Rosse Medal goes to postgraduate Aimee Stapleton at Ireland Spring Meeting

30 March 2015

Postgraduate student Aimee Stapleton was awarded the Rosse Medal at the annual IOP in Ireland Spring Meeting – a key part of the event held in Cork on 28 March.

Rosse Medal

Stapleton, who is at the University of Limerick, received the award for her poster presentation on “Piezoelectricity in proteins: the missing link”, in the competition, which commemorates the third Earl of Rosse and his contributions to science.

To compete for the Rosse Medal, postgraduate students were invited to submit posters communicating any research area in physics, to be presented on the day of the meeting. Six finalists were narrowed down from the 36 entrants, who then gave a further five-minute presentation to the panel of judges. The IOP’s head of outreach and engagement, Johanna Kieniewicz (pictured right), presented the medal to Stapleton (left) at the evening dinner.

To mark the International Year of Light, the theme of the event was “Shedding light on the Universe”. The speakers included Prof. Sir Colin Humphreys from the University of Cambridge, who talked about next generation LED lighting and its environmental, economic and health benefits.

Prof. Kevin McGuigan, of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, described his work over the past two decades on solar disinfection of water, which is now used throughout east Africa, and Chris Watson, of Queen’s University, Belfast, spoke on recent discoveries of exoplanets, with up-to-the-minute data on some of the most interesting planets to have been discovered and discussion on forthcoming missions.

Participants were given a tour of the Blackrock Castle Observatory and the day ended with the dinner, where the IOP in Ireland’s chair, Peter van der Burgt, presented an award to Ciaran Hurley, one of four students who received the IOP in Ireland’s award for the top Leaving Certificate physics student. He also presented the Earnshaw Award, for the best final year undergraduate project, to Eoin Murray for his project on “Photo emission processes from site-controlled quantum dots".

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