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.