Siobhán Grayson, Katie Carbonara, Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Abeba Birhane.

2018 Winner

Katie Carbonara, a Trinity College Dublin (TCD) environmental science student is the 2018 winner of the Mary Mulvihill Award for her essay:
Katie Carbonara – Science: Whose Facts? Whose Truth?

2018 Runners-up

Abeba Birhane and Siobhán Grayson, PhD students in cognitive science and computer science at University College Dublin (UCD), received a runners-up award for their joint entry, which analyses the assumptions that allow algorithms to pervade our social sphere unchecked:
Siobhan Grayson & Abeba Birhane – UCD – Science – Whose Algorithms Whose Data (Runners Up)

By divorcing fact from value, science has allowed itself to become beholden to the whims of political will, funding, publications, and number of citations: a contest for the most charismatic ideas and results,” she writes. “At the same time, a dichotomy exists between the idolization of science as a panacea for all the world’s ills and the deliberate attack on truths that are widely acknowledged within the scientific community”.

Katie Carbonara, Mary Mulvihill Award Winner 2018

From her winning essay: Science: Whose Facts? Whose Truth?

This is the second year of the Mary Mulvihill Award, set up to honour Mary’s memory and the legacy of her work. Anne Mulvihill, a sister of Mary, and a member of the judging panel said:

It’s a poignant time for her family and close friends; but it’s also a proud moment, as the award allows us to continue, in a small way, Mary’s role as an educator, mentor and advocate of science.

“This year’s winner, Katie Carbonara, has written a very accessible piece on a complex topic, questioning the discipline of science and the work that it does; Mary would have approved,” she said.

Dr Brian Dolan and Jocelyn Bell Burnell with Mary Mulvihill’s Ingenious Ireland book.