lecturer in Sports Studies and Physical Education, School of Education at University College Cork. As a Fulbright TechImpact Scholar, Susan will focus on the use of Mobile Digital Technology to address Fundamental Movement Skill Development for individuals with autism, at the University of San Francisco.

Dr. David Fleming is a historian of eighteenth-century Ireland and lectures at the University of Limerick. As a Fulbright Scholar in Residence at the University of Montana, Dr. Fleming will deliver master classes in Irish history to students undertaking its Irish Studies programme, as well as encouraging collaboration between students and academics from Montana and Ireland.

Prof. Pamela Gallagher is a Fulbright Scholar Awardee from Dublin City University. At Johns Hopkins University, Pamela will conduct research investigating the efficacy of an innovative web based self-management intervention to improve health and well being following limb loss.

Dr. Luke Geever is a Senior Research Fellow at Athlone Institute of Technology, leading one of Ireland’s largest polymer research groups. As the Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland Scholar at Harvard Medical School and the Mayo Clinic, Luke will undertake collaborative research with world leading experts while exploring the Clinical Applications of Novel Biomedical Polymers.

Mr. Kevin Leahy is a PhD candidate at University College Cork. As a Fulbright Awardee at the University of California, Berkeley, Kevin will be investigating the application of data analytics and statistical methods to improve the performance of wind turbines. His award is sponsored by Fulbright, the National University of Ireland and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

Mr. Ciaran McFadden is a PhD candidate in Maynooth University School of Business, and a Fulbright-National University of Ireland Awardee. He will be based in the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy, at UCLA Law School. His research is on the careers and workplace experiences of the transgender community.

Dr. Denise McGrath is a lecturer in Exercise Science at University College Dublin. As a Fulbright TechImpact Scholar, Denise will travel to the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard to explore innovative wearable technology solutions that will enable people with Parkinson’s to overcome the debilitating unpredictability of the disease.

Ms. Gillian Murphy is a PhD candidate in Applied Psychology in University College Cork. While on her Fulbright-National University of Ireland Award at Albert Einstein College of Medicine – New York, Gillian will undertake experimental neuroimaging research on selective attention in expert and novice drivers.

Dr. Francesco Pilla is an Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. His research focuses on understanding complex environmental phenomena to pre-empt the impacts resulting from the interactions between human population and the environment. Sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, Dr. Pilla’s Fulbright Tech Impact project focuses on sensing the cyclists’ health risk related to environmental pollution, spatial constraints and interactions with other road users.

Dr. Deirdre Raftery is a historian of education at University College Dublin, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. As a Fulbright Scholar, she will be at Boston College, working on her tenth book publication, a monograph which examines the contribution of Irish-born nuns to American Education, in the period 1840-1940.

Mr. Ruairi Robertson is currently a PhD student in Nutrition and Microbiology in University College Cork. As a Teagasc/ Marine-Institute Fulbright Awardee, Ruairi will carry out research at Harvard University examining the role of dietary omega-3 fats on intestinal and brain health.

Mr. Jonathan Ruane is a Technology Entrepreneur and a Lecturer at University College Dublin. As the Fulbright-CRH Student Awardee, Jonathan will undertake a Sloan Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology focusing on Innovation and Global Leadership.

Dr. Gerard Wall is a lecturer in Microbiology and the Centre for Research in Medical Devices at National University of Ireland Galway. While based at the University of Wyoming as the Fulbright-Marine Institute Scholar, he will develop handheld detection devices for use in environmental monitoring and pathogen detection.

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