Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Phones Don't Sleep...

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Research by Human Development and Family Studies Assistant Professor Sue Adams has shown a "hidden" effect of technology -- the sleep deprivation resulting from their 24/7 use. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported on her findings, "Bleary-Eyed Students Can't Stop Texting, Even to Sleep, a Researcher Finds," and the story was covered by numerous other media outlets, including Princeton Review. For the story, URI student Michelle Fox also spoke with the reporter about her smart phone use habits. On a related front, CNN recently referred to the earlier results about the prevalence of "sexting" from the same study -- see the earlier news on this.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Doctoral student blogging for New York Times

Doctoral student S. Amanda Caudill is conducting field work in Costa Rica this fall to assess mammal diversity on coffee farms. She is reporting on her studies on the New York Times "Scientist at Work" blog. Read her first posting from Nov. 15, and look for future posts here.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Big 'Little" Dinosaur Discovery

News about the discovery of a nest of 15 infant dinosaurs in Mongolia has now been traveling the wires. Based on the research of Geosciences Professor and Department Chair David Fastovsky and colleagues that was written about in the Journal of Paleontology, the popular press has now been reporting on the big little find. News reports about this find appeared in Smithsonian, National Geographic, the Huffington Post, Fox News, LiveScience, Discovery News, UPI, and Channel 10 among others. The story has also appeared in more than half a dozen languages on websites in Spain, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Poland, Kyrgyzstan, Croatia, Italy, India, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Norway, Australia and many more countries. Read the URI press release about the discovery.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Big Bite of News

Nutrition Professor Kathleen Melanson is in the news again for her recent research confirming the dietary lore that by eating slowly we consume fewer calories. It's a good message to remember as Thanksgiving approaches. Her work has been reported around the world including in Cosmopolitan, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Seattle Times, Green Bay Press Gazette the Medical Daily and numerous television news programs like Fox/New York, WRNI radio and TBSeFM radio in Korea. Internationally, the news was reported in such publications as the London Daily Mail, Berlin Morning Post, the Scottish Daily Express, the Times of India, and the Bangalore Mirror. Read the most recent press release.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Healthy Honors

University of Rhode Island Cancer Prevention Research Center Director James F. Prochaska and First Lady Michelle Obama were honored at the Society for Public Health Education's annual meeting in Arlington, Va. Prochaska was named a 2011 honorary fellow for his lifetime of achievements in improving the theoretical base of the health education field.  The Associated Press (AP) wrote an article about the awards ceremony and the news was carried nationwide. This coverage included the Washington Post, San Francisco Examiner, India Times, New England Cable News, Boston Globe, Providence Journal, and Washington Examiner as well as numerous other outlets including: Dallas Morning News, Beaumont (TX) Enterprise, The Republic (Columbus, Indiana), The Daily Journal (Johnson County, Indiana), The Times Union (Albany, NY). It was also broadcast on MSNBC, WNBC-TV 10, and FOX/WPRI-TV 12. Read the URI press release about this honor.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Maynard in New York Times

When the New York Times wrote a feature story about the aging and dying trees lining Newport's Bellevue Avenue, it turned to Professor Brian Maynard for his expertise on what could be causing the health of the trees to decline. He was quoted several times throughout the lengthy story, which can be found here.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Students study diesel emissions

Two URI Energy Fellows are generating attention from their study of diesel emissions from construction vehicles. Student Dean Valentini was interviewed on Channel 12, and the Associated Press ran a story about the project that appeared on numerous media outlets, including the Boston Globe, Yahoo Finance, Business Week, EcoRI, and New England Cable News. The URI press release on the project can be found here.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Endeavor's 500th cruise

The University's research ship Endeavor departed for the Sargasso Sea on its 500th cruise on Oct. 12, with a team of scientists and students to study plankton, Gulf Stream currents, and ocean pollutants. The media took notice and showed up for the celebratory send-off at the Bay Campus dock. Stories appeared on Channel 10, Channel 12, Channel 6, USA Today, the Providence Journal, Boston Globe, South County Independent, and other regional media.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Mural unveiling

The Depression-era murals that were uncovered during the renovation of Edwards Hall last year have undergone a lengthy restoration process and were unveiled to the public in a brief ceremony yesterday. The event led to several positive stories in the local media, including a photo spread in the Providence Journal, Channel 10, South Kingstown Patch, the Good Five Cent Cigar, and the Boston Globe. The URI Today story about the unveiling can be found here.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Disappearing rabbits

A study of rabbits in Rhode Island, led by Prof. Thomas Husband and state biologist Brian Tefft and involving 100 URI students, turned up evidence that the state's native rabbit, the New England cottontail, may be on the verge of disappearing. They have been replaced by the non-native Eastern cottontail. News of the study results spread quickly by the Associated Press and Reuters wire services and in stories in the Providence Journal, EcoRI, GoLocalProv, WRNI and elsewhere.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Emerging contaminants

When a group of hazardous chemicals were detected in Narragansett Bay by Graduate School of Oceanography professor Rainer Lohmann and graduate student Victoria Sacks, the local media took notice. Lohmann was interviewed on Channel 12 and WPRO radio, and news stories appeared in the Providence Journal, Boston Globe, EcoRI, WBRU and elsewhere. The URI news release on the project can be found here.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Top Value: In the SmartMoney magazine article "Colleges That Help Grads Get Top Salaries," URI has been ranked URI 13th in nation for return on investment, highest in New England. URI news about this rank was carried by regional media including the Providence Journal, GoLocalProv, Channel 12 news, WRNI radio among others.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

First sustainability officer

A press release this week announcing the appointment of Marsha Garcia as the University's first sustainability officer captured the attention of many local media outlets. Channel 12 interviewed her for a nice story about sustainability on campus, the environmental website EcoRI posted the release, and she was interviewed by WRNI and WPRO radio as well. Other media outlets also picked up the story.

Friday, August 12, 2011

House Calls

The recent announcement of a unique grant to the College of Pharmacy has received significant regional and online coverage. Awarded by the Center for Technology and Aging, the grant makes it possible for a pharmacist to visit the home of patients who have been discharged from the hospital to assess and help with their prescribed medications. Pharmacy Associate Professor Stephen Kogut is working collaboratively with the Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs to help reduce hospital readmission. This news has been covered by the Providence Business News, the Narragansett Times, eScience News, Nurse Care, Pharmacy Times, Medical Express, and numerous other online medical-related blogs and journals. Link here for the URI press release.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Research on 'sexting'

Research by Human Development and Family Studies Assistant Professors Tiffani Kisler and Sue Adams has shown the prevalence and impact of 'sexting' messages sent among college students. Following the post of a URI Today report, their study has been covered by numerous news organizations, including Time, Rolling Stone, CBS News, U.S. News and World Report, MacLean's, Channel 10, Channel 12, GoLocalProv, The Atlantic, CNET, International Business Times, and more than 100 TV stations around the country, among others.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Gardening with the Masters

The URI Master Gardeners opened their gardens to public tours last weekend, and the Rhode Island media provided the event with considerable attention. Multiple stories appeared in the Providence Journal, as well as in the Westerly Sun, South County Independent, the South Kingstown Patch and Newport Patch.

A regional soccer hub

The University of Rhode Island is fast becoming a regional hub for big-time soccer, and with all the attention on the Women's World Cup this week, many media outlets have picked up on the link. The Providence Journal ran a feature about the U.S. Olympic Development Team that practices here in the summer, and several news reports noted that the team watched the World Cup matches from the Ryan Center, including USA Today and Channel 10. In addition, an Associated Press story about the huge Seaside Classic youth soccer tournament that took place on campus last week was carried by the Boston Globe and dozens of other publications.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

'Implanted bomb' threat puts Oxley on hot seat

Chemistry Professor Jimmie Oxley, one of the world's leading experts on explosives, found herself in the news around the world again with the U.S. government announcement of a potential threat that terrorists may attempt to implant bombs in suicide bombers to avoid detection at airports. An Associated Press story quoting Oxley appeared in hundreds of news websites, including the New York Times, BBC, USA Today, and many more.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Oceanography 50th anniversary

The 50th anniversary celebration of the Graduate School of Oceanography has resulted in a wide range of news stories in the local media. The Providence Journal, Providence Business News, Narragansett Times, South County Independent, and EcoRI have all done excellent feature stories about the history and significance of the institution. Stories in the Jamestown Press and Senior Times have featured Ted Smayda, the oldest still-active professor on campus, and Get-RI featured recent GSO graduate Leslie Smith. In addition, Channel 10 offered a Coffee Cup Salute to GSO; the Rhode Show had two GSO guests on for a live interview; the South County Independent, Narragansett Patch and Charlestown Press highlighted the anniversary events; WPRO radio interviewed Sara Hickox about the events, and Channel 12 reported on the Science Saturday Open House.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Health of premature infants through adulthood

URI Nursing Professor Mary Sullivan has shared some of her latest findings in the longest running U.S. study of premature infants who were born in the 1980s. Her study has found the infants may face a greater risk of heart-health problems in adulthood. Her latest research shows that the stress response of pre-term infants produces increased levels of the hormone cortisol that becomes a mechanism underlying adult chronic diseases. Several media and blogs have carried reports worldwide, including Time, the Toronto Sun, London Free Press, Science Daily, UPI, Fars News (Iran), Newsday, MSN Health and Fitness, HealthJockey, Wellness.com, Parentdish.com and HealthCanal. Many medical, health professional journals reported on the research, including Contemporary Pediatrics. Numerous television stations around the country also reported on the story. Link to the URI Today piece about her research.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Alumnus named commander of the Rhode Island National Guard

The University was included in coverage about Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee's appointment of alumnus Major General Kevin McBride as the Adjutant General of the State of Rhode Island and Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard. The news appeared in print and online media of the Providence Journal, GoLocalProv, EastBayRI, the Boston Globe, as well as on regional broadcast media. McBride graduated from URI in 1980 with a degree in civil and environmental engineering, and he received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). He also earned a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in 2000. Link to read the URI Today article

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Commencement 2011

As many as 15,000 people gathered in Kingston, R.I. on Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, to celebrate the achievements of the more than 3,283 undergraduate and 711 graduate students who received their degrees at the University's 125th Commencement.  Named to the 2011 TIME 100 list of the world's most influential people, Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker delivered the undergraduate commencement address.

In the News: Starting with Frank Coletta's Coffee Cup Salute on WJAR TV-10, the commencement ceremony was covered by South Kingstown Patch.com with video highlights that were then shared in the Huffington Post and other online media. All Rhode Island media outlets including the Providence Journal , WJAR TV Channel 10, WRNINarragansett Times, the South County Independent and more covered the events and accomplishments of students.

Going Social: At the same time, URI's digital and social network came of age as part of Commencement. The University tapped into many live channels for students, alumni and more to share their pride and the excitement of the weekend events. More than 1,600 people viewed the commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 22, and several hundred saw the graduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 21. URI's commencement twitter feed, hashtag #uri2011, was active throughout the day with hundreds of people sharing their excitement and positive energy with thousands. URI's Facebook page kept up with these remarks and more all through the weekend

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Groundbreaking for Hillside Hall

The groundbreaking ceremony for Hillside Hall, URI's newest and most energy efficient residence hall, garnered attention from several media outlets in Rhode Island and beyond. The Providence Journal, South Kingstown Patch, Boston Globe, GoLocalProv, and several television stations covered the news.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Guggenheim Fellow Mary Capello

News has spread that English Professor Mary Cappello has been awarded one of this year’s 180  Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships. Cappello, a resident of Providence, was one of 13 creative artists who won awards in nonfiction. In addition to being announced on regional broadcast media, reports of this news have appeared in the Providence Business News, and GoLocalProv, among others. Read our press release about the award.

Research park plans

Regional, business and trade press have taken notice of the University's announcement that it is conducting a feasibility study to evaluate the potential for a research park adjacent to campus. The latest reports are from the Mass Hi Tech and Providence Journal. Among earlier reports are the Providence Business News, Mass High Tech, GoLocalProv, Boston Real Estate, Biospace News, DC Real Estate, and others.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Cyber Security Forum

A powerful line-up of government and industry officials converged on URI on April 11 at the request of Rep. James Langevin to discuss emerging concerns over cyber-security, and the event drew a long list of media and trade industry publications. Among those reporting on the meeting were the Providence Journal, Channel 10, WPRO radio, The Hill, PC World, Government Information Security, Security and Risk, and others.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Maple syrup findings

Pharmacy Professor Navindra Seeram is in the news again with the latest results of his studies of the beneficial compounds found in pure maple syrup, which he reported this week at the meeting of the American Chemical Society. Among the many media reporting on his work are the Toronto Globe and Mail, Montreal Gazette, Canadian Broadcasting Corp., and most every other Canadian media outlet, as well as United Press International, the Gant Daily News, MSN India, Yahoo Finance, the China Post, Providence Journal, Scottish Express, Fall River Herald, the Allentown Morning Call, Earth Times, and hundreds of others.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Transformational Goals

In an opinion piece published in the Providence Journal the presidents of Rhode Island's leading research universities, URI's David M. Dooley and Brown's Ruth J. Simmons, describe lessons learned from their trip with Gov. Lincoln Chafee to the Texas Medical Center in Houston. The presidents say "R.I. has opportunity on a Texas scale," and that our state "...has the requisite independence, innovation and determination to make something transformational happen." Read the March 23 opinion piece.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Japan earthquake and tsunami

The tsunami that struck Japan and elsewhere following the deadly earthquake this week put URI experts on the front lines with the media. Ocean engineering professor Stephan Grilli, a leading expert on tsunamis, was interviewed live on CNN and CNN International, as well as on Channel 10 twice. He was also featured on WPRO and WRNI radio and in the Providence Journal. The latter story also featured earthquake expert Yang Shen, a professor at the Graduate School of Oceanography. Channel 10, WPRO, Westwood One radio and the South County Independent also interviewed mechanical engineering professor Bahram Nassersharif to discuss concerns about Japan's damaged nuclear power plants, and USA Today featured comments by history professor Tim George, who teaches modern Japanese history.

Friday, March 11, 2011

University Community

The University was featured prominently in a front page article by the Chronicle of Higher Education that examined the climate for LGBTQ students at college campuses nationwide. President Dooley, students and administrators agreed to discuss the progress and challenges faced by gay students at URI.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Doctorate of Nursing Practice

The announcement that the University's College of Nursing has launched new doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) to enhance nurses' clinical and leadership skills extended well beyond the Rhode Island borders. The program director Patricia Burbank was interviewed by the Providence Journal and the Associated Press report was carried by the Boston Globe and media nationwide including The Republic (Indiana). Broadcast media statewide and some of their sister stations nationwide reported the news as well. In addition, the new program was written about in the Graduate Guide online.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Speaking Out

President David Dooley has been outspoken regarding several hate-related incidents that have occurred on the Kingston campus. He sent an email message to the University community, "Community-Civility and Respect,"  and has spoken with the Providence Journal, WRNI radio, Channel 12 and 10.

Learning from Houston

President David Dooley's trip to Houston with Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Brown University President Ruth Simmons and other dignitaries to tour Houston's renowned medical hub as a possible model for Rhode Island was covered by local media. Channel 10 (WLNE), sent a crew to cover the story from Houston and carried several news items about the visit. Coverage of the trip also appeared in the  Providence Journal, GoLocalProv, and Gov Monitor.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Discovery Channel features shark research

Research on sharks and rays by graduate students working with Biological Sciences Professor Cheryl Wilga has received significant visibility in recent weeks on Daily Planet, a program of Discovery Channel/Canada. Student Anabela Maia's research on the function of shark dorsal fins was featured on Daily Planet late last month, while Jason Ramsay's study of how rays bite was featured on Daily Planet this week.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Expertly speaking

A number of URI faculty and staff have been called on by local and national reporters to comment on issues of significance in the news in the last couple weeks. For instance, the New York Times quoted URI sports psychologist John Sullivan about professional athletes and concussions; the Providence Journal featured comments by Psychology Professor Ellen Flannery-Schroeder in a story about the "winter blues;" the Westerly Sun quoted Political Science Professor Marc Hutchinson in its coverage of the protests in Egypt; and History Professor RosaMaria Pegueros was interviewed at length on WGBH radio about Hispanics in Rhode Island becoming the "minority majority." In addition Business Dean Mark Higgins, Business Professor Ed Mazze and Economics Professor Len Lardaro continue to be regularly quoted by numerous Rhode Island media about the economy and business topics.

College freshmen feeling more stress

Jason Pina, assistant vice president of Student Affairs and dean of Students was invited to discuss the recent report, "The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2010," on The Rhode Show. The report found that the emotional health of freshmen is at an all time low. In this interview, Pina described the approach and services URI has in place to help students cope with stress.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

English professor's book is a mouthful

A new book by English Professor Mary Cappello is filled with safety pins, coins, porcelain dolls and even a toy goat, all foreign objects that have been ingested by people through the years. The unusual subject matter of Swallow: Foreign Bodies, Their Ingestion, Inspiration and the Curious Doctor Who Extracted Them has produced quite a following. The book and Prof. Cappello's research has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Salon, AOL News and on radio programs in Vancouver and New Zealand. Prof. Cappello has written an essay about her book that appeared on the Huffington Post and a slideshow on MSNBC. A URI news release about the book can be found here.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Smart, Speedy Test

A new blood testing device invented by a team of URI engineers and students, led by Prof. Mohammad Faghri, uses just a pinprick of blood in a portable device that provides results in less than 30 minutes. It's a development that has resulted in media attention from technology websites like PC World and Network World, Macworld, as well as a wide range of local and international media, including EpochTimes, GoLocalProv, R & D Magazine, MSN India, Medical News Today, and Biomed Middle East. Prefer to read your news in another language? Try out these stories in Italian or Spanish. Or read the URI news release here.