FOUR County Limerick scholars and researchers have joined the ranks of Fulbright Scholars.
Thomas Keating, Rathkeale, Dr Jean McCarthy, Castletroy, Dr Finbarr Murphy, Askeaton and Dr Daragh Naughton, Patrickswell were among a record number of 37 Irish Fulbright Award winners announced at a reception in Dublin in June.
Fulbright scholarships are awarded annually to scholars, students and professionals to give them the opportunity to study, lecture and continue their research at top universities and institutions in the US.
Speaking at this yearâ€™s awards ceremony, Una Halligan, chair of the Fulbright Commission said:â€œThirty seven Fulbright awards is a record for Fulbright Ireland. We were delighted but not surprised by the level and standard of applicants in the 2012 Irish awards competition. Although their subjects are varied, each of these recipients has one very important trait in common - outstanding leadership ability. This is the true essence and purpose of Fulbright.â€
This yearâ€™s awards brought particularly good news for the Limerick Institute of Technology where Dr Daragh Naughton, a native of Patrickswell, is lecturer in the School of Science, Engineering & Information Technology.
â€œI am delighted to be representing LIT as its first visiting Fulbright scholar,â€ he said. â€œIt is my firm intention to use this opportunity to advance the reputation of the calibre of our graduates to an international audience and to hopefully bring some unique life experiences to both my LIT and US learnersâ€.He will travel to Northeastern University in Boston.
Thomas Keating, from Rathkeale is a PhD candidate at UL and his research is focused on US-EU relations and on how policies are affected by the decisions, perceptions, beliefs and values of leaders and advisers. He will travel to the American University in Washington DC to take up his scholarship. Dr. Jean McCarthy from Castletroy is a researcher and lecturer at the Kemmy Business School in UL. She is co-director of the Age in the Workplace Research Network (AWR-net) and specialises in industrial and organisational psychologoy. She will undertake look at the multi-dimensional nature of ageist attitudes in the U.S. workplace at Colorado State University.
Dr. Finbarr Murphy from Askeaton also lectures at the Kemmy Business School. He will undertake research at the McCombs School of Business in the University of Texas at Austin where he will examine the empirical links between equity and energy markets.