Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Unhealthy result of popular weight loss drug

URI Pharmacy Professor Bingfang Yan’s recent study sounded a wake-up call to patients and doctors about the use of the most popular weight-loss drug therapies. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, his study found that the weight-loss drug orlistat, known by the brand names Xenical and Alli, inhibits a key enzyme that may lead to "severe toxicity of internal organs such as the liver and kidney." His findings received international attention, including coverage by Forbes, Science Daily, local outlets and informational calls from NBC news and the BBC. Read the original news release.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Shipwreck, harbor discoveries

Bridget Buxton, assistant professor of history, and William Krieger, assistant professor of philosophy, along with collaborators from the Israel Antiquities Authority, discovered several 19th century shipwrecks and evidence of an ancient harbor along the coast of Israel.  The discovery, announced at a meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, generated considerable media attention around the world.  It was reported by NBC News, Yahoo News, the Oregon Herald, Archaeology Magazine, the Archaeology News Network, Science Daily, and many others.  The story was also covered in Russia, Egypt, Indonesia, Greece, Argentina, and elsewhere. The URI news release about the announcement can be found here.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

President addresses media breakfast

President Dooley addressed a room full of local reporters on Wednesday on a wide range of topics, from economic development and diversity to athletics and commuter rail.  The reporters responded with an equally varying array of stories.  Those reporting on Dr. Dooley's comments included the Providence Journal, Providence Business News, East Greenwich Patch, WPRO radio, and the Associated Press, whose story about extending the commuter rail to Kingston appeared in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Greenwich Time, Channel 12, Channel 10, Attleboro Sun, Springfield TV station WSHM, and others.  A second Associated Press story about the President's comments about a proposed nursing facility in Providence appeared in the Boston Globe, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, San Francisco Chronicle, New England Cable NewsChannel 12, Channel 6, Canadian Business, the Houston Chronicle, Connecticut Post, Greenwich Time, and others. The URI Today story about his comments can be found here.

On public radio

University of Rhode Island faculty members have received extensive coverage on public radio in the last week. Entomology Professor Thomas Mather talked ticks on National Public Radio's Morning Edition program, while English Professor Peter Covino discussed his poetry on Nevada Public Radio prior to a presentation he gave at the Black Mountain Institute.  Rhode Island Public Radio featured several URI topics during Thanksgiving week, including climate change research by Oceanography Professor Brice Loose, umbilical cord clamping research by Nursing Professor Judy Mercer, and an award to Marine Research Scientist Mary-Jane James-Pirri from the National Park Service.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Marine plants flee predators

There's something about the relationship between predators and prey that generates enthusiasm in the media.  Associate Professor Susanne Menden-Deuer's discovery, with oceanography graduate student Liz Harvey, of a marine plant that actively flees from predators proved to be a big hit. It was reported by MSNBC, Yahoo News, Canadian Broadcasting, Scientific American, WRNI Radio, National Public Radio's Living on Earth program, The Living Ocean, EcoRI, and many others.  It was even in The Himilayan Times.  The story was also reported in numerous foreign languages, including Italian, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Dutch and Polish. The URI press release about the discovery can be found here.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Workforce Development, Patient Care & Healthy Babies

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed joined URI administrators and nursing students, as well as representatives from Brown University for a press conference on the Kingston Campus to announce $3.8 million in grants to URI's College of Nursing. He said the funding is a signal from the federal government that the college is leading the way in nursing education and innovation. News about the funding was covered by the Providence Business News, ABC 6, WPRI, and RI Public Radio. Read more about the press conference and the grants awarded to address workforce issues, patient care and infant health.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Alton Jones 50th anniversary

The celebration of the 50th anniversary of the W. Alton Jones Campus this year has included a wide range of activities, from nature walks and reunions to the publication of a book and a formal rededication event with public officials.  And all of it has generated attention in the media.  For instance, the book has been featured in the Providence Journal, WPRO radio and Narragansett Times, the rededication event was reported by the Associated Press, the Kent County Daily Times, the Providence Business News, and the Chariho Times, and the nature walks were highlighted by EcoRI and the Narragansett Times.  In addition, stories about the bat research at the campus appeared in the Chariho Times, WRNI radio and EcoRI, and the Alton Jones youth camps were featured in the Westerly Sun.  A press release about the anniversary event can be seen here.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Noteworthy News: Bob Ballard

You may see more news surfacing about this one article and the related information in coming weeks. Titanic explorer: Ancient shipwrecks lost to trawlers, USA Today, Sept. 17. In this report, Oceanography Professor Bob Ballard talks about the upcoming National Geographic Channel documentary that's focused on his recent expeditions and research. The documentary, called Wrecks of the Abyss, premieres on Sunday, 9/16 (7 p.m. ET/PT). In fact it is a five-part series called Alien Deep With Bob Ballard featuring the noted explorer.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Corpse flower blooms

For the first time in Rhode Island history, a specimen of the Titan Arum (or corpse flower) has bloomed in the URI greenhouses, and the event generated widespread interest.  It's no wonder, since it is the largest flower on Earth and it smells like rotting flesh.  The story was reported by Channel 6, Channel 10, Channel 12, the Providence Journal, the Warwick Beacon, and the Associated Press, whose story appeared on the website of the Boston Globe, Worcester Telegram, New England Cable News, Burlington Free Press, and others. Shown here is our time-lapsed recording that was streamed at URI Live! for the duration of this historic event.

College of Pharmacy opens new building

The grand opening celebration of the new College of Pharmacy building not only had hundreds of faculty, students, and alumni in attendance, but the media showed up in force as well.  The story was reported by the Providence Journal, Channel 10, Channel 12, Providence Business News, the Narragansett Times, South County IndependentWPRO radio, WRNI radio and EcoRI.  An Associated Press story about the building appeared in more than a dozen news outlets, from San Francisco and Orlando to Ohio and Pennsylvania. The Providence Journal also editorialized in support of the building.The URI press release about the event can be found here, and a separate release about the environmental features of the building is here.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Less Life on Earth

Scientists at the Graduate School of Oceanography made a surprising discovery recently -- there is far less life on Earth than previously assumed. By their calculations, the total biomass of microbes living deep in the seafloor is only about 4 billion tons instead of the 300 billion tons previously estimated, reducing the total biomass of life on Earth by one third.  Reports of this discovery have made news around the world, including Scientific America, National Geographic, R&D Magazine, Providence Business News, Red Orbit, United Press International, Newstrack India, EcoRI, Astrobiology Magazine, Our Amazing Planet, Yahoo News, and numerous news outlets in Europe and the Far East. The URI press release about the discovery is found here.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Anthropologist refutes long-held theory

Just a year after arriving on campus, Assistant Professor of Anthropology Holly Dunsworth has made big news with her research refuting a long-held theory about why human pregnancies last just nine months. Her research suggests that it has more to do with the mother's metabolism rather than the size of the birth canal.  It is a topic that has resonated with the media around the world.  The story has been reported by National Public Radio, SmithsonianFox News, Scientific American, the Huffington Post, Yahoo News, the International Business Times, Science Daily, Providence JournalNorth County Times, more than a dozen news outlets in Spain, and even more in Germany, as well as in Austria, China and elsewhere.  The URI press release about the research can be found here.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Squid discovery

The international media are taking notice of an exciting discovery made by post-doctoral researcher Stephanie Bush about a deep-sea squid.  Her finding that the squid releases the tips of its arms as a defensive tactic when attacked has appeared in London's Daily Mail, NBCNews, Smithsonian, the Huffington Post, Discover Magazine, Yahoo News Canada, Reuters, Science MagazineLive Science, Wired, Science Daily, NewsTrack India, The Hindu, and many more.  The URI news release about the discovery can be found here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

New oceanography dean

The announcement that former Duke University oceanographer Bruce Corliss would be the next dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography was met with great enthusiasm.  The news was reported by the Providence Business NewsProvidence Journal, and WRNI radio, and an Associated Press news brief on the appointment appeared in the New London Day, New England Cable News, Boston Globe, Albany Times-Union, Connecticut PostChannel 6, WHJJ radio, and The Record in New Jersey, among others.  It also appeared in the newsletter of the Ocean Leadership Consortium.  The URI press release about the appointment can be found here.

$14 million health care grant

It was standing-room only at a press conference announcing a $14 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Associate Research Professor Elaina Goldstein for a project that will improve care and lower costs for cognitively challenged adults with chronic diseases.  In attendance were most of the state's leading lawmakers, as well as almost all of the news media that cover Rhode Island.  Among those reporting on the story at the event were Channel 10, Channel 12, WRNI radio, Providence Business News, Warwick BeaconNew England Cable News, and the Associated Press, whose story appeared in dozens of media outlets from the Boston Globe to the San Francisco Chronicle. More in-depth coverage appeared in the Providence Business News, July 30 and in one item "URI in push for coordinated care," August 4, and a Five Questions piece. The URI press release about the grant can be found here.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ticks on the increase

Professor Thomas Mather's surveillance of disease-carrying deer ticks found that tick abundance this summer was much higher than in recent years. Results like that made the media take notice.  Coupled with his appearance at a press conference with Senator Jack Reed and others, Mather found himself in the news throughout the region, including the Providence Journal, Westerly Sun, EcoRI, Boston Globe, Narragansett Patch, Tiverton Patch, Fox Providence News, Channel 10, and others.  The URI news release about Mather's research is here.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Student named Miss Massachusetts

When junior Taylor Kinzler earned the title of Miss Massachusetts, which earns her the right to compete for at the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas in January, the New England media took notice.  News reports, all noting that she studies journalism at URI, were published in such media outlets as the Providence Journal, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Worcester Telegram, Fall River Herald, WPRO radio, Channel 12, Channel 10, Channel 6New England Cable News, Taunton Gazette, and the New Bedford Standard Times.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

GSO at America's Cup

The Graduate School of Oceanography is the featured exhibitor at the America's Cup World Series races at Fort Adams in Newport, and the large number of media attending the races are taking notice of the unique oceanographic exhibits.  Among those that have mentioned the GSO exhibits in their stories are Cruising World, Channel 10, the Providence Journal, the Valley Breeze, the Jamestown Press, the New Bedford Standard Times,  New England Cable News, the Albany Times Union, and the Connecticut Post.  The URI press release about the exhibits is here.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Fish vaccine award

The local media took notice this week when it was announced that Professors Marta Gomez-Chiarri and David Nelson received an award for their patented method of vaccinating fish in aquaculture facilities.  They were featured in stories in the San Francisco ChronicleJamestown Press, Boston Globe, Providence JournalChannel 12, New England Cable NewsEcoRIFish Info, and the Spanish language aquaculture publication Panorama Acuicola Magazine, among others.  The URI press release about the research can be found here.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Dean's list makes splash

A new system for distributing announcements about Dean's List honorees has resulted in extensive media attention for URI students achieving this distinction.  About 10 media outlets each day for the last week have noted that a local student was listed on the Dean's List for the spring semester.  These include the Baltimore SunMillbury Daily Voice, Shore News TodayCranford Patch, Glocester County TimesLewisboro Daily Voice, Newton Patch, Sparta IndependentChatham Patch, and many many more. Congratulations to all.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Grantham Prize winner

The announcement of the winner of the $75,000 Grantham Prize, the richest award for environmental journalism and administered by the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting at GSO, generated widespread media attention.  The winner, a team of reporters from the Salt Lake Tribune, was featured in such publications as the Columbia Journalism Review, China Daily, Editor and Publisher, the Salt Lake Tribune, the Providence Business News, and more than 100 television stations nationwide.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Lardaro in demand

Economics Professor Leonard Lardaro has been highly visible in the news media this month as he has been called upon by numerous local media outlets to comment in a wide variety of economic issues.  He shared his insights about the slow recovery of the economy with the Providence Business News, Providence Journal and GoLocalProv, discussed the economic differences between Rhode Island and Massachusetts with the Attleboro Sun Chronicle, and provided expert commentary about the fallout from the 38 Studios collapse to WPRO radio, the Associated Press, Channel 10 and others.  Lardaro's most recent Current Conditions Index can be found here.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

IEP takes center stage

The International Engineering Program has received well-earned recognition through the years for its pioneering efforts to train engineers for the global workplace, including its recent Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education and the Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.  But the media has seldom given it the attention it deserves.  This week's edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education has changed that, with a long and glowing report on the program's history, including interviews with faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Graduation time

It's graduation time, and amid the celebrating and the awards and the congratulations are a number of stories in the media acknowledging this important time.  Several newspapers have featured notable graduates, including Erik Bettencourt in the South County Independent, Andy Rithiphong in the Woonsocket Call, Michael Brennan in the Avon (Conn.) Patch, and Ryan Kleinert in the East Brunswick (N.J.) Sentinel.  General stories about commencement appeared in the Providence Journal, Narragansett Patch, New England Cable News, Channel 6, and others. Additional features about notable graduates can be found here.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tick Time

A wide range of media have been reporting on the early onset of the tick season this year, and most of those stories are mentioning the University's tick expert Tom Mather.  Recently he was featured at a "tick town hall meeting" in upstate New York, which resulted in media coverage in television stations WYNN and WNYT as well as in the Gloversville Leader Herald.  He was also featured in the Washington Post and on a radio station in Amarillo, Tex., and his research was mentioned on WPRO and in media outlets in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland.  In addition, Mather was featured in the April issue of Veterinary Practice News and in an upcoming issue of Rhode Island Monthly.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Leading the way on cybersecurity

Two events related to cybersecurity put URI in the spotlight in recent weeks.  An announcement that the Department of Homeland Security has named URI a National Center of Excellence for cybersecurity education was featured in the Providence Business News, Providence JournalChannel 10, and Channel 6, among others. That announcement was followed closely by a cybersecurity symposium on campus, organized by Rep. James Langevin, which generated attention on Channel 12, Channel 6GoLocalProv, and numerous defense industry and government news outlets, including Defense SystemsInfoSecurity Magazine, Fierce Government IT, Federal News Radio, Politico, Federal Computer Week, and many more.  The URI news release about the Center of Excellence designation can be found here, while the symposium release is here.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Zombie pharmacy drill

Pharmacy students held a mock emergency medication drill this week to combat zombies on campus, and it was an event that was tailor made for the media.  The event gained nationwide attention from such media as MSNBC, Providence Journal, Channel 10, Channel 12, New England Cable News, Channel 6, The Good Five Cent Cigar, and television stations in WichitaBaton Rouge, Nashville, Portland, and Evansville, Ind.  The URI press release about the event here, and a fun video about the event, produced by the Department of Communications and Marketing, is here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Titanic anniversary

The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic has resulted in a huge number of news stories referencing Oceanography Professor Robert Ballard, who found the sunken ship in 1985. While most of those stories do not mention URI, many of them do. Among them are stories about a National Geographic documentary featuring Ballard in the London Telegraph, Straits Times, and Daily Examiner, stories about Ballard's desire to protect the remains of the Titanic in the New York Times, Yahoo News, New York Daily News, Vancouver Sun, USA Today, Detroit Free Press, London Telegraph, Hamilton Spectator, Ottawa Citizen, WJAR Channel 10, and Fox TV/Boston, the state of deep sea exploration on NPR's Marketplace, the opening of a Titanic exhibit at Mystic Aquarium in the Washington Post, and a lecture Ballard gave in California in The Desert Sun, and short features about him in the Washington Post and Providence Phoenix.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Crime Lab stages crime scenes

The State Crime Lab, based at the College of Pharmacy, is training police and others how to collect evidence at a crime scene, and it built a house and burned it to the ground to test its students. Local and regional news outlets took notice of the activities and reported on it over several weeks, including the Providence Journal, Boston Globe, New England Cable News, Channel 12, Channel 10, and others. The URI press release is here.

Master Gardeners offer free soil tests

The announcement that the URI Master Gardeners were offering free soil tests for Rhode Island gardeners was met with unexpected enthusiasm. The news spread around the region within days, thanks to stories in such publications as the New London Day, Boston Globe, Channel 12, the Westerly Sun, the Connecticut Post, Channel 6, the Greenwich Time, and many more. The URI press release on the subject can be found here.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Announcing the new basketball coach

The hiring of Dan Hurley as the coach of the men's basketball team has been met with resounding cheers across campus and around the country. The media attention generated from his introduction on campus this week has been outstanding. Highlights include local news and commentary in the Providence Journal, Woonsocket Call, South County Independent, GoLocalProv, the Good Five Cent Cigar and WRNI radio, and national reports in ESPN, USA Today, the Sporting News, Business Week, the Washington Post, NBC Sports, the New York Daily News, and the Wall Street Journal, among many others. Press releases issued by the URI Athletics Department can be found here and here.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Record-setting applicant pool

It has been a record-setting year for admission applications, and the local media has taken notice. Reports appeared in the Providence Business News, Providence Journal, Westerly Sun, GoLocalProv, Channel 12 and others.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

President appointed to Homeland Security post

President David Dooley has been appointed by the Department of Homeland Security to a newly created academic panel to address national security issues. His appointment, along with 18 other higher education officials in the country, generated considerable media attention. Locally, the Providence Business News, WRNI and the Providence Journal picked up on the story, which was also reported by Government Security News, Inside Higher Ed, and other trade publications. The URI news release about the appointment can be found here.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tracking ducks for wind farms

Professors Scott McWilliams and Peter Paton, along with graduate student Josh Buesse and several wildlife agencies, are tracking sea ducks in an effort to identify their preferred wintering locations off the Rhode Island coast and help wind farm developers determine where not to build wind towers. Their research generated considerable media attention this week from Channel 12, the Providence Journal, EcoRI, WRNI radio, Boston Globe, and many others.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Castaway lizards and evolution

New biology professor Jason Kolbe received international attention this month for his study about lizards and evolution, which appeared in the journal Science. His work was reported by the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Arizona Star, United Press International, Live Science, the Seattle Times, the London Daily Mail, MSNBC and more. Read the URI press release about his work here.

Friday, February 17, 2012

President Dooley with Dan Yorke

President David Dooley was recently in-studio on News Talk 630 WPRO & 99.7 FM's Dan Yorke Show about just how valuable it is to THINK BIG in Rhode Island and the importance of being a life-long learner. President Dooley even touched on a few topics about URI Athletics -- and shared his pick before the SuperBowl. Check out the full interview that aired on February 3 with our own President Dooley. Listen: http://www.630wpro.com/Article.asp?id=2387699&spid=18040

Big Applause

News reports were plentiful about URI acting student Andrew Burnap when word came that he won the prestigious Irene Ryan Competition, at the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. The judges selected Burnap from a field of 250 acting nominees from 55 New England schools. With this award in hand, he now prepares for second 'act' at the national festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in April. News about this award traveled and coverage has included the Providence Journal, Good Five Cent Cigar, South County Independent, South Kingstown Patch, Associated Press and the Boston Globe. News release: http://www.uri.edu/news/releases/?id=6115

Friday, January 20, 2012

Deep Blue Goes Green

URI's Endeavor is the first U.S. research vessel to use refined biodiesel fuel. The announcement about the “greening” of the Endeavor has generated some media interest. The Narragansett Times, WPRI TV-12, East Bay Newspapers and a few others have covered this story, in addition to shipping trade media outlets. Read about it on URI's release or Eco-RI.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Veterinarian of the Year

David Serra, who cares for the University's laboratory animals, was named Veterinarian of the Year this month by the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science. The announcement of the award received considerable attention in the local media, including the Providence Journal, Boston Globe, Rhode Island Monthly, Channel 10, Westerly Sun and South Kingstown Patch. See the URI press release here.