AnitaAnita McKeown, the SMARTlab at UCD’s CATALYST Manager, has been awarded one of two international funding awards from SPIRES (Supporting People who Investigate Research Environments & Spaces), to support a three-week research trip to Rutgers University, New Jersey.

In addition to her management role, Anita is a resident interdisciplinary artist, researcher and PhD student at the SMARTlab. She will be visiting Arts Builds Communities (ABC) and also the Collaborative Center for Community-Based Learning, Service, and Public Scholarship.

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Queen-MaryThe Illusion of Intelligence, a short film by SMARTlab PhD student Karolina Zawieska with Bart Kevelham, Maher Ben Moussa and Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann has won the Best Student Video Award at the AAAI 2012 Video Competition, held in conjunction with the AAAI-12 Conference in Toronto Canada, July 22–26 2012.

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Dr Aviva Cohen joined SMARTlab as a researcher in 2011. At the time she was focusing on the Research & Hope website.  SMARTlab provided structure and support that helped her to develop this further. It also gave her tools that enabled her to move forward with another idea, Neuro Hero. Aviva developed this to help people like her husband, Steve, who was left with a severe speech deficit following a stroke.

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We are delighted to announce that Professor Lizbeth Goodman has been elected as a member of the Royal Irish Academy Social Sciences Committee, in recognition of her contribution to scholarly research.

Following a rigorous peer-reviewed selection procedure, the results were verified by the electoral subcommittee on 21 March 2012. Professor Goodman was one of three nominees elected to the committee.  RIA website | on Twitter

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Dr Camille Baker and Dr Denise Doyle graduated at an impressive UEL ceremony that took place on Tuesday, 15 November 2011, at the O2 Centre, London.

The SMARTlab ladies were two of just seven PhDs to graduate from UEL this year, and experienced the extra special treatment well deserved for attaining the highest academic qualification honoured. The PhDs enjoyed the pomp and circumstance of having the hood and hat placed on them by the Chair of the Board of the University in a regal manner, and Master’s graduates flocked around them afterwards to pose for snapshots with a rare breed PhD! (more…)

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Oct. 2010 – SMARTlab is pleased and proud to announce the opening of SMARTlab’s new main base in Ireland at University College Dublin, where Lizbeth has been appointed Professor of Inclusive Design for Education/Chair of Creative Technology Innovation and Executive of the Innovation Academy!

 

Lizbeth will also continue to supervise and direct the PhD Programme in London and to direct the development of our other new sites soon to open in Seattle at the University of Washington, and in Toronto and around the world! Watch this space. . .

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SMARTlab Faculty, Dr Ryya Bread is recently appointed Curatorial Director for Kestle Barton, a new arts venue situated on 50 acres of farm and woodland near The Helford, in Cornwall, UK (www.kestlebarton.co.uk). After a five year conservation and restoration phase, the doors opened to the public for the first time in May 2010, featuring our first exhibition of the season: Rupture – contemporary photography by Patrick Shanahan of the post-mining landscape of Cornwall.

This first season features four solo exhibitions that have something to say about Cornwall; including photography, sculpture, painting and a unique installation of archival and contemporary works around the role of St. Ives in WWII. Dr. Bread joined the team early in 2010 to help get the gallery and the arts programme operational for the first season and to begin outlining more long term curatorial objectives for the future of Kestle Barton.  The aim is for the converted farm to be a self-sustaining venture that integrates arts, conservation and the farming history of the site into an inclusive model of community and artistic engagement.

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