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Research Matters Newsletter - Issue 03 | February 2016

Research Matters is a monthly newsletter developed by the University of Nicosia  Research & Innovation Office that aims at highlighting important news and developments relating to research and other academic matters that faculty of the University of Nicosia engage in, as well as activities and initiatives that the Office is involved with.

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In Pursuit of a Unified Digital Ecosystem: Project DELTA

The DELTA project 'Network Aware Delivery Clouds for User Centric Media Events' aimed at developing an innovative and ready-to-market solution that synergistically combines Networked Media and Telecommunications technologies with Cloud Computing assets into a unified digital ecosystem, enabling users to exploit OTT and IT/Comms services with maximum possible cloud and network-centric parameterized experience. The University of Nicosia was engaged as a partner in the project and as a local coordinator through faculty member Dr. Constantinos Mavromoustakis, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, School of Sciences and Engineering. The 24-month project was funded by the EUREKA Secretariat funding agency under the European Commission EUROSTARS framework with the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation serving as the national contact point. It was led by the French company, Viotech Communications, and involved a total of six partners. During the evaluation stage, the project proposal was ranked 1st in the ICT domain and 5th over all existing domains out of 529 proposals.
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A Sit Down with Dr. Stefanos Spaneas


Dr. Stefanos Spaneas is an Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences Department of the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law and is the Programme Coordinator for the Social Work Programme at both the Bachelor and Masters levels. A strong advocate of the belief that all people have unique abilities, Stefanos is actively engaged in the study of social work and social justice and the promotion of equal opportunity for all. 

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Carmine Lullabies: A New Poetry Book by Dr. Marilena Zackheos 

Dr. Marilena Zackheos, Director of The Cyprus Center for Intercultural Studies and Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Nicosia, published her first poetry book earlier this month. "Carmine Lullabies" is a collection of ruminations about one-on-one intimate encounters. It signals a coming-of-age trajectory, specifically in terms of the ways loss is managed by the work’s many female personas. With unexpected moments of dark humor, epigrammatic poem endings, and what writer Maria A. Ioannou has called “rhythmical microcosms flirting with fiery images,” Carmine Lullabies strives to trigger strong emotions in its reader. Marilena has published on postcolonial literary and cultural studies, psychoanalysis and trauma, gender and sexuality. Her creative writing has appeared in literary journals in Cyprus and abroad. The book, published by A Bookworm Publication, is currently available at Solonion Bookshop and Moufflon Bookshop in Nicosia. 
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UNIVERSITAS Foundation Launches Research Fund for University of Nicosia Faculty


The Universitas Foundation has allocated 100,000 Euros of annual funding aimed specifically at fostering the research activities of University of Nicosia faculty. This fund is currently managed by the University of Nicosia Research Foundation in collaboration with the Research & Innovation Office. A total of 51 proposals were submitted during the Stage I call for proposals; approximately three-quarters of which have moved on to the second stage of submission. The deadline for the submission of the full proposals for Stage II is Monday, 9 May 2016. The successful proposals are expected to commence in September/October 2016.


Get Research-Technology Creative! 

Dr. Chris Alexander, Assistant Professor (Technology Enhanced Learning/TESOL) and Head of the Distance Learning IT Unit at the University of Nicosia shares some thoughts about the role that human creativity has to play in new technologies. 
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ProQuest PIVOT Info Session 

The University of Nicosia hosted a training session for ProQuest PIVOT on Friday, 26 February 2016. The training was delivered by Ms. Daniela Cason, Training and Consulting Partner EMEA, ProQuest, and was attended by over thirty individuals from the University of Nicosia, as well as representatives from local universities and the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation. The training addressed the needs of both faculty and administrators. Click HERE to access more information concerning PIVOT.​ 

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