Monday, December 30, 2013

AMRC, Sea Grant, and Donna Hughes


Providence Journal – 12/30

Sea Grant head stepping up work with businesses - Q&A with Prof. Dennis Nixon
Providence Business News – 12/30

Providence Journal – 12/29

Providence Journal – 12/29

Under NAFTA, property has trumped labor – op-ed by Prof. Richard McIntyre
Providence Journal – 12/27

The bottom health stories of 2013 - includes reference to neuroscience gift 
RI Public Radio – 12/27

Friday, December 27, 2013

Medical clinics and health care costs

A study conducted by Professor Annie De Groot found that nurse-run medical clinics can save millions of dollars in health care costs by serving patients who might otherwise go to hospital emergency rooms.    Financial news website The Street reported on the study and syndicated the story to more than two dozen other media outlets, including the West Hartford News, Litchfield County Times, Leavenworth Times, Carthage Press, Trentonian, Housatonic Times, Harrisburg Daily Register, Nebraska City News, Lorrain Morning Journal and many others.  The URI news release about the study can be found here.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Grants, fellowships and the SBDC


Narragansett Patch – 12/26

Narragansett Times – 12/23


Providence Business News – 12/23


Westerly Sun – 12/22

Bridgewater Independent – 12/21

Will study facilitate MaineCare compromise? - includes quotes from Prof. Maureen Moakley
Potland Press Herald – 12/21

Ocean acidification a climate change issue - interview with Prof. Brad Seibel
Voxxi Hispanic Media - 12/21

Providence Journal – 12/20

Providence Business News – 12/20

Wind turbines and house prices

A study conducted by Assistant Professor Corey Lang in the Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics found that wind turbines in Rhode Island do not negatively effect property values.  Numerous media outlets reported on the results of his study, including the Providence Journal, Providence Business News, GoLocalProv, North American Windpower, and the Associated Press, whose story was included on the Huffington Post, CNBC, BusinessWeek, New England Cable News, and elsewhere.  The URI news release about the study can be found here.

Friday, December 20, 2013

J-term, ROTC and faculty recognition


GoLocalProv – 12/19 – op-ed


Westerly Sun – 12/20 

Narragansett Patch – 12/19

Prostitution laws to be decided by Supreme Court on Friday - references research by Prof. Donna Hughes
Toronto Sun – 12/19

Narragansett Patch – 12/18

Narragansett Patch – 12/18

Filmmaker explores bond between dogs, officers - profile of Prof. Mary Healey Jamiel
Barrington Times – 12/18

Judaic Studies major in URI’s future? - includes interview with Dean Winnie Brownell
Jewish Voice and Herald – 12/18


Westerly Sun – 12/18

Westerly Sun – 12/18

USA Today College – 12/17

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Small Business Development, Student Kudos and Outreach


  • Small Business Development Center to have new home at URI
    The Providence Journal, Dec 17, 2013
    The U.S. Small Business Administration is awarding a $574,667 matching grant to the University of Rhode Island to host the Small Business Development


  • SBA awards grant to URI to host Small Business Development Center
    Providence Business News, Dec 19, 2013
    The U.S. Small Business Administration is awarding a $574667 matching grant to the University of Rhode Island to host the Small Business


  • URI's Catlow scores a goal and two assists in U.S. win over Spain
    The Providence Journal, Dec 16, 2013
    The University of Rhode Island's Cassie Catlow scored one goal and set up two others in helping the United States to an 8-0 win over Spain at the World. As assistant captain of the URI women’s ice hockey team, Catlow has earned several awards, including her most recent - the 2013 Zoe Harris Player of the Year award, presented to her by the ACHA. She is a junior majoring in kinesiology.


  • Cranston native returns home for fall cleanup event
    Cranston Herald-Dec 11, 2013
    Luca Rebussini, a sophomore at the University of Rhode Island, recently organized a fall cleanup event to take place in the historic Oaklawn Village area
  • Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    Economy, colloquium and Ukraine


    Professor Leonard Lardaro's monthly Current Conditions Index outlining the current state of the Rhode Island economy was reported on Dec. 17 by the Providence Business News, GoLocalProv, and the Associated Press, whose wire story was picked up by New England Cable News, WPRO radio and the Providence Journal.

    Narragansett Times – 12/16

    RI town recall over gun rights rejected - includes quote from Prof. Maureen Moakley
    Time magazine – 12/15

    Court frees nine arrested during Ukraine clashes - interview with Prof. Nicolai Petro
    Voice of Russia radio – 12/13

    Friday, December 13, 2013

    Human trafficking, alcoholism and Ukraine uprising


    Providence Journal – 12/12

    Stakeholders validate WASH draft document - features program supported by Coastal Resources Center
    All Africa – 12/12

    Life of a black-legged tick - quotes Prof. Tom Mather
    Jamestown Press – 12/12

    Mindful eating: drop those pounds easy - references research by Prof. Kathleen Melanson
    Irish Independent – 12/12

    URI prof working on alcoholism treatment - research by Prof. Fatemeh Akhlaghi
    Westerly Sun – 12/6

    Opposing rallies underway in Kiev - live interview with Prof. Nicolai Petro
    Russia TV – 12/5

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

    Subterranean life

    Oceanography Professor Steven D'Hondt, along with postdoc John Kirkpatrick and grad student Emily Walsh, are in San Francisco this week presenting the results of recent research at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Their study of microbial life living deep beneath the seafloor -- and its implications for finding life on Mars -- has generated interest from a variety of media, including Science Now magazine and the Associated Press, whose story appeared in the Boston Globe and the Connecticut Post.  The URI news release about their research can be found here.

    Owls, ticks and Alzheimer's disease


    Providence Journal – 12/10


    RI state police K-9 unit featured on Today show - includes documentary by Prof. Mary Healey Jamiel
    Providence Journal - 12/10

    Growing number of snowy owls spotted in RI - interview with Prof. Peter Paton
    RI Public Radio – 12/9

    Bolstering a link between Alzheimer’s and lead exposure - features research by Prof. Nasser Zawia
    Science Now – 12/9

    Narragansett Patch – 12/9

    Patriot News – 12/8

    Providence Journal – 12/7

    Newark Star-Ledger – 12/7

    Hungry owls visiting from the snowy north - quotes Prof. Peter Paton
    Westerly Sun – 12/7

    Narragansett Patch – 12/6

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    Ocean planning, alcoholism and invasive species

    Graduate School of Oceanography secures $659k ocean planning grant
    Narragansett Patch – 12/4

    URI professor wins grant to study possible alcoholism treatment
    Providence Business News – 12/4

    Moth larvae released for testing in Canada could be first swallowwort antidote - research by Prof. Richard Casagrande
    Watertown Daily Times – 12/3

    URI pharmacy students improve patient awareness of cervical cancer
    Narragansett Patch – 12/3

    Prescription drug abuse on the rise on college campuses - interview with Prof. Lisa Weyandt
    RI Public Radio – 12/3

    URI doctoral student pursues Olympic dream
    Channel 6 – 12/2

    New York Times op-ed: Unrest in Ukraine

    In a The New York Times op-ed piece (Dec. 3) "How the E.U. Pushed Ukraine East", Political Science Professor Nicolai Petro wrote about the growing political unrest in Ukraine, where thousands of protesters in Kiev are trying to topple the Russian-aligned government regime. An expert in Russian history and culture, Petro is living in Ukraine for a year on a Fulbright grant to study the role of the Russian Orthodox Church.

    Monday, December 2, 2013

    Art, music and student features


    Narragansett Times – 11/28

    Providence Journal – 11/28

    Girls give straight talk on scoliosis - features student who wrote book on scoliosis
    Buffalo News – 11/28

    A dazzling passage to India - review of Providence campus art exhibit
    Providence Phoenix – 11/27

    RI Public Radio – 11/27

    Cranston Herald – 11/27

    FoxProvidence TV – 11/27

    Ryan Institute for Neuroscience

    Summary of Media Coverage, Nov. 14 - Dec. 2

    Mr. Ryan is former chairman and president of CVS Caremark, the pharmacy chain, located in Woonsocket ..
    Chronicle of Philanthropy · 11/16/2013

    The gift, from former CVS Caremark CEO Thomas M. Ryan and his wife ... The institute is named after his parents. “Many people have said that the 21st century will be a century of neuroscience,” said URI
    The Providence Journal · 11/14/2013

    The new George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience received additional visibility in a front page feature "Disease study gets $15M boost" and editorial "Breakthroughs the aim of Ryan Institute"
    The Providence Business News 11/25/2013 

    A generous gift to URI
    Editorial - "With his philanthropy, Mr. Ryan is certainly doing his part."
    The Providence Journal 11/30/13

    Five questions with David Dooley
    Q&A with President Dooley about the Ryan gift, the Ryan Institute, and its expected economic impact.
    The Providence Business News 12/2/13 

    SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The University of Rhode Island received its largest-ever private donation, $15 million, from former CVS Caremark CEO Tom Ryan and his wife, Cathy, on Thursday to establish a …
    San Francisco Chronicle · 11/14/2013

    $15 MILLION ... URI A new neuroscience research institute at University of Rhode Island will focus on neurodegenerative diseases and disorders including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. The school received its largest-ever gift from former CVS Caremark CEO …
    Associated Press · 11/16/2013

    ... Nasser Zawia (left), director of the URI Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program, celebrate the establishment of the George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience with Tom and Cathy Ryan, whose gift of $15 million launched the Institute.
    Malaysia Sun · 11/14/2013

    SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — The University of Rhode Island received its largest-ever private donation, $15 million, from former CVS Caremark chief executive Tom Ryan and his wife, Cathy, on Thursday to establish a neuroscience research institute. The …
    The Boston Globe · 11/15/2013

    The University of Rhode Island on Thursday celebrated the largest gift in its history — $15 million to establish a neuroscience institute. The gift, from alumnus and former CEO of CVS Caremark …
    The Providence Journal · 11/15/2013

    CEO of CVS Caremark, and his wife, Cathy, the couple’s gift will help launch the institute within the coming year and enable a focus on pioneering research in the field. The institute is named after
    Providence Business News · 11/14/2013

    ... the University of Rhode Island is now positioned to change the landscape of neuroscience research in the region.
    The South County Independent, 11/21/2013

    SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) -- The University of Rhode Island has gotten a $15 million private donation that is its largest ever to establish a neuroscience research institute. URI announced the gift from former CVS Caremark CEO Tim Ryan and his wife …
    WPRI · 11/14/2013 

    Tom and Cathy Ryan donate$15 million to URI to establish neuroscience research institute
    Noodls news, 11/14/2013

    SOUTH KINGSTOWN, Rhode Island — The University of Rhode Island received its largest-ever private donation, $15million ... research and clinical practice in neuroscience." Ryan, who received a pharmacy degree from URI in 1975, said he knows firsthand
    The Republic · 11/14/2013

    The former head of the national drugstore chain, CVS Caremark, has given $15 million to the University of Rhode Island to create a neuroscience research ...
    The Business Journal · 11/14/2013

    URI A new neuroscience research institute at University of Rhode Island will focus on neurodegenerative diseases and disorders including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. The school received its largest-ever gift from former CVS Caremark CEO …
    WFTV 9 · 11/16/2013

    Here are five things to know about Rhode Island: ....The Station Fire Memorial Foundation says it will cost $1.4 million to build and maintain a memorial at the site of a 2003 nightclub fire that …
    Beaumont Enterprise · 11/16/2013

    SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. -- Students, faculty, politicians and health care leaders filled nearly every seat in the Thomas M. Ryan Family Auditorium at the University of Rhode Island this morning, to hear about another gift from Thomas M. Ryan -- $15 million ...
    Providence Journal · 11/15/2013

    ... Tom and Cathy Ryan donate $15 million to URI to establish the George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience
    Rhode Island Science and Technology Council 11/14/2013 

    Nasser Zawia (left), director of the URI Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program, celebrate the establishment of the George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience with Tom and Cathy Ryan, whose gift of $15 million launched the Institute. The former ...
    Big News Network · 11/14/2013 

    The University of Rhode Island received its largest-ever private donation, $15 million, from former CVS Caremark ...research and clinical practice in neuroscience." Ryan, who received a pharmacy degree from URI in 1975, said he knows firsthand the effects ...
    Austin American-Statesman · 11/14/2013

    to establish neuroscience  institute named for the parents of Thomas M. Ryan, 
    Rhode Island Small Business Journal, 11/14/2013

    ... $15 million private donation — its largest ever — to establish a neuroscience research institute. URI ... Ryan Institute for Neuroscience
    The Westerly Sun, 11/15/2013

    The University of Rhode Island plans to unveil a new neuroscience research institute, thanks to the single largest private donation in university history
    Rhode Island Public Radio, 11/14/2013

    The University of Rhode Island received its largest-ever private donation, $15 million, from former CVS Caremark CEO Tom Ryan and his wife,
    Palm Beach Post, 11/14/2013

    URI gifted $15M to launch brain ... largest-ever private donation, $15million, ... basic biomedical research and clinical practice in neuroscience." Ryan,
    Bergen County Record, 11/14/2013 

    ... University of Rhode Island has gotten a $15 million private donation that is its largest ever to establish a neuroscience research institute. URI ... Ryan is a
    New England Cable News Network, 11/14/2013 

    The University of Rhode Island received the largest private donation in its history this month from URI Alumnus and retired CVS Caremark CEO Thomas M. Ryan and his wife Cathy. The $15 million donation will be used to establish the George & Anne Ryan ...
    Good Five Cent Cigar · 11/21/2013

    Tuesday, November 26, 2013

    Economic update

    Professor Leonard Lardaro's monthly economic analysis, the Current Conditions Index, has again received attention from the local media and beyond.  It was reported this week by the Providence Journal, Providence Business News, and Associated Press, whose story was picked up by the Kansas City Star, Hilton Head PacketThe State (South Carolina) and elsewhere.  The URI news release about the index can be found here.

    Starfish wasting disease

    Media outlets around the globe continue to report on the starfish wasting disease that was first reported in July when a URI student discovered diseased starfish along the New England coast.  A similar disease has subsequently been found on the West Coast. The most recent news report appeared in the Washington Post on Nov. 22 and reprinted on Nov. 26 in the Bangor Daily News, Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times, Melbourne Age, Brisbane Times, Borneo BulletinVirginia News-Pilot and elsewhere. All reports quote URI Professor Marta Gomez-Chiarri.

    Monday, November 25, 2013

    Digital Literacy, Ryan Institute, guns

    Professor Renee Hobbs, director of the Harrington School of Communication and Media, was featured in a front page story in the Providence Sunday Journal on Nov. 24 as a "champion of digital literacy."  The lengthy story highlights her efforts to help students develop "the ability to critically evaluate and communicate information and ideas using digital technology."


    The new George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience received additional visibility this week from a feature story and editorial in the Providence Business News on Nov. 25. and a news report in the Nov. 22 edition of the North Kingstown Standard Times. Read about earlier coverage here.


    An editorial in the Westerly Sun on Nov. 24 argues that URI campus police officers should be allowed to carry guns.

    Friday, November 22, 2013

    Ticks, theater and fashion



    Arsenal of democracy – op-ed about Prof. Maury Klein’s latest book
    Providence Journal – 11/22 

    Jamestown launches battle against ticks, Lyme disease
    Jamestown Press – 11/21

    South County Independent – 11/21

    Providence Journal – 11/20

    Monday, November 18, 2013

    Scallops, digital media and sex trafficking


    Providence Business News – 11/18

    Using more scallop parts could create new industry - features research by Prof. Chong Lee
    Providence Business News – 11/18

    Providence Business News – 11/18

    Colorado Springs Gazette – 11/15 (via Associated Press)

    Providence Journal – 11/15

    Prof. Stan Cobb discusses lobsters on the Gene Valicenti Show
    WPRO radio - 11/15

    URI panel: Invest in higher education - Honors Colloquium
    South County Independent - 11/14

    SNAP need still at near-record levels - includes quotes from Prof. Kathleen Gorman
    South County Independent – 11/14

    Pawtucket sex trafficking arrest - story features interview with Prof. Donna Hughes
    Channel 10 – 11/14

    Prof. Ed Mazzee was featured in the Providence Journal, Providence Business News and on FoxProvidence's Dan York State of Mind program discussing the latest forecast for the New England economy.

    Providence Journal – 11/14

    Providence Journal – 11/14

    Narragansett Patch – 11/14

    Thursday, November 14, 2013

    Ryan Institute for Neuroscience

    Today's announcement of the $15 million donation by Tom and Cathy Ryan to establish the George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience generated immediate media attention. Those covering the story include the Providence Journal, Providence Business News, Rhode Island Public Radio, Rhode Island Small Business Journal, Channel 12, Channel 6Boston Business Journal, Narragansett Patch, WPRO radio and the Associated Press, whose story appeared on the website of the Boston GlobeSan Francisco Chronicle, Seymour TribuneChannel 10 and others. The Providence Journal followed up with a second story a day later. The URI news release about the donation can be found here.

    Wednesday, November 13, 2013

    STAC, Business Engagement, URI Theatre and more

    STAC appointments: The Providence Business News and Associated Press reported on Nov. 12 that URI Vice President for Research and Economic Development Gerald Sonnenfeld was named by Governor Chafee to co-chair the state Science and Technology Advisory Council.

    Indonesian experts: An agreement between URI and Indonesian officials to send Indonesian experts to study fisheries at URI was reported Nov. 13 by the Providence Journal, Westerly Sun, and the Albany Times Union (via the Associated Press).

    URI to open 'How the Other Half Loves' Thursday
    Providence Journal - 11/13

    Digital City already thinking big as it opens doors in downtown Providence
    Providence Journal - 11/12

    For marinas, being green makes sense
    Providence Business News - 11/11

    Business Engagement Center opens dialogue
    Narragansett Times - 11/7

    The Chariho Times and Westerly Sun reported on a public forum for residents of Richmond to provide input to URI landscape architecture students who are designing the landscape around the town's recreation center.

    Research shows decline of fish at Guana Reef - features research by Prof. Graham Forrester
    BVI Beacon (British Virgin Islands) - 11/6

    Studying the science of distracted driving - interview with Prof. Manbir Sodhi
    Channel 10 - 11/4

    Kraken fossil evidence revives debate over ancient sea monster - includes quotes from Prof. David Fastovsky
    Huffington Post - 11/1