Tuesday, December 29, 2009

World Ocean Census

A new book by a team of URI authors has received considerable media attention this month. In Rhode Island, World Ocean Census, about the 10-year effort to census marine life in the oceans, was featured in the Providence Journal, South County Independent, Channel 10 and WRNI radio. It was also recommended by the journal Nature, USA Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and many others.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Prof. Oxley in NYT, WSJ, Time, MSNBC

Chemistry Professor Jimmie Oxley, URI's resident bomb expert, continues to be called upon by the media and law enforcement agencies for her insights about explosives used in terrorism. She was quoted this weekend in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal in stories about the materials used to make the bomb that nearly exploded aboard a jetliner on Friday. Monday, Time Magazine and MSNBC wrote similar stories also quoting Professor Oxley. On Tuesday she was quoted by the Australian Broadcast Company and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

URI Research creates jobs and boosts the economy

URI researchers receive $12.3M in stimulus funds. Research creates jobs and boosts the economy. That's the message from this week's Providence Business News story that highlights the success the University has had in earning grants from the federal stimulus act -- 30 grants totaling $12.3 million in a variety of disciplines. Read more about the research projects underway.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Recent local TV coverage

The University of Rhode Island has been featured in several recent local television news reports that deserve attention. In addition to the daily news reports about the success of the men's basketball team, stories have aired about the URI Theatre production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," advice about caring for holiday poinsettias, a new book about a global census of ocean life, and Prof. Robert Ballard's webcast about his archaeological oceanography research. All these news reports can be viewed here.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

More URI experts in the news

URI experts continue to regularly be asked to comment about the news of the day, and this week was no exception. Women's Studies Professor Donna Hughes contributed insight to a Los Angeles Times story about child prostitution; Natural Resources Sciences Professor Y.Q. Wang was quoted in the Asheville Citizen-Times (North Carolina) about satellite imagery of the Appalachian Trail; Dan Doyle, director of the Institute for International Sport, offered an opinion to the Associated Press about sports role models in the wake of the Tiger Woods scandal; and GSO Marine Scientist Bob Kenney discussed seals in Narragansett Bay with the Jamestown Press.

Friday, December 4, 2009

URI's Robert Ballard profiled by 60 Minutes

The top-rated CBS news program "60 Minutes" profiled Professor Bob Ballard and URI's Inner Space Center, Sunday, Nov. 29. In the program, Ballard discussed the discovery of the Titanic and other modern and ancient shipwrecks, as well as how the University's newly opened Inner Space Center will revolutionize ocean exploration. View clips and much more from 60 Minutes, add your comments on the "60 Minutes site", read the release. In addition, on Dec. 3, Ballard headlined the first Webcast from the Inner Space Center that was transmitted to students at schools around the country via www.immersionlearning.org. Read the New London Day report on this first voyage.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Expertly speaking

URI faculty members were called upon as experts by several news outlets around the country for stories that appeared this weekend. The Seattle Times quoted from oceanographer Ted Smayda in a story about an algal bloom that killed birds in the Pacific Northwest; the Hartford Courant referenced psychologist Jim Prochaska and his studies of how to make positive behavior changes; and the Berkshire Eagle Tribune spoke with botanist Keith Killingbeck for its story about invasive species in holiday decorations.

Friday, November 20, 2009

New findings show feedback that helps couples stick together

According to the largest clinical trial with couples to date, couples who had systematic client feedback methods incorporated into their therapy sessions were 46.2 percent less likely to wind up divorced or separated. URI Human Development and Family Studies Professor Jacqueline Sparks conducted and co-authored this study that shows how therapists can greatly increase the chances that struggling couples will stay together. The Providence Business News interviewed Professor Sparks about her results (Nov. 20). The findings of the two-year study were published in the Aug. 3 issue of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Sparks conducted the survey in Southern Norway with Barry Duncan of Heart and Soul of Change Project and Morten Anker of the Family Counseling Office in Vestfold, Norway. Their work has received significant attention from media worldwide, including in the Science Daily, Psychotherapy Networker, TRAK.in News, Innovations Report, and Zamp BioNews among others. Read more about this research.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Language of Cancer

English Professor Mary Cappello continues to be called upon to speak about her most recent book, "Called Back: My Reply to Cancer, My Return to Life." On Nov. 16, she was asked to participate in a live call-in NPR program,"Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders" hosted by Jean Fereca about the book and related issues. During the one-hour show, Cappello was taken by surprise when a former student sent an e-mail to the program lauding her work and they read it on the air. Listen to the show and read more about her latest book.

Reef conservation strategy backfires

Professor Richard Pollnac was featured last night in this story on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" program examining the challenges to protecting coral reefs in the South Pacific. Apparently, cutting back on the number of commercial fishing permits just increases the number of recreational fishermen who catch almost as many fish.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Veterans Return To RI Schools

Thanks to a new GI bill now in effect, URI, RIC, and CCRI are starting to see an increase in the number of veterans on campus. Listen to WRNI education reporter Elisabeth Harrison as she speaks with some of the students at URI and other state schools. She explores some of the challenges these students face, and what schools are doing to try to help them. Harrison spoke with students Jeremy and Rachel Garcia about their experiences as freshman at URI and their academic advisor, Jeff Johnson at the Feinstein Continuing College of Education. URI's Veterans office . Read more in Quad Angles about how URI is Advocating for Service Members and visit the new Veterans Office at the Providence campus and the admission requirements and related links for Veterans.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Presidents of R.I. public colleges together on Channel 10

President Dooley and the presidents of Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island appeared together on Sunday's edition of 10 News Conference on Channel 10. For 30 minutes they discussed the funding challenges faced by their respective institutions and how they are educating students for the knowledge economy.

Detecting cancerous tumors, delivering treatment

Biophysicists Yana Reshetnyak and Oleg Andreev have discovered a technology that can detect cancerous tumors and deliver treatment to them without harming the healthy cells surrounding them. News of this discovery was reported in Providence Business News and is spreading across the Internet on blogs and health news sites like Health Imaging, Science Centric, Today's Health News, and Breakthrough Digest. Read more about it in a URI news release, or visit their research site here.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Chewing gum helps lose weight?

Research conducted by Nutrition Professor Kathleen Melanson and postdoc Dan Kresge is receiving international attention this week after a presentation at the annual scientific conference of The Obesity Society. Their surprising results suggest, among other things, that gum chewing for an hour in the morning may make you eat less at lunch. Dozens of television stations around the country mentioned the study, and the Channel 12 program The Rhode Show featured it this morning. The research also was covered by the Times of India, Medical News Today, WTOP radio in Washington, D.C., and dozens of other online news sources. It will also be featured on the Channel 10 news tomorrow at 5:30. Read the URI news release about the study here.

Monday, October 26, 2009

50 Years of Bay Monitoring

The front page of yesterday's Providence Sunday Journal had a very long story and numerous pictures outlining what URI researchers have learned from 50 years of trawling every week for marine life in Narragansett Bay. The story explains how the warming water has dramatically changed the composition of fish and other creatures in the Bay. Visit the GSO Fish Trawl Survey website here for more information, and read a URI news release about the survey.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

URI's capital campaign hits $100 million mark, 15 months ahead of schedule

At the URI Distinguished Achievement Awards ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 17, President David M. Dooley delighted all attendees with the announcement that the University's Making a Difference capital campaign had achieved its $100 million goal, a full 15 months ahead of schedule. The Providence Journal, Providence Business News, and local broadcast media reported about this exciting, truly "distinguished achievement. The URI Foundation will continue the campaign which will officially close December 31, 2010. Read URI's announcement for more details...

Friday, October 16, 2009

Economic Analyses

Stories about the Rhode Island economy continue to appear in the local media almost daily, and more often than not these stories quote from Professors Leonard Lardaro and Ed Mazze. This week the Providence Journal and Providence Business News featured Lardaro’s Current Conditions Index, while the ProJo also featured Mazze in today’s coverage of the state’s rising unemployment rate. Mazze also has a regularly appearing column in the Providence Journal about the job market, the latest version of which can be found here.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

College of Pharmacy groundbreaking

The groundbreaking for the $75 million College of Pharmacy building, was attended by the state's political leaders, pharmacy industry representatives, and dozens of white-coat-clad students, received widespread attention in the Rhode Island media. Watch the video footage that aired on Channel 10 and Channel 12, or read the stories that appeared in the Providence Journal, Providence Business News, and Good 5 Cent Cigar. The URI news release announcing the event can be found here.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Rhode Island budget on NPR

Political Science Professor Maureen Moakley provided commentary about the Rhode Island budget in this story appearing on the National Public Radio program "All Things Considered." It's one of many national news stories in which Prof. Moakley has been quoted this year.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Professor developing gene-to-vaccine program

Professor Annie De Groot was recently profiled by the Boston Herald, for her leadership in vaccine development to address illness worldwide. The article, "Annie De Groot proves the power of one person" describes her pioneering work. De Groot was awarded a $13 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to lead the development and application of an integrated gene-to-vaccine program targeting emerging infectious diseases. The College of Environment and Life Sciences professor is the founder of the Institute for Immunology Informatics (I’Cubed) at the University where she is ensuring the next generation of vaccine and biologics researchers. De Groot is also the the founder, CEO and CSO of EpiVax in Providence.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Researchers test effectiveness of of ADHD drug on college students
Professor Lisa Weygandt is in the news this week as she launches the first research study of the effectiveness of a drug to treat college students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. A collaboration with researchers at Lehigh University, the project has received coverage on CNBC, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Medical News Today, PsychCentral, and other online media outlets. Read the URI news release about the project here.

Nursing Shortage Yields Regional Collaboration
College of Nursing Dean Dayle Joseph was quoted in an Associated Press story about a new initiative uniting colleges, universities and hospitals in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire in an effort to ease the nursing shortage in the region. Part of the reason for the shortage, she said, is that not enough qualified nurses want to teach nursing. The story appeared in several regional newspapers, including the Boston Herald, the The South Coast Today, the New London Day, among others. The topic was also reported on ABC6 News among others.

President Dooley on WPRO with Buddy Cianci
President Dooley continued his visits with media around Rhode Island this week by appearing yesterday with WPRO radio talk show host Buddy Cianci to discuss the state of the University and his plans for the coming year. Listen to the podcast.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Staying healthy: What works for you?
Albert Lea Tribune - Tim Engstrom - Sept. 26
In 1977, the University of Rhode Island professor developed a model and over the next 20 years it was modified through peer review and research.

Brown, URI students played key role in RI marijuana debate
Providence Journal - Cynthia Needham --Sept. 27
That led them to Tom Angell, head of the University of Rhode Island's chapter and a Warwick native whose mother, Rhonda O'Donnell suffered from multiple

Environmental Digest
Providence Journal-- Sept. 27
Keith Killingbeck, professor of biological sciences at the University of Rhode Island, will discuss the chemistry of autumn leaves..

Environmental Journal: Wave of issues greet ocean task force
Providence Journal - Andrew Dickerman - Sept. 27
... executive director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and others at the University of Rhode Island's Bay Campus about 26 years of ...

Will Lyme Disease Follow Spread Of Ticks Across US?
eMaxHealth -Sept. 27
Participating with MSU in the National Science Foundation-funded study are researchers from the University of Montreal, the University of Rhode Island,

Diversity Calendar: Sept. 28
Providence Journal - ‎Sep 27, 2009‎
A 24-course dinner to celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival will be served Saturday at the University of Rhode Island's Kingston campus. ...

On the job, set milestones for the goals you strive for
Providence Journal - ‎Sep 27, 2009‎
... you do and say creates an image of you to others. Edward M. Mazze is Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the University of Rhode Island.

Friday, September 25, 2009

President David Dooley speaks about budget

President David Dooley on WLNE-PVD (ABC) -
09/24/2009 11:04:34 PM
WLNE6 News at Eleven (News)
...the university of rhode island is bracing for a hefty budget shortfall.... that could lea layoffs or the possibility of a mid-year tuition hike. abc six cameras caught up with uri president david night suggested both options at a meeting with the student senate. today,,,, he had this to say about the university''s current economic situation. i think by everything i...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

New Development
Biomedical engineering professor Helen Huang’s research on developing a stumble detection system for individuals walking with a prosthetic leg has received a great deal of attention this week. News of her research has been reported on science news websites, medical industry publications like Assistive Technologies magazine, international media like MedIndia, even localized media like Knoxville Times as well as numerous blogs. The Communications and Marketing Department’s video report of her project received 2,000 viewings in just one week. View the URI news release about her research.

Researcher Trips Amputees In Effort To Develop Improved Prosthetic Legs
Science Daily, Sept. 15
Again and again, 71-year-old Marjorie Brasier walked on the treadmill using an instrumented prosthetic leg, and again and again she tripped ..

URI president says tuition hike possible in spring
Providence Journal - ‎Sept. 24
University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley told student leaders that the institution might have to impose layoffs and a mid-year tuition hike in ..

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

NOAA awards $6.5 million for RI fishing research
Providence Journal - ‎Sept 24, 2009
... Fisheries Research Foundation, an organization started a few years ago by local fishermen that operates out of the University of Rhode Island. ...

Shire joins Lehigh, URI in ADHD study
Philadelphia Inquirer - ‎‎Sep 23, 2009‎‎
Lehigh University is joining the University of Rhode Island to study attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in college students. Funding is being provided ..

Study ranks RI's tax climate 44th
Providence Journal - Neil Downing - ‎Sep 22, 2009‎
Mark Higgins, dean of the University of Rhode Island's College of Business Administration, said of Rhode Island's Tax Foundation ranking, “It's good that we ...

National panel seeks local views on ocean planning
Providence Journal - Peter B. Lord - ‎Sep 22, 2009‎
The task force also will accept written testimony and some members will visit the University of Rhode Island and other locations on Friday to gather ...

Archaeologists stumble on gemstone with Alexander's portrait
Gaea Times (blog) - ‎Sep 22, 2009‎
September 16th, 2009 WASHINGTON - Researchers at the University of Rhode Island are conducting a study to develop improved prosthetic legs that could ...

Monday, September 21, 2009


Pulp Fiction

MSN Health & Fitness - Bryan Smith - ‎Sep 21, 2009‎
... in all different colors," says Navindra P. Seeram, Ph. D., who studies the bioactivity of berries and other plants at the University of Rhode Island. ...

Groups in Providence, RI, advocate for world peace
Providence Journal - Michael P. McKinney - ‎Sep 21, 2009‎
Student Mila Tsikhotskiy, of the University of Rhode Island's Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, wants fellow young people to put into action their ...

Single-shot flu doses expected in RI by October
Providence Journal - Donita Naylor, Felice Freyer
... usually occurs two to three weeks after school begins in the fall, said Chad Henderson, director of health services at the University of Rhode Island. ...

RI jobless rate inches higher
Providence Journal - Alex Kuffner - ‎Sep 17, 2009‎
Leonard Lardaro, professor of economics at the University of Rhode Island, said he believes the continued growth in the labor force is a good sign for the ...

Sustainability is the theme for three coming events
Providence Journal - ‎Sep 19, 2009‎
24, at the University of Rhode Island's Shepard Building in Providence. • Providence's first Sustainability Festival will be offered all day Saturday, Sept. ...

Environmental Digest
Providence Journal - ‎Sep 19, 2009‎
The University of Rhode Island's Landscape Architecture Lecture Series will begin on Thursday, Sept. 24, with a lecture by Jeffrey Hyland, principal of ...

Corps of Engineers to Deploy Data Buoy Off Rhode Island Coast
Reuters - ‎Sep 11, 2009‎
Ship time for buoy placement is provided by Dr. John King of the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. The buoy is scheduled to be ...

Hard times ahead for recent RI grads
Providence Journal - Andy Smith - ‎Sep 18, 2009‎
Mark Higgins, dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Rhode Island, said around 40 percent of URI business students looking for ...

Bob Kerr: A friendship born of need, nurtured by love
Providence Journal - ‎Sep 19, 2009‎
The first came in her early life when her parents brought her to the University of Rhode Island for her freshman year. A sophomore walked up and asked if he

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Transcript: Projo.com chat with URI president David M. Dooley
Providence Journal
Jato822: President Dooley, As a potential graduate student at the University of Rhode Island, can you tell me what plans you have for the graduate programs?

State to outline energy stimulus fund plans
Providence Journal - Peter B. Lord
David Farmer, dean of the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, has agreed to chair the so-called Energy Review Team that was ...

Insight on India, a global view at URI
The Providence Journal - Sep 17
The Washington bureau chief of the London-based Financial Times speaks at a four-week-long honors colloquium, Demystifying India, at URI.

Will Lyme Disease Follow Spread Of Ticks Across US
Red Orbit
Potentially debilitating Lyme disease doesn’t afflict people everywhere that the ticks harboring it are found. At least not yet. A five-university consortium led by a Michigan State University researcher wants to find out why.“These ticks are on the move.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

One year later: Rhode Islanders felt Wall Street's collapse
Providence Journal
Before his job was cut, Cabral had applied to the MBA program at the University of Rhode Island. Originally, he said, the bank was going to pay the tuition,


Finally, fish ladder project coming to the Blackstone
Valley Breeze - Ethan Shorey -
According to research completed at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, others have tried and been marginally successful in the

Is There a Right Way to Pray?
New York Times - Zev Chafets

A shapeless man in his mid-60s without obvious charisma, Cymbala played college basketball at the University of Rhode Island and has a point guard's...