Limerick lecturers are Teaching Heroes

first_imgNewsEducationLimerick lecturers are Teaching HeroesBy John Keogh – October 10, 2014 1825 Twitter WhatsApp Limerick Post Show | Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste ná Béarla cliste Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Facebook Previous articlePaddy is Limerick’s top young entrepreneurNext articleNoonan raised Mount Trenchard concerns in 2005 John Keogh RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Limerick’s Student Radio Station Wired FM Celebrates 25 Years on Air center_img Dr Mary Moloney, Dept of Early Childhood Care and Education, with Diarmuid O’Driscoll, Dept of Mathematics & Computer Science, Mary Immaculate College (centre) received their awards in the presence of USI President Laura Harmon, Minister for Education & Skills Jan O’Sullivan, the Patron of the National Forum Prof Mary McAleese and Chair of the Forum Prof Sarah MoorePicture by Shane O’Neill / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014.Dr Mary Moloney, Dept of Early Childhood Care and Education, with Diarmuid O’Driscoll, Dept of Mathematics & Computer Science, Mary Immaculate College (centre) received their awards in the presence of USI President Laura Harmon, Minister for Education & Skills Jan O’Sullivan, the Patron of the National Forum Prof Mary McAleese and Chair of the Forum Prof Sarah MoorePicture by Shane O’Neill / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014.THREE lecturers at two Limerick institutions have been recognised at the National Teaching Hero Awards held in Dublin Castle this week.LIT engineering lecturer Dr ALan Kavanagh was one of the 53 teachers from 27 higher education institutions across Ireland who received Teaching Hero Awards.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Meanwhile, Dr Mary Maloney, Department of Reflective Pedagogy and Early Childhood Studies and Diarmuid O’Driscoll, Head of Mathematics and Computer Studies at Mary Immaculate College were nominated for the awards by their students.The aim of the awards is to identify inspirational lecturers who might not have previously received public recognition.Dr Kavanagh has engaged engineering students for many years in LIT’s Active Learning philosophy through the use of innovative teaching techniques in practical laboratories and workshops. He has also promoted engineering among first and second level students by visiting schools with an innovative and interactive presentation.“Although my work title is a lecturer, I considered myself a teacher – they are very different roles. LIT gives me the opportunity to teach in small group numbers, which is so important for the teaching and learning of today’s students I believe,” he said.The patron of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, which established the awards in partnership with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), is former President, Professor Mary McAleese.Speaking of the winners, she said: “Excellence in teaching is about much more than simply getting students through their exams. It is about inspiration, passion, generosity of spirit, and a genuine desire to make a positive difference to students’ lives.”Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan said she looked forward to the awards becoming an integral part of the teaching and education calendar.“Any celebration of excellence is worthwhile and to be welcomed but these innovative awards are doubly so in that they not only recognise marvellous teachers but give their students a voice in that process at the same time. All of us involved in the education system want to see the best outcomes for students; not just in the form of results or career paths but in terms of their overall experience and its impact on them as people,” concluded Minister O’Sullivan. Advertisement Print New Report from MIC Reveals the Reality of Human Trafficking in Ireland TAGSeducationMary Immaculate CollegeTeaching Hero Awards Week-long Celebration of Women as MIC Marks International Women’s Day Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste ná Béarla cliste Linkedinlast_img read more

Speedway Motors to host third annual Racer Appreciation Day

first_imgBy Damon LeeLINCOLN, Neb. – Building on the success of previous events, Speedway Motors will host its third annual Racer Appreciation Day on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 1-6 p.m.Racers from around the region are expected to swarm Speedway’s Lincoln, Neb., headquarters for this fantastic pre-season open house and sale.Speedway Motors’ Racer Appreciation Day will showcase hundreds of new and exclusive race parts featured in unique displays. It will provide racers with a fantastic opportunity to try on new safety gear and take advantage of free shock and torsion bar dyno services. Special pricing will be available on all parts counter purchases.This year Speedway will be giving racers an inside look into its state-of-the-art engineering and manufacturing center, as well as the all new Speedway Racing Engines facility.“Speedway is very excited for this opportunity to give our local race customers a first look at our brand new engine facility,” said Clay Smith, president of Speedway Motors. “As we prepare for the upcoming race season, this Racer Appreciation Day is the perfect time to get feedback on this new endeavor as well as show how much local customer support has meant to us for the past 63 years.”Seasoned Speedway tech experts will be on site to share their knowledge and answer questions. Tours of Speedway’s massive warehouse will be available and the Smith Collection Museum of American Speed will be open with free admission throughout the event.Guests can also expect free food and refreshments, plus many chances to win great raffle prizes and other giveaways.For details on the 2015 Speedway Motors Racer Appreciation Day and directions to Speedway’s campus, visit Motors is America’s Oldest Speed Shop® and has made racing safe, fun and affordable for 63 years. Call today toll free at 800 979-0122 for more information or to pre-order discounted parts for quick and easy pick-up at the event.last_img read more

Deeplearning system generates specific genrebased music

Explore further Izaro Goienetxea, a UPV/EHU researcher, has developed a method for automatically generating new tunes on the basis of a collection or corpus comprising tunes used in bertso—a form of extempore, sung, Basque verse-making. She has also presented a new way of representing pieces of music, and developed a new method for automatically classifying music. PLOS ONE has reported on the research conducted in the UPV/EHU’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems research group. Journal information: PLoS ONE Two new automatic methods of generating and classifying music have emerged in the context of the BertsoBot project. Credit: University of the Basque Country This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Izaro Goienetxea et al. Towards the use of similarity distances to music genre classification: A comparative study, PLOS ONE (2018). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0191417 One of the lines of research undertaken by the Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RSAIT) research group at the UPV/EHU’s Faculty of Informatics is to develop interaction between humans and machines or robots. Its BertsoBot project is regarded as a major one “in which we get robots to sing verses,” said the group’s leader, Basilio Sierra. The research group is working on voice signal comprehension, computer vision, browsing, and the generation of new musical melodies.Izaro Goienetxea, a researcher in the group and a Ph.D. student, is involved in two areas of research: the automatic generation of music and the automatic classification of music. The researcher says that many methods based on grammars or statistical models have been developed for music generation, but “the coherence of the melodies will need to be taken into consideration to be able to generate melodies that are easy to understand. We would need to be sure that certain segments are repeated within the new melodies, not only on the note level but also on other more abstract melodic levels.” Even though the work had its beginnings in the generation of music, the results have led her to explore ways of classifying music. “We have more and more music available on the internet, and one aspect that is becoming important is the possibility of producing automatic classifications of music so that large music collections can be produced,” said Goienetxea.Classifying similar bertso melodiesIn an article published in the PLOS ONE journal, two new methods developed as a result of that research have been presented. First, a musical classification method according to genre, based on a new way of representing music and works by grouping together similar bertso tunes. Through it, “we analyse a tune, and we say what it is similar to—in other words, which genre we can classify it into,” said Goienetxea.These clusters are also used to generate new melodies in the “style” of the melodies in these clusters. “These new melodies are similar to the original ones,” said Goienetxea. “And by including more than one music model, a new melody, a new version, which will be the blending of them, will be generated,” added Sierra.To develop her work, the researcher used a corpus or collection comprising bertso tunes. “We are proposing a way in which bertso tunes can be represented and then how these tunes can be classified. We have come up with a method which can then be applied to another kind of corpus, to another kind of music,” said Goienetxea. According to the researcher, they have managed to automatically generate new bertso tunes, “but the method also lends itself to music therapy applications, musical composition learning or composing programs, among other things.” From Mozart to Botzart: when machines write our music Citation: Deep-learning system generates specific genre-based music (2018, March 5) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Provided by University of the Basque Country read more