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Bursaries allow Galway teachers travel to CERN

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Galway Science & Technology Forum Chairman Tom Hyland presents a bursary to science teacher Neasa Mhic Dhonncha, of Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin, An Cheathrú Rua, to attend the 2014 three-week training programme for science teachers at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland. The course is for physics teachers from all over the world and over 40 will be attending this July. Also pictured are (from left) Seán Mac Donncha, Principal; Anne Casserly, Galway Science & Technology Forum, and Sinéad Níc Stiofáin, Vice-Principal. Pic: Seán Ó Mainnín.

The Galway Science & Technology Forum for the second year running will sponsor bursaries for two Galway science teachers to travel to CERN, Geneva, Switzerland to attend CERN’s HST (High School Training) 2014 Programme which runs for three weeks this July.

CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research whose purpose is to operate the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. Established in 1954, and with 21 European member states, CERN’s main function is to provide the particle accelerators and other infrastructure needed for high-energy physics research.

As a result, numerous experiments have been constructed at CERN following international collaborations. It is also the birthplace of the World Wide Web and in July 2012, CERN scientists announced the discovery of a new sub-atomic particle that could be the much sought after Higgs Boson believed to be essential for formation of the Universe

Science teachers Neasa Mhic Dhonncha of Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiarain, An Cheathru Rua and Eleanor Nolan of Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, Claregalway will attend the three week course which aims to promote the teaching of physics and, in particular of particle physics, to secondary school teachers and to stimulate activities related to the popularisation of physics within and beyond the classroom and to help CERN establish closer links with European schools.

One of the primary purposes of the Galway Science & Technology Forum is to encourage students to develop an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects at a young age and to choose these subjects throughout their school years and in time work in these fields and help sustain the many indigenous and multinational companies that operate here in Ireland.

Tom Hyland, Chairman, Galway Science & Technology Form said, “We are delighted to be able to afford these teachers this fantastic opportunity to attend CERN, Switzerland and learn about particle physics from the experts in this field.

“The teachers in turn will be able to bring this knowledge back to their students and hopefully instil in them an interest in pursuing a career in this field”.

“We are most grateful to our main sponsor Medtronic and all our other partners including Boston Scientific, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, Avaya, Fidelity, Discover Science & Engineering (SFI), NUI Galway, Galway Enterprise Board, GMIT, IDA Ireland etc who make opportunities like this happen,” he added.

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GMIT’s new Head of its Business School

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Dr George Onofrei, Head of the GMIT School of Business.

GMIT has announced the appointment of Dr George Onofrei as the new Head of its School of Business, commencing this month.

Prior to joining GMIT, Dr Onofrei was Senior Lecturer in Strategic Development in Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

He has over 15 years’ experience in academia as well as considerable industry practice within the automotive, food and retail sector. He brings experience and a proven track record of success in the development of new programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

“I look forward to continuing the development of new programmes and creating new opportunities within the School of Business working with both staff and industry partners,” said Dr Onofrei.

He succeeds Professor Graham Heaslip who was appointed Head of the GMIT School of Engineering, following Gerard MacMichael’s retirement.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Corrib Oil’s national expansion

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Galway-headquartered Corrib Oil, one of Ireland’s leading service station and oil distribution providers has entered an agreement to acquire H2 Group.

While subject to approval by the competition regulator, this deal will see Corrib Oil acquire 13 high quality retail sites based across the south and east of Ireland, expanding the Corrib Retail footprint to 33 stores in total.

It means Corrib Oil will operate across 54 sites in 16 counties, employing over 1,000 people.

The new sites are located in Kerry; Kildare; Limerick; Tipperary; Dublin; Laois, Offaly and Cork.

Established in 1987, Corrib Oil employs 700 people across 14 counties in the West, Midlands and South.

The company, which was founded in Claremorris, is headquartered in Parkmore on the east side of Galway city. It operates two distinct divisions, Corrib Retail and Corrib Distribution.

Corrib Retail currently operates 20 convenience stores with forecourts; while Corrib Distribution, a leading distributor of heating oils and fuel, operates through 21 depots across 14 counties.

Having maintained a 22-year relationship with BWG Foods, all Corrib Retail convenience stores are branded as Spar, while all forecourts are branded Circle K or Texaco, with instore partners including Insomnia and Chopped.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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New course helps make sense of Artificial Intelligence and its uses

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Managers in Galway companies who would like to learn how they could put artificial intelligence (AI) to work for their organisations are being encouraged to sign up for a new course.

It comes as research found that 50% of organisations around the world have adopted AI in at least one function, while 79% of organisations are also exploring or piloting AI projects.

Of those companies who have implemented AI, 63% report revenue increases in the relevant business units.

The new Artificial Intelligence for Managers postgraduate certificate is being offered by NUI Galway to those who wish to get a better understanding of AI and its implications for business and enterprises.

Participants do not need to have any coding skills; this non-technical programme will focus instead on the strategic use of AI and how businesses and management can approach the practical implementation of AI technologies within their company. Candidates will learn about the practicalities necessary for successful AI adoption including data and skills requirements, ethics and legal issues. As such the programme would suit those in management positions in sectors like telecommunications, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, biomedical, finance, marketing, automotive and more.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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