Two ADAPT academic collaborators - Dr Jane Suiter, the founder of the FuJo Institute, and Professor Regina Connolly, DCU Business School - were honoured with Dublin City University President’s Awards for Research. The awards celebrate DCU researchers with a record of outstanding contributions in their field.
Dr Suiter was recognised for her research on issues such as the rise of ‘Fake News’. Leading the European H2020 funded project Provenance, Dr Suiter is working with the ADAPT Centre as well as cognitive scientists in order to develop digital solutions that will make it easier for consumers to evaluate online information by providing a simple, graphical guide – almost like a nutritional label – that will clarify the source and history of a piece of content. The project aims to address the growth of disinformation and support audiences in understanding what they consume and share on social media. Dr Jane Suiter, School of Communications, received this year’s President’s Research Award in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences, Business, Education and related areas.
Professor Regina Connolly, DCU Business School, was honoured for the impact of a report that she prepared for the Department of Agriculture aimed at Improving ICT uptake and reducing the Digital Divide in Agricultural and Rural Communities. This was the inaugural year for the category of Research Impact which recognises how research can have an effect on, change or benefit the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond academia.
Speaking at the ceremony, President of DCU, Professor Brian MacCraith, said: “The winners of these awards have been honoured because their research is not only World Class but also addresses some of the complex and urgent global challenges facing today’s society. Their work exemplifies DCU’s mission to translate research into societal and economic benefits.”
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