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    Irish Scientist, Diana Beresford Kroeger, author of 'Arboretum America', and
    'Global Forest', will be honoured with a fellowship from 'Wings Worldquest'
    in New York on Thursday, the 15th April. This award is the science world's
    equivalent of a Nobel Prize. Wings Worldquest celebrates extraordinary women
    scientists.

    Brought up in West Cork, now living in Canada, Ms Beresford-Kroeger
    specialises in the study of ancient woodlands, "Trees are a livng miracle",
    and they create the conditions for healthy eco-systems, which form "the
    nerve system of biodiversity".

    Two years ago on a trip home, Ms. Beresford-Kroeger, joined the Woodland
    League, a not for profit NGO, as their consultant scientist, endorsing their
    policy of protecting natural and ancient woodlands and promoting native
    species.

    She is deeply concerned about the fate of the Worlds remaining old-growth
    forests because of over-harvesting and destruction of eco-systems caused by
    industrial tree plantations. This forestry model, which dominates the Irish
    landscape, is reliant on chemical pesticides and fertilisers.

    Ms Beresford-Kroeger was also shocked to learn of the McCarthy Report's
    proposal last year to privatise Coillte (the Irish Forestry Board) and it's
    1.1 million acres of Irish forests, mountains and rivers.

    Helvetia Wealth A.G., a Swiss based international investment company last
    year appointed ex-Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern as their Chairman and have
    expressed interest in acquiring Coillte and all it's assets.

    "The Irish public forests are the inheritance of the Irish children and
    grandchildren and must never be sold", she said.

    Ms Beresford-Kroeger's new book 'The Global Forest', which promotes the
    multiple benefits and gifts of native, natural forests, will be available
    worldwide later this month. This book is a timely reminder to the world of
    how much we depend on our ancient relationships with trees and nature.

    LINKS:

    Woodland League Woodland League - Restoring the relationship between people and their woodlands

    Facebook: The Woodland League

    Myspace: Where's my tree? (Woodland League) | MySpace
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    It's a sign of how DUMBED DOWN this site is that in 4.5 years, this thread has received no replies.

    Well, here goes:
    Irish students win global science competition - RTÉ News

    A great day for Irish science as schoolboy comes second in European contest - Irish Innovation News – Siliconrepublic.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by lochlannach View Post
    I agree. The site is dumbed down.

    Also members of FG, FF, Labour, SF, SWP, SDLP, DUP, UUP, Alliance, etc all tend to be full of people who are reactionary towards science. This board is full of people from those parties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemesiscorporation View Post
    I agree. The site is dumbed down.

    Also members of FG, FF, Labour, SF, SWP, SDLP, DUP, UUP, Alliance, etc all tend to be full of people who are reactionary towards science. This board is full of people from those parties.
    That's because if Darwinian science had its way, the majority of FF supporters would've been bred out of the foodchain centuries ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by APettigrew92 View Post
    That's because if Darwinian science had its way, the majority of FF supporters would've been bred out of the foodchain centuries ago.
    If Ireland was Darwinian, FG, FF, Labour, SF, SWP, SDLP, DUP, UUP, Alliance, etc, would probably not exist.

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    I'd have thought that "the science world's equivalent of a Nobel Prize" would've been an actual Nobel Prize.
    History will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lochlannach View Post
    Great to see an Irish student winning this award

    The Young Scientist has been a very successful initiative in Irish schools, drawing on the best from students and teachers. The teachers and students give freely of their time, working for the love of their subject, often spending Christmas or the early New Year finishing their projects for the competition in January

    It is good to see all of this bearing fruit.

    I am no scientist, but some of my past pupils have been less than enthusiastic about the employment prospects and salaries of Science graduates. They claim that the work and study required --with late evening Labs, etc--is intense, like studying Medicine.

    But unlike Medicine, Science does not lead automatically to a well-paid career. Low pay or years doing research, or emigration to yet more low-paid work, seem to be the fate of many.
    One of my past-pupils who emigrated to London, moved out of the area of Science altogether. He said to me: "If I had my time over again, I'd do Arts. I know it leads to nothing career-wise but at least I'd have had some fun, with few lectures and lots of free time. Instead I slogged for a serious degree for 4 years, paid a lot for a Masters and ended up in London on short contracts earning less than TEFL teachers who at least could travel the world with their certificate which they obtained after one months training"

    But none of this takes away from the great success of the Irish student from St Paul's school in Raheny, who won't have any trouble finding work, one presumes. Congratulations to him

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    Quote Originally Posted by gatsbygirl20 View Post
    But unlike Medicine, Science does not lead automatically to a well-paid career. Low pay or years doing research, or emigration to yet more low-paid work, seem to be the fate of many.
    You are comparing apples and oranges, a doctor is qualified to practice medicine, a science graduate has no specific training and is only qualified for entry level positions in industry. However, many who take the industrial route have well paid careers and those who are good can do exceptionally well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KongMing View Post
    I'd have thought that "the science world's equivalent of a Nobel Prize" would've been an actual Nobel Prize.
    This seems to be the women's event of science prizes. I know theirs an effort being made to encourage more women into the sciences but this kind of special women's only thing makes me a bit uncomfortable. It's not like their a scarcity of really great scientists that were and are women.
    Also it seems a bit tree huggery, Wings Worldquest I mean not special stuff for women. Oh look a lady scientist top trumps set!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lochlannach View Post
    It's a sign of how DUMBED DOWN this site is that in 4.5 years, this thread has received no replies.
    In fairness, its a pretty obscure subject.
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