2016 News Archive

5 UCD researchers amongst 2016 Fulbright Awardees

Monday, 27 June, 2016 

The US Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O’Malley and Ireland’s Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs & Natural Resources, Seán Kyne TD, announced 39 new Fulbright Irish Awardees at the Ambassador’s Residence in Dublin. Five of these students are from University College Dublin.

The Fulbright Awards have been given annually since 1957 by the Irish and US governments. They provide Irish students, scholars, and professionals the opportunity to study, research or teach at top American institutions. These all-discipline awards facilitate knowledge sharing and cultivate connections between Ireland and the US.

Pictured (l-r) are UCD’s 2016 Fulbright Awardees: Nicola Mountford, Dr Mark Scanlon, Dr Ciara Greene, Michael Paye and Dr Helen Lewis. Photo by Conor McCabe Photography

Amongst those presented with 2016-2017 Fulbright Awards were fives scholars from UCD.

Dr Ciara Greene is a College Lecturer in the School of Psychology at University College Dublin. As a Fulbright Scholar to Harvard University, Dr Greene will conduct research into the attentional and emotional factors that predict false memory.

Dr Helen Lewis is an Archaeologist excavating prehistoric cave sites in Southeast Asia, and a specialist in Geoarchaeology. As a Fulbright GSI Geoscience Scholar based at the University of Washington, Helen will conduct research into the place of Geoarchaeology in Cultural Resources Management, exploring cultures of practice and specifically the barriers that exist at state level to the application of international professional standards of best practice. 

Nicola Mountford is Director of UCD's Connected Health research programme.  Her Fulbright TechImpact research project will be hosted by the New York eHealth Collaborative and involves a condensed ethnographic study of their work to make Electronic Health Records accessible state-wide.

Michael Paye is a PhD candidate in the School of English, Drama and Film at UCD, working on the literary depiction of fishery collapse and oil boom. As a Fulbright Student Awardee to Princeton University, Michael will complete a study of the correlation between fishery collapse and oil pollution in the literatures of Nigeria and Newfoundland in order to reveal the particular aesthetics and forms through which environmental crisis is coded across the Atlantic fish and oil frontier.

Dr Mark Scanlon is a Lecturer in Digital Forensics and Cybercrime Investigation at the School of Computer Science, University College Dublin. As a Fulbright TechImpact Scholar to the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security at Purdue University, Mark will focus on developing techniques for the automated creation and proficiency testing of digital forensic challenges for educational use.

Speaking at the awards ceremony U.S. Ambassador Kevin O'Malley said,“I warmly congratulate the 2016-2017 cohort of Awardees. The Fulbright Awards are highly competitive, globally recognised, and associated with excellence and prestige, so this is a real accomplishment."

The Fulbright Programme runs in 155 countries worldwide, giving awardees access to an ever-growing network of international expertise.

The next round of applications for Irish Fulbright Awardees will open on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016. Interested applicants from all disciplines are encouraged to visit the Fulbright Commission’s website for more information. Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will be due on Friday, October 28th, 2016.