University of Limerick president announces his plan to step down

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[email protected] WhatsApp UL President, Dr Des FitzgeraldPicture Sean Curtin True MediaTHE University of Limerick President, Dr Des Fitzgerald, has announced his plan to step down from his role, ending his term with effect from later this year.The Governing Authority of the University (GA) will commence an international recruitment process to select a replacement.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The serving university president said the decision to resign was taken in the context of COVID-19 which would “impact my ability to serve the university”.In a letter to the Chancellor, Ms. Mary Harney, Dr Fitzgerald said, “Unfortunately this virus will directly impact my ability to serve the university and limit my ability to fully engage once we get our community back onto the campus.”He thanked the Chancellor for the support she has provided to him and for the leadership she brings to UL.Dr Fitzgerald was appointed as President of UL in late 2016 and commenced his term of office in early 2017. Prior to his appointment, Dr Fitzgerald had held leadership positions in a number of leading academic institutions and was Vice President for Research and Vice President for Health Affairs at UCD.Speaking earlier this week, Dr Fitzgerald said that he had been privileged to lead UL and he and his colleagues “have made important progress on key issues” during his term, highlighting the steps taken to establish a city-centre campus.He said, “I believe that during my term as President, my colleagues and I have made important progress on key issues including successfully taking the first steps in establishing a campus in the city, developing our healthcare programmes, growing our research output and increasing the University’s engagement in education globally.We also agreed an ambitious strategic plan for the University which in the context of Covid-19 will require some further review, but which remains an important vision of what UL can become in the years ahead.”Dr Fitzgerald said he believes the university also made “important progress” in tackling issues which UL faced.He said, “I believe we have also made important progress on tackling many of the controversial issues which predated my appointment and which were set out in the Thorn Report, the Deloitte Internal Audit and the report of the Comptroller & Auditor General (C&AG).“I am glad that during my period in office most of the issues detailed in the above reports have been dealt with and their recommendations implemented.”The UL President said he was “particularly proud” of the university’s response to the current pandemic “in recognising its gravity early, in rapidly and successfully moving online and in contributing to the fight against the pandemic in our community”.“The University’s management showed great foresight in moving quickly and the academic and support staff have shown great skill in bringing a difficult year for them and our students to a successful end,” he said.The Chancellor of the University of Limerick, Ms Mary Harney, paid tribute to the “transformational President”:Ms Harney said, “Des has been a transformational President and I regret that he has had to take this decision as a result of Covid-19.“Highlights of his time in office include the very ambitious Strategic Plan ([email protected]) which he oversaw together with the fulfilment of a decade long dream to secure a prime city centre site for the university in Limerick and a step change in the delivery of research programmes and an increase in the University’s research funding.“And in recent months, Des led the university’s successful response to the Covid-19 crisis. On behalf of the Governing Authority I want to thank Des for all his hard work I want to wish him and Maggie health and happiness in the future.”COVID-19 could shape the future of the university sectorDr Fitzgerald, who is a medical doctor, warned that the Covid-19 crisis would shape the future of the university sector for the next decade and beyond.“COVID-19 will force universities across the world to re-examine both their business and academic models. Significant changes and investment will be required to support the sector.”He said it was vital that the new government stepped up to the plate to protect the university sector in Ireland as it would play a crucial role in the economy’s recovery.Dr Fitzgerald said that he was confident that with the right support now, the future for UL was bright.“The very existence of UL is testimony to the can-do attitude of the people of the Mid-West region who overcame enormous obstacles to secure its development. That same spirit will be vital in the years to come but I have no doubt the importance of UL to the region and to the broader economy will grow significantly in the years ahead.” Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 44 | Immersive Software Engineeringlast_img read more

France looks past Google, Apple for virus contact tracing

first_imgApple and Google banded together last month to develop coronavirus contact tracing technology that would work across their operating systems.The technology, set to be released later this month, embraces a decentralized architecture that would enable smartphone users to control their own data, and choose whether to notify the authorities if they have been exposed. Systems rolled out So far Apple has resisted pleas from France and other countries for help to get around that technical issue.While the European Commission has not yet taken a formal position on the options, it acknowledges a decentralized system is better on data privacy grounds.”If both approaches can be in conformity with data protection laws, from a point of view of minimizing the collection of data, the decentralized approach is preferable as less data would be stored” on a centralized server, a Commission spokesman told AFP.Several European countries are expected to roll out contact tracing apps in June, which should provide some indication as to the best strategies.France hopes to have its app in operation on June 2, and the official leading its development has said it will work very well on an iPhone despite Apple’s lack of cooperation.The technology arm of Britain’s National Health Service has been testing its centralized system on the Isle of Wight since May 5 and plans to unroll it nationwide in the coming weeks. Germany has opted for a decentralized system compatible with the Apple/Google initiative that it hopes will be ready in several weeks.Italy, which has also gone for a decentralized system, should have its app ready by the end of May, Innovation Minister Paola Pisano told the Corriere della Sera daily on Monday.In Austria, the Red Cross has launched an app based on a centralized model that has 600,000 users, but it is expected to evolve into a decentralized application.Switzerland is currently testing its decentralized app. These apps can be based either on a decentralized or centralized architecture.A decentralized architecture keeps the information about whom a person has been in contact with on the smartphone.If the person declares themselves to have been infected by the coronavirus, then those people deemed to have been in close contact for an extended period receive a notification to isolate themselves and get tested.In a centralized system the data is managed by an authority, say a national health service, that would have access to the data to ensure those who are exposed are indeed following the proper health and isolation recommendations. France, which has long been skeptical of the growing power of US tech titans, is seeking to bypass Apple and Google for a smartphone app to help trace people infected with the novel coronavirus.The move, which leaves France relatively isolated in Europe alongside Britain and Norway, reflects differences on how such apps should be structured, who has access to sensitive data and their effectiveness.A number of countries have already deployed “contact tracing” apps on smartphones that track a person’s contacts and alert them if need be, generating vital information to help contain outbreaks and slow the spread of the virus as nations ease lockdowns and get back to work.center_img Titans setting the termsNumerous tech experts and privacy advocates prefer a decentralized option because of data privacy concerns, worried about governments establishing databases that could be used for surveillance, even after the pandemic.But France, along with London, contest that argument and prefer a centralized architecture that will provide them with the information needed to ensure the spread of the disease is effectively contained.Norway also opted for a centralized system for its “Smittestop” or “stop infection” app launched last month.Being dependent on Apple and Google means “staying in an extremely restrictive framework for usage” of the data, said a source close to France’s contract tracing effort.”It is Google and Apple who are defining the debate” in what is essentially a public health issue, the source added.To become an effective tool for public health authorities, a contact tracing app has to be widely used — experts say by at least 60 percent of the population — but also provide them with needed information about who is getting sick as well as where, which can be important for taking quick measures to close hotspots.Decentralized apps that make use of the Bluetooth radios on smartphones can be built so they do not even record the location of where people are in contact.Nations cannot easily go around Apple and Google and develop their own apps as Apple in particular makes it difficult to keep Bluetooth enabled in its operating system. People would need to keep the app open at all times, an inconvenience that would likely lead to many people not having it running on their phones.  Topics :last_img read more

D’Tigers Falls to Team USA in Last Warm-up Match

first_imgKeno Edhowo with agency reportNigeria’s senior male basketball team, D’Tigers lost 110-66 to Team USA who are gold medal favourites at this year’s Olympic Games in Brazil.In the pre-Rio 2016 exhibition game on Monday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas,Carmelo Anthony led the way with 19 points, Klay Thompson scored 17, Kevin Durant 14, DeMar DeRozan 13 and DeAndre Jordan and DeMarcus Cousins 10 each. NBA.com reported yesterday that the victory enabled Team USA to complete their Olympic warm-up tour with a 5-0 record, beating Argentina, China (twice), Venezuela and Nigeria by an average margin of 43 points.It was the first time the two teams played since August 2, 2012 when the Americans won by a whopping 156-73 as Carmelo Anthony set a team record with 37 points in 14 ½ minutes, shooting 10-for-12 on 3-pointers.Earlier, there were a few moments to treasure in D’Tigers’ performance. The first came when 6-foot-4 guard Benjamin Uzoh drove through the lane and threw down a one-handed slam dunk over 6-foot-11 DeAndre Jordan with 4:38 left in the first quarter that cut the U.S. lead to 11-10 and brought a collective gasp from the sellout crowd.The win raised Mike Krzyzewski’s record as head coach with Team USA to 80-1 and was the 68th in a row (including exhibition games) for the Americans since 2006. The U.S. will take a 17-game Olympic winning streak into Rio de Janeiro.Team USA will open their Olympic schedule Saturday against China, while D’Tigers begin their campaign against Argentina on Monday morning.The Nigerian stars will then face Croatia on Thursday night before games against Spain, Brazil and Lithuania.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Government Lab Seeks A Way to Boost Solar Loans

first_imgBoth homeowners and bankers could benefit from an initiative at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory aimed at lowering barriers to more loans for rooftop photovoltaic (PV) installations.NREL’s “Banking on Solar” program brings together more than 50 financial, energy, and research interests to discuss ways of making it easier for homeowners and businesses to borrow money to install solar systems.While lenders are beginning to offer loan products, NREL said in a news release, some barriers remain.“There are many states where third-party finance is unavailable and there are solar customers who may prefer to own their own systems over leasing them,” NREL analyst Travis Lowder said. “A greater prevalence and diversity of loan products could enable higher rates of solar adoption in these markets.”The group is developing standardized loan documents in residential and commercial markets and educating banks and regulators about the solar market. The idea is to show banks how they can diversity their assets and “invest in a market with high growth potential.”NREL said Banking on Solar would host several webinars in the next couple of months so banks could learn more about solar. Group members also plan on attending upcoming banking conferences.last_img read more