Thursday, December 16, 2010

Groundbreaking Research

URI researchers were making big news sharing their critical research at one of the largest scientific conferences in the world, the American Geophysical Union' fall meeting. For example, Assistant Professor Katherine Kelley's research resolving the debate among geologists about the availability of oxygen in the Earth's mantle was included in U.S. News and World Reports, Our Amazing Planet, Sify News, and Earthtoday, while Assistant Professor Brian Savage's improved seismic model for monitoring possible nuclear explosions worldwide received the attention of Homeland Security News, Science Daily, R &D Magazine, Daily India, and others.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Harvesting solar energy from pavement

We all know how hot the roadways get in the summer when the sun is shining brightly, but leave it to a team of URI researchers to figure out several ways to harvest that solar energy to power streetlights and road signs, melt ice on bridges, and provide hot water to offices. Their research has generated attention from media around the world, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, Yahoo News, International Business Times, United Press International, Channel 12, Electronics News, Nanotechnology News, and many more. Dozens of bloggers have also written about it, from Brighter Energy and Renewable Power News to Cooler Planet, Green Optimist and Smarter Technology. The URI news release about the research can be found here.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Young Trendsetter

It’s not often that a graduate student is considered a national trendsetter in their chosen field, but that’s what Public Works magazine is saying about Michelle Pelletier, who earned her master's degree in chemical engineering last summer. She is being lauded as a 2010 Public Works Trendsetter for her research to develop a self-healing concrete that can extend the life of roadways, bridges, foundations and sidewalks. She has been featured in dozens of trade publications in the transportation, construction, engineering and chemical industries in the last five months including Public Works online, Daily Commercial News & Construction Record, and the Discover blog.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Ban of caffeinated alcoholic drinks

The University's decision to ban Four Loko and other highly caffeinated alcoholic drinks from campus came at a time when the drinks were being debated across the country. As a result, URI was included in numerous news stories on the topic. Among them were reports in the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, New York Daily News, Canada's CBC News, New England Cable News, St. Louis Globe Democrat, Providence Journal, Boston Herald, and many more. Television coverage of the story appeared in media markets as far away as Baltimore and Chicago. Read the URI news release here.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Explosive news coverage

Many in the news media who reported on the packages of explosive materials found aboard airplanes arriving in the U.S. last week turned to URI explosives expert Jimmie Oxley for comment. She was quoted in stories in the New York Times, Washington Post, London Guardian, Christian Science Monitor and elsewhere. Discovery Channel/Canada profiled Oxley and her research for a segment of its daily science news program in October.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

R.I. Bond Referendum #2 Gains Support

Recognized as the foundation of vital research and teaching endeavors and future jobs, the bond referendum #2 for a new Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences has gained significant attention in various media throughout the state. It has been endorsed by the Providence Journal, Providence Business News, South County Independent and, and an op-ed about it by Providence Chamber of Commerce director Laurie White was published in the ProJo. In addition, the Warwick Beacon ran a story about a presentation President Dooley gave about the bond to the Warwick Rotary Club.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Bond campaign kick-off

The kick-off of the "Essential 2 Rhode Island" campaign to pass the bond referendum for a new Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences was a great success, with high attendance at the event at ChemArt in Lincoln and considerable media attention. Among those reporting on the campaign were the Providence Journal, the Valley Breeze, WPRO and WRNI radio, and Channel 12.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Is 'House' and 'Grey's Anatomy' bad for you?

A recent research study by Yinjiao Ye, assistant professor of communication studies, concludes that watching TV medical shows may make viewers fear illness. It's a topic that has generated considerable media attention, including stories by Fox News, the Vancouver Sun, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Japan Herald, Daily Mail (UK), and television stations in Texas, Florida, Washington and Rhode Island. The URI news release about the study is here.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Bond referendum in the news

The Election Day bond referendum about a new chemistry building on campus has started to receive media attention, including coverage in Providence Business News and Channel 10 and a brief mention in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Additional coverage is expected following a referendum campaign event on Oct. 4.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

URI Economics Professor Leonard Lardaro is sharing a glimmer of hope about improvement in the current economic conditions in Rhode Island and the changing political landscape. Release of his economic performance index resulted in several recent news reports, including the Providence Business News, the Providence Journal, WRNI National Public Radio, and an interview with WJAR's Frank Coletta (shown at left). He also was sought for comment related to the local and national political landscape and potential economic ties UPI and GoLocal Prov, among others.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

$20 million EPSCoR grant

Tuesday's announcement of a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation -- the largest grant in URI history -- to build research capacity in Rhode Island generated considerable attention locally. The Providence Journal ran two front page stories, while the Providence Business News, WRNI public radio,, Channel 12 and other media outlets also covered the story. Several biotechnology industry publications also posted the news to their websites, including GenomeWeb. Read the URI news release about the story here.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Shell Disease

At the 9th annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium (Aug. 10-11), scientists explored new approaches to understanding emerging marine diseases and looked into the causes of lobster shell disease and the contributing factors that make the crustaceans vulnerable. News from this conference with URI's Kathleen Castro, co-leader for Fisheries Programs for the R.I. Sea Grant Program,  was covered by the Providence Journal, South County (Conn.), New Haven Register, and, among others.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

History Uncovered

Thanks to work underway due to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the University discovered a set of murals that had been created by Providence artist Gino Conti (1900-1983) for a Works Progress Administration project during the Great Depression. Media were invited to the Edwards Hall (c. 1928) construction site to see the works being removed and preserved and to interview URI Professor Ron Onorato, an art historian and Director of Campus Planning and Design Thomas Frisbie-Fulton. The works had been covered during building renovations in the 1960s. News of this find was covered by the Providence Journal, Channel 10, Channel 6, and the Associated Press report was included in the Boston Globe. WRNI National Public Radio also carried an interview about the discovery and the New England Journal of Aesthetic Research included a report.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

News Passion

On the show "Live With Regis and Kelly," URI grad Chritiane Amanpour '83 was interviewed about her new position as host of ABC's This Week. During the interview, Amanpour was unabashedly proud of her alma mater. She spoke passionately about her love for journalism and her years at URI.

Congressional testimony on oil spill

David Smith, associate dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography, is all over the news this week as a result of his testimony before a Congressional committee about the affect of the chemical dispersants used in the oil spill on marine life. Among those media outlets that reported on his comments were the Providence Journal, New Orleans Times Picayune, Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, International Business Times, Florida Today, United Press International, London Guardian, Channel 10, and many more. The entire Congressional hearing can be viewed on C-Span.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Seedy Invasion

Plant Sciences Professor Richard Casagrande has been called upon by regional media for his expertise in keeping invasive plant species like purple loosestrife under control. He and Lisa Tewksbury, a URI research associate, recently commented in a report that ran in the Providence Journal, Foster's Daily DemocratNashua Telegraph, the Times Argus (VT) among others.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Dialogue about Drinking

URI Psychology Professor Mark Wood is sending a message to parents of college-bound teens: Be aware that this is a time when teens tend to increase their alcohol consumption. His warning is being spread through the news locally and worldwide. The July 7 news release about his research that was published in the June 2010 issue of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology prompted interviews and reports that have been carried by the Boston Globe, as well as the Boston Globe health blog, The Times of India, the medGuru, and Wood was interviewed about the issue by Providence Eyewitness News.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Expect Fewer Ticks

Regional news media have been spreading the good news. Thomas Mather, director of URI’s Center for Vector-Borne Disease says his research shows there are about 30 percent fewer deer ticks this year and therefore cases of Lyme disease should be reduced as well. This news was bolstered by the announcement that Sen. Jack Reed helped to secure $1.3 million in federal funding for Mather to better understand and prevent tick bites. News about the grant and his recent findings have been carried by the Providence Journal, numerous broadcast outlets including Eyewitness News, Turn to 10, and the Associated Press article ran in the Boston Herald, and the Norwich Bulletin among others.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Slippery Risks

The human health effects of the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has raised concern of one URI biomedical scientist. Pharmacy Professor Bongsup Cho knows that some of the same cancer-causing chemicals in diesel fumes and cigarette smoke can also be found in the gooey tar balls that are being produced as a result of the spill. He shared his knowledge of some of the risks recently with Providence Eyewitness News and the URI story has been carried by several online media outlets including,, DNAIndia and Health

Friday, June 18, 2010

Seersucker Senators

In addition to sunscreen, the heat of the summer has brought out seersucker in the U.S. Senate. This week URI's Professor Linda Welters, chair of the Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design was called upon to explain the fashion trend and her comments were included in The Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Lexington Herald Leader, several Fox channels and more.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Great Explorer

On June 13, the top-rated CBS news program 60 minutes re-aired their profile of Oceanography Professor Robert Ballard, who discussed ocean exploration and the importance of the University’s Inner Space Center. A 60 Minutes film crew joined Ballard and a team of researchers and students during an expedition to the Black Sea in August to search for the remains of ancient shipwrecks. The television crew also spent a day on the Narragansett Bay Campus interviewing Ballard as he demonstrated the usefulness of the Inner Space Center in a live video communication with a research vessel in the Pacific Ocean. National Viewership for the program is 9,571,745.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Oil in Water: Counting volume and tracking flow

As oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, URI faculty have continued to share their related expertise with government officials, media, and the general public worldwide. Most recently, Oceanograpy Professor Peter Cornillon worked with one team of scientists appointed by the government to estimate the size of the oil leak using remote sensing and satellite imagery. His comments about the study appeared in The Washington Post, CBS, MSNBC, and numerous radio stations nationwide. Ocean Engineering Professor Malcolm Spaulding has been called on to describe the current potential path for the growing oil slick, and Emeritus Professor Paul Hargraves wrote an opinion piece entitled Spill, Baby, Spill: poison on the coast for TCMPalm.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Endeavor departs for Gulf oil spill

When word came that the R/V Endeavor was going to depart for a scientific investigation of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the local media in Rhode Island aggressively pursued the story. Channel 10 and Channel 12 did multiple stories, the Providence Journal and South County Independent reported on the expedition as well, and an Associated Press story appeared in several newspapers in the region.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Grad student's self-healing concrete research

Michelle Pelletier, a graduate student in chemical engineering working with Professor Arijit Bose, has developed a unique self-healing concrete that may increase the life of bridges, foundations and sidewalks. Numerous online news and industry websites have reported on her discovery, including Providence Business News, The Chemical Engineer Today, The Engineer, R&D Magazine, Homeland Security News, Daily Tech, Science Daily, E Science News, and many more. Read the URI news release about Pelletier's research here.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Commencement coverage

The media in Rhode Island drew attention to the end of the school year in a wide variety of ways. Stories about this year's oldest graduate, Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education's Teresa Mahoney, were featured in the Providence Journal, Warwick Beacon and Channel 12, while several other students were highlighted by their hometown newspapers. The Providence Journal reported on both the graduate and undergraduate , ceremonies and the local TV stations also covered the ceremonies.

John King '85, anchor of CNNs new evening program, John King, USA and CNN's chief national correspondent, who returned to his alma mater to deliver the Commencement address also turned the spotlight on the University. Comments and video about the occasion were broadcast worldwide on John King, Monday, May 24th.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

More URI experts in the news

Once again, the news media in Rhode Island and around the country are turning to URI for expert insight on the news of the day. In recent weeks, for instance, Chemistry Professor Jimmie Oxley was featured in an Associated Press story about the New York City car bomb, economist Jim Opaluch was included in a New York Times story about the sinking of a Venezuela oil rig, and Navindra Seeram was featured in a Chicago Tribune story about the healthy compounds in “superfruits." In addition, the New Bedford Standard Times quoted Geosciences Professor Tom Boving in a story about a hazardous waste clean-up, and marine mammalogist Bob Kenney was cited by the Providence Journal, Block Island Times and South County Independent about whales in nearby waters.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Lazy giant squid

Squid research is in the news again, and Biological Sciences Professor Brad Seibel and his former graduate student Rui Rosa are right in the middle of it. Their discovery that giant squid are much more docile than previously believed has recently generated attention from BBC News, MSNBC, Herald de Paris, the Christian Science Monitor, the Tehran Times, Wired magazine and Field and Stream, among others.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Gymnastics -- Real Winners

The students who successfully transitioned URI's gymnastics team from a varsity sport to a national champion club team received well-deserved attention in their hometown newspapers -- the News Transcript in New Jersey and the York Daily Record in Maine -- and here in Rhode Island in the Providence Journal

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Oil spill coverage

News coverage of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is including several URI faculty who have expertise in various aspects of oil spills and their aftermath. Ocean Engineering Professor Malcolm Spaulding has been quoted about the track of the spill and the challenges of cleaning it up by Time Magazine, Yahoo News, Associated Press, Boston Globe, and others. Natural Resource Economics Professor Jim Opaluch was included in a story for the Wall Street Journal's Marketwatch website discussing the economic impact of the spill. Business Professor Doug Hales appeared on Channel 10 and in Discovery Channel News and Homeland Security Newswire about the affect the spill will have on commerce and the shipment of goods. And Fisheries Professor Mike Rice was interviewed on WPRO radio about the affect the spill will have on shellfish. And then there's the hair salon in the Memorial Union, which was featured on Channel 10 and the Providence Journal for its efforts to collect hair for use in mats to absorb oil on beaches.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sweet stuff is sticking in the news

Last month, Pharmacy Professor Navindra Seeram announced some exciting discoveries about the health benefits of maple syrup, and the announcement of his research continues to create quite the buzz. A story by Channel 10's Health Reporter Barbara Morse Silva was syndicated and has been running nationwide. Link to the broadcast report to see some of the latest coverage.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

URI scientists in the news

Three faculty members at the Graduate School of Oceanography - Rainer Lohmann, Candace Oviatt and Scott Nixon - were featured in a lengthy story on Voice of America TV last week about the affect of global warming on marine life.  In other recent stories featuring URI scientists, the New York Times reported on the potential for construction of offshore wind power facilities in Rhode Island, including mention of research on the subject by faculty members Scott McWilliams and John King; and reports about the environmental impact of the Rhode Island floods in the Providence Business News and Providence Journal cited the expertise of URI scientists Scott Nixon and Tom Boving.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Inauguration Broadcast News

April 8-9, 2010
All local broadcast media carried reports several times about President Dooley's inauguration. This coverage was in addition to the interview earlier this week with Gene Valicenti on Channel 10. This weekend, the president will also be seen on the ABC 6 news "On the Record" show at 7.30 a.m. on Sunday, April 11.

Monday, April 5, 2010

The inauguration of President David Dooley

In advance of President Dooley's inauguration on April 8, several local and national media outlets are reporting on his presidency and the activities surrounding the ceremony. The Providence Sunday Journal ran a full page profile of Dr. Dooley this week, Channel 10 broadcast an extensive interview, the Chronicle of Higher Education examined his selection of Rev. Greg Boyd as the keynote speaker for the inauguration, and the South County Independent featured the inaugural symposia and the inaugural poem. Other stories focusing on Boyd have been printed in the Christian Post and Providence Journal, as well as several blogs.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Migrating birds feed on health-food

Professors Scott McWilliams and Navindra Seeram, along with their graduate students, found that birds stopping on Block Island during migration choose to feed on the healthiest berries available, even when the birds don't eat berries during the rest of the year. This discovery, announced at a press conference at this week's American Chemical Society conference, generated widespread attention in the national and international media. Among those reporting the news were Discovery Channel News, MSNBC, Science Daily and Yahoo. Or check out these reports in Polish, German, Spanish, Japanese and Portuguese.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Professor makes sweet discoveries about maple syrup

Pharmacy Professor Navindra Seeram has made some exciting discoveries about the health benefits of maple syrup, and the announcement of his research at a meeting of the American Chemical Society has created quite the buzz. The study focused on maple syrup from Canada, and every major daily newspaper in Canada -- more than 20 of them -- reported the story, including the Toronto Star and Vancouver Sun, as well as Canada's major TV network, CBC. The story has also been reported by the Providence Journal, New London Day, International Business Times in Australia, Glamour, the Times of India, the Japan Herald, two dozen U.S. television stations, and several radio stations in Canada and the U.S. Watch a video about the research findings here.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Transgenic fish research

Professor Terry Bradley's development of the first transgenic trout with enhanced muscle growth has generated attention from around the world. It is being discussed on hundreds of blogs and websites, from National Geographic, The Economist, and Popular Science to Genetic Engineering News and The Daily Mail in England. It was also the subject of Voice of America and Reuters TV reports that aired worldwide and one on Channel 10 news that later turned up on TV stations around the U.S. The URI-produced video of his work is a YouTube hit, with 20-times as many viewings as any other URI video -- in less than a week! Prefer to watch your videos in German? Check out this version. Or read the URI news release about the research here.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Rhode Island's Economic Renewal

Providence Journal
Opinion - URI President David M. Dooley writes about the role of the University in economic development.  "Throughout the presidential- search process and during my time in Rhode Island so far, one thing has been repeatedly emphasized: The University of Rhode Island must take on an expanded and central role in the renewal of the Rhode Island economy.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

GSO dean makes headlines with underwater waves

David Farmer, dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography, has generated media attention with his research on giant underwater waves that form between layers of warm and cold water in the oceans. He presented the results of his research at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union last week, where he participated in a press conference on the topic. Among those taking note were United Press International, U.S. News and World Report, the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, Softpedia, and R&D Magazine, as well as many news websites and blogs.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Why an All-'Superfoods' Diet Is a Mistake

With an expertise in the disease fighting properties of certain foods, URI Assistant Professor of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences Navindra Seeram, was recently called upon for comment in a US News & World Report story on the topic. Named the 2009 Young Scientist of the Year by the American Chemical Society’s Division of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Seeram's goal is to educate the research community and the public about the many benefits of a variety of plant and berry foods, as well natural products. His message is receiving widespread attention--he was quoted in Nutrition Action Health, Good Housekeeping, Men’s Health and the Newport Mercury. Seeram explains some of these principles on this video.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Endeavor departs for Haiti

The R/V Endeavor departed yesterday for a scientific and humanitarian mission to Haiti -- to study the seafloor to seek geologic evidence of the devastating earthquake, and to deliver dozens of large tents for use as temporary classrooms for children. The media has taken considerable interest in this story, with Channel 10 and Channel 12 airing several reports on the project. WBRU radio, the Providence Journal, and other media outlets also reported on the vessel's departure. A press release about the expedition can be found here.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Rethinking College Education
WRNI, February 16, 2010
President Dooley, Enrollment Management Vice Provost Dean Libutti and students are among those interviewed by WRNI Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison for their thoughts about the value of a college education in today's tough economic times.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Prof. Cathy Roheim's fisheries paper makes splash

A paper on sustainable fisheries in the journal Science co-authored by Professor Cathy Roheim has generated considerable attention in online media this week. Reports about her study have been posted by United Press International, World Fishing Today, First Science, Science Daily, News Room America, and elsewhere. The full text of the paper can be read here.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Prof. Kristin Johnson's immigration report makes headlines

The Immigration Policy Center in Washington, D.C., issued a report by Political Science Professor Kristin Johnson that notes that many states benefit when immigrants send money home because much of that money ends up back in the U.S. through the export of U.S. goods. The report made the news in the Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Cal., and the Providence Journal, as well as in Spanish on Yahoo Finance, MSN Latino and Dario La Estrella.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Berry good insights from Prof. Seeram

Pharmacy Professor Navindra Seeram, an expert on medicinal uses of native plants, provided extensive commentary about the health benefits of berries in the February 1 issue of the Buffalo News. "Berry compounds work on multiple mechanisms in the body. They are hitting the pro-inflammatory processes and the central pathways linked with diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease," he said. View a video with Dr. Seeram discussing this research.

Monday, January 25, 2010

More URI experts cited

URI experts continue to be cited as experts by the news media around the globe for stories on a wide range of subjects. This month, Parade Magazine quoted Nutrition Professor Ingrid Lofgren; the Detroit News featured insight from Chemistry Professor Jimmie Oxley; Rhode Island Monthly cited Women's Studies Professor Donna Hughes; and GSO Postdoc Helen Czerski was featured in R&D Magazine. As usual, the Providence Journal continues to regularly quote Professors Edward Mazze and Leonard Lardaro about the local economy and College of Business Dean Mark Higgins on accounting and taxation issues.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

No Time to Lose

A comprehensive profile of URI's new President David M. Dooley appears in January's Rhode Island Monthly. In it, President Dooley shares his "sense of urgency" and how he wants to shape Rhode Island's future now. The writer, Mary Grady, also spoke with Lynn Baker-Dooley, toured their new home and saw the newly created family-friendly area they've created to welcome student groups. Read more...

Helping you stay healthy

Several faculty members have been quoted in national publications with New Year's tips for helping us stay healthy, lose weight, and quit bad habits. Pharmacy Professor Navindra Seeram touted the value of berries in Good Housekeeping magazine; a gum-chewing study by Nutrition Professor Kathleen Melanson was cited in the London Mirror; a discussion of lactose intolerance in the Los Angeles Chronicle featured data from a study by Food Science Professor Chong Lee; and Psychology Professor Jim Prochaska's landmark model of behavior change was mentioned in the Chicago Tribune, Lacrosse Tribune and other publications.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Prof. Oxley still in the news

The failed Christmas Day underwear bomber has continued to lead to more and more media outlets seeking the expertise of Chemistry Professor Jimmie Oxley. The Providence Journal wrote a feature story about her work, Homeland Security Today quoted her extensively, and the Detroit Free Press and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review also used her as a resource in their stories. These follow last week's stories in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Time magazine and others. There are certain to be many more in the coming weeks.