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.