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Research, Teaching, and Funding Success

The SASHLab awards' season is well underway at UL. First, congratulations to Eibhlin Walsh, MSc student, whose presentation on her MSc research won best paper in session at the Limerick Postgraduate Research Conference recently. Eibhlin is conducting a secondary analysis of the unemployment and health data from Dr. Stephen Gallagher’s Irish Research Council project on unemployment, supervised by Dr. Ann-Marie Creaven. Congratulations, Eibhlin! Thanks Siobhán Griffin for the photo.

Next, we are excited to report that Dr. Siobhán Howard, of MIC, was awarded seed funding to consolidate her collaborations with our lab group. This award will support research with Dr. Ann-Marie Creaven and Grace McMahon, evaluating the impact of group identity on maintenance of physical activity over time, using large-scale data. Dr. Aisling O’Donnell, our colleague in the Department of Psychology and in the Centre for Social Issues Research is also contributing to this project. Stay tuned for updates on our progress!

We also need to extend congratulations to Ann-Marie and Stephen on their recent UL Team Teaching Award. This award recognizes their efforts to engage students at undergraduate level and beyond in research activities through their teaching and supervision. This is the first time a team teaching award has been given at UL. Ann-Marie and Stephen will be presented with their award at a ceremony later in the year. Congratulations also to colleagues Dr. Hussain Mahdi from the Faculty of Science Engineering, winner of the Individual Award, and fellow Education and Health Sciences researcher Dr. Antonio Calderon from the Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences, who recently received the Jennifer Burke Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning from the Irish Learning Technology Association.

We also extend congratulations to our collaborator Dr. Jennifer McMahon of the School of Education. Jennifer was recently named as the recipient of UL’s Award for Excellence in Service to the Community in recognition of her extensive work particularly in the area of mental health promotion. Congratulations, all!

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