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Irish Awardees

Mr David Azcona is a PhD candidate at Dublin City University. As a Fulbright Student Awardee to Arizona State University, he will research the differences in learner behaviour in Computer Science between Ireland and the U.S., and how student collaboration with a university comprising such a large student body can be enabled.

Mr Aaron Barker is a PhD Candidate in Engineering at University College Cork. As a Fulbright-Marine Institute Student to Oregon State University, he will investigate the application of data science and machine learning techniques to the production of energy estimates for renewable energy technologies.

Dr Charlotte Blease is a philosopher of medicine and Research Fellow at Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and University College Dublin. Charlotte researches the science behind the art of medicine. As a Fulbright-HRB HealthImpact Scholar, she will travel to the Program in Placebo Studies, hosted at Harvard Medical School.

Ms Lola Boorman is a doctoral candidate at the University of York. She received her B.A in English Studies from TCD, and an MPhil in American Literature from the University of Cambridge. Her current research focuses on the use and representation of grammar in modern and contemporary American literature. As a Fulbright Student to Stanford University, she will conduct archival research into the institutional contexts of her project, in particular the development of grammar instruction and the teaching of writing in American universities from the 19th century to the 1990s.

Professor Colin Bradley is Professor of General Practice in the School of Medicine at University College Cork. He has a long standing research interest in improving the prescribing of medicines in general medical practice. Excessive prescribing of opioids for non-cancer pain has emerged as a major problem in the US. As Fulbright-HRB HealthImpact Scholar, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Oklahoma he will undertake research on strategies to improve opioid prescribing by primary care physicians. Insights from this work may help reduce the risk of the same problem emerging in Ireland.

Mr Lorcán Burns is currently completing a PGCE at St Mary’s University College Belfast. He has a BA in Irish from University of Ulster, and an MA in Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge from UCD. As a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) he will teach the Irish language and take courses at NYU and Drew University.

Ms Aoife Cartwright is a PhD candidate in the Maynooth University Department of Psychology. As a Fulbright-NUI Student Awardee, she aims to better understand the psychological risk factors for sexual assault in young men. During a visit to the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University, Aoife will research psychophysiological arousal patterns in the context of sexual consent, focusing in particular on scenarios where the consent is resistant or ambiguous.

Dr David Collings is Professor of Human Resource Management and Associate Dean for Research at Dublin City University’s Business School where he researches and teaches in the areas of talent management and global mobility. As a Fulbright Scholar to Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations School, David’s research programme will focus on the areas of global talent management and human capital flows within and between organisations.

Ms Jan Cosgrave graduated from the University of Glasgow with a first class degree in Psychology. She then began her doctoral studies at St John’s College, University of Oxford. Her research focuses on understanding the relationship between sleep, circadian rhythms and psychotic-like experiences. As a Fulbright Student Awardee Jan will attempt to replicate some of the core findings of her doctorate in clinical populations at the Perelman School of Medicine based in the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr Marian Crowley-Henry is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Maynooth University School of Business. As a Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland Scholar, Marian will research the careers of international employees in multinational corporations at Northern Illinois University’s Management Department.

Dr Tom Curran is a lecturer in the School of Biosystems and Food Engineering and Director of the MSc Environmental Technology Programme at University College Dublin. As a Fulbright-TechImpact Scholar, he will be hosted by North Carolina State University to develop an early warning system for sewer network blockages caused by ‘fatbergs’. In recent years, Dr Curran has developed a European wide reputation as a specialist in ‘fatbergs’ and has made frequent media contributions on this issue.

Ms Aoife Delaney is a PhD candidate on ‘The Programmable City’ project at Maynooth University, Ireland. As a Fulbright-NUI Student Awardee based at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, she will research the transformative potential of smart technology for emergency management systems.

Dr Laura Devaney is a postdoctoral researcher at Teagasc, examining development pathways for the Irish and European bioeconomy. Previous to this, she was awarded a PhD from the Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin, where she also worked and lectured for two years in the area of environmental geography and sustainable consumption. Laura will travel to UC Berkeley for her Fulbright-EPA scholarship to research the development and governance of the US bioeconomy.

Dr Martha Finnegan is a doctor in psychiatry and research registrar at St Patrick’s University Hospital and Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. Previously, she has studied bioethics and law. As a Fulbright-HRB HealthImpact Scholar to Yale, she will focus on combining bioethics and research methodology to find ways to support health researchers to undertake more clinical research with vulnerable populations.

Mr Matthew Flood is a PhD candidate at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, and the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, UCD. He also holds an ME in Biomedical Engineering from UCD. As a Fulbright-NUI Visiting Researcher to the Motion Analysis Laboratory at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, Matthew will employ advanced signal processing methods to investigate motor control in individuals with Parkinson’s disease using wireless sensing technology.

Dr Helen French is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). As a Fulbright-HRB HealthImpact Scholar, she will undertake research into the role of movement dysfunction, using 3D motion analysis, in the development of hip pain in adolescents and young adults at the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in Boston University.

Dr Aggeliki Georgiopoulou is a Lecturer in Sedimentology at UCD. As a Fulbright-GSI Geoscience Scholar, Aggeliki will visit the USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center in Massachusetts to investigate in detail the structures, morphology and lithologies of submarine landslide scars using diving equipment video data and Structure-for-Motion Techniques.

Ms Jaswinder Kaur is a PhD candidate with the Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre at Limerick Institute of Technology. As a Fulbright-Teagasc Awardee, she will be based at Michigan State University, investigating the use of genome sequences of fungi and identifying crucial genes responsible for the production of putative enzymes for industrial applications.

Dr Jacek Kibilda ventured into the realm of wireless communications networks during his undergraduate studies at Poznan University of Technology and has since continued his journey down the rabbit hole of spectrum, antennas, and interference, most recently exploring models and architectures for future generations of mobile networks. He holds a PhD from TCD, where he is currently working as a research fellow with the CONNECT Institute. As a Fulbright-TechImpact Scholar, he will continue his research with the Wireless Networking and Communications Group at the University of Texas at Austin.

Ms Dayna Killian has a first class degree in Drama and Theatre Studies with English Literature from Liverpool Hope University, and an MSc in Global Financial Information Systems from Waterford Institute of Technology. Dayna is the PhD candidate for the ‘Performing Women’ project at WIT. As a Fulbright Student Awardee, she will study at the University of Notre Dame in order to further explore the representation of women playwrights and Irish womanhood on the Abbey stage in the first half of the 20th c.

Dr David Lillis is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science, UCD. As a Fulbright-TechImpact Scholar, David will visit the University of New Haven Cyber Forensics Research & Education Group (UNHcFREG) in West Haven, Connecticut. There he will focus on efficient automated techniques for discovering digital evidence, with a view to expediting the process of cybercrime investigation.

Mr Seaghan Mac an tSionnaigh graduated from Mary Immaculate College with a first class honours degree in the Liberal Arts. He went on to write his Master’s thesis on Irish lexicography which was published by Coiscéim under the title Focail agus Foclóireacht T. O’Neill Lane (2013). He co-founded Meanmanra, a psychology and philosophy conference with proceedings published at the conference’s second edition. Seaghan has worked as an Irish tutor at UL, as a visiting Irish Language Scholar at Concordia University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Irish folklore in MIC. As a Fulbright FLTA, he will teach the Irish Language and takes courses at the University of Notre Dame.

Dr Christine Mackey is an independent studio artist based at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre. Combining an interdisciplinary approach to her work, for her Fulbright Scholarship Christine will be based in the Art and Ecology Department at the University of New Mexico to research the political and creative currency of plant life through the subject of the seed and the entangled narratives between human and non-human relations.

Mr Jamie Mc Garrigle completed a B.A. in Modern Irish and Music at UCD. Having been awarded a scholarship, he then graduated from the postgraduate studies programme in Irish Writing and Communications there. He is currently completing a Professional Masters in Education through Irish and undertaking research on ‘The Use and Effects of Music in Language Acquisition‘ at NUI Galway, and has been working as a secondary school teacher of Irish and Music as part of this course. As a Fulbright FLTA, he will teach the Irish language and take courses at Davidson College.

Dr Sheena McHugh is a Research Fellow at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCC. She is a Fellow on the CARDI Leadership Programme in Ageing Research funded by the Ageing Research and Development Division within the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH). She has a BA in Psychology from UCD, a Master of Science in Health Psychology from University College London, and she completed the HRB Scholars Programme in Health Services Research at UCC. As a Fulbright-HRB HealthImpact Scholar, Sheena will research implementation strategies for healthcare improvement at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina.

Ms Fiona McDermott is a researcher and PhD candidate, based at the Connect Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications at TCD. While on her Fulbright-EPA Student Award at the New School in New York City, Fiona will undertake critical design research focusing on the practice of urban informatics, forms of urban intelligence and networked data infrastructures.

Ms Meadhbh Moriarty is currently undertaking a PhD in Marine Fisheries Ecology at Ulster University, Coleraine. As a Fulbright-Marine Institute Student Awardee, Meadhbh will visit Alaska Pacific University and Cornell University to develop geostatistical applications for assessing changes in fish distribution.

Ms Ciara Ní É completed a B.A. in Modern Irish and English at TCD, and an MA in Irish at UCD where she was a tutor. Ciara is a writer and also works as an editor, teacher, and broadcaster. As a Fulbright FLTA, she will teach the Irish Language and take courses at Villanova University.

Ms Giollaíosa Ní Mhaonaigh graduated from UCD with a BA in Modern Irish and History. She went on to complete an Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas in NUIG. She will be a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant to the University of Montana.

Ms Orla Nic Thaidhg completed a BA in Irish and Music at Maynooth University and went on to complete a Masters in Education through Irish at the NUIG. Orla has a keen interest in music of all styles and has been a professional tutor of Irish traditional music for the past six years. She is currently the head of the music department in Coláiste Oiriall. As a Fulbright FLTA she will teach the Irish language and takes courses at University of Montana.

Ms Katherine Nolan completed a Bachelor of Business and Law at UCD, a Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford, and is a qualified Irish solicitor. As a Fulbright Student Awardee, Katherine will complete an LLM at the University of California, Berkeley, where she intends to focus on the comparative regulation of technology issues, in particular information privacy law.

Mr Tomás Ó Ceallaigh is currently finishing his masters in Nua-Ghaeilge at UCD. He taught Irish at the UBO University in Brest in France, and prior to that he worked as a journalist and television producer with the Irish national broadcaster, RTÉ. Tomás has a keen interest in Irish-language songs and is an avid user of these as a teaching aid in the classroom. As a Fulbright FLTA will teach the Irish language and take courses at Idaho State University.

Dr Ruan O’Donnell is a Senior Lecturer in History at UL, was Visiting Chair of Irish Studies at Notre Dame (2010-11), and is a graduate of UCD and the Australian National University. His numerous books on the history of Irish republicanism include the recent Special Category, The IRA in English Prisons, Volume II, 1978-1985 and Patrick Pearse. He has contributed to the globally screened ‘1916’ documentary series and contributed articles to The Irish Times, New York Times and Chicago Tribune. He is a member of the National Union of Journalists, ‘Universities Ireland Decade of Commemoration Committee’ and the Irish Manuscripts Commission. As a Scholar in Residence at the University of Montana, he will teach a course in Irish History.

Dr Alanna O’Malley is a Lecturer of History and International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands. As a Fulbright Scholar to George Washington University, she will investigate the development of the United Nations in parallel with the emergence of the countries of the Global South from 1955-1981. Her research will shed new light on the role of the United States in this process, tracing the evolution of American policy towards the UN and decolonization.

Mr Pól Ó Sniadhaigh graduated from NUIG with a BA in Irish and Geography, he then completed an MA in Modern Irish language at the same institution, and an MA in Education at Hibernia College Dublin. Pól has recently worked as a university tutor on Intensive Irish language courses, and in Irish Secondary Schools. As a Fulbright FLTA, he will teach the Irish language and take courses at Elms College, Chicopee.

Ms Trina Rea is a Course Director and Lecturer in TV & Media Production at the Institute of Technology Carlow. As a Fulbright-TechImpact Scholar to New York University, Trina will evaluate the news habits of the first generation of digital natives and how those habits impact on digital news organisations’ editorial choices, packaging and delivery of news.

Dr Elizabeth Shotton is currently Director of Research, Innovation and Impact in the UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy. She teaches in construction technology and design studio, with an emphasis on sustainable building and development. Her research is in the field of construction history and she is currently working on an Irish Research Council funded project Minor Harbours, which examines the evolution of maritime engineering in small harbours in Ireland from the 17th century to the present. As a Fulbright-TechImpact Scholar, Elizabeth will work with the Digital Humanities group of the UCLA Cotsen Institute to develop strategies to digitally visualize these harbours.

Ms Tara Walsh holds a BA in Early and Modern Irish from TCD. She also completed a Masters in Music and Cultural History at UCC, followed by a PDE in Music Education at the UL.  She has been a secondary-school teacher for the past four years. As a Fulbright FLTA, she will teach the Irish language and take courses at the University of Connecticut.

For more information on our Irish Alumni from previous years, please click here.