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Mark Makes Science Understandable for All

info Congratulations to physics student, Mark Kennedy, the winner of this year’s UCC Science for All postgraduate presentation competition.

Mark, a native, of Tramore, Co. Waterford, described his research which tackles how to measure the mass of a neutron star. His enthusiasm for neutron stars and black holes was very evident in his ten minute presentation that could be easily understood by the general public audience.

All five finalists gave fascinating talks which covered really important research from Maria Donovan, who discussed developing new treatment for neonatal seizures to Cian Hill who analyses the bacteria found in babies’ nappies; from Matteo Pusceddu who looks at how omega-3 fats can impact on stress to Teagasc student Ruairi Robertson, who researches how seaweed can protect probiotics.

John Dolan, Chairman of the judges and Features Editor at the Evening Echo, commented “the standard was extremely high; it was very difficult to pick a winner.”

Dr Angela Sheehan of UCC’s Food Industry Training Unit and Former President of Speakeasy Toastmasters, Mallow added “all the speakers were very knowledgable but Mark’s enthusiasm shone through.” Mr Tom McCarthy, of UCC’s Media and Public Relations, was the third judge.

The Science for All competition trains students to communicate their scientific research to a general audience without using jargon. The competition, now in its tenth year, is organised by the College of Science Engineering and Food Science and the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre.

  • Photo (l-r) Mark Kennedy (Winner), Matteo Pusceddu, Cian Hill, Maria Donovan & Ruairi Robertson,

    14 April 2014