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  • 1. UCC Faculty of Science Public Lecture Series 2005 The Last Lecture Series To mark Corks designation as European Capital of Culture 2005. Science has made the most amazing contribution to society over the past 400 years and today the entire developed world is dependent on science-based technology. In The Last Lecture Series a distinguished list of speakers will discuss various aspects of science and technology of particular relevance to Ireland today. Each speaker will address his/her topic as if it were their last opportunity to speak in public. This Public Lecture Series is running fortnightly from January through December 2005 on Wednesday evenings, during the academic year, in Boole 4 Lecture Theatre, at 8.00p.m. Admission is free. All are welcome. This lecture series is organised by Professor William Reville on behalf of Science Faculty, UCC. For further information Phone: 021-4904369 / 4904127. Fax: 021-4904452. E-mail: w.reville@ucc.ie Please see full details of speakers and lectures below
  • 2. Wednesday, 19th January, 2005 Jumping Germs: The Effects of Animal Disease on Culture. Dr. Paddy Sleeman, Department of Zoology, Ecology & Plant Science. Paddy Sleeman has been involved in research on mammal diseases for almost twenty years, mainly on the problems caused by tuberculosis in badgers and rabies in Ireland, but also in New Zealand, Thailand, and South Africa. He is very interested in the post-glacial colonization of Ireland by mammals and the ecological interactions within the Irish ecosystem. In his spare time he fishes as often as possible. Animals diseases are of increasing importance, and those that transfer to people, called zoonoses, are especially so. The habitats of the animals that carry such diseases are created and changed by people, often not intentionally. This is explored for Ireland and the long-term multifaceted effects of such diseases on Irish society explored. Click here for text of lecture Wednesday, 2nd February, 2005. Science and Technology and the Future of Ireland. Dr. Edward Walsh, Chairman ICSTI. Edward M Walsh is chairman of a number of organisations including the Irish Council for Science Technology and Innovation that advises the government on science policy and of the National Allocation Advisory Group that advises on Kyoto emissions allocations. He was founding president of the University of Limerick, the first new university established by the Republic of Ireland: a post from which he stepped down in l998, after a 28-year term. Dr Walsh has served as founding chairman of the National Technological Park, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, Citywests Growcorp and the National SelfPortrait Collection of Ireland. He has also served as chairman of the Conference of Heads of Irish Universities and of Shannon Development. He is involved in guiding the development of various initiatives at Citywest in Dublin: including Ryan Entrepreneurship Academy and DCUs Eolas Research Campus. Dr Walsh is a Freeman of the City of Limerick, a Member of the New York Academy of Science and the Royal Irish Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, an honorary member of the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts and Deputy Chairman of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. He holds honorary doctorates from four universities. Born in Cork in 1939, Dr Walsh is a graduate of UCC and holds Masters and Doctorate qualifications in nuclear and electrical engineering from Iowa State University, where he was an Associate of the US Atomic Energy Commission Laboratory. He is a registered silversmith, an enthusiastic yachtsman and plays the violin and piano badly. He is married with four children. Ireland is an EU success story: since joining, a spectacular transition has been made from being amongst the weakest to being one of the most successful economies. A fine job has been done in manufacturing other peoples high-tech ideas; but a healthy capability to create our own has yet to be demonstrated. Upon doing so Irelands future well-being much depends. Click here for text of lecture
  • 3. Wednesday, 16th February, 2005. Has Science Supplanted Religion? Professor John Polkinghorne K.B.E., F.R.S., Cambridge University, U.K. John Polkinghorne, K.B.E., F.R.S., is past President and now Fellow of Queens College, Cambridge. A former Professor of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge, he is an ordained priest in the Church of England, and Canon Theologian of Liverpool. Knighted in 1997, he is the author or many books on science and religion. He made fundamental contributions in particle physics. Science has purchased its great success by the modesty of its ambition. It does not pretend to ask and answer every question of interest and significance. Hence it needs complementing by religious understanding which can address such non-scientific questions as Why is science possible?, What is the source of moral truth?, Is there a human destiny beyond death?. Wednesday, 2nd March, 2005. My Family and Other Animals: What it Means to Share Genes. Dr. Tom Moore MVB PhD MRCVS, Department of Biochemistry, BioSciences Institute, University College Cork. Tom Moore studied Veterinary Medicine at UCD and obtained his PhD from the University of London. He did post- doctoral research in developmental genetics in Cambridge, and is currently in the Department of Biochemistry, UCC, where he leads a HEA-funded Program in Integrative Reproduction. For most people the concept of relatedness is rooted in their immediate family and allied to issues of cooperation, sharing of resources, and occasional conflicts! The genetic study of relatedness provides biological insights into many aspects of our interactions with our family, with society at large, and with other species. Dr. Moore will examine relatedness from an evolutionary perspective and will outline the implications of genetic theories of relatedness for diverse aspects of human physiology including the occurrence of morning sickness in pregnancy, why one-year old children resemble their fathers more than their mothers, and the genetic basis of common psychiatric disorders. Wednesday, 16th March, 2005. Darwins Dangerous Idea Evolution From Cosmos to Culture. Dr. David McConnell, Professor of Genetics, Smurfit Institute of Genetics, TCD. David McConnell is Professor of Genetics at the Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin and Chairman of The Irish Times Trust. He co-ordinates EAGLES (European Action on Global Life Sciences) a group which is promoting the application of European life sciences to the great humanitarian challenges of hunger and disease in the developing countries. He will discuss the poorly understood implication of Darwinism that the idea of evolution is central to the natural sciences. The material, cosmic and biological worlds are all evolving, as are our cultural worlds. Change, illustrated by the survival of the fittest, is normal. What we have is what has survived.
  • 4. Wednesday, 13 April, 2005. The JF Kennedy Assassination a Medical Perspective. Prof. Fergus Shanahan, Department of Medicine, Cork University Hospital and Director of the Biosciences Institute, UCC. Fergus Shanahan is Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at University College Cork. Prof. Shanahan is also director of the SFI-funded Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre for research in Cork. He went to medical school in Dublin, graduating in 1977. After internship and residency in internal medicine in Dublin, he completed a fellowship in Clinical Immunology at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada (1981-1983). He then completed a second fellowship in gastroenterology at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA; 1983-1985). He has specialty certificiation in Clinical Immunology and Allergy (Canada) and is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology (USA) and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland and the Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom. He was a staff member of the Division of Gastroenterology at UCLA Centre for the Health Sciences from 1985 to 1993 and Associate Professor of Medicine. In 1993 he returned to Ireland to take up his present post. His research interests are primarily in the areas of gastrointestinal mucosal immunology and inflammatory bowel disease. He has published over 300 peer reviewed articles, is co-editor of 3 text books on inflammatory bowel disease and mucosal immunology. He holds research grants from the European Union, the Higher Education Authority of Ireland, the Health Research Board of Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland. Forty years have elapsed since that day in Dallas the most photographed and documented crime of all time. Who did it? Was there more than one shooter? What did the medical evidence show? What was the autopsy evidence? How did the media conspire to confuse the issue? A dispassionate review of the evidence will be offered with a definite verdict at the conclusion. Wednesday, 27th April, 2005. Living With Risk. Professor James Heffron, Biochemistry Department, UCC. James Heffron obtained BSc and PhD degrees in Biochemistry from University College Dublin. He has carried out research and lecturing in the Mayo Clinic an