School Of Physics
Tel: +353 1 7162214
- Professor (UCD Dublin): January 2014 to date
- Associate professor (UCD Dublin): December 2007 to December 2013
- Head of UCD School of Physics: September 2008 to December 2011
- Visiting Scholar, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Washington, Seattle: August 2004-August 2005
- Lecturer (UCD Dublin): September 1996 to February 2005
- European Union (EU) Postdoctoral fellow (UCD): 1995 - 1996
- EU & ESA Fellow, Astrophysics Division, European Space Agency Research Centre (ESTEC), The Netherlands: 1991 - 1995.
PhD thesis (National University of Ireland, UCD): `Studies of cosmic gamma-ray bursts observed by the COMPTEL instrument' (1996)
BSc (Hons) in Experimental Physics (National University of Ireland, UCD): 1st class, 1st place (1987).
Honours and Awards
| Year: 1999.
Title: President's teaching grant
| Year: 1997.
Title: RDS Science Communication Forum
| Year: 2007.
Title: President's teaching grant
|Association: Member of the Institute of Physics, Function/Role: *|
|Association: Chartered Physicist, Function/Role: *|
|Association: Member of the International Astronomical Union, Function/Role: *|
|Committee : RIA Committee for Space & Astronomy|
| Employer: European Space Agency
Position: Research fellow (1991-1995)
| Year 1987 Institution: University College Dublin
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| Year 1998 Institution:
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| Year 1990 Institution: University College Dublin
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| Year 1996 Institution: University College Dublin
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Peer Reviewed Journals
|Savchenko, V.; Ferrigno, C.; Bozzo, E.; Bazzano, A.; Brandt, S.; Chenevez, J.; Courvoisier, T. J.-L.; Diehl, R.; Hanlon, L.; von Kienlin, A.; Kuulkers, E.; Laurent, P.; Lebrun, F.; Lutovinov, A.; Martin-Carillo, A.; Mereghetti, S.; Roques, J. P.; Sunyaev, R.; Ubertini, P (2017) 'INTEGRAL Observations of GW170104'. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 846 . [DOI] [Details]|
|Savchenko, V.; Bazzano, A.; Bozzo, E.; Brandt, S.; Chenevez, J.; Courvoisier, T. J.-L.; Diehl, R.; Ferrigno, C.; Hanlon, L.; von Kienlin, A.; Kuulkers, E.; Laurent, P.; Lebrun, F.; Lutovinov, A.; Martin-Carrillo, A.; Mereghetti, S.; Natalucci, L.; Roques, J. P.; Siegert, T.; Sunyaev, R.; Ubertini, P. (2017) 'INTEGRAL IBIS, SPI, and JEM-X observations of LVT151012'. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 603 . [DOI] [Details]|
|De Angelis, A.; Tatischeff, V.; Tavani, M.; Oberlack, U.; Grenier, I.; Hanlon, L.; Walter, R.; Argan, A.; von Ballmoos, P.; Bulgarelli, A.; Donnarumma, I.; Hernanz, M.; Kuvvetli, I.; Pearce, M.; Zdziarski, A.; Aboudan, A.; Ajello, M.; Ambrosi, G.; Bernard, D.; Bernardini, E.; Bonvicini, V.; Brogna, A.; Branchesi, M.; Budtz-Jorgensen, C.; Bykov, A.; Campana, R.; Cardillo, M.; Coppi, P.; De Martino, D.; Diehl, R.; Doro, M.; Fioretti, V.; Funk, S.; Ghisellini, G.; Grove, E.; Hamadache, C.; Hartmann, D. H.; Hayashida, M.; Isern, J.; Kanbach, G.; Kiener, J.; Knödlseder, J.; Labanti, C.; Laurent, P.; Limousin, O.; Longo, F.; Mannheim, K.; Marisaldi, M.; Martinez, M.; Mazziotta, M. N.; McEnery, J.; Mereghetti, S.; Minervini, G.; Moiseev, A.; Morselli, A.; Nakazawa, K.; Orleanski, P.; Paredes, J. M.; Patricelli, B.; Peyré, J.; Piano, G.; Pohl, M.; Ramarijaona, H.; Rando, R.; Reichardt, I.; Roncadelli, M.; Silva, R.; Tavecchio, F.; Thompson, D. J.; Turolla, R.; Ulyanov, A.; Vacchi, A.; Wu, X.; Zoglauer, A. (2017) 'The e-ASTROGAM mission - Exploring the extreme Universe with gamma rays in the MeV - GeV range'. Experimental Astronomy, . [DOI] [Details]|
|Ulyanov, Alexei; Morris, Oran; Roberts, Oliver J.; Tobin, Isaac; Hanlon, Lorraine; McBreen, Sheila; Murphy, David; Nelms, Nick; Shortt, Brian (2017) 'Localisation of gamma-ray interaction points in thick monolithic CeBr3 and LaBr3:Ce scintillators'. Nuclear Instruments Methods in Physics Research Section A-Accelerators Spectrometers Detectors and Associated Equipment, . [DOI] [Details]|
My research activities are in the areas of space science and astrophysics, with a particular emphasis on ground-based and space-based studies of gamma-ray bursts, the most powerful and distant sources in the universe.
I develop hardware and instrumentation for astrophysics, including robotic telescopes and novel materials for improved gamma-ray detection. I also work on advanced techniques for gamma-ray focussing using Laue lenses. The latter two areas have potential medical applications which I also actively explore.
|The main theme which motivates me to strive to improve the learning environment for all my students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, is to encourage learning for understanding. This deep approach to learning involves a continuous feedback process, in which new material is integrated with previously encountered topics and re-assessed.|
Enhancement of Teaching
|I believe that the process of course delivery is not confined solely to lecture preparation and delivery, but encompasses the following: - Construction of a set of learner-centred objectives around which the course is based; - Creation of quality course materials including: lecture notes, reading lists, problem-sheets, relevant laboratory experiments, on-line demonstrations and simulations; - Provision of timely and supportive feedback to students on their continuous assessment work, either in the laboratory or on written problem sheets; - Provision of tutorials; - Informal discussion with students (where feasible) on their progress and difficulties in the course; - Maintaining an open dialogue with students and soliciting their open and on-going, feedback from students in order to improve the course. These steps enable me to improve the quality of course delivery as the course progresses during the year and also from year to year. Focussing the course on the learners and their needs, rather than the material to be covered, prevents the course from becoming stale, since the students are fresh every year and their new perspectives can be used to modify and improve the course delivery, once the lecturer is prepared to listen. New technology is there to be embraced and I was one of the earliest adopters of on-line learning environments and using 'clickers' in the classroom. I make frequent use of on-line materials to help visualise difficult concepts and bring students up to date in the latest research activity of the discipline.|
Review and Enhancement of Curriculum
|My recent experience in developing new modules and programmes has been primarily in astronomy, where my own research practice deeply informs my approach and desired learning outcomes. For example, I developed 2 final year field trip modules, both of which address aspects of my research expertise. In one case, to allow Physics with Astronomy & Space Science students to actually gain hands-on experience at a telescope, I arrange for them to have 5 nights observing at a professional telescope on an excellent site in Tenerife. To prepare for the trip the students must write an observing proposal, as any professional astronomer must, explaining the scientific goals and the technical feasibility of their project. They must demonstrate the target is visible in the sky and calculate how much telescope time they will need and what instruments will be needed. Most of the assessment is based on continuous assessment at the telescope, where team working, meticulous note-taking and willingness to trouble-shoot problems when they arise are all assessed. In my 1st year astronomy class with more than 150 students, this kind of experience is impractical. However, it is clear from the feedback I received this year (my first year on the course since 2008) that they had an expectation and a desire to gain some kind of practical experience. I have already started looking at how this might be implemented through e.g. robotic telescope access and have also agreed with the head of School that some of the tutorial sessions be turned into interactive sessions in one of the new Active Learning Labs.|
Developing as a Teacher
|I believe it is crucial to buttress the foundation of physics learning with the concepts of physics, reinforced with active demonstration of these concepts: in lectures, through high-quality demonstrations, quizzes and simulations; in the laboratory, through hands-on experiments and one-on-one interaction with the demonstrator and finally through the application of these concepts in homework problems and tutorial discussions. Whenever appropriate and available, I increasingly use research-validated teaching materials. In response to mid-semester feedback in my large introductory astronomy class, I began to use the book 'Lecture-Tutorials in Introductory Astronomy' (Adams, Prather, Slater) which specifically address the difficulties of engaging large classes in astronomy by presenting short 'tutorial-style' challenges and problems, within the traditional theatre format.|
Innovation & Leadership
|UCD President's teaching grant (2007): A Pilot Classroom Participation System for Large Lecture Classes Invited talk at ESOF 2012 in the session ¿Is the Future of Mathematics Medieval?¿, with artist Emer O Boyle we presented our inter-disciplinary teaching approach involving Physics and Fine Art students in the Tunnelling Art and Physics module. UCD President's teaching grant (1999): Understanding Physics: An Integrated Approach to the Teaching and Learning of 2nd Year Experimental Physics|