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<p>The Magazine for aluMni and friends of The University of Ulster</p> <p>WinTer 2010</p> <p> issue 33</p> <p>CoVer sTorysusan Philipsz, Mfa (1994) wins the Turner Prize with her sound installation lowlands</p> <p>also inside your ulsTer graduaTe</p> <p>University newsevents and reunionsPeoplesport</p> <p>supported by</p> <p>Contentsnews featured Article</p> <p>A word from the editor...</p> <p>People</p> <p>sport</p> <p>Development news</p> <p>Alumni events</p> <p>feature story</p> <p>2022</p> <p>24</p> <p>33</p> <p>35</p> <p>The Main event</p> <p>Turner Prize winner susan Philipsz</p> <p>Class notes</p> <p>honorary graduates</p> <p>Boxing Clever eamonn oKane</p> <p>4 university news</p> <p>Kris, Co-director of life Photography in Coleraine, has been awarded the coveted title of uK Creative Wedding Photographer 2010.... </p> <p>Cover photographsound artist susan Philipsz, winner of this years Turner Prize.</p> <p>Published byThe alumni relations office, university of ulster,newtownabbey, Co antrim, BT37 0QB.</p> <p>Tel: 028 7012 3456 (switchboard), or028 9036 8350 (direct line) fax: 028 9036 6085email:</p> <p>randox fellowship in Personalised Medicine</p> <p>development news</p> <p>10</p> <p>12</p> <p>editor: sue rees, alumni relations ManagerProduction editor: Peter hough, Corporate Communicationsdesign: Mammoth.tvPrint: W &amp; g Baird ltd Photo credits: John harrison, istockphoto, nigel Mcdowell, Martin McKeown, alastair nevin, susan Philipsz, Maurice Thompson and Taavetti alin. Thanks to all contributors who submitted photographs.</p> <p>Views expressed are those of the contributors and not necessarily of the university. The university of ulster regrets that it cannot accept responsibility for any claim whatsoever which may arise out of advertisements carried in good faith.</p> <p>Past events</p> <p>Pathfinders in intelligent Worlds</p> <p>events 2011</p> <p>15</p> <p>18</p> <p>16</p> <p>Boxing Clever35 Commonwealth games boxing star </p> <p>eamonn oKane explains how a sports scholarship was the key to his success</p> <p>Welcome to issue 33 of The Ulster Graduate. We hope that you like the new style, in which we have incorporated many of your suggestions to ensure we produce a magazine that is interesting, informative, and an attractive and enjoyable read.</p> <p>as always we include a roundup of university news, information on past and forthcoming events, and stories about many of our graduates and staff. our research showed that you wanted some longer feature pieces, and the theme of this edition is The future with a focus on our intelligent systems research Centre at Magee a world-leading centre for excellence.</p> <p>in these pages, you can also read about ways in which donors to the university have helped to enhance our teaching, research, and the student </p> <p>experience. This includes the new Centre for advanced Cardiovascular research (page 9), the randox fellowship in Personalised Medicine (page 10), and the work of the alumni fund (page 12). at a time of reduced public funding, donations to the university will play an increasingly important role and we hope that our alumni and friends will play their part in supporting us. ulster has many strengths, not least in sport and the visual arts and we celebrate graduate eamonn oKane who won a gold Medal at the Commonwealth games in delhi on page 35, and Mfa graduate susan Philipsz, the winner of this years Turner Prize. Two alumni from Ba hons fine and applied arts are also featured on page 34 for their achievements.</p> <p>We do hope that you enjoy reading this issue, and look forward to receiving your feedback. dont forget to keep us updated with your contact details, especially your email address, so we can keep you informed of news and events. you can use the carrier sheet or go online at</p> <p>Kris &amp; emma dickson, Class notes Pg26</p> <p>News</p> <p>space Age</p> <p>Personal experiences at sea</p> <p>researching research</p> <p>Roy Sterritt, computer scientist and sometime Star Wars fan, has had research adopted by NASA.</p> <p>ulster researchers are working with colleagues in dublin and edinburgh on a unique project digitising the records of the experiences and traditions of gaelic-speaking fishing communities.</p> <p>lecturer roy sterritt, after receiving a nasa Patent application award and a Patent plaque at the nasa goddard space flight Centers new Technology report Program ceremony in Mitchellville, Maryland.</p> <p>Whether youre interested in the evolution of soccer in africa, the biometry of the iris, new directions in transitional justice or developments in carbon nanotube technology, theres a new way to find out about the latest university of ulster research.</p> <p>The ulster institutional repository (uir) was launched via the website in august 2010. This open access digital archive contains details of research produced by university staff and researchers in the arts, humanities and sciences, and it is freely accessible to the research community and the public. The uir has proved to be a big success with almost all researchers having deposited details of their research outputs. To date our researchers have deposited details of almost 10,000 research outputs ranging from journal articles, to authored books and artefacts, with more being uploaded every day.</p> <p>The uir forms the official record of the universitys research publications and outputs and will be a valuable resource for researchers internationally.</p> <p>for more information:</p> <p>The us space agency has been granted a patent on work by the Jordanstown-based informatics lecturer and is using his autonomic software engineering methods in its ground-control systems. Current thinking among space scientists foresees a future in which swarms of small craft will replace single-craft missions.</p> <p>roy collaborated with nasa scientist Mike hinchey to devise programs that could make small robotic craft self-directing and self-controlling, and also self-destructing if their autonomous behaviour were </p> <p>to threaten the safety or technical aims of the mission.</p> <p>he uses principles of autonomic and apoptotic computing. roy explains:</p> <p>autonomic computing is based on the idea of the autonomic nervous system in the human body and apoptotic computing on how multi-cellular organisms function. it is biologically inspired computing and an approach to computer development that aims to create reliable systems modelled on self-managing biological systems like the human body.</p> <p>news5 </p> <p>The two-year study aims to reveal more about the daily lives and customs of irish and scottish gaelic speaking coastal communities, and make the information available online.</p> <p>dr Maxim fomin and Professor samus Mac Mathna from the research institute for irish and Celtic studies are examining maritime memorates personal accounts of experiences at sea by fishermen, boatmen, foreshore gatherers and beachcombers that were collected from the end of the 19th century to the present and are now stored in the school of scottish studies archives (edinburgh) and national folklore Collection (dublin).</p> <p>funded by the arts and humanities research Council, the 200,000 study also involves university College, dublin and the university of edinburgh.</p> <p>for more</p> <p></p> <p>Hewitt online HotlineWork is well advanced on the creation of a digital archive of works by John hewitt, one of ulsters most influential 20th century poets. The first phase of the John hewitt online Collection has been completed and is accessible, along with details of the associated ulster Poetry Project, at</p> <p>The collection comprises a personal archive that was bequeathed to the university following hewitts death in 1987. it is housed at the universitys library in Coleraine. </p> <p>hewitt influenced a generation of poets who followed in his footsteps, including seamus heaney, derek Mahon and Michael longley.</p> <p>his keen observation of ulster life and landscape and his work as a literary critic and book collector made him a leading figure in northern irish writing. </p> <p>as a champion of the vernacular poetry of ulster, he was a literary pioneer who preserved and celebrated dozens of poets and texts. </p> <p>The collection contains more than 5,000 books and journals, including rare volumes, poetry notebooks, a copy of hewitts unpublished autobiography, radio scripts and first editions of virtually every collection of irish poetry since the 1950s.</p> <p>Project leader dr frank ferguson says it is one of the most significant collections in the uK and ireland of modern and contemporary irish literature. he says: </p> <p>The digital online archive will provide a unique resource for anyone interested in Irish poetry, modern Irish culture, history and folklore.</p> <p>reseArCH roUnD-UP</p> <p>Ulster researchers have been making the news since The Ulster Graduate 32. Here is a selection of some key stories. For more information on research, see</p> <p>News</p> <p></p> <p>news</p> <p>Collaborative research at ulster is set on a fresh course as a result of high-profile trans-atlantic support.</p> <p>The influential us-ireland research and development Partnership has given its approval to two major nanotechnology projects.</p> <p>it marks a new departure for the university as these are the first projects to be funded under the recently established organisation, which is guided by a steering group comprised of senior representatives from northern ireland, the republic of ireland and the united states.</p> <p>Green lightThe projects involving scientists at the nanotechnology and integrated Bioengineering Centre (niBeC) will have global benefits in clean water and ecosystems and were assessed and given a green light by the prestigious national science foundation (nsf).</p> <p>niBeC director, Professor Jim Mclaughlin, says: </p> <p>The two collaborative initiatives between us, roi and ni universities have been funded by the national science foundation, science foundation ireland and department of employment and learning (ni) / invest northern ireland.Both projects were reviewed at the </p> <p>highest level by a set of nsf panels, which is a reflection of the high quality of the research that is to be undertaken by these groups. at niBeC we are very proud to be part of such prestigious projects, particularly as we have had strong relationships with us and roi universities over many years. The ulster research element is worth about 700k, out of overall funding of nearly 2 million. </p> <p>Global warmingProfessor Mclaughlin and his niBeC colleague Professor Paul Maguire are working with oceanographers at nui galway and scripps institution of oceanography, usa, to develop a miniaturised microsensor system that will keep track of changing levels of carbon deep in the oceans. The satellite-linked monitoring system will measure chemical changes in seawater that are being caused by global warming. The microsensor will perform remote and continuous measurement of dissolved inorganic carbon in seawater at 100 metre intervals down to depths of 2 km and then transmit the data to a satellite for analysis by ocean researchers.</p> <p>Professor Mclaughlin said: our aim is that it will provide the first autonomous vertical profiles of total carbon in the upper 2 kms of the ocean. This will also be a major step in the development of a new generation of tools that are needed to help us get a better understanding of annual cycles of carbon in the ocean.</p> <p>toxin removalniBeCs dr Tony Byrne and dr Patrick dunlop are working with researchers from the university of Cincinnati, florida international university and dublin institute of Technology on development of clean technologies for the treatment of water.</p> <p>They aim to utilise solar-driven catalysts to remove toxins from water that are caused by algae bloom, which sits like a green or red blanket on the water surface and can harbour cyanobacteria that produce and release a variety of extremely dangerous toxins. </p> <p>for more information:</p> <p>from left: Professor Jim Mclaughlin, Professor Paul Maguire, dr Patrick dunlop and dr Tony Byrne</p> <p>Backing for Water Projects</p> <p>People with learning disabilities suffer from significantly more health problems than the general population.</p> <p>They are also much more likely than others to have significant health risks and major health problems, according to research by the nursing research institute presented at the British Psychological society, division of health Psychology Conference in Belfast.</p> <p>dr laurence Taggart said the findings highlighted the need for improved health promotion for people with learning disabilities, saying:</p> <p>Part of the reason the health outcomes of this group are poor, is that people with learning disabilities are often very reliant on both informal and formal carers to promote healthy lifestyles and to make healthy choices on their behalf. however, professional and family carers may not always be fully aware of the importance of health promotion activity for people with learning disabilities.</p> <p>Team colleague dr Wendy Cousins said: </p> <p>People with learning disabilities are living longer than ever before. The aim of health promotion is to enable them to live healthier lives too so we have to look at new and different ways to promote a healthier lifestyle to them.</p> <p>for more information:</p> <p>learning Disability risk</p> <p>Helping Prevent stillbirtheach year in the uK approximately 4,000 babies are stillborn around one in every 200. Many bereaved mothers say that in the days leading up to the stillbirth, the pattern of their babys movements seemed to decrease and the baby did not move around or kick as much as usual.</p> <p>scientists at the intelligent systems research Centre (isrC), QuB and the royal Jubilee Maternity hospital, Belfast are developing a high-tech mobile foetal surveillance system, which could help prevent stillbirth by alerting doctors when a babys life is at risk. Careful monitoring of a babys movements in the womb could provide an early warning if a baby is at risk of stillbirth. This in turn would alert doctors and they could intervene at an earlier stage and possibly save the babys life.</p> <p>ultrasound scans are already widely used to monitor a babys movements in the mothers womb and the isrC team are currently developing sophisticated computer programs to analyse the moving images obtained from ultrasound scans to assess the wellbeing of the baby in the womb.</p> <p>dr Condell explains:</p> <p>researchers are taking ultrasound scans of healthy women, who are </p> <p>five to six months pregnant and recording what they see. ultrasound scans provide moving pictures of the babies in the womb and researchers are assessing whether it is possible to recognise and analyse the babies movements using state-of-the-art computer programs, which incorporate pattern-recognition software. similar software is...</p>