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World-class teacher: Luke O’Neill

As Professor Luke O’Neill discovered recently, when you become a fellow of the extremely exclusive and august science club that is the Royal Society, you have to sign their book. Previous signatories include Newton, Boyle, Freud and Einstein (Oh, and superstar astrophysicist Brian Cox). Which makes the process rather nerve-wracking, according to O’Neill, a biochemist at Dublin’s Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute and one of the world’s leading immunologists. Luke O’Neill: There’s a practice, you don’t want to smudge your name! Dublin.ie: That’s quite some company you’re keeping there - but what do all you science guys have in common? Luke O’Neill: Science is trying to find stuff out. You can call it exploration, you can call it pioneering, frontier stuff because it’s all about making discoveries. We are explorers, that’s our job, that’s what attracted me to it. I wanted to see something nobody’s seen before. And in my case, luckily enough in my lab we probably had three big discoveries that made a big difference: we explored the immune system and saw things there for the first time. The next step is there’s a whole new pathway or process discovered - and of course the thrill would be if that was a dysfunction or a disease because then you might try and correct it. Once you find the enemy, you might be able to design a new medicine that might beat it. Dublin.ie: So you’re a biochemist and not an ordinary one? Luke O’Neill: I’m a bit of a schizophrenic! I was interested in chemistry anyway and biochemistry is chemistry writ large: if you want to understand something you’ve got to understand the chemical basis for things - and biochemistry is the basis for life. If we understand the chemicals of life wouldn’t that be a thrilling thing? One comparison is with genetics: geneticists don’t really go beyond the genes, you know – and I want to know the real fundamentals. Like genes makes proteins, but what do they do? I was always obsessed with true mechanism – the underlying mechanism, the very basics of how things work. I’ve always been obsessed with molecular things in a sense.

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DCU Campus Accommodation receives top industry award

Campus Residences have claimed the Gold Award and the much-coveted Supreme Award at the recent Irish Accommodation Services Institute (IASI) annual conference and awards dinner in Wexford. These awards recognise the country’s top accommodation teams, and are a chance to honour the accommodation personnel of the hospitality industry. Inspections were carried out in numerous properties across various sectors that included hotels, B&B/guest houses, universities/colleges, nursing homes and hospitals with each property assessed on a number of criteria. The Gold Award received by Campus Residences indicates that it achieved a score of over 94% during the inspection phase and in a close run competition went on to win the overall award in their category, the Supreme Award. Congratulations to all who worked so hard to achieve this recognition, especially Dana Tunde Illes, Susanna Homin, Alexandrea Sleam and all the housekeeping team.

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Choral Sketches - Public Workshop

Royal Irish Academy of Music

Chamber Choir Ireland and the Contemporary Music Centre have partnered to present Choral Sketches, a unique professional development opportunity for composers wishing to develop their skills in writing choral music with mentoring from renowned composer Tarik O’Regan. In a highly competitive process, composers Amanda Feery, Michael Gallen and Seán Doherty have been selected to participate in the Choral Sketches project and are currently receiving online mentoring from Tarik O’Regan leading to the development of a series of compositional sketches for a new choral work. These sketches wil

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Student Life in Dublin

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Universities & Colleges

Dublin has always had a long tradition of learning and academia, our oldest university Trinity College dates as far back as the 16th Century. Today, we boast a large and diverse range of both State and privately funded third level institutions. Providing an environment which caters for all who wish to further their education, studying in Dublin will give you access to a varied academic landscape. Our third level institutions provide opportunities to learn in such areas as Business, Finance, Science, Arts, ICT, Media, Education, Law and Medicine amongst others. If you are thinking about attending college in Dublin, you can search Qualifax

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Why I Chose Commerce at UCD

Final Year Student Ambassador Anna Dunne takes a look at her CAO choice process and why she ultimately chose to study Commerce at UCD. At the end of Transition Year, we were asked to pick our subjects for our Leaving Certificate. I remember how some of my friends spent days looking through the forms trying to decide what their next step would be. For me, it was a shockingly easy process – I instantly chose my language, one science and two business subjects. From an early age, I’ve had an interest in business. As my parents both come from business backgrounds, I grew up talking about business issues and learning how it works in Ireland and around the world. I always knew it was something that I would want to pursue further. However, in Sixth Year, when the time came to fill in the CAO form, I had a bit of a dilemma. Because yes, while I knew I wanted to study business (which I admit made it a lot easier), there are dozens of business courses available in Ireland, and I didn’t know which one would be the best for me. For instance, did I want to specialise right away, or do a general course and then specialise later?

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Dublin Indeed Job Search Academy

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Are you ready for a career move, in need of inspiration, or just eager to keep your eye on the job market? Come join the Indeed Job Search Academy — a gathering of individuals who want to improve their job search skills and get the tools needed to land their next big opportunity. The event is free of charge and anyone can attend. Just register beforehand to reserve your spot. Should I bring my resume? This is an educational event and employers won't be present, so you do not need to bring your resume. How will I receive my headshot after the event? After you take your photo, w

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Choral Sketches – Public Workshop

Royal Irish Academy of Music

Chamber Choir Ireland and the Contemporary Music Centre have partnered to present Choral Sketches, a unique professional development opportunity for composers wishing to develop their skills in writing choral music with mentoring from renowned composer Tarik O’Regan. In a highly competitive process, composers Amanda Feery, Michael Gallen and Seán Doherty have been selected to participate in the Choral Sketches project and are currently receiving online mentoring from Tarik O’Regan leading to the development of a series of compositional sketches for a new choral work. These sketches wil

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IEEE Young Entrepreneurs Open Day Dublin

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Join us at the University College Dublin for a full day of events for students and young professionals looking for inspiration, resources and guidance to help start and grow their own business. - Are you technically and professionally equipped to enter the workforce? - Do you have the know how to start up your own business? - Is your career heading in your desired direction or are you on autopilot mode? The program will include: • Workshops and talks throughout the day by invited experts from business and industry sectors including: • Professional Advice on business and start-u

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