Working alongside Dr. John Nolan principal investigator of the Macular Pigment Research Group based at WIT has been an enlightening experience for James Dunne, a past pupil from CBS Secondary School in Carrick-on-Suir and senior â€˜Student of the Year 2013â€™.
James had been awarded the â€˜Michael Power Scholarshipâ€™ set up two years ago by Dr. Nolan and named after his grandfather. This scholarship which is open to all 6th years is managed by the Student Consultative Council and offers one student a unique chance to work over the summer months in the Macular Pigment Research laboratories based at WIT and in Carriganore House on the campus. James worked with two research PhD students Rachel Moran and Katie Meagher who form part of the research team working on the National â€˜Tildaâ€™ project. He got to watch the scientific genius of vision testing equipment used in Carriganore house which is amongst the most up to date and precise in the world ... the NASA Space Station has the same eye testing machine on board. James was presented with a diploma on August 30th by Dr. Nolan .Dr. Nolan and his research team praised James on his great input, willingness to learn and attention to detail during his work in the laboratories.Dr. Nolan said he was very happy to have had James work with him and past pupil Darragh Hayes who had achieved the scholarship last year. James who is from Owning has now started his â€˜Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistryâ€™ four year degree course at University of Limerick. He praised Dr. Nolan and his research team who were always patient, accommodating and helpful and said the whole experience of â€˜hands onâ€™ work in the laboratories confirmed his interest in Chemistry and Science. James said his work experience in WIT had also been a great confidence builder.