TITLE - Making sense of Dublin's medieval castles
Leader - Tadhg O'Keeffe

Tue, 10/01/2023

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

Prof. Tadhg O'Keeffe is Full Professor of Archaeology in UCD, where he has taught since 1996. His main expertise is in the archaeology of the Middle Ages, with particular reference to architecture. His most recent published book is Ireland Encastellated, AD 950–1550, Insular Castle-Building in its European Context (2021). He has just completed a new book, Romanesque Beyond Empire: Ireland and the Narrative of European Architectural History.

TITLE - Why we shouldn't feed the deer in Phoenix Park (or anywhere else)
Leader - Simone Ciuti

Tue, 24/01/2023

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

Simone Ciuti is assistant professor of wildlife biology at UCD and is leader of the Laboratory of Wildlife Ecology and Behaviour, a vibrant team with postgraduate students conducting research in Ireland and abroad. Simone has taken the position in Ireland after working on several international wildlife projects in Canada, USA, Germany, and Italy, where he is originally from. He is particularly interested in the behaviour of wildlife within human dominated landscapes, and he has been carrying research aimed at alleviating human-wildlife conflicts. In his talk Simone will address a question which is becoming ever more relevant to many people, i.e. Should we feed deer in the Phoenix Park? The same question would apply to seagulls, seals, foxes, and even the birds that visit our gardens. In this talk he will use the Phoenix Park deer as an example to explain why we should not feed wildlife, what the consequences of doing so are, and how we can alleviate the human-wildlife conflicts in urban areas.

TITLE - Testing times; development in Clinical Diagnostics.
Leader - Cormac G. Kilty

Tue, 07/02/2023

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

Developments in scanning technologies, immunology and genetic testing have given us fantastic new tools for early detection of disease and susceptibility, guiding specific personalised treatments and increasing survival rates. This growing field can also help improve our day to day living. Dr. Kilty is a Biotech Entrepreneur( EY 2004) retired from executive functions but on the board of a number of medical startups. He has been involved in the foundation number of biotechnology companies in Ireland.Dr. Kilty holds a PhD in Zoology/Biochemistry from University College Dublin. He carried out post doctoral research in protein chemistry and immunology at the University of Texas, Austin and UCD. In 1986 he was Director of R&D at Baxter Diagnostics, Europe. He was voted one of the top 100 influential Ireland-US business leaders by 'Business and Finance' in 2007 and 2008 and was awarded the U.S.-Ireland Biolink award for contribution to Irish Life Sciences in 2007. He is a board member of the Irish Cancer Society and Chair of its Research Committee . He was awarded an Honorary D.Sc from UCD in 2011. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Medicinal Chemistry at UCD.

TITLE - A Fading Light: the Challenge to Belief in Late Victorianism
Leader - Brian Cosgrove

Tue, 07/03/2023

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

The lecture consists primarily of a close analysis of two late nineteenth-century poems: a sonnet by Hopkins, “God’s Grandeur” (1877), and a comparatively short poem by Hardy, “The Darkling Thrush” (1900). Hopkins, a convert to Catholicism, celebrates the beauty and “livingness” of a Nature which reveals its divine creator, while Hardy’s more sceptical poem, appropriately set at twilight, explores in a darkening landscape an ambiguous or even dubious promise of hope. Brian Cosgrove was born in Newry, Co. Down, and studied English as an undergraduate at Queen’s University, Belfast. He completed his postgraduate thesis while attending Balliol College, Oxford. He subsequently lectured in English at UCD for twenty-five years, before taking up the position of Professor of English and Head of Department at NUI Maynooth. He is the author of numerous articles and two books on major authors, William Wordsworth (1982) and James Joyce (2007).

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