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RCSI MATTERS
KIRAN PATHAK SCHOLARSHIP IN PHARMACY
The Kiran Pathak Fund was established in memory of Kiran
Pathak MPSI and his family, who lost their lives in a tragic
boating accident in Kenya in 2001. The fund supports a
range of pharmacy initiatives, including a key objective
of the Pathak family ­ the establishment of an access
scholarship for students with a desire to study pharmacy
who, due to social exclusion, may otherwise be unable to
undertake this course of study. RCSI is keen to promote
social inclusion by facilitating access to educational
opportunities for those groups traditionally under-
represented at third level and, to date, six students have
been supported through the fund.
MAN VS MACHINE
Held on July 17, 2013, Man Vs Machine, was a free, hands-
on science workshop for primary school children, which
aimed to encourage participants to develop an interest in
science. The children, with the aid of man-made machines,
learned about Sir Isaac Newton's Three Laws of Motion,
gravity, force, balance and friction, and donned their lab
coats to conduct a series of activities, including designing a
balloon and a `fizz pop' rocket.
This workshop was organised by Maria Kelly, REACH Project
Manager and Dr Maria Morgan, Lecturer in Molecular and
Cellular Therapeutics, who facilitates the Small Science, Big
Ideas programme, with workshops designed specifically
for younger children, introducing them to ways scientists
work and allowing them to conduct simple experiments.
Workshop facilitators included Dr Maria Morgan and
Department of Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics MCT
PhD students, Emily Reddy, Naadiya Carrim and Thea Tilley,
as well as REACH RCSI's Cliona Lyes.
REACH RCSI SPORTS DAY 2013
Over 100 primary school children from Presentation Primary
School, Warrenmount, Dublin 8 took part in the sixth
annual REACH RCSI Programme Sports Day. Integral to the
success of the day was the involvement of the RCSI student
volunteers who led teams and manned the various event
stations. The day ended on a high with the relay race which
saw all 10 teams compete against each other. Bronze, silver
and gold medals were awarded to the top three teams, with
all participants receiving a certificate of participation.
ANNUAL FREE MEDICAL CHECKS
RCSI provided free medical checks for members of the local
community, through Mercer's Medical Centre on Tuesday,
August 20, 2013. Over 50 members of the local community
took part and were screened for a range of illnesses
including heart disease, diabetes and blood pressure.
BALLROOM OF ROMANCE
More than 300 senior citizens from RCSI's catchment
area visited the College for the Ballroom of Romance on
Tuesday, July 16 in 2013. This is the third year RCSI has
hosted this annual evening of dinner, music and dancing for
senior citizens from the College's catchment area. The Lord
Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Oisín Quinn, attended and made a
presentation to Inspector Sean Kearns, leader of the Garda
Band which provided the music. The event was organised
by Ms Maria Kelly, REACH RCSI Programme, in partnership
with Dublin City Council South East Area Community
Development team.
Ansley and Daniel from Banbridge Academy with the 6th Annual All-
Ireland Debating Science Issues Competition Trophy.
Taylor Freeman sees double during an experiment.
David Murray, Erica Larkin and Taylor Freeman getting to grips with
science at the `Man Vs. Machine' summer programme.
Sorcha Maguire, Bray School Project National School.