ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid [email protected] [email protected] Science Foundation Director France Córdova to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute April 10Cordova, Culberson and Jackson Lee to discuss Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Systems center April 11HOUSTON – (April 5, 2017) – France Córdova, director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), will discuss the foundation’s “10 Big Ideas” that emerged from a national science planning effort, many of which cut across disciplinary boundaries and require novel methods and approaches, at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy April 10.This event is part of the Baker Institute Civic Scientist Lecture Series organized by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program and the Rorschach Lecture Series organized by Rice’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. The event is sponsored in conjunction with Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering and Wiess School of Natural Sciences. It is free and open to the public but registration is required.On April 11, Córdova will continue her visit to the Rice campus by meeting with U.S. Reps. John Culberson, R-Texas, and Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, to discuss NSF’s engineering research centers, including Rice’s Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Systems project. NEWT’s goal is to develop compact, mobile, off-grid water-treatment systems that can provide clean water to millions of people who lack it and make U.S. energy production more sustainable and cost-effective.Córdova, Culberson and Jackson Lee will observe a demonstration of one of NEWT’s desalination technologies that operates exclusively on solar power and tour Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen to view undergraduate engineering projects. These events begin at 2:30 p.m. in Rice’s Brockman Hall for Physics, Room 101, 6100 Main St. Media interested in attending must RSVP to [email protected]: France Cordova, director of the National Science Foundation since 2014. A physicist, she is president emerita of Purdue University, where she served as president from 2007 to 2012.What: An event titled “Ten Big Ideas: Realizing NSF’s Vision for Future Research and Discovery.”When: Monday, April 10, 6:30-8 p.m. A reception will be at 6.Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.The NSF’s long-standing relationship with the science and engineering community has generated a continuous stream of leading-edge ideas that have produced discoveries, inventions and approaches, according to event organizers. With input from this community in mind, the NSF launched an extensive planning exercise to identify ideas for investment to ensure that future generations will reap the benefits of fundamental scientific research. This effort resulted in the “10 Big Ideas” in 2016.The public must RSVP for the event at www.bakerinstitute.org/events/1864. A live webcast will be available at the event page.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at [email protected] or 713-348-6775.For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps. Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG3833.jpg” alt=”last_img” />
Scholarship award recipients Jade Foynes, Shirley Costelloe and Alan Spillane with Limerick hurling manager John Kiely and LIT President Vincent Cunnane.Photo: Alan PlaceMORE than a hundred students were able to access third level education over the past five years because of a €1 million investment in the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) scholarship programme.This academic year alone, 45 students received scholarships – 26 through the [email protected] Student Scholarship Programme and a further 19 through the Higher Education Authority’s 1916 Bursary Fund.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The recipients, along with the donors who have contributed more than €1million to the scholarship fund, were recognised at a special ceremony earlier this week at LIT’s Moylish Campus.Congratulating the scholarship recipients guest speaker, Limerick’s All Ireland Hurling Winning Manager and School Principal, John Kiely, compared them to a “great full forward” taking advantage of every opportunity.“You have demonstrated that you have the work ethic and ability to achieve in your studies over the coming years and in your professional lives, and this scholarship will give you the best opportunity to maximise that potential.“You are about to join an elite group of those that went before you, a group that can and will go on to make significant difference in many fields of work in Ireland, Europe and the world in years to come.”He had also this advice for the recipients:“You have a cohort of a wonderful team beside you so put them to work, play with them, play hard, and get the most out of it.”In its fifth year the LIT student scholarships aims to alleviate financial strain experienced by targeted students, allowing the recipients to concentrate fully on their education and finish their course of study. The programme has proved hugely successful and popular among students who may otherwise struggle to attend college.Social Care Student and Deputy President of LIT Students’ Union, Jade Foynes said, “I may not be standing here today without the support of this scholarship. It has meant the world to me and my family.“I am from Moyross, and I couldn’t be more proud standing here today telling you my story and letting others know there is support available and that education is for all.”“I would encourage all the sponsors to never underestimate the difference you are making by investing in a student’s potential. Your investment changes lives, it most definitely changed me,” she said.Shirley Costello from Scarriff, County Clare was one of the first people to complete her bursary application this year.“The day I got the phone call to say I got the bursary a weight was lifted off my mind. It was the best feeling ever. The bursary allowed me the freedom to focus on college.”Having left school just after her junior cert, Shirley acknowledged education took a back seat for a long time, and a series of jobs left her unfulfilled.Then she opted to change the course of her life and return to education. She was drawn immediately to the renewable energy electrical engineering course at LIT as it would benefit her professionally and benefit the environment, but financing her time in college remained a concern. The 1916 Bursary allayed those concerns.LIT President Professor Vincent Cunnane thanked the donors for both their financial contributions and other opportunities they provide for LIT students and graduates.“While your support relieves students of financial concerns that would impact negatively on their study, your investment in the scholarship and the students goes far beyond that. It is a vote of confidence in the students’ abilities and an acknowledgement of their value to their community, society and the future economy of the region. It is a vote of confidence in the next generation of leaders who may not have otherwise got their chance to shine. This benefits individuals, their families, communities and the region,” he said.by Tom [email protected] Limerick Post Show | FOLM Project Previous article45 hospitalised with flu symptomsNext articleEmergency plan needed to tackle youth crime in Limerick Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp TAGSeducationLimerick City and CountyLimerick Institute of TechnologyLITNews Email Twitter Facebook Women in the Creative Arts to take centre stage at LIT’s International Women’s Day Flagship Event Print NewsEducationLIT scholarships give third level access to 100 studentsBy Staff Reporter – January 26, 2019 1220 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LIT Development & Public Engagement Manager, Seamus Hoyne, is awarded the SEAI Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Energy Award. LIT Launches unique new programme on Responding to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control International Women’s Day LIT Limerick’s Student Radio Station Wired FM Celebrates 25 Years on Air Advertisement Linkedin
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