Meet the department: Bettina Stefanini

[Latest in this series. This week, our newest staff member, Bettina Stefanini]

What do you most enjoy doing in the dept?
Correcting a student essay and coming across a brilliant idea or thought that never occurred to me.

What book are you currently reading?
Thinking fast and slow by Daniel Kahneman. He describes a model of how our minds manage to make sense of our complex world and how the shortcuts we take to achieve this can let us down. It’s quite fascinating.

What’s your favourite blog?
I only follow Eamon Galligan’s rants about bridge…

What TV show are you watching?
Wild Things on Channel 4oD

What music are you currently listening to?
Tal Farlow, he is not like any other guitarist that I’ve heard. He played mainstream jazz but in an extraordinary way. His friends called him Octopus because his hands were so big and nimble.

Do you have a hidden talent?
Bivouacking in midge infested Scottish hills. This requires a thorough knowledge of midge behaviour, meteorological flair, a head net and good self deception.

What one object would you bring to a desert island?
A deck of cards. The three mean, lean bridge players that would also come are not objects.

If you could change one thing in NUI Maynooth, what would it be?
Remove the statue of John Paul II from the front of the library. Its visual language shocks me in the context of the last decade.

What’s the worst job you’ve had?
Working in a factory in Switzerland where we packaged pesticide for coffee plantations. The air was full of a fine toxic dust that one could not help but breathe in.

Soapbox or Pet Peeves
Wet manhole covers and holes at the side of roads, there to test cyclists.



  1. I agree with the removing of the statue,,,


    1. David Martin · · Reply

      I also agree…….I was looking at it today. It looks almost inappropriate if not disturbing given recent and not so recent disclosures…..


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